Core Sciences

  • Drug potency and the risk of psychosis

    Frequent use of skunk risks developing psychotic disorders.

    A study, published in The Lancet, suggests that frequent use of skunk – high-potency cannabis – significantly raises ...

    Biology February 16, 2015
  • The problem with dark matter

    The evidence that dark matter is real is all but irrefutable.

    Let me begin by telling you that dark matter is real. The evidence is overwhelming. Without dark matter stars would e...

    Physics February 16, 2015
  • Seduced by calculus

    2010 Fields Medal was won by a French mathematician.

    The French mathematician Cédric Villaniis no ordinary looking university professor. Handsome and slender, with a boyi...

    Mathematics February 16, 2015
  • Lego to help handle delicate insects

    New contraptions made entirely of Lego building blocks.

    Some scientists have all the fun. A small team of entomologists have conjured up some new contraptions – devices made...

    Biology February 16, 2015
  • The awesome octopus

    10 reasons octopuses are awesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoCzZHcwKxI&feature=emb_title Bang! Oxford University students' wonderful science...

    Biology February 13, 2015
  • Why animals like taking drugs

    Are animals secret stoners?

    For years scientists believed that humans were the only species that sought out intoxicating substances, but that did...

    Biology February 13, 2015
  • How the kidney develops

    The development of kidney revealed from a lab study.

    Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have captured incredible time-lapse images of mouse kidneys growing in a l...

    Biology February 10, 2015
  • Dark matter exists in the inner parts of our galaxy

    Evidence has been compelling, but hard to pin down.

    A study published in Nature Physics has found for the first time direct observational proof of dark matter at the hea...

    Physics February 10, 2015
  • Book: The Lagoon

    A new book re-examines Aristotle’s contribution.

    NON FICTION The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science by Armand Marie Leroi Bloomsbury Circus (2014) RRP $29.95 Cha...

    Biology February 9, 2015
  • An immune system that grows with experience

    Fighting infections is not gene-related.

    Ebola kills up to 90% of its untreated victims. Can the 10% who do fight it off thank their genes? Research published...

    Biology February 9, 2015
  • Why sodium explodes in water

    A discovery after revisiting a basic chemistry experiment.

    There’s nothing like an explosion to help you learn chemistry. Remember when your high school teacher dropped a lump ...

    Chemistry February 9, 2015
  • In brief: birds, drones and chewing gum

    Drones can be used to spy on birds…

    Drones can be used to spy on birds Oh, to have the eyes of an eagle. As drones become cheaper to build and buy, bird ...

    Biology February 9, 2015
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