Unusual varieties of soul butterflies
New research challenges an age-old assumption about the basic structure and function of the neuron.
Geoengineering could prevent climate effects caused by giant volcanic eruptions
Shooting huge amounts of non-ozone-harming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere could counteract vast volcanic sulphur clouds that cause perpetual winters, new research suggests
Barcodes, bank cards and digital TV: the secret numbers that run our lives
Millions of numbers and patterns keep our data safe and make our gadgets work – we just don’t know about it
Ozone hole remains size of North America, Nasa data shows
Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track
Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on ‘political’ grounds
Politicians who ignore message cannot in future say they take science seriously, open letter says
Astronomers capture first ever data of an exploding fireball from a nova star
Researchers reveal the nova was about 14,800 light years from the sun, meaning the explosion witnessed in August last year happened 15,000 years ago.
Can you solve Martin Gardner’s best mathematical puzzles?
The maestro of recreational maths was born 100 years ago today. Here we celebrate his birthday with eight of his most celebrated puzzles
First act of sexual intercourse ‘was done sideways, square-dance style’
Fossils of 380m-year-old lake-dwelling placoderms point to bony, L-shaped male organ and female ‘cheese-grater’ genitals, scientists say
Jean Golding: a tale of illness, adventure and statistics
Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate female role models in science, technology, engineering and maths (the STEM subjects). Last year, Ada LovelaceDay produced an ebook, for which I wrote a chapter about Jean Golding, the woman who set up Children of the 90s, the dataset I use for my PhD. Here’s an extract.
Supersized dinosaurs divided up their dinner
The giant sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus and Apatosaurus are familiar thanks to their huge sizes and unique body shapes of a long neck and tail with a tiny head perched on top. Among their ranks were the largest terrestrial animals of all time, and yet an enduring mystery remains – how did so many animals of this size get to be so big?