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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...

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...

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...

Rosetta arrives at comet destination after 10 years

On 6 August 2014, ESA’s Rosetta arrived at its comet destination after a 10 year-journey, becoming the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet...

World Science Festival 2014: how to unlock curious minds

The World Science Festival 2014 in New York was a five-day celebration of all that’s good about science. PM editor Alan Duggan went along for...

The secret behind a mollusc’s bioceramic armour

Researchers have unearthed the secret behind the Placuna placenta mollusc’s bioceramic armour - one that's not only very tough, but also optically clear...

‘Magic Island’ discovered on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon

Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object – where one never existed – on Saturn's moon Titan. Dubbed “Magic Island”, this “transient feature” is...

Time’s tangled web

Time’s tangled web

Sir Arthur Eddington cited the gradual dispersal of energy as evidence of an irreversible “arrow of time”; now quantum theory could explain the flow of...

New horned dinosaur sports elaborate wing-shaped headgear

Based on fossils collected from the US and Canada, scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur: the Mercuriceratops Gemini...

Cockroaches rule! And here’s why…

Cockroaches give most people the creeps. This fascinating TED talk suggests why our instinctive revulsion should be tempered with admiration....

The eyes have it: scientists create retina in a dish

Scientists have effectively created a retina in a dish, or at least taken a major step towards this goal....

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