Reiki is a Japanese word made from the terms meaning “soul, spirit” and “energy, life force”.

What is it? Reiki is a Japanese word made from the terms meaning “soul, spirit” and “energy, life force”. It is a form of alternative healing based o(...)

A 3D image showing neuroblastoma cells performing a ‘handshake’; that is physically interacting with each other

Scientists at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland have established a new way of growing cancer cells in the laboratory that could speed up developme(...)

“There are tumours that, if you look at them under the microscope they look very similar, but at the molecular level they can be incredibly different.” File photograph: Getty Images

In spite of massive resources poured into research for a cure, cancer continues to frustrate scientists. We now understand that cancer is not one dise(...)

The psychological mechanisms behind the placebo and nocebo effect might be very similar

The phone rings. An otherworldly voice on the line says “You will die in one week”. Click. Could you actually die if someone tells you that you will? (...)

Discovering life on Mars, or the remnants of life, would give us ‘a whole new take on biology’. Photograph: Getty Images

The remote, barren rock called Mars has long been a target of imaginations, telescopes, probes and rovers., and many believe the next step should be t(...)