This issue of Cubed explores the discovery at the University of Edinburgh that the Milky Way is half the mass of Andromeda – and the scary implications around Dark Matter that may have scientists screaming for new paradigms. We also look at technology behind the Galileo programme, Europe’s civilian controlled global navigation satellite system. Finally there's the usual selection of science related MOOCs opening over the next month for you to get your teeth into.
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The Galileo Project
By 2020 the Galileo programme will have 30 satellites providing a global navigation system run by civil authorities to rival GPS
Weighing the Milky Way
An international research project lead by scientists at Edinburgh University produced interesting findings around the Milky Way and highlighted issues around Dark Matter
VIDEO - The Magic of Consciousness
Watch this video from the RI Channel exploring the magic and mystery of consciousness.
Making robots for human environments
The future of robots is going to be huge argues Dr Nick Hawes, who explains the challenges and possibilities of robot research
Robot butlers and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is almost here. We talk to experts at Queen Mary University on what it is, where it is heading, and robot butlers
VIDEO - Ferrofluid, the magnetic liquid!
Watch this video showing the fun side of nanotechnology.
Podcast of the month - August 2014
The naked scientists among other things discuss origami robots, how we taste food, and how obese bears might help in combating diabetes
Diversity and Food Security
Conservation may sound like an activity preserving the past. But as Dr Nigel Maxted’s research shows, conservation is preserving possibilities for a better future
Expansive Research in Sustainability
In a world where ‘sustainability’ means many things, we talked to Dr. Tim Lenton who is completing an overview of ‘sustainability research’ at Exeter University's leading research centre
Recreating the power of the sun
Safe, inexhaustible, zero-carbon energy is a dream for a truly sustainable planet.
A new hope for targeting cancer cells
It is widely acknowledged that current methods for treating cancer are far from ideal, often resulting in side-effects with both short and long-term impacts on patients’ health.
Sustainability in a global organisation
How does a global organisation act sustainably? We chat to Mark Hewitt, Head of Environmental Management at the British Council to find out.
VIDEO - Paper into pixels: The birth of digital
In an increasingly digitalised world it’s easy to lose sight of how it all began. This video pays homage to Claude Shannon the mathematician who first developed the ‘bit’.
Podcast - Quentin Cooper at the Royal Society
Quentin Cooper podcasts from the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
What is Regenerative Medicine?
There are great hopes for a fast developing field of medicine that may change the future of healthcare
New Prosthetics Inspired by Antlers
Prosthetic limbs have remained more or less the same for thousands of years but there’s a new vision of the prosthetic that marks a leap in thinking
FameLabbers thinking Longitudinally
The 2014 Longitude Prize is a 10 million pound reward to stimulate innovation in a key global challenge. Find out what the 2014 FameLab International finalists think about the prize.
VIDEO: Watch the winning talk of FameLab International 2014
Watch this engaging and thought provoking 3-minute talk about food scarcity that won Padraic Flood the 2014 FameLab International final
VIDEO - World cup fail: the science of Lampard's goal
England are out of the world cup yet again. In 2010 England exited following a controversial decision to disallow Lampard's goal. Here, the RI Channel use physics to prove it was a goal!
Podcast of the month - June 2014
Reshaping health with 3D printers
3D printing is still widely regarded as a novelty, but its impact on healthcare is likely to show how it may dramatically reshape our world
The Science and Design of 3D Printing
The EPSRC centre at the University of Nottingham is re-defining how we need to understand the many processes at work in ‘Additive Manufacturing’
Podcast of the Month - May 2014
This month's podcast comes from The Naked Scientists. Among other things, this podcast discusses the future of buildings, and 3D printing houses.
Animal Vision Avoids Powerlines
There have been many reasons put forward for animals avoiding powerlines. But a collaborative research project has provided radical new insight into animal behaviour
Facial Expressions, Cultural Difference, Empathy
New research suggests that not only are there four basic emotions expressed through the face, but that how these emotions are interpreted depends on cultural background
Checking Internet Rumours
A team of scientists are developing a system to check potentially dangerous rumours circulating in social media
Algorithm - How Do I Feel?
As we increasingly depend on digital technology for every aspect of our lives, a new smartphones app offers a window on our moods and emotions
Portable Electricity for Developing World
Cheap, sustainable energy is the key factor in making change in the developing world. It’s why three Imperial College graduates have created an innovative new company.
Facial Surgery and 3D Printing
Using 3D printing technology for facial surgery captured the news media, but as we discover, this team of surgeons and product designers in Wales are continuously rethinking their discipline
The new area of Synthetic Biology gets a handy toolkit via the dynamic culture of the UK’s science students