• Reaching the limits of genetic medicine

    British MPs have voted to allow three-parent babies to be created.

    Last week British MPs in the House of Commons voted to allow scientists to create so-called three parent babies. The ...

    Society February 9, 2015
  • Babies to be made from two women and one man

    MPs in House of Commons vote to allow controversial technique.

    The UK House of Commons has voted in favour of a controversial technique that allows IVF babies to be created with bi...

    Society February 5, 2015
  • Captured: A year in pictures

    We share some of our favourite images from the past year.

    The earth from Cassini On 19 July, the Cassini spacecraft glimpsed a rare sight: home. The tiny blue speck of light (...

    Society January 19, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What gladiators were really like

    What evidence from an ancient mass grave is telling us.

    The discovery of the first confirmed collection of gladiator remains has allowed scientists to apply forensic analysi...

    Society June 7, 2007
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