Science

Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

On 12 November, history was made when ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landed its Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko...

Scientists develop sensor to identify disease-causing bacteria in minutes

Stellenbosch scientists achieve nanochip in a capsule breakthrough that identifies disease-causing bacteria such as Escherichia coli within 10 to 15 minutes...

Cancer wars: another breakthrough offers new hope

Scientists have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way...

Do we really need all those vitamin and mineral supplements?

Doubts have emerged over whether vitamin and mineral supplements actually work. PM looks at the latest evidence for and against the 20 most popular...

Discovery expands search for Earth-like planets

A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3 000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like......

How it happened: Stowaway science

Turns out it’s the stable climb of an aircraft that gives stowaways a chance at survival....

Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable space habitat

Bigelow Aerospace has unveiled a mock-up of the BA 330 inflatable space habitat. Learn more about expandable habitats and watch the BA 330 undergo testing...

How stunt planes fly

How stunt planes fly

Joshua Krisch's day with stunt pilot Jeff Boerboon revealed the limits of what stunt planes – and a person – can withstand. Go along for...

New tech lets you play DJ on a paper turntable

Kate Stone of Novalia has created a paper turntable by incorporating programmed printed electronics on paper, which when touched, makes cool, scratchy DJ sounds...

Lead in children’s blood linked with behavioural and emotional problems

Emotional and behavioural problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems...

Saliva powers tiny microbial fuel cell

Fossil fuels are old-school. A newly identified renewable energy source is safe, portable – and free. It’s called saliva...

Sandia to transfer Copperhead IED detection tech to US Army

Sandia is transferring its Copperhead IED detection tech to the US Army to support combat military personnel by uncovering improvised explosive devices...

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