Core Sciences

  • Make your own spare parts

    Can 3D printing solve the organ donor shortage?  By Mark Peplow.

    The tiny body on the operating table is not breathing. All around him the medical staff at the C.S. Mott Children’s H...

    Biology January 5, 2014
  • Neutron beams reveal innermost secrets

    3D imaging of everything from rocks to jet engines.

    Aircraft engineers and palaeontologists might not seem to have much in common but both sets of scientists are set to ...

    Physics November 10, 2013
  • Inside Syria – the search for sarin

    When the world weighs up whether to go to war, a lot rides on the accuracy of tests for chemical ...

    A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, inspects one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in ...

    Chemistry October 13, 2013
  • Naughty numbers in the news

    Statisticians are sensitive souls pained to see data misused by politicians and the media. It’s t...

    ISTOCK I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my ...

    Mathematics October 12, 2013
  • Shakespeare and the stars

    Born in the same year as Galileo, he witnessed a cosmic revolution.

    Missions to Mars; reading our genomes; Google: welcome to the modern age, where science repeatedly revolutionises our...

    Physics September 2, 2013
  • Poo transplants to treat range of diseases

    Other people’s faeces is something we instinctively avoid, but the emerging science of the human ...

    We face some pretty grim treatment options for the sake of our health. We swallow foul-tasting pills, vaccinate ourse...

    Biology May 1, 2012
  • Deep sea glass sponge

    The sea sponge occupies a niche position in taxonomy – not quite an animal but also not a fungus ...

    The dried siliceous skeleton of the deep sea glass sponge, Euplectella. – Wikimedia Sponges are considered ...

    Biology March 6, 2012
  • 17 molecules that changed the world

    The power of a simple molecule has never been more obvious.

    All molecules are not created equal. Some have saved billions of lives, wreaked environmental havoc or made the world...

    Chemistry December 31, 2008
  • A brief history of Stephen Hawking

    His fame is enormous, but how will his legacy stand up?

    Stephen Hawking’s office on the ground floor of a modern academic block in Cambridge is a surprisingly plush affair, ...

    Physics August 1, 2007
  • Michio Kaku: a fish out of water

    Michio Kaku is a superhero of the incomprehensible.

    It was Einstein's unfinished business. The world's best-known and most prolific physicist was driven in his latter ye...

    Physics August 1, 2005
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