Core Sciences

  • Naughty numbers in the news

    Statisticians pained to see data misused by politicians and media.

    I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my toy cars I’d line...

    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

    Emerging science of the human microbiome.

    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

    Not quite an animal, nor a fungus or plant.

    Sponges are considered the most simple of multicellular animals, and have physically changed very little over the 800...

    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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