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Capturing elusive anti-atoms

Will Bert.

For the first time, scientists at CERN have measured the charge of an anti-atom to high precision. Dr William Bertsche, part of the ALPHA collaboration, tells us more.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a snake…seriously, a flying snake.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a snake…seriously, a flying snake. Jake Socha, professor at Virginia Tech has been investigating this unusual behaviour

Chemistry in the perfect coffee

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Computational chemistry and coffee; not – you might imagine – natural bedfellows. But Theoretical and Computational Chemist Christopher Hendon begs to differ…

Meet the volcanologist intrigued with an island covered in glass

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Blue skies, Bluer seas – Pantelleria has the postcard charm many dream of. It is also covered in glass…Volcanologist Dr Michael Branney tells us about this small island

What inspires two Industrial Fellowship winners

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Alice Hagan is working with Biocompatibles UK Ltd and the University of Brighton to develop beads capable of blocking blood flow to cancerous tumours while simultaneously releasing drugs directly into the targeted area.

We’re living in the Quantum Age, says Brian Clegg


In his latest book, Brian Clegg looks at how the physics of the very small has transformed our lives.

How to hack your home with Ri Christmas lecturer Danielle George

Prof Danielle George

We catch up with this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer Danielle George to find out what she has in store for budding young scientists, and what she’ll be doing over the festive period.

Dr Tracy Briggs awarded For Women in Science Fellowship

Tracy Briggs

Dr Tracy Briggs was recently awarded one of four UK & Ireland L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Fellowships to further her research into the understanding of single-gene disorders that lead to systemic lupus. We find out more

Science and comedy with Robin Ince

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Through his stand-up and broadcasting  comedian and all round science enthusiast Robin Ince has done much for the public engagement of science. We caught up with him and threw a few questions his way…

Exploring the smallest of things with Peter Forbes

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This month we chat to Peter Forbes, co-author of NanoScience: Giants of the Infinitesimal

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