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Bitter sweet nectar: Why some flowers poison bees

April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
Plants provide pollinators with nectar as a reward for their services, so why lace it with mind-bending toxins? Their motivations are surprisingly devious (full text available to subscribers)

It's time to let national happiness guide political policy

April 26, 2015 - 2:00am
The real feel-good factors must be allowed to guide government decisions alongside economic measures, says economist and Labour peer Richard Layard

Getting to grips with the placenta's real health benefits

April 25, 2015 - 8:00am
A project to understand the body's most mysterious organ could help us tackle everything from pregnancy complications to heart disease, says Cathy Spong

Touching down on Mars could still be a far-off prospect

April 25, 2015 - 5:00am
Landing on the Red Planet may remain a distant dream for now, despite ambitious plans by aerospace companies to take people there in the next decade

Touching down on Mars could still be a far-off prospect

April 25, 2015 - 5:00am
Landing on the Red Planet may remain a distant dream for now, despite ambitious plans by aerospace companies to take people there in the next decade

The Vital Question: Finding answers about the origin of life

April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Life was shaped by the very thing that fuelled it, linking questions about everything from our lifespan to the nature of alien life, argues a book by Nick Lane

Tax cuts for top earners fail because the theory is broken

April 24, 2015 - 11:00am
Tax breaks for the wealthy were meant to trickle through society to benefit all. It didn't work and inequality just got worse, says economist Ha-Joon Chang

Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

April 24, 2015 - 10:30am
The two robots borrow techniques from both inchworms and geckos to climb up walls while carrying huge loads

World's first malaria vaccine could be rolled out by end of year

April 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Results suggest millions of cases globally could be averted with the vaccine, which may be approved for use by year end

Police can now tell identical twins apart - just melt their DNA

April 24, 2015 - 7:30am
Some crimes are left unsolved because police can't tell which identical twin DNA evidence has come from. Now there's a quick way to tell them apart

Feedback: Some numerology of astronomy

April 24, 2015 - 4:00am
Food and drink for thought, we revisit magic DNA numbers, suspecting a subliminal message on education and more (full text available to subscribers)

Happy birthday Hubble, 25 today! Look back to where it all began

April 24, 2015 - 3:00am
The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some fabulous images over the past 25 years – and this is the mirror that made them all possible (eventually)

Technology can give political power back to the people

April 24, 2015 - 2:00am
Digital tools haven't transformed politics as much as we expected. But that's about to change – and just in time

Better than a ballot box: Could digital democracy win your vote?

April 23, 2015 - 12:00pm
Online tools are revitalising old democratic practices – and might even mean the end for politicians. We look at the pros and cons of the new people power (full text available to subscribers)

3D-printed model of London's buildings lets you see the future

April 23, 2015 - 11:30am
A new interactive reconstruction allows visitors to explore the ever-evolving capital city

Vast magma reservoir found hiding beneath Yellowstone park

April 23, 2015 - 11:00am
The discovery of the world's largest known magma chamber reveals the plumbing beneath the Yellowstone volcano, helping solve some long-standing mysteries

Gene editing could prevent mitochondrial disease in children

April 23, 2015 - 10:14am
Editing DNA in mouse egg cells has been used to remove faulty mitochondria, leaving only healthy ones behind to be inherited. It could offer an alternative to controversial three-parent IVF

Zoologger: Kinky frogs build secret underwater sex chambers

April 23, 2015 - 10:00am
A new species of frog shops around for the best sites to build a secret boudoir to give couples privacy and keep their offspring safe

Direct probing of brain reveals multiple regions cause tinnitus

April 23, 2015 - 9:30am
Scientists have peeked inside the brain of a man with tinnitus to identify the brainwaves that underlie the debilitating sensation of ringing in the ear

Digital tattoo lets you control devices with mind power alone

April 23, 2015 - 7:00am
A patch of gold electrodes you can wear behind your ear for up to two weeks will track your brainwaves 24/7 and let you control devices with your mind