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Miniature brains grown in test tubes

SCIENTISTS have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a “tool” that will allow them watch how the... Published 30 Aug, 2013 07:21am

Helicopter powered by man wins prize

LONDON: Engineers at the University of Toronto have won a prize that has been unclaimed for 33 years by building the... Updated 14 Jul, 2013 09:37am

The debate over calories

THE calorie content of some types of food has been systematically underestimated by retailers using a system for assessing food energy that is out of date and has not kept up to date with new scientific findings, according Published 19 Feb, 2013 08:02pm

A year in space will test effects on body and mind

LONDON: Two veteran spacefarers have been chosen to spend a year aboard the International Space Station — many times longer than the usual tour of duty — as part of research into the physiological effects of long stays Published 07 Dec, 2012 03:11am

Baby crying activates brain’s primitive parts: study

NEW ORLEANS: Ever wondered why it is so difficult to ignore the sound of a crying baby when you are trapped aboard a train or aeroplane? Scientists have found that our brains are hard-wired to respond strongly to the Published 19 Oct, 2012 03:23am

Early years key to brain development

AN early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person’s brain well into their late teens, a 20-year research study has shown. Published 16 Oct, 2012 01:01am

Brain and body

YOU may think you know the back of your hand like, well, the back of your hand. But scientists have found that our... Published 16 Jun, 2010 12:00am

Is Hawking right about aliens?

IN February 2008, Nasa sent the Beatles song, Across the Universe, across the universe. Pointing the telescopes in... Published 01 May, 2010 12:00am

Hydrogen taxis

A TAXI cab that runs on the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology is being developed with the aim of being ready for... Published 23 Feb, 2010 12:00am

Irrational fears

THE health dangers from nuclear radiation have been oversold, stopping governments from fully exploiting nuclear... Published 12 Jan, 2010 12:00am

Green technology

A GREEN technology body with powers to direct a worldwide transition away from a high-carbon economy is needed to... Published 24 Nov, 2009 12:00am

Race for next moonwalk

SINCE the crew of Apollo 17 returned from the moon in December 1972, no human has left low-Earth orbit. Five space... Published 04 Jul, 2009 12:00am

Carbon market

AFTER years of wrangling over carbon capture and storage (CCS), governments have started to back the technology with... Published 16 May, 2009 12:00am

Fat people accused of harming climate

LONDON High rates of obesity in richer countries cause up to 1bn extra tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every ... Published 21 Apr, 2009 12:00am