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Mystery physics: What does the M in M-theory mean?

10 hours 57 min ago
Some of the world's greatest physicists couldn't tell you why our leading theory of everything is labelled "M". Amanda Gefter hit the road to solve the mystery (full text available to subscribers)

Mississippi dams aren't to blame for flood risks

12 hours 57 min ago
Dams on the Mississippi river aren't swallowing the sandy sediment needed to build up the river's delta and protect nearby cities from flooding

Make graphene in your kitchen with soap and a blender

12 hours 57 min ago
A method for making large amounts of the wonder material graphene is so simple that it can be done with kitchen appliances and Fairy Liquid

When the internet dies, meet the meshnet that survives

April 19, 2014 - 10:00am
If a crisis throws everyone offline, getting reconnected can be tougher than it looks, finds Hal Hodson

Shakespeare: The godfather of modern medicine

April 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Epilepsy, psychiatric breakdown, sleep disorders – for all the crudity of 16th-century healthcare, Shakespeare's observations still inspire doctors today (full text available to subscribers)

Red lettuce and dinosaur germs head to space station

April 18, 2014 - 3:03pm
SpaceX has launched its third cargo mission to the ISS, carrying gear that includes robot legs, a collapsible garden and a microbes from a dino fossil

Shakespeare: Did radical astronomy inspire Hamlet?

April 18, 2014 - 10:00am
From a supernova in 1572 to the discovery of Jupiter's four biggest moons – astronomical discoveries of Shakespeare's time may pop up in his work (full text available to subscribers)

The LADEE killers: NASA has crashed probe into moon

April 18, 2014 - 9:39am
The lunar spacecraft has been intentionally smashed into the far side of the moon after months spent measuring dust and testing laser-based broadband

Space shuttle carrier plane heads out on Texas convoy

April 18, 2014 - 9:00am
One of the huge 747s that gave piggyback rides to space shuttles is headed to Houston to star in an 8-storey-tall museum exhibit

Flesh-eating bacterium is a child of the 80s

April 18, 2014 - 7:00am
In the early 1980s, a previously innocuous bacterium gained the grim weapons it needed to cause necrotising fasciitis, reveals a global genetics study

Feedback: Fenestration fun

April 18, 2014 - 4:00am
Defenestrations in history, global flattening squashed, memetic engineering and you, and more (full text available to subscribers)

Wikipedia searches and sick tweets predict flu cases

April 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
Flu cases across the US can be accurately estimated using Wikipedia searches, and fluey tweets from Twitter users also give the game away

Smallest life-friendly exoplanet may be lit by auroras

April 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Found by NASA's Kepler telescope, the world is slightly bigger than Earth and orbits an active red star that could drive dazzling sky shows

Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn't

April 17, 2014 - 11:00am
First maps of gene expression in Neanderthals and Denisovans could explain why they looked different from us – and why autism may be unique to humans

Longest experiment sees pitch drop after 84-year wait

April 17, 2014 - 10:30am
The longest-running experiment in the world has for the first time glimpsed a drop of viscous pitch fall – although the event comes too late for one man

EU hatches legal plan to fight invasive species

April 17, 2014 - 9:41am
Alien invaders in the EU cause damage to the tune of €12 billion a year – a new law will strengthen and coordinate efforts to keep the worst at bay

Threatwatch: Is the MERS virus spreading its wings?

April 17, 2014 - 9:23am
The Philippines and Malaysia have identified their first-ever MERS cases, while infections in Saudi Arabia surge, particularly among health workers

Flesh-eating sponges are beautiful but deadly

April 17, 2014 - 8:52am
Four new species of carnivorous sponge discovered on the deep sea floor along the west coast of North America prefer scampi to fries, or other vegetables

Zoologger: Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil

April 17, 2014 - 7:10am
Newly discovered insects called Neotrogla are anatomically reversed: males have a vagina and the females a penis

Win a VIP trip to the Science Museum in London

April 17, 2014 - 6:26am
Enter our competition to get a chance to enjoy a private tour of the Unlocking Lovelock exhibition and a stay at a the four-star Hilton London Hyde Park