Gee-whiz science yields high res climate models

Climate models

A climate scientist has used the powerful supercomputers at Berkeley Laboratory to carry out ‘gee-whiz science’, producing high resolution models predicting extreme storms caused by climate change.

Mary Rose dog male, not female

Mary Rose Hatch

The smallest member of the crew on board the Mary Rose – a dog named Hatch – was a he and not a she as previously believed.

Philae finds organics on comet


Philae detected organic molecules on the surface of comet 67P before it went into hibernation scientists have confirmed.

Smart drugs impair the healthy

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Smart drugs won’t make smart people smarter suggests new research from the University of Nottingham; instead it could impair their performance.

Longitude Prize open for entries

Alexander Fleming - in pill form

The Longitude Prize to tackle resistance to antibiotics has opened today, 18 November.

Controlling genes with your thoughts


Scientists have developed a mind-control system that allows a person to switch on genes in mice through the power of thought alone. This technology could one day be used in pain management or to pre-empt epileptic seizures.

Philae to start drilling


Scientists have started drilling into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko amid fears that the battery aboard Philae will die within the next day.

Eyespots deter predatory attack

Wet season eyespots

Many butterflies use colouration and patterns to avoid attacks from predators, protecting their most vulnerable parts from those most likely to attack them.

We are on the comet


Philae has now stabilised on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after landing  not once; not twice but three times.

Separating the plant genome


A new approach to separating plant nuclear DNA from organellar DNA could speed up DNA sequencing and reduce costs.

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