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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....

Molly, MDMA, Ecstasy, whatever: caution advised

Music festival regulars are probably familiar with the drug known as Molly, variously identified as MDMA or Ecstasy, even if they don't take it themselves....

First test flight of Nasa’s LDSD flying saucer

Nasa's LDSD flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is waiting patiently to take to the skies from Hawaii for its first engineering shakeout flight...

Sign up for TEDxAIMS event: ‘Alone in a crowd’

TEDxAIMS has assembled a line-up of nine interesting speakers for an event in Cape Town on 22 June. We suggest you sign up......

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