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Meet the turtles surviving an invasion of enormous tractors

Sa, 19/08/2017 - 12:00
The eastern painted turtles must now live among enormous, noisy machinery – and studying them is offering clues to how animals survive alongside heavy industry

Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 21:14
People who choose alternative cancer medicines tend to be wealthier and have higher levels of education, but are more than twice as likely to die in five years

Why adding a drop of water can make whisky taste even better

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 20:18
Scotch aficionados know that adding a little water to their dram can bring out the flavours – now we have glimpsed more of the chemistry behind it

Why UK midwives are back-pedalling on natural childbirth

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 20:11
For decades, women have been encouraged to give birth naturally – that means avoiding all medicines and interventions. Now the Royal College of Midwives is changing its position

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 16:50
It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality, says Olive Heffernan

Netflix vegan hit What the Health serves up lots of bad science

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 16:33
Campaigning vegans will change nothing if they embrace bad science and conspiracy theories when making the health case for their diet, says Anthony Warner

Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know to get ready

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 14:51
The stage is set for the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. Here’s our guide to the best way to enjoy the spectacle

Can’t stop procrastinating? Try cognitive behaviour therapy

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 12:08
Do you find yourself doing absolutely any task other than the one at the top of your to-do list? There might now be a way to treat procrastination

Grown-up chimps are less likely to help distressed friends

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 12:00
Chimpanzees of all ages will comfort upset companions, but adult chimps do it less – perhaps because they are more selective about who they help

Genetic test helps people avoid statins that may cause them pain

Ve, 18/08/2017 - 09:00
Many people who take statins ditch them due to painful side effects. But genetic testing can help choose the right drug, minimising this risk

Solar eclipse will reveal the roiling fog of plasma we call home

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 23:00
The 21 August solar eclipse gives scientists and the public alike a chance to observe the sun’s corona, a ring of plasma that stretches as far as Earth

Stem cell technique could reverse a major type of infertility

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 21:00
Men with extra sex chromosomes can have difficulty producing fertile sperm. Now researchers have got around this in mice by making stem cells from their skin

Speedy white dwarf may have survived a rare type of supernova

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 21:00
Type Iax supernovae are weak enough that part of the exploding star may be able to survive. Now, we may have spotted the first star that lived to tell the tale

Monkeys can be tricked into thinking all objects are familiar

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 21:00
There is a cluster of neurons in monkeys’ brains that decides whether or not they have seen objects before, and stimulating it makes them see everything as familiar

Culture not biology is behind many differences between the sexes

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 19:15
It is becoming ever clearer that environment and culture may be determining traits we think are down to male or female biology, says neuroscientist Gina Rippon

Vitamin C helps genes to kill off cells that would cause cancer

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 19:00
Many blood cancers are caused by mutations in the protective TET2 gene, but vitamin C may enhance drug treatments by helping to tell out-of-control cells to stop dividing

Shutting down neo-Nazi Daily Stormer sets a dangerous precedent

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 18:42
The neo-Nazi website has been booted out by web services for crossing moral lines, but should tech firms decide what we see online?

Tiny robots crawl through mouse’s stomach to heal ulcers

Gi, 17/08/2017 - 12:30
Bacterial infections in mice have been cleared up by bubble-propelled micromotors that swim through the stomach and release antibiotic payloads - and then dissolve in stomach acid

This self-healing robot can regenerate after being stabbed

Me, 16/08/2017 - 21:00
Regenerating powers will be a crucial feature for robots that are both strong and soft. These jelly-like polymer muscles heal perfectly after damage – just add heat

Weird creatures are spreading polluting plastic through the sea

Me, 16/08/2017 - 21:00
Plastic particles sink to the seabed after being eaten and excreted by animals called larvaceans, which could be why we see less floating plastic than expected