Breakthroughs in science
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Mapping the genetic architecture of Africa
Research by the African Genome Variation Project to produce a better understanding of how people with particular genes are susceptibility to specific diseases
Poetry, music, emotions and the brain
You know that thrill, that feeling you get when listening to music? A new study shows that the brain reacts in the same way to the thrill of reading.
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
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
Automated Cancer Diagnosis
The process of examining stained tissue samples to reveal their biological secrets under the microscope is called histology.
Swine Flu Breakthrough
80 years ago, in 1933, researchers at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research first identified the flu virus.
Flu epidemics globally lead to at least five million severe cases every year and as many as half a million deaths.
For the archaeologist there can be no greater satisfaction than revealing the hidden stories of ancient relics.
Reconstructing Richard III
In August 2012 archaeologists exhumed a five-hundred-year old skeleton at Grey Friars in Leicester UK.
Professor Swinton worked in collaboration with the University of Manchester’s School of Mathematics, to test the theory of Manchester-based computer pioneer Alan Turing, who died in 1954.
We are all familiar with the prune-like fingers we get when we are in the bath. In fact it could be an evolutionary trait caused by a reaction in our body’s central nervous system.
Huge Quasar Group
Challenging our understanding of the scale of the universe, astronomers led by Dr Roger Clowes have identified the largest known structure in the universe.
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
Checking Internet Rumours
A team of scientists are developing a system to check potentially dangerous rumours circulating in social media
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
The Brain Science of Worm Watching
Worm Watch Lab, a collaboration between Zooniverse and the MRC is studying worm egg laying in a project exploring brain circuitry and how genes affect behaviour.
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