Core Sciences

  • Cancer detected by a sniff

    New machines hold hopes for improved early detection rates.

    Sometimes life dishes out cruel ironies. In 2007, Claire Guest co-founded a program to train dogs to detect cancer in...

    Biology March 10, 2014
  • Make your own spare parts

    Can 3D printing solve the organ donor shortage?

    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

    A lot rides on the accuracy of tests for chemical weapons.

    Not all chemists wear white coats. Some wear flak jackets, heavy boots and military helmets. And this August, Åke Sel...

    Chemistry October 13, 2013
  • 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
  • Nicotine: why it’s bad for you

    Just what is it about nicotine and smoking that makes it such a health risk?

    Why nicotine is bad for you Nicotine is not carcinogenic, but it is highly addictive; after inhalation of smoke, n...

    Biology November 8, 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
  • Eye colour more complex than we thought

    Eye colour is controlled by many genes, according to a new Australian study that challenges the t...

    SYDNEY: Eye colour is controlled by many genes, according to a new Australian study that challenges the textbook exam...

    Biology February 23, 2007
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