Michelle Montford

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Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of tech we dream about. But the actual technology may not be as implausible as previously thought.<p>In 1934, Gregory Breit and John …

3 Mistakes We All Make With Spaghetti, Steak And Broccoli

<i>We cook these foods all the time -- and didn't even know we were doing it the wrong way.</i><p>By Lynn Andriani<p><b>The Spaghetti Mistake: Sticking Noodles Directly Into The Pot</b><p>When it comes to boiling pasta, we've got the basics down: Use a generous amount of water, salt it well, stir frequently and don't …

Scientists Create Element 117, Which Is 40% Heavier Than Lead

Element 117, a super-heavy atom with a long half-life is, according to an international team of scientists, real and ready to take its place on the …

The Week In Numbers: Overdosing On Caffeine, A Folding Bike Helmet, And More

<b>15 miles</b>: the distance you must walk to charge your smartphone using a new shoe insole that stores energy from footsteps as electricity<p><b>322 body lengths in a second</b>: the speed of the world's fastest land animal, relative to size<p><b>57.14 cups of regular brewed coffee</b>: the amount of caffeine it would …

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Family life: Mum at 100, N17 by the Saw Doctors and Nana's haggis

Snapshot<b>:</b> Mum, at 100 going on 17<p>My mother, who was born Grace Whitby before the outbreak of the first world war, celebrated her 100th birthday on 17 January. Her father, William, served as a machine-gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and her earliest memory is of him returning home after the war …

3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG

The days of the iconic car assembly line seems to be numbered. 3D printing technology will one day scale up for mass production of full-size …