Core Sciences

  • Measuring gravity: Have we finally cracked it?

    Physicists use a fountain of cold atoms to close in on Big G.

    More than 300 years after Sir Isaac Newton first grappled with calculating the strength of gravity, measurements cont...

    Physics July 14, 2014
  • Gene that doubles risk of lung cancer

    Gene that when misspelt increases risk of lung cancer.

    The world’s longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, smoked until she was 117 and never got lung cancer. Was she ...

    Biology June 9, 2014
  • Flying on sunshine – a solar jet fuel

    It could revolutionise the way we power aircraft and cars.

    The “solar chemical reactor” uses sunlight to split water and carbon dioxide, producing carbon monoxide and hydrogen....

    Physics May 26, 2014
  • How to make a superheavy element

    The latest addition to the periodic table is the heaviest yet.

    The 120-metre long linear accelerator at GSI, which crashes atoms together to form new, heavier elements. – Image cou...

    Physics May 19, 2014
  • An alimentary guide to microbes

    An important role in controlling metabolic diseases.

    Two facts about the human body often surprise people. One is that our bowels are outside our bodies and a second, rel...

    Biology April 14, 2014
  • 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
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