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Behind the scenes at Formula E - the future of motor racing?

11 hours 33 min ago
This weekend, the inaugural season of the Formula E championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series, came to a close in London. David Stock was there









How same-sex marriage ruling skirts science of 'born this way'

11 hours 49 min ago
The Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, but didn't declare sexual orientation a "suspect class", which would give it the same protection as race









Weird cells in your semen? Don't panic, you might just have flu

12 hours 16 min ago
Human semen contains mystery round cells - new research confirms most are immature sperm that fail to develop a tail, and links their formation to infections like flu









The new regions at risk from mosquitoes carrying diseases

13 hours 8 min ago
Cases of yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue fever might rise as the ideal conditions for the mosquitoes that can carry the viruses become more widespread









Dopamine boost restores libido in ageing male fruit flies

13 hours 46 min ago
Exposing elderly male Drosophila to dopamine increased the time they spent courting females - something that could help us understand sex drive in people









New blow to UK fracking is a delay but not the end of the road

15 hours 35 min ago
Opencast coal mines were once routinely delayed by local councils amid unfounded health concerns. The same is happening with fracking, warns Paul Younger









US Supreme Court backs controversial execution drug

17 hours 35 min ago
Death penalty states can continue to use midazolam, a drug that was involved in several botched executions in the US over the past year









One flasher you wouldn't mind being startled by

18 hours 46 min ago
That would be a northern flicker woodpecker, displaying a stunning arc of yellow plumage as it erupts from its nest in Alaska









Single cells made to levitate, just like frogs and mice

June 29, 2015 - 12:00pm
A technique previously used to levitate animals and fruit has been scaled down to work on cells, and could help diagnose cancer or test new drugs









Could an inflamed brain be a hidden cause of depression?

June 29, 2015 - 11:00am
The body's immune system is designed to make us hide away when we get sick. But modern life could be sending this recovery response off track (full text available to subscribers)









Slo-mo reveals how enigmatic sprites explode in the atmosphere

June 29, 2015 - 10:18am
What causes mysterious "fireworks" in the sky spotted from planes? Video and computer modelling are yielding insights









Misbehaving pulsar's sudden slow-down may teach us how they tick

June 29, 2015 - 10:00am
A bright young pulsar that seemed to be stable has slammed on its brakes. Understanding this shift in behaviour could help astronomers calibrate cosmic clocks









Computer comedian suggests pics to make your online chat funnier

June 29, 2015 - 8:46am
Software that makes you seem funnier by suggesting amusing images to use during online chat could pave the way to more human-like AI









A spoonful of sugar helps the environmental message go down

June 29, 2015 - 6:32am
Gastronomic artists at New York's IDEAS CITY festival have been whipping up interest in the air we breathe









Zoologger: The vertebrate that digs the deepest nest

June 29, 2015 - 4:00am
An Australian monitor lizard digs a looping tunnel 3-metres deep to provide its eggs with the most stable environment seen among reptiles









SpaceX rocket explosion is setback for US crewed space missions

June 29, 2015 - 3:26am
Hopes that privately built rockets can restart crewed space flight from US soil have taken a blow with a Falcon 9 failure within minutes of launch









Hope or despair? The highs and lows of saving seabirds

June 28, 2015 - 11:00pm
From saving the migratory paths of endangered knots to establishing new colonies of puffins, two new books show the tough challenges bird conservationists face









Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous

June 28, 2015 - 3:00am
Forest and seaside walks may benefit us by exposing us to low doses of natural toxins that our ancient ancestors once breathed in, says toxicologist Mike Moore (full text available to subscribers)









Unfair: The justice system is broken, can science fix it?

June 27, 2015 - 6:00am
From false confessions to expert testimony that juries are ill-equipped to understand, our criminal justice system needs a radical refit, says a new book









Feedback: A mind-bending law looms

June 27, 2015 - 4:00am
Lengthening list of the bans, make mine a superposed shandy, moan over Alabama and more (full text available to subscribers)