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Make the most of your brain

Make the most of your brain

Make the most of your brain

By Caroline Williams The human mind is the most complex information processing system we know. It has all sorts of useful design features, but also...

Renewables Boost for SA Power Crisis

It would be nice to think of 2014 only as the year that South Africa finally felt the power of wind, in the words of...

Breakthrough drug renews hope for spinal cord injury victims

Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralysing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, researchers have found. “We’re very...

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...

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