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One thing you learn early in journalism is that, despite what the laws of physics state, in human affairs there is indeed such a thing as smoke withou(...)

An experimental drug that bolsters ailing brain cells has raised hopes of a treatment for memory loss, poor decision making and other mental impairmen(...)

Global warming: 50 per cent of the public think the Earth is getting warmer mainly because of human activity while 87 per cent of scientists do

Considerable effort is expended on the public promotion of science nowadays, but how effective is it? One measure of effectiveness would surely be a (...)

As well as keeping our brains active, learning a new language is an ideal opportunity for making new friends, having new experiences with others and reaching a goal.

Most people in this part of the world have a smattering of French or Spanish which comes in useful when ordering dinner on holiday, but because much o(...)

Step-counter apps could be doing harm by driving people to chase over-ambitious goals, a leading  scientist has claimed. File photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Step-counter apps could be doing harm by driving people to chase over-ambitious goals, a leading computer scientist has claimed. Dr Greg Hager, from (...)

Tests have indicated that the heavier you are, the greater your brain perceives distances to be. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Obese people may have found a good excuse for not going the extra mile, thanks to scientists. It seems that the heavier you are, the greater your bra(...)

A 10-minute saliva test for cancer that scientists claim could revolutionise diagnosis of the disease has been unveiled. File photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

A 10-minute saliva test for cancer that scientists claim could revolutionise diagnosis of the disease has been unveiled. The “liquid biopsy” test loo(...)

Smoke billows from a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province in China. In China, burning coal was the biggest contributor to air pollution. This alone was responsible for around 366,000 Chinese deaths in 2013. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s f(...)

Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Environmental activism campaigns on climate change emphasise the scientific consensus that human activities contribute significantly to global warming(...)

“When asked questions such as ‘Can sound smash a wine glass?’, students developed strategies without a lab manual to follow.” Photograph: Thinkstock

One of the strongest predictors of a science student’s academic performance is their level of engagement with their learning. There is considerable(...)

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