• Ancient armadillos go clubbing in South America

    ByMylesMcLeodTWO-TONNEarmadillosknownasglyptodontsprobablyspentprehistorybashingeachotherwiththeirclub-liketails.Fracturesinthecarapacesofsomefossilspecimenssuggestedbrutalsparring...

  • Modifying morals

    Biotechnologistshavea“compellingmoralimperative”tooffergeneticallymodifiedcropstopoorercountriesthatwantthem...

  • Radio transmitters keep tabs on players

    ByIanAndersonSPORTSpeoplewhoarepushingthemselvestoohardcouldsoonbeidentifiedbeforeit’stoolatebyasystemcalledPlayTrac...

  • Heading our way

    Theoddsofaglobaldisastercausedbyacollisionwithasteroid1999AN10haveshortenedfromonein10milliontoonein500000.Theearlieroddsrelatedtoapossiblecollisionin2039(ThisWeek...

  • Break out

    AVIRALproteinthatpunchesholesinbacteriacouldhelpscientiststodevisenewantibiotics.Bacteriainfectedwithaviruscalledafilamentousphagelivenormallybutoccasionallybelchoutnewcopiesofthephage.NowDeniseMarcia...

  • Foul brew

    ByDeboraMacKenzieinBrusselsALCOHOL-FREEbeermayseemacontradictioninterms.Andifthelackofbitedoesn’tgettoyou...

  • No more Mir

    TheRussianSpaceAgencyhaschangeditsmindagainaboutthefateoftheMirspacestation.Afterseveralstaysofexecution...

  • Treble bar

    ByBarryFoxThetrebleofpianosisoftenweak.NowtheBritishpianomakers...

  • Space sickness

    ByAndyCoghlaninChicagoTHEstressofspaceflightweakensastronauts’immunityandincreasestheirriskofpassinginfectionstooneanother.ThefindingsdiminishprospectsforcrewedmissionstoplanetssuchasMars...

  • How to really inflame a painful situation

    ByMichaelDayACLASSofdrugsusedbymillionseverydaytoreducepainandswellingmightactuallyincreaseinflammationifusedforlongperiods.Non-steroidalanti-inflammatories...

  • A drip in time and space

    ByCharlesSeifeLETnobodysaythatJacksonPollock’spaintingslackdimension.PhysicistsinAustraliahaveusedthemathematicsoffractalstoanalysePollock’sfamousdrippaintings—andcandatecanvasesbytheirmathematicalpro...

  • Fragrant shorts

    AJapanesecompanyismarketingwhatitsaysistheworld’sfirstantibacterialunderwear.Thebriefsandboxershortsareimpregnatedwithchemicalsthatinhibitthegrowthofmicrobesontheskin.Thesenormallyfeedonsweat...

  • Breathe easy

    ByBarryFoxForpeoplewhochokeontheirfood...

  • Out of the dark

    Surveyingstreetlightingtoseeifitisbrightenoughforpedestriansandmotoristsisalaborioustask...

  • Big star ate my planet...

    ByMarcusChownGIANTplanetsorbitupto8percentofallSun-likestars...

  • High risk

    Foranhouraftertakingcocaine...

  • Way to grow

    ByPhyllidaBrownPARALYSINGspinalinjuriesareforever...

  • Flooded out

    ByFredPearceMELTINGHimalayanglaciersarethreateningtounleashatorrentoffloodsintomountainvalleys...

  • Boiled is best

    ByAndyCoghlanCOOKEDvegetablesgiveyouconsiderablymoreprotectionagainstheartdiseaseandcancerthanrawones...

  • Window bug

    ByBarryFoxWhenthetabloidswanttorecordacompromisingconversationtheynormallybugaroomorwireupajournalistwithaconcealedmicrophone.Now,...

  • Sudden death

    ByIanAndersoninMelbourneABORIGINESinnorthernAustraliawhoplaythenationalbrandoffootballcalledAustralianRulesaremorelikelytodiesuddenlyofaheartattackthanpeopleplayinganyotheraerobicsport.Forevery5000oft...

  • Pierced to the heart

    Peoplebornwithheartdefectswhopiercetheirearsorotherbodypartsriskdevelopinglife-threateningheartvalveinfections.DoctorsfromtheMayoClinicinRochester...

  • Those lungs were made for hearing

    EARLYlandvertebratesusedtheirlungstolistentotheworld...

  • Cosy nights

    THEpolesofJupiter’smoonEuropastaysurprisinglywarmatnight...

