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English speakers, you stink at identifying smells

March 30, 2015 - 5:00am
Why do English speakers struggle to identify even common smells like cinnamon, asks linguist Asifa Majid. Is it down to language itself, or our environment?

Planet or not, Ceres rocks

March 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
All eyes are on the space drama unfolding in the asteroid belt. It matters not a jot whether Ceres is a planet or a dwarf

Why food is rarely the simple pleasure it once was

March 28, 2015 - 8:00am
An exhibition at London's Science Museum and a philosophising book explore our desire for food, while another new book exposes the food industry's dark secrets

How landscapes mould language and lives

March 27, 2015 - 3:00pm
Our surroundings can influence the words we use and feed into life's twists and turns, as two new books explore

Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget

March 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Bill McGuire

Bee pesticide study furore is called a 'scandal'

March 27, 2015 - 11:30am
Research quoted by the UK's former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after all

Giant pandas' secret social life revealed

March 27, 2015 - 11:00am
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time

Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system

March 27, 2015 - 10:28am
Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope

Thirty new fly species found in LA's urban sprawl

March 27, 2015 - 9:32am
A citizen science project in Los Angeles has discovered 30 previously unknown species of fly

Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade

March 27, 2015 - 8:54am
The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA's next lander

Great Barrier Reef reserves protected fish from cyclone

March 27, 2015 - 8:21am
Creating reserves where fishing is banned doesn't just boost fish populations, it also makes them more resilient to big climate events such as cyclones

How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?

March 27, 2015 - 8:17am
After the Germanwings air crash in France, the mental state of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has come under scrutiny. How does the industry check the health of flight crew?

If the drugs don't work on the cancer, transform it

March 27, 2015 - 5:32am
A way of turning tumours into a less aggressive type could halt hard-to-treat breast cancers and make them easier to attack

Feedback: Artificial stupidity rules KO

March 27, 2015 - 5:00am
We catalogue fruitloopery fairly completely, Flash out of the frying pan, an oddly well-named scientist and more (full text available to subscribers)

Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species

March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm
The temperature limit we've chosen to protect our planet from harmful warming is 0.5 °C too high, say a growing number of climate scientists

Bank of England guru: We're crowdsourcing economics

March 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
The financial crisis showed just how wrong our economic models can be, says the bank's research chief, Andy Haldane − so he's opening up his search for answers (full text available to subscribers)

French toddler nearly killed by flu had gene mutation

March 26, 2015 - 11:43am
How can the same flu virus be a mild infection in some people and a killer in others? The answer may lie in your genes

3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done

March 26, 2015 - 11:09am
Watch artificial ants move a large object by mimicking the cooperative behaviour of the real insects

Galaxy smash-ups show dark matter wants to be alone

March 26, 2015 - 11:00am
Hints that dark matter might interact with itself via a new force are dashed

Major Antarctic ice survey reveals dramatic melting

March 26, 2015 - 11:00am
Coastal ice shelves are thinning and the process is speeding up, making it easier for land ice to reach the sea and raise global sea levels