Bridget Lauritsen

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Drugs unlimited: how I created my very own legal high

How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that – and the answer might surprise you.<p>Since 2008, the emergence of legal highs has wrong-footed policymakers, parents and police. These drugs imitate …

Giant Sun Mirrors Lighten Winter Gloom in Deep Norwegian Valley

Sunshine lit up a Norwegian town in a remote, dark valley for the first time in wintertime on Wednesday, as mirrors high on a mountainside realized a …

Gravity: how real is the science?

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity might be gripping cinema but how accurate is the space thriller?<p>To use a cliché loved by those who toil in Hollywood, making movies is not rocket science – even, apparently, when the subject is.<p>Yet movie science rarely adds up to more than yet another way to tell the same …

Volcanoes: we still can't predict eruptions – video

In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland shut down airspace over Europe for six days. Professor David Pyle, a volcanologist at Oxford University, explains that despite dramatic improvements in our ability to monitor active volcanoes with high-resolution satellite imagery …

Falling Into The Sky And Other Tales Of Gravity

For most of us, gravity is the tug that pulls us home.<p>Every time we slip off a ladder or somersault into a swimming pool, we feel the planet pulling us back. Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner took this notion to a crazy extreme last year when he stepped off a platform attached to a helium balloon …

Geoengineering the climate would reduce vital rains, says study

Technological approaches to reduce future global warming could also interfere with rainfall and snowfall.<p>Although a significant build-up in …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including volcanoes, snake massages and a very unusual seahorse.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>New space ventures and mirrors that light up a town<p>Bionic men and Saturn in amazing detail<p>Robotic firefighters, solar car races and extreme …

New bat virus in China can infect people

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats that can infect people.<p>The research team isolated and cultured the …

Public Health

Rising temperatures challenge Salt Lake City’s water supply

Warming western temperatures may mean that some of the creeks and streams that Salt Lake City relies on will dry up several weeks earlier in the …

Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy? Case Studies

Reincarnation. Fact, fallacy, superstition or simply coincidence? Those stories of people with super-minds; minds that delve into the past, minds …

Watch for Taurid fireballs!

We’ve been talking about the South Taurid meteor shower for a month now, and some have already captured photos of meteors in this long-lasting (but …

Astronomy

It’s not all about hard hats, honest: life as a female engineer

As Tomorrow's Engineers Week kicks off, Alicia Sanchez Espin explains what it's like to work within an industry with just a six per cent female workforce<p>There were just three of us in my university class: three women out of about 200 students working towards a degree in engineering.<p>As an electrical …