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Nuclear fusion project takes crucial step

US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the...

Genetics has significant impact on exam results: study

DIFFERENCES in children’s exam results at secondary school owe more to genetics than teachers, schools or the...

Heat of sun will wipe out life — in 3bn years

SCIENTISTS have calculated when life on Earth must come to an end. In a report that manufacturers of diaries may...

Comet crashes can create life’s building blocks: study

VIOLENT impacts from comets and other hurtling bodies can pepper planets and their moons with the molecular building...

European and Asian languages descend from same tongue

Languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient tongue uttered in...

Scientists find key to aging process

Scientists have found a biological command centre for the aging process in a lump of brain the size of a nut.

1977 space probe enters the unknown

A SPACECRAFT that took off from Cape Canaveral 35 years ago is continuing its journey out of the solar system, according to America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

Experts counsel caution: Doctors claim curing child born with HIV

DOCTORS in the United States have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.

Antibiotic resistance on the rise

BRITAIN’S most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding.

Woman controls robotic arm by thought

A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone.

Life found under Antarctica’s frozen surface

LONDON: Scientists have found life in an Antarctic lake that was sealed off from the outside world by a thick sheet of ice several thousands of years ago.

No Higgs breakthrough

SCIENTISTS working at the Large Hadron Collider have found no evidence that the new particle discovered earlier this year is anything but the simplest — and most boring — variety of Higgs boson.

Nobel prizes and surprises

Once more honour rests on the words of a secretive bunch of Scandinavians, who, on naming the latest members of the world’s most prestigious club, the Nobel laureates, unleash joyful celebrations, acrimonious protests, and a collectively mumbled “Who?

Ancient riverbed found on Mars: Nasa

A SHALLOW river once coursed through a great crater on Mars, according to the latest surface images, which suggest the dusty planet was more hospitable in ancient times.

Scientists map human brain

A COMPREHENSIVE atlas of the adult human brain that reveals the activity of genes across the entire organ has been created by scientists.

Cutting edge medical procedures

THE UK government's fertility regulator has launched a public consultation to gauge people’s attitudes towards controversial new medical procedures designed to avoid serious genetic diseases.

Genetics reconstructed of girl who died 50,000 years ago

Scientists have reconstructed the entire genetic makeup of a girl who lived and died in a Siberian cave more than 50,000 years ago. The young woman belonged to a long extinct group of humans called Denisovans, their existence known only from meagre fossil

Nasa braced for Mars landing

IN the silence of space on the approach to Mars a US probe is warming up for an unprecedented act of theatre.

First big step towards privatisation of space

Today (Saturday), a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to deliver a capsule full of supplies to the International Space Station.

Why quake did not trigger a devastating tsunami

THE earthquake off the coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia began with a sudden shift in a strike-slip fault, a line of weakness in the sea floor where two huge bodies of rock can slide past one another


A reign of fear

Auction mania

Two sides of one coin

New status for TTP?


Too much for too little

The name of the game

Roles reversed

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