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Is nuclear power too risky?

The story

Because of the chain of events that have taken place in Japan over the last week, the safety of nuclear power has again come into question.  As well as coping with the aftermath of earthquakes and a tsunami, More

Mending broken hearts

The story

Hope has arrived in the UK – hope that is for the thousands of people who suffer from heart failure.

You may have seen the British Heart Foundation’s new campaign on TV recently

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Who’s the Daddy?

The story

It was announced on Tuesday that Boots will be selling home paternity testing kits in all of its stores.  These kits have been available over the counter at a few other chemists and online but this is the first time that they have been exposed to potentially millions of people.

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What’s in a (binomial) name?

Image: Nancy Vandermey (Wikipedia.org)

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The Sunda cloud leopard (Neofelis diardi) which lives in the forests of Indonesian islands was only named as a new species (distinct from the Neofelis nebulosa clouded leopard that lives on the Asian mainland) in 2007.
Now it has been confirmed that it exists as two sub species – one living on the island of Borneo (N. d. borneensis) and one that is Sumatran (N. d. diardi). More

Building with BioBricks

The story

BioBricks are DNA sequences which have defined functions and can easily be transferred into the genome of living cells such as E.Coli in order to produce genetically modified organisms. More

Science at the movies

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A story making its way around the web at the moment is that NASA has compiled a list of the best and worst science movies ever made.  More

Kinect the dots – applying knowledge of EM waves

Image: popculturegeek.com

The story

The latest must-have gaming gadget was released in the UK last week.  Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox allows gamers to interact with a games console in a completely new way. More

Lizard lunch

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The award for ‘most observant scientist during his lunch break’ this week must go to Ngo Van Tri of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology who noticed something odd about the tank of lizards at his local restaurant. More

Space tourism

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How long will it be before visiting space will be as common an event as boarding a flight to Spain?  And will we be holidaying on Mars rather than Marbella in the future? More

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