Choosing a message will be tough, say the scientists. Photograph: Getty Images

UK scientists announced their intention to design a message to send to outer space as part of the Breakthrough Message Initiative, a public competitio(...)

A Tyrannosaurus rex skull at the National Science Museum in Tokyo. Tyrannosaurus’s bite was nearly three times stronger than a crocodile’s. File photograph:  Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Tyrannosaurus rex was a teenage mother and velociraptors are “not that smart after all”, according to the latest developments in palaeontology. “We’r(...)

Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students, said researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada. File photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Teenagers aren’t lazy, just exhausted, according to a new study. Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of st(...)

Hackers are now using a combination of psychological and technological techniques to access personal information, according to experts. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hackers are now using a combination of psychological and technological techniques to access personal information. Hackers are using voicemail record(...)

Homer predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson 14 years before it was discovered Image: Fox/Handout/Reuters

Popular science writer Simon Singh called The Simpsons “the most mathematical show in TV history” yesterday at the British Science Festival in Birming(...)

 Researchers at Birmingham City University are able to turn the complexity of a mixing board with its hundreds of dials and settings into a simple piece of software that takes minutes to install and understand. Photograph:  Birmingham City University

Budding and confirmed musicians alike will soon be able to produce professional-sounding recordings of their work using a piece of free software pres(...)

A bumblebee visiting a lavender plant during the Big Bumblebee Discovery project in Britain. Photograph: EDF Energy

Almost 30,000 people joined in a Big Bumblebee Discovery project over this summer, gathering large amounts of data to help scientists monitor these po(...)

The east coast of Greenland, where melting ice sheets meet the sea. The difficulties of being able to predict changes in the Arctic permafrost, ice sheet melting and ocean warming were discussed yesterday on the closing day of the British Science Festival. Photograph: Andrew Testa/the New York Times

The threat posed by the thawing Arctic permafrost will for the first time be predicted when the next international climate change report is published (...)

Blob Fish was voted the world’s ugliest creature.

It may be no oil painting but that is precisely the reason the blobfish, a ball of slime that lives at the bottom of the ocean, has been crowned the w(...)

When a team chooses to apply an intervention it is considered “a move”, much like a snakes and ladders game. Photograph: Druyts.t/ Wikipedia

A unique simulation, akin to ‘war gaming’, has been launched to help find ways to reduce gaps in “healthy life expectancy”. People living only a few m(...)

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