Smoke on the water, data in the DNA
The latest in high-density ultra-durable data storage has been perfected over billions of years by nature itself.
Continent break-up fuelled early climate change
The destruction of Pangaea triggered warming carbon dioxide levels, modelling finds.
Scientists invent the abacus
A high-tech spin on an ancient system could signal a revolution in high-speed computation.
The bad science of medical cannabis
Millions of people use cannabis as a medicine. That’s not based on clinical evidence, nor do we know which of the hundreds of compounds in the plant is responsible for its supposed effects.
Roman glass theory wrong for centuries
Collaboration reveals famous ancient vase was not made the way the catalogues say
Study fails to discover why old women exist
A population analysis finds no evidence to support current theories of post-menopausal survival.
Einstein, Bohr and the origins of entanglement
Two of history’s greatest physicists argued for decades over one of the deepest mysteries of quantum mechanics. Today, their successors are opening new fronts in the battle to understand ‘spooky action at a distance’
Microbes may not make it to Mars
Novel experiment finds some microbes are better adapted to space travel than others.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Tectonic plates, extreme weather, magma movements and even the effects of climate change can all play a role in triggering volcanic eruptions