A farmer can remember what has happened last year and the year before, and can prepare accordingly. But what about plants? How can they pass on their experience to their offspring?
Ingredients in magic mushrooms may have profound therapeutic potential in the treatment of psychological disorders, but under current UK law, it’s almost impossible to study them. We ask Professor David Nutt where scientists can get their hands on some…
With Rio 2016 Olympics less than 70 days away, Marianne Guenot speaks to leading research scientists about the work being done to curb the Zika virus outbreak.
A group of researchers are developing a tiny foldable robot, to be used as a non-invasive tool in medicine.
Find out what happened when we spent a day with the orchids ‘visiteering’ at the Natural History Museum.
Peter Shatwell sifts the fact and the fiction in support of the EmDrive – a proposed space propulsion system that appears to contradict a fundamental law of physics
Anne Petzold finds out what happens when an evolutionary biologist teams up with a music informaticist
Has an 18th century anatomist been vindicated by new research on how waste leaves the brain? Rachel David investigates.
Iona Twaddell compares the major environmental issue of the 1980s with climate change and asks if there are lessons to learn
Sarah Gaunt on how we know whether it’s safe to go for a swim
Kruti Shotri on the need for a gender-neutral approach to domestic violence
Tom Gordon looks at recent research on people who have reported aspartame sensitivity
Emma Brown finds that mountains may not be the shapes we thought they were – when considering wildlife habitat – and this may be good news
Rachel David on gender equality in STEM, and the need for role models
Faiza Peeran on why the citizen scientists of America collected bacteria to send into space
Iona Twaddell investigates chronic traumatic encephalopathy in sport
Pretty, but no match for monochrome – Emma Brown finds that coloured zebrafish are unlikely to survive in the wild
Rachel David finds out why scientists are making jelly volcanoes
Sarah Gaunt finds out why the elderly are taking to tablets (the computing variety)
Margaux Lesaffre on abnormal brain waves that may cause hallucinations in schizophrenia
Faiza Peeran finds that animals can use the colour of the sky to tell the time
Anna Ikarashi on how agriculture today will make it harder for future generations to feed themselves
Cassius: But soft, I pray you. What, did Caesar swound?
Casca: He fell down in the market place and foamed at mouth and was speechless.
Brutus: ‘Tis very like. He hath the falling sickness.
Elly Magson investigates Julius Caesar’s malady, 2000 years on.
Iona Twaddell looks at research into inequalities in end-of-life care
Nicole Samuel on new research into the immune response to this haemorrhagic fever
Isobel Sims explores why, for her, Christianity and Science go hand-in-hand
Rachel David looks at what draws us together
An I, Scientist video: Stephanie Sammann, Rory Galloway and Arutyun Arutyunyan interview Professor Julian Jones about biomaterials for repairing damaged bones
New evidence from the forests of Brazil sheds light on glowing mushrooms…
Sweet, sour, salt, bitter, umami – Neil Stoker asks if fat is a member of the primary taste club