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Plugging tomorrow’s cities into greener power sources

Cities are growing at a frightening rate, and using more and more energy created from polluting fuels. In the second expert viewpoint in our Building Tomorrow series, architect Richard Hyams says urban environments can help create the energy we need.<p>Earth has a current population of 7.1 billion; …

Wireless bio-absorbable circuits could kill bacteria

Remote-controlled, dissolvable electronic implants have been created that could help attack microbes, provide pain relief and stimulate bone growth.<p>The spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics – popularly called superbugs – is threatening to put the clock back 100 years to the time when routine, …

Scientist behind Dolly the sheep killed himself by mistake in drunken fury

A world-renowned scientist behind the creation of Dolly the sheep killed himself by accident in a drunken fury, mistakenly expecting his wife to save him, an inquest heard.<p>Professor Keith Campbell, 58, tied a belt around his neck and hanged himself from a ceiling beam in his bedroom, but a coroner …

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Big rise in volunteers for medical trials

<b>The number of patients taking part in clinical trials in England has trebled in five years.</b><p>Figures from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) show almost 638,000 patients volunteered last year.<p>The rise may surprise some, given the publicity associated with a drug trial at a private …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most amazing pictures from the last seven days – including a a tornado, dancing robots and therapy for a sickly turtle.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>A drone at sea, a curious lemur and a dramatic landing from space<p>Tiny robots, printable guns and a sunken German bomber<p>Dramatic storms, face …

Coronavirus death reported in France

<b>A patient infected with the novel coronavirus has died in France, according to the health ministry.</b><p>The virus, which is similar to those which cause Sars and the common cold, emerged last year.<p>Out of 44 confirmed cases around the world, 23 people have now died with most infections linked to travel …

3-D printed windpipe gives infant breath of life

A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command.<p><b>An article by Scientific American.</b><p>Kaiba …

Everest crowds: The world's highest traffic jam

<b>Six decades after it was conquered, mountaineers complain that the summit of Mount Everest has become virtually gridlocked with climbers. How did the world's highest mountain become so congested?</b><p>In May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood alone together at the very top of the …

Why everyone must understand science

Many people feel excluded by science, but philosopher AC Grayling says this makes us slaves to technology. The less we know the more likely we are to be manipulated by others.<p>Science is undoubtedly humanity’s greatest achievement, says AC Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities. …

Why we need to bring nature back into cities

Urban areas could be the best hope for the survival of many species, but to do so we need to incorporate the natural world in new and innovative ways.<p>There is an optimistic view of the unprecedented migration we are witnessing from rural to urban areas, and it’s that cities could offer the biggest …

Africa’s ‘Avon Ladies’ saving lives door-to-door

The Avon Company approach to sales – going door-to-door – created an enduring American brand. Now the technique is being used in Africa – but instead of perfume, it’s selling life-saving equipment.<p>In 1886, David H McConnell chose a cheerful 50 year old woman – Mrs Persis Foster Eames Albee – as the …

Can city farms feed a hungry world?

There will be billions more hungry people in 2050. Growing our food on vertical farms or under radical new lighting systems may be key to ensuring they have enough to eat.<p>What’s for dinner? For that matter, what’s to eat, full stop? In a few decades time, that second question may become pressing. …