Are women really bad at science?

2015-01-15 11:23

With the world's supposed bias against women pursuing careers in science, Anton Marshall wonders if parents are enough to encourage their daughter's interest in the field.

Tiny 'life detector' could sense alien movement

2014-12-30 22:17

European researchers claim they have devised the first tiny motion detector that could help find microscopic life forms on distant planets.

Super material has chink in armour

2014-11-26 22:37

Impermeable to gases and liquids, the super material graphene can be pierced by one type of subatomic particle.

Japan scientists make see-through mice

2014-11-07 08:16

Invisibility may still be the stuff of fictional works like Harry Potter, but researchers in Japan have developed a way to make mice almost totally transparent.

New frog species discovered in New York City

2014-11-04 08:49

Scientists have discovered a new species of leopard frog in the New York City metropolitan area and its surrounding coastal regions.

Archaeologists revisit rich Roman wreck off Greece

2014-10-10 11:37

Archaeologists armed with top-notch technology have scoured one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity for overlooked treasures in Rome.

World's first microbe 'zoo' opens in Amsterdam

2014-09-30 21:38

The world's first "interactive microbe zoo" has opened in Amsterdam shining new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds of all living matter.

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-07-19 19:00

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-06-25 20:59

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

Ancient parasite highlights humans' role in spread of disease

2014-06-20 12:51

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave in Syria may be the earliest evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to a vast spread of disease.

Panel backs potential 'three-parent' IVF babies

2014-06-03 20:56

A British expert scientific panel has given its backing to potential new three-way fertility treatments that would allow genetically modified embryos to be implanted into women.

Scientists add new letters to alphabet of life

2014-05-08 09:48

Scientists, in a world first, has announced that they had added two letters to the genetic code that forms the chemical blueprint for life.

Reiki: Superstitious hogwash or reliable healing method?

2014-05-05 11:11

Reiki is the new "spiritual healing" trend that has taken the world by storm, but does it work?

SKA puts Africa on the map - Hanekom

2014-03-26 22:06

The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will put South Africa and the continent on the map in a different way, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom says.

Conservatives 'hurt' science progress

2014-03-14 10:29

Conservative political beliefs threaten to undermine the progress made in science, particular in the US where the debate has shifted to the right, a top astronomer has warned.

It's a solid... it's a liquid... it's a dropleton

2014-02-26 22:29

Scientists have discovered a new type of microscopic particle cluster that is found in solid materials but strangely behaves like a liquid.

Brain scans help predict learning problems - study

2014-01-30 05:30

Brain scans may help identify children with learning difficulties much earlier by measuring their short-term memory capacity, according to a Swedish study.

Study says faulty brain wiring the cause of dyslexia

2013-12-06 14:46

A roadblock in the brain makes reading hard for people with dyslexia, a new study suggested on Thursday, contradicting long-held opinion.

'Lost world' discovered in Australia

2013-10-28 12:05

An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists calling the area a "lost world".

Jury member: Nobel physics decision wrong

2013-10-09 11:36

The Nobel Prize in Physics should also have gone to the Cern laboratory in Switzerland, a member of the awarding committee has said.

Tear and saliva glands made in lab dish

2013-10-01 20:34

Researchers say they have created saliva glands and tear glands using stem cells from mice, marking a further advance in the quest to grow replacement bio-engineered organs.

Hanekom praises new CSIR laser

2013-09-17 23:18

The development of the world’s first digital laser in South Africa presents limitless opportunities, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom says

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

2013-09-12 05:00

Researchers are using Twitter to increase the impact of their research.

Super spider nano silk opens way

2013-09-10 23:31

Scientists in the United States have coated spider silk with carbon nanotubes, creating a fibre that is not only super-strong but also conducts electricity.

SKA costs - countries haggle

2013-08-21 20:11

Lengthy negotiations are underway to establish how much each country involved will pay for the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.


