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Planet or not, Ceres rocks

28 March 2015 - 3:00pm
All eyes are on the space drama unfolding in the asteroid belt. It matters not a jot whether Ceres is a planet or a dwarf

Why food is rarely the simple pleasure it once was

28 March 2015 - 11:00am
An exhibition at London's Science Museum and a philosophising book explore our desire for food, while another new book exposes the food industry's dark secrets

How landscapes mould language and lives

27 March 2015 - 6:00pm
Our surroundings can influence the words we use and feed into life's twists and turns, as two new books explore

Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget

27 March 2015 - 3:00pm
Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Bill McGuire

Bee pesticide study furore is called a 'scandal'

27 March 2015 - 2:30pm
Research quoted by the UK's former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after all

Giant pandas' secret social life revealed

27 March 2015 - 2:00pm
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time

Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system

27 March 2015 - 1:28pm
Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope

Thirty new fly species found in LA's urban sprawl

27 March 2015 - 12:32pm
A citizen science project in Los Angeles has discovered 30 previously unknown species of fly

Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade

27 March 2015 - 11:54am
The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA's next lander

Great Barrier Reef reserves protected fish from cyclone

27 March 2015 - 11:21am
Creating reserves where fishing is banned doesn't just boost fish populations, it also makes them more resilient to big climate events such as cyclones

How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?

27 March 2015 - 11:17am
After the Germanwings air crash in France, the mental state of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has come under scrutiny. How does the industry check the health of flight crew?

If the drugs don't work on the cancer, transform it

27 March 2015 - 8:32am
A way of turning tumours into a less aggressive type could halt hard-to-treat breast cancers and make them easier to attack

Feedback: Artificial stupidity rules KO

27 March 2015 - 8:00am
We catalogue fruitloopery fairly completely, Flash out of the frying pan, an oddly well-named scientist and more (full text available to subscribers)

Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species

26 March 2015 - 9:00pm
The temperature limit we've chosen to protect our planet from harmful warming is 0.5 °C too high, say a growing number of climate scientists

Bank of England guru: We're crowdsourcing economics

26 March 2015 - 4:00pm
The financial crisis showed just how wrong our economic models can be, says the bank's research chief, Andy Haldane − so he's opening up his search for answers (full text available to subscribers)

French toddler nearly killed by flu had gene mutation

26 March 2015 - 2:43pm
How can the same flu virus be a mild infection in some people and a killer in others? The answer may lie in your genes

3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done

26 March 2015 - 2:09pm
Watch artificial ants move a large object by mimicking the cooperative behaviour of the real insects

Galaxy smash-ups show dark matter wants to be alone

26 March 2015 - 2:00pm
Hints that dark matter might interact with itself via a new force are dashed

Major Antarctic ice survey reveals dramatic melting

26 March 2015 - 2:00pm
Coastal ice shelves are thinning and the process is speeding up, making it easier for land ice to reach the sea and raise global sea levels

Bacteria power up by using magnets as batteries

26 March 2015 - 2:00pm
Two types of bacteria survive by charging and recharging magnetite crystals – essentially treating the mineral as a battery