Category archives: Science & Technology

Why are we more scared of raw egg than reheated rice?

Twenty-five years ago minister Edwina Currie sparked a scare over salmonella in eggs and had to resign amid outrage from farmers and plummeting sales. The panic has shaped the way we think about food safety. There are foods that people instinctively associate with the risk of poisoning – raw chicken, raw egg, shellfish. At the time of Edwina Currie’s remarks – which were perceived to have dramatically exaggerated the prevalence […]

Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors

Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s groundbreaking anatomical sketches

Alastair Sooke looks through the ultimate Renaissance man’s anatomical sketchbooks – scientific masterpieces full of lucid insights into the functioning of the human body. We tend to think of Leonardo da Vinci as a painter, even though he probably produced no more than 20 pictures before his death in 1519. Yet for long periods of his career, which lasted for nearly half a century, he was engrossed in all sorts […]


Satellite continues fall to Earth -- but where will it land?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS A European satellite fell Saturday an estimated 8 miles, space agency says Scientist: It will have its final entry into the atmosphere in “less than 2 days” Nobody knows exactly where its fragments will hit Earth, though it’s being tracked It was powered by solar panels and a lithium-ion battery Earthlings, you’re safe for another day or two. After that, you might want to watch your head. The […]

Predatory 'king of gore' dinosaur discovered

A new super-predator dinosaur that roamed the Earth 80 million years ago has been discovered in southern Utah. It was closely related to its slightly larger relative, Tyrannosaurus rex, but lived earlier, making it the largest living land predator of its time. Growing to about 30ft (9m) long, the predator has been named Lythronax argestes which means “king of gore”. The research, published in the journal Plos One, highlights once […]

India launches spacecraft to Mars

India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet – with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission took off at 09:08 GMT from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the country’s east coast. The head of India’s space agency told the BBC the mission would demonstrate the technological capability to reach Mars orbit and carry out experiments. The spacecraft is […]

Rare solar eclipse in America, Europe and Africa

A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked out by the Moon has begun. It is first visible in the southern United States, and is moving east, The best view of the total eclipse on land will be in Gabon at about 13:50 GMT. The total eclipse will then sweep east across the African continent. Partial views will be available in eastern […]

Mummy-fried! Tutankhamun's body spontaneously combusted INSIDE his coffin following botched embalming job after he died in speeding chariot accident

The Egyptian boy pharaoh ‘burst into flame after chemical reaction’ His body caught fire inside sarcophagus thanks to embalming fluid Scientists also believe a chariot crash was the cause of his death The mummified body of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun burst into flames inside his sarcophagus after a botched attempt to embalm him, according to scientists in a new documentary. After his death in 1323 BC, Tutankhamun was rapidly embalmed and buried, […]

Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching

When students learn online, every mouse click is tracked. Harness this wealth of data and we can create the ultimate in personalised lessons. One day, Sebastian Thrun ran a simple and surprising experiment on a class of students that changed his ideas about how they were learning. The students were doing an online course provided by Udacity, an educational organisation that Thrun co-founded in 2011. Thrun and his colleagues split […]