  • Now hear this!

    Japan’snationalphonecompany...

  • Flu fear

    ByJoannaMarchantAnewoutbreakofH5N1chickeninfluenzahasstruckinHongKong.In1997anoutbreakofadeadlystrainofH5N1killedsixpeople...

  • Future farm

    ByJoannaMarchantTheimpendingarrivalofgeneticallymodifiedanimalsonafarmnearyouwillimproveanimalwelfare...

  • Pot pills

    ByJoannaMarchantTheUSSupremeCourtrulingthatmarijuanacannotbelegallyusedasamedicinemayhaveunexpectedlygivenaboosttopharmaceuticalcompaniesresearchingtheplantextracts.“Ourprogrammestandsalonenow...

  • A fine kettle of fish

    AgroupofenvironmentalistsandscientistslastweekurgedtheUSgovernmenttobanthesaleandimportofgeneticallymodifiedfishuntilpossibledangerscanbestudied.ThecallcomesasAquaBountyFarmsofWaltham...

  • On the record

    ByDuncanGraham-RoweBigBrowserisnotonlywatchingyoubutnowitisthreateningtokeeparecordofallinternetandphoneactivityinEuropeforuptosevenyears...

  • They're everywhere

    ByClaireAinsworthMorethanonein10Britishchildrenarecarryingsuperbugsresistanttooneormoreantibiotics.Theproportionofadultcarrierscouldbeevenhigher.Thesuperbugsarenoimmediatethreattothosecarryingthem...

  • Shotgun wedding

    ByAndyCoghlanCelera...

  • Data crunch

    ByJoannaMarchantEuropeanbiologistshavebeengivenafundinglifelinetohelpthemcopewiththeeverincreasingtorrentofdatatheygenerate.Withoutit...

  • Duplicate dinner

    ByProposalstoclonelargenumbersoffarmanimalstoproducesupermarketmilkandmeatarenotinherentlywrong...

  • Winging it

    Landingaplaneafteralltheenginesononesidehavecutoutisfraughtwithdanger.ButanewsystemdevelopedatNASA’sDrydenFlightResearchCenterinEdwards...

  • Blowing bubbles

    ByAdrianChoAyoungstarnottoofarfromEarthhasperformedtheremarkabletrickofpuffingoutasphericalcloudofgas.Thissingleeventisforcingarethinkonthewholetheoryofhowstarsform.Accordingtocurrentideas...

  • Resigning matter

    ByJoannaMarchantTheeditoroftheBritishMedicalJournalhasresignedfromhispositionatNottinghamUniversityafterheballotedhisreadersoveratobaccocompanydonation.RichardSmithsteppeddownasProfessorofMedicalJourn...

  • Dead in the water

    ByFredPearceTHEworld’soceansmayhavebecomestagnantforseveralthousandyearsduringthelasticeage...

  • Poisonous legacy

    Morethanahundrednationswillpledgetoridtheworldofadozentoxicchemicalsknownaspersistentorganicpollutants(POPs)...

  • Alphabet soup

    ByBarryFoxFromFriday...

  • The awful truth

    ByPhilipCohenandDavidConcarZITAthesupercowwasabeastinamillion...

  • Heart stopper

    ByEmmaYoungCommonviralinfectionscouldbeamajorcauseofhearttransplantfailure...

  • Storm of controversy

    ByMelanieCooperPowerfuldowndraughtsofcoldaircreatedduringthunderstormsconcentratepollengrainsandtriggerasthmaattacks...

  • On the grapevine

    ByEugenieSamuel...

  • Cut to the chase

    ByIanSampleVideouserswillbeabletoskipthedullpartsofasportsgameandgostraighttothehighlights...

  • Modern history

    ByEmmaYoungAlmost30yearsafterUSplanesstoppedsprayingAgentOrangeinVietnam...

  • Early replica

    ByJeffHechtThetheorythatearlylifewasoncedominatedbyaself-replicatingmoleculejustgotabigboost.NewexperimentsshowthatenzymesmadeofRNA–DNA’schemicalcousin–canreplicateotherRNAmolecules.TheRNAenzymes–orri...

  • Precious pressure

    ByBarryFoxAwayofturninginferior...

  • Energetic approach

    ByKurtKleinerTheenergypolicythatUSPresidentGeorgeW.BushannouncesonThursdayislikelytoencouragemoreoilandgasproduction...

  • Snowy dirtball

    ByStuartClarkMostcometsdieinablazeofglory...