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DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured by Royal Society

<b>The inventor of genetic fingerprinting has been awarded the world's oldest science prize, the Royal Society's Copley Medal.</b><p>In 1984, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys stumbled on a method for distinguishing individuals based on their DNA.<p>It was a discovery that went on to transform forensic science and resolve …

Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature

As the editor of <i>Astronomy</i> magazine, I am calling for an open and public debate over the planetary status of Pluto, which was notoriously changed in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Editors of the magazine are volunteering to host such a public debate, and to involve readers of …

Can you learn in your sleep?

Sleep learning used to be a pipe dream. Now neuroscientists say they have found ways to enhance your memory with your eyes closed, says David Robson.<p>Just before you climb under your duvet, you carefully prepare your room. You sprinkle a few drops of incense on your pillow, put on some headphones, …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

Donated Livers Last Three Times Longer When Supercooled

At least rat livers do.<p>To keep a handful of rat livers super-fresh, researchers kept them supercool—that is, stored at temperatures below the freezing point of water.<p>The procedure was part of an experimental new method for treating donated organs. The method is still in its early stages of …

Record-breaking magnet crams three tons of force into the size of a golf ball

University of Cambridge scientists have broken a decade-old superconducting record by packing a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a golf ball-sized hunk of crystal -- equivalent to about three tons of force. The team used high-temperature superconductors that work at minus 320 degrees F or so -- not …