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Homicide Spreads like Germs

"By using the principles of infectious disease control, we may be able to predict the spread of homicide and reduce the incidence of this crime,...

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Don’t Sweat, Shake


Mild vibrations may provide some of the same benefits to obese people as exercise ...

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Invisibility: Somebody Else’s Problem

A new UCLA psychology study shows that people often do not recall things they have seen — or at least walked by — hundreds of times....

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Petition: For An Accountable BBC

The recruitment of the BBC's next Director General must be a process in which the license-payer has influence...

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Naive Fish Make Easy Prey

Big fish that have grown up in marine reserves don't seem to know enough to avoid fishers armed with spear guns waiting outside the reserve....

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English Grads: Less Useless Than You Thought

'is there any research on how unemployable an English graduate is? As it happens, yes.' ...

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Mayan Prophesy Fail

'soil loss could eventually have undercut the Maya's ability to grow food'. Ancient Mayans may have foretold our civilisation's doom, but they failed to foresee their own....

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Crunching Genital Injury Stats

Women saw a five-fold increase in genital injuries between 2002 and 2008, and show no signs of slowing....

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Dream Trippin’

What you dream reveals what you are. ...

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A Brave New World of Sugar and Caffeine

Sugar mouthwash makes you more motivated, caffeine improves your cognitive function, and fermented-sugar ethanol will convert the schoolrun into an environmentally friendly activity, wafting the...

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Drunken Tweets Not Confined to Humans

'all the dead birds had become intoxicated on fermented berries, and that some of the injuries they had sustained were the result of mid-air collisions'. Drunken Birds....

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Sneaky Copulation for shy Macaques

'both males and females can harass copulating partners' Rude monkeys have to resort to 'sneaky copulation' to avoid being interrupted....

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Timbre! Another Sense Falls to the Machines

Timbre is a hard-to-quantify concept loosely defined as everything in music that isn't duration, loudness or pitch. Now machines can detect it....

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Mean Sweets: Children only generous when observed

The child's equivalent of chucking a rusty old washer into a collection box, children are apt to be more generous when they know their actions are being observed....

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Trouble at t’Mill: Radio 2 Axe Mike Harding

Folk. An English lower middle-class museum music. Ouch....

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Sandy: Satellite View

A satellite view of Hurricane Sandy's landfall on the US coast...

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Beyond Space and Time: New Physics

"Our result gives weight to the idea that quantum correlations somehow arise from outside spacetime, in the sense that no story in space and time can describe them,"...

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Robots as Careworkers

Adults said they are willing to use a robot for reminders to take medicine, but they are more comfortable if a person helps them decide which medication to take. ...

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Cretaceous Acoustics Comeback

Global warming appears to be leading us back to the similar ocean acoustic conditions as those that existed 110 million years ago...

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Knife-Fighting Frogs!

Combat-ready spikes which shoot from fingers sounds like the weaponry of a comic book hero, but a Japanese scientist has found exactly this in a rare breed of frog....

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Worst Sounds Top 10

"It appears there is something very primitive kicking in,", how we react to unpleasant sounds....

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Diamond Planet Discovered

The study estimates that at least a third of the planet's mass — the equivalent of about three Earth masses — could be diamond....

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Warzone Sex-Violence Levels ‘negligible’ (U.N.)

HSRP director Andrew Mack, disputes the common assumption that conflict-related sexual violence is on the rise...

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Foreign Invaders Cost Taxpayer £1.7bn

An acceptable price to pay?...

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Science

Newly-published research claims 'The way foods make our mouths feel has a great deal to do with what foods we choose to eat'. Still no cure for cancer....

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Asteroid Zapping 101

Blast it, Scotty! Academics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are set to investigate the removal of space debris and deflection of asteroids – leading the first research-based training...

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Flu Epidemics get the Stiff Upper Lip

Britons are less likely than other nations to react to flu epidemics with ‘social distancing behaviours such as avoiding hugging or kissing’. But then, those other nations probably...

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Chocolate Makes Snails Smart

Training snails is easier when you feed them chocolate. 'Fetch!' (waits...)...

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Prison inmates overuse Ointment. Study asks why.

The first study to report on the widespread misuse of topical antibiotics found that 59 percent of male and 40 percent of female maximum-security prison inmates are using over-the-counter ointments,...

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Nazi Meteorite Statue Discovery!

Ernst Schafer and his expedition of SS members must have believed they'd hit the quasi-spiritual cosmic jackpot when they discovered the Iron Man statue to the god Vaisravana in 1938. Particularly...

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