Indian academics at odds over ancient 'pioneer' claims

2015-01-08 10:04

Indian academics are furiously debating a series of sensational claims, including that ancient Hindu sages were the pioneers of aviation and algebra, amid warnings the claims could undermine the country's burgeoning scientific reputation.

Bill Nye explains evolution - with emojis

2014-12-15 14:00

Science educator Bill Nye in an online YouTube video has taken to the internet to teach evolution - with emojis.

1st humans settled on Tibetan Plateau 3 600 years ago

2014-11-21 09:09

Researchers say people likely moved to the Tibetan highlands 3 600 years ago, in an indication of when humans first settles at high altitudes.

Scientists check the engine of cheetahs, animal world's 'Ferrari'

2014-11-05 10:19

Cheetahs can aptly be called the race cars of the animal kingdom: sleek, graceful and supremely speedy. How much energy do they spend?

Scientists inch closer to Alzheimer's origins

2014-10-13 13:41

A specially designed cell culture supports the notion that toxic 'plaques and tangles' in brain may drive Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists stretch haul of height-related genes

2014-10-06 12:32

Scientists say they have pinpointed at least 700 genetic variations that determine human height, more than tripling the haul in research that could aid the fight against stature-related diseases.

Maths and science child geniuses to visit NASA

2014-09-04 14:04

Melrose Cheese is sending 3 smart kids to visit NASA after winning a math and science quiz.

Compressed diamond sheds light on mega-planets

2014-07-16 22:37

Physicists in the US reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets.

Atom smasher gets double the power

2014-06-24 07:36

The Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for its second three-year run with double the power.

Scientists create 'mini-retina' in lab dish

2014-06-11 11:01

In another step towards reversing degenerative vision loss, scientists say they have coaxed stem cells into growing into a tiny, light-sensing retina in a lab dish.

UK launches £10m science prize

2014-05-20 09:22

Britain is offering £10m to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges - once the public has decided what it is.

Reiki: Superstitious hogwash or reliable healing method?

2014-05-06 12:30

Reiki is the new "spiritual healing" trend that has taken the world by storm, but does it work?

Lab-grown vagina, nostrils working well

2014-04-11 08:30

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Science communication should be better, expert says

2014-03-20 09:40

More effective communication from scientists is key to help dispel the negative perception of the scientific method, a top science educator has said.

'Tribo-electric', the buzzword of the future?

2014-03-04 21:07

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have built a simple prototype device that converts stop-start movement into power.

Science guy Bill Nye and Ken Ham face off

2014-02-07 12:03

Renowned science expert Bill Nye has had a lengthy debate with creationist Ken Ham on evolution and the origin of man.

Scientist: This is how to survive a nuclear blast

2014-01-15 09:32

A scientist has published a guide to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Black holes spit out high-speed jets of matter

2013-11-14 10:40

Black holes spit out mighty high-speed jets of matter that include heavy atoms, a study published in Nature says.

Karplus, Levitt, Warshel win Nobel chemistry prize

2013-10-09 13:30

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for laying the foundation for the computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes.

Englert and Higgs win Nobel physics prize

2013-10-08 13:25

Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their theoretical discoveries on how subatomic particles acquire mass.

Denel space unit inducted into the IAF

2013-09-23 11:01

Denel's new space engineering unit Spaceteq has been inducted into the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Ig Nobel awards to honour weird, funny

2013-09-12 19:37

The annual Ig Nobel awards honour weird or funny discoveries in science.

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

2013-09-11 08:51

Researchers are using Twitter to increase the impact of their research.

Toasted cheese scientifically proven

2013-08-22 11:29

Scientists at the British Royal Society of Chemistry have revealed the scientific formula for creating the perfect grilled cheese on toast.

The science behind growing a hamburger

2013-08-06 08:04

There have been many questions around the public tasting of a single hamburger made from cow stem cells. The scientists explain how it was done.

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