• The problem with eyewitness testimony

    Could you be convinced of a crime that never happened?

    Eyewitness testimony in a criminal trial assumes  that a person’s memory is reliable and accurate. But scientists now...

    Society January 19, 2015
  • Lessons from the forgotten Davy lamp

    His life holds some lessons for ethics and science today.

    Consider Humphry Davy, 19th century poet and poor boy made peer of the realm because of his extraordinary scientific ...

    Society January 5, 2015
  • Season of good cheer – and guilt

    Overeating at Christmas is de rigueur, but what should our diet look like when we get down to tho...

    ISTOCKPHOTO Christmas is the season for good cheer, family rows and lots of guilt – mainly about what you e...

    Social Sciences December 1, 2014
  • The mind of Michio Kaku

    What is a physicist doing weighing in on the mysteries of the mind? Tim Dean went to find out.

    Michio Kaku has an extraordinary mind.  It loves nothing better than occupying itself untangling the mathematics of s...

    Social Sciences July 21, 2014
  • Vaccine doubters don't let facts get in the way

    Messages urging parents to vaccinate fall on deaf ears.

    Many parents dread taking their baby for the scheduled immunisation jabs. But for some parents, concerns about vaccin...

    Society March 17, 2014
  • The father of the Green Revolution

    His work on food production averted a humanitarian disaster.

    On 25 March 2014 the world will celebrate the 100th birthday of agricultural scientist and humanitarian Dr Norman E. ...

    Society February 17, 2014
  • Penis size does matter to women

    iStock WASHINGTON: The eternal question of whether penis size matters to women has been probed by a team of...

    Social Sciences April 8, 2013
  • Urine stream can reveal prostate issues

    The shape can help diagnose urinary problems.

    LONDON: The shape of a man’s urine stream can help diagnose urinary problems such as an enlarged prostate, show resul...

    Society October 24, 2012
  • Attracted to men with healthy faces

    Men with a high immune system seen as more attractive.

    LONDON: Women are subconsciously attracted to men with a high immune system, a new study suggests. A paper published...

    Behaviour February 22, 2012
  • The origins of music

    The music we enjoy reflects who we are.

    Music is an important part of our lives. We connect and interact with it daily and use it as a way of projecting our ...

    Society March 3, 2011
  • Top 10 ancient Arabic scientists

    The Arabic Golden Age of science and technology advances.

    When asked about history’s most influential scientists, many people talk of Einstein, Darwin, Galileo or Newton. But ...

    Society January 6, 2011
  • Women dream about sex as much as men

    New research shows much more equality than previously thought.

    Men may spend infinitely more of their waking time thinking about sex than women, but both genders dream about the su...

    Society July 3, 2007
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