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'Plebs' finally get to understand a bit of 'lab-coat lingo'
'Plebs' finally get to understand a bit of 'lab-coat lingo'
Scientists are not villains in lab coats, hoarding knowledge in ivory towers closed to Joe Public. But unfortunately, there are those scientists who...
Making plant fibres flame-retardant might make them fly.
Making plant fibres flame-retardant might make them fly.
It looks like a sleek car dashboard, but under its smooth surface flax fibres criss-cross through a three-dimensional matrix to reinforce it,...
Satellites can help save the environment
Satellites can help save the environment
Two images sit side-by-side, satellite footage of what the area in the country’s northern-most province looked like in 2004 and 2013. To the...
The fundamental ties that bind also confuse the world's chemists
The fundamental ties that bind also confuse the world's chemists
In the last decade or so, scientists around the globe have been questioning one of the foundations of chemistry, namely the existence and nature of...
Is life at its heart a quantum problem?
Is life at its heart a quantum problem?
In the beginning, during the first billion years (Gyr) of the Earth’s 4.5Gyr life, space debris bombarded the planet. High-energy collisions with...
The sleeping pill that wakes up damaged brains
The sleeping pill that wakes up damaged brains
A conservative estimate, based on hospital records from the 1990s, estimates that 170 000 people sustain brain damage every year. Sadly there...
Understanding trees, light and grass helps to manage bush encroachment
Understanding trees, light and grass helps to manage bush encroachment
Light travels from the sun and falls on the trees — a disjointed umbrella of leaves and branches — then through onto grass and other...
Minerals leave 'bread-crumb trail' in the search for diamonds
Minerals leave 'bread-crumb trail' in the search for diamonds
A funnel of hard, green-tinged rock spears into the Earth’s crust, rising up out of the mantle 250km below. This rock contains diamonds and the...
Dances of the stars under scrutiny
Dances of the stars under scrutiny
This notion would remain unchallenged until the invention of the telescope centuries later, when changes in brightness that had been imperceptible...
Is lightning's 'blast' as bad as its strike?
Is lightning's 'blast' as bad as its strike?
Injury from lightning is capricious and unpredictable: clothing may be torn off, sometimes raising the suspicion of foul play, especially if no one...
A new ready-to-eat twist on old grains
A new ready-to-eat twist on old grains
Besides having to plough the family fields, fetch water and fire wood, rural women also spend a significant amount of time preparing food for their...
'Glow in the dark' quinine could help kill malaria parasite
'Glow in the dark' quinine could help kill malaria parasite
Today, quinine is not only useful as a tonic water mixer for your gin, it could also be the key to uncovering the malaria parasite’s most...

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