Respect in the face of desolation

Edfall lava flow

Tunneling through mountains, creating entire islands where once open ocean dominated, razing swathes of forest  – this is big engineering to meet big ambition; engineering which many would class as a defining characteristic of human kind.

Asteroid impact a greater threat than we thought

Asteroid impact a greater threat than we thought

On the 6th of August 1945 the World’s eyes were violently opened to the reality of nuclear war. As ‘little boy’ – an American uranium-gun type warhead – detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima the fear of future nuclear war became imprinted on the psyche of humanity.

Celebrating Great British Science; we want your ideas!

CGBS web

What do you think is the greatest scientific breakthrough made on British shores? Is it Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, or Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of the first pulsar? Or maybe it was Alan Turing’s development of the Turning Machine? We want your suggestions –…

Not quite what you expected: Editorial Comment


Have you ever felt a bit ripped off? Like you haven’t quite got what was advertised? Then you may well have sympathy for some unlikely cohorts. NASA and Google share a £9.1m computer which its makers, D-Wave, claim is no less than the world’s first commercially available quantum computer.

Biological villain turns nanotech poster boy; editorial comment


Phil welcomes you to the first edition of 2014, and discusses the latest research from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden 

Interview with Stephanie Preston, scientific glassblower

Interview with Stephanie Preston

Laboratory News visits Big Ask participant Stephanie Preston about the seemingly dwindling art-form of scientific glassblowing.

Interview with CERN Director General Professor Rolf Heuer


We caught up with CERN Director General Professor Rolf Heuer at the STEMNET Awards at the House of Lords. He gave us an insight into what goes on at CERN and what inspired him to take up particle physics in the first place.

Interview with Heather Williams, ScienceGrrl director

Laboratory News interview Dr Heather Williams

Laboratory News speak to this month’s Big Ask: medical physicist, Dr Heather Williams, about why in 2012 women are still underrepresented in science and engineering roles.

Exploring the Sun with Dr Lucie Green

Exploring the Sun with Dr Lucie Green

Laboratory News packed up their camera and went on the road to visit Dr Lucie Green, a space scientist at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Dorking.

A deadly solution (Video exclusive)

A deadly solution

Faced with snakes, spiders and scorpions – there was only one thing the Lab News team could do; make a film.

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