Science

science Bad luck may have caused Neanderthals' extinction – study

Perhaps it wasn’t our fault after all: research into the demise of the Neanderthals has found that r...

science Keith Holly obituary

My grandfather Keith Holly, who has died aged 93, was an agriculturalist, a researcher into weeds an...

science Erotic fresco depicting Greek myth unveiled in Pompeii

A fresco depicting an erotic scene from the Greek myth Leda and the Swan has been unveiled to the pu...

science Starwatch: the young moon draws close to Saturn in Sagittarius

The bright planets of Venus and Jupiter remain fairly close in the evening sky this week. They are s...

science Can we have net zero emissions and still fly?

When you think about things that are quintessentially British, you probably would not immediately pu...

science Daring Mars mission to send rocks back to Earth in hunt for past life

Engineers plan to collect rocks on Mars and bring samples to Earth, in one of the most complex robot...

science Oncologist Azra Raza: ‘Don’t give up hope. Don’t give in to despair’

Azra Raza is an oncologist, and professor of medicine and director of the Myelodysplastic Syndrome C...

science Mummified lion and dozens of cats among rare finds in Egypt

A rare discovery of mummified big cats, cobras and crocodiles has been unveiled by Egyptian authorit...

science Flagship observatory faces major interference from private companies' satellites

A flagship observatory that will map the heavens in spectacular detail and search the skies for aste...

science Big star energy: record-breaking explosion recorded

When gigantic stars run out of fuel they collapse under their own gravity and, in a last hurrah, sen...

science Humans put into suspended animation for first time

Doctors have put humans into a state of suspended animation for the first time in a groundbreaking t...

science Country diary: pockets of stardust in the November gloom

Apart from the screech of a jay, all is quiet. So quiet that the rustle of each falling leaf, adding...

science Plantwatch: weather triggers magical season for exotic fungi

This has been a magical season for fungi. The weather has been outstanding, with a wet early spring,...

science Fears of demographic timebomb in UK are unfounded, says study

Fears that the UK will be hit by a demographic timebomb – in which fertility rates fall at the same ...

science Dopamine fasting: why Silicon Valley is trying to avoid all forms of stimulation

They have done biohacking, clean sleeping and the keto diet, but now Silicon Valley types have coine...

science What’s behind a phobia of holes?

Julia was around 11 years old the first time it happened. She let herself into her dad’s apartment i...

science Doctors warn of danger of 'feather duvet lung'

As winter approaches it might be tempting to curl up under a thick feather duvet, but experts have w...

science Heather Ashton obituary

One day in the early 1980s a distressed patient went to see the doctor Heather Ashton at her pharmac...

science Did you solve it? The two child problem

Earlier today I set you the following four questions: 1. Mrs Smith has two children. The eldest one ...

science Scientists develop slippery toilet coating to stop poo sticking

The toilet brush need never leave its holder again. Scientists have created a super-slippery coating...

science Can you solve it? The two child problem

Here are four questions. They sound very similar. But be careful. They are not. 1. Mrs Smith has two...

science Starwatch: Jupiter and Venus in close conjunction this week

The two brightest planets in the night sky meet for a close conjunction this week. Jupiter and Venus...

science Spacewatch: Boeing proposes direct flights to moon in 2024

The American aerospace corporation Boeing has proposed a lunar lander to Nasa that it claims would r...

science Who's the daddy? Paternity mixed up in cities, study finds

The Romans had a phrase that summed it up nicely: mater semper certa est, pater semper incertus est....