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Damaged spinal cords ‘awaken’

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

For the first time, electrical stimulation has enabled paralysed people to stand on their own. It’s early days but hopes are high the treatment could restore quality of life. Emily Waltz investigates.


Why do zebras have stripes?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A new theory has emerged to explain the zebra’s distinctive colouring. Yi-Di Ng reports.


Could Saturn’s moon hold life?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Observations of Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft suggest that it, like Jupiter’s moon Europa, could have an ocean of water beneath its surface. Helen Maynard-Casely takes a closer look.


Bighorn sheep re-wilding raises conservation questions

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The value of a project to introduce bighorns to an island off the coast of Mexico is in doubt after evidence showed the animals died out there more than a thousand years ago. Erin Brodwin reports.

Air And Sea Search For MH370 Continues Off Australian Coast

The search for MH370: Why can’t we find it?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

For all our state-of-the-art imaging technology, we are better at searching the surface of the Moon than the depths of the ocean. Philip Dooley looks at how science has measured up to the task of finding the Malaysian aircraft.


‘Designer’ plants could seed cheaper biofuels

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Genetic tweaks make it easier to pulp trees for paper and fuel. Daniel Cossins reports.


Health experts dismiss homeopathy

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

There is no evidence that the controversial treatment is any better than a placebo, a review of the medical research has found. Tim Dean reports.

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An alimentary guide to microbes

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Scientists have little idea exactly what microbes live in our intestines but believe they play an important role in controlling metabolic diseases. By Norman Swan.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson steps into Carl Sagan's shoes in the updated TV series Cosmos. CREDIT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

In the footsteps of Carl Sagan

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The 13-part 1980 documentary Cosmos, was one of the most-widely watched television series in the world. But a lot has happened since then. Elizabeth Finkel finds the series re-make a worthy successor.


All set for our first comet landing

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A bold mission to put a spacecraft on the surface of a comet for the first time may provide answers to questions about the origins of our solar system. By Robin McKie.


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