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The musicians helping make climate change a cultural movement

Lun, 17/06/2019 - 07:00
Pop stars like Lil Dicky and Grimes are using their music and their huge followings to gain vital coverage of climate change. This rise in social media-driven activism shows that a tipping point has been reached in popular culture

How to make the perfect crêpe according to fluid dynamics

Sab, 15/06/2019 - 13:00
It’s hard to make crêpe batter spread evenly before it cooks, but an analysis of the physics involved says a tilt and swirl of the pan gives the perfect pancake

Superweeds are on the brink of becoming resistant to all weedkillers

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 18:26
The most damaging weed in the UK is evolving resistance to the powerful herbicide glyphosate - and many more superweeds are evolving worldwide

High-tech vertical farming is on the rise – but is it any greener?

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 16:59
Online supermarket Ocado is investing £17 million in vertical farming in the UK. The approach uses no pesticides, but it can still have a hefty carbon footprint

The Science of Storytelling is an essential guide to our own minds

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 16:32
We are all storytellers, and Will Storr’s book, The Science of Storytelling, helps us understand the hero of our own stories a little better

Strange fat cells in our bones grow rather than shrink when we starve

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 16:29
A special kind of fat cell in our bones grows when other cells shrink - a finding that could help explain the benefits of a calorie-restricted diet

We may be witnessing the birth of an exomoon around a distant world

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 12:41
A planet 370 light years away appears to be surrounded by a disc of dust the like of which we’ve never seen before. It may eventually turn into rings or moons

UK could use hydrogen instead of natural gas – if it can make enough

Ven, 14/06/2019 - 09:00
The UK can safely switch to using hydrogen for heating, power and manufacturing, but doing so will require a 10-fold production increase, says a new report

More than half of all Ebola outbreaks are going undetected

Gio, 13/06/2019 - 20:00
As the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history spreads into Uganda, a modelling study has suggested that most Ebola outbreaks escape detection by doctors

Gut microbes interfere with Parkinson's drug - but we could stop them

Gio, 13/06/2019 - 20:00
We have identified organisms in the gut that break down the main drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, a step towards making the therapy more effective

Ethnic minority children are exposed to more noise pollution at school

Gio, 13/06/2019 - 16:35
Schoolchildren in the US who are from poorer or ethnic minority backgrounds are much more likely to be exposed to noise pollution from cars and planes

Two hours a week spent outdoors in nature linked with better health

Gio, 13/06/2019 - 15:00
Just 2 hours a week spent in nature, such as parks and woodlands, seems to be enough for people to feel healthier and happier

Europa’s salty surface may indicate an ocean that’s good for life

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 20:00
Jupiter’s moon Europa has an ocean buried beneath its icy shell which may be full of regular table salt. That’s a good sign for the possibility of life there.

Tombs in China reveal humans were smoking cannabis 2500 years ago

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 20:00
Chemical traces on 2500-year-old wooden braziers are the earliest evidence that people had begun growing mutant marijuana strains that could get them stoned

Another team has used 'jumping genes' to upgrade CRISPR gene editing

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
Two research teams have developed new kinds of CRISPR based on jumping genes. The techniques could make it much easier to insert pieces of DNA into genomes

Godzilla: King of the Monsters reveals our obsession with radiation

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
Godzilla is back in the film King of the monsters. Japan’s nuclear-powered creature exposes our obsession with radiation, says Simon Ings in his latest column

Dark matter can't be seen, so this gallery is making it sing

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
Dark matter may have physicists stumped, but Science Gallery London has found clever ways to explore the elusive matter filling our universe

Fate vs free will: A new book clarifies the determinism debate

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
We're not wrong to think we have free will, but The Science of Fate by Hannah Critchlow reveals the moral complexities underpinning our sense of unlimited choice

Koalas burned in wildfires can be now saved but the treatment is gross

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
With wildfires on the rise, endangered koalas are more threatened than ever, but a new treatment for burned animals offers a ray of hope. We go inside the world's only koala hospital

Mission to Mars: The complete guide to getting to the Red Planet

Mer, 12/06/2019 - 19:00
Humanity's first Mars mission will need a big rocket, lots of free time, reliable team mates and lots of NASA cash. Here's our 5-step plan to get people to the planet and back