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The Vital Question: Finding answers about the origin of life

24 April 2015 - 3:00pm
Life was shaped by the very thing that fuelled it, linking questions about everything from our lifespan to the nature of alien life, argues a book by Nick Lane

Tax cuts for top earners fail because the theory is broken

24 April 2015 - 2:00pm
Tax breaks for the wealthy were meant to trickle through society to benefit all. It didn't work and inequality just got worse, says economist Ha-Joon Chang

Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

24 April 2015 - 1:30pm
The two robots borrow techniques from both inchworms and geckos to climb up walls while carrying huge loads

World's first malaria vaccine could be rolled out by end of year

24 April 2015 - 11:00am
Results suggest millions of cases globally could be averted with the vaccine, which may be approved for use by year end

Police can now tell identical twins apart - just melt their DNA

24 April 2015 - 10:30am
Some crimes are left unsolved because police can't tell which identical twin DNA evidence has come from. Now there's a quick way to tell them apart

Feedback: Some numerology of astronomy

24 April 2015 - 7:00am
Food and drink for thought, we revisit magic DNA numbers, suspecting a subliminal message on education and more (full text available to subscribers)

Happy birthday Hubble, 25 today! Look back to where it all began

24 April 2015 - 6:00am
The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some fabulous images over the past 25 years – and this is the mirror that made them all possible (eventually)

Technology can give political power back to the people

24 April 2015 - 5:00am
Digital tools haven't transformed politics as much as we expected. But that's about to change – and just in time

Better than a ballot box: Could digital democracy win your vote?

23 April 2015 - 3:00pm
Online tools are revitalising old democratic practices – and might even mean the end for politicians. We look at the pros and cons of the new people power (full text available to subscribers)

3D-printed model of London's buildings lets you see the future

23 April 2015 - 2:30pm
A new interactive reconstruction allows visitors to explore the ever-evolving capital city

Vast magma reservoir found hiding beneath Yellowstone park

23 April 2015 - 2:00pm
The discovery of the world's largest known magma chamber reveals the plumbing beneath the Yellowstone volcano, helping solve some long-standing mysteries

Gene editing could prevent mitochondrial disease in children

23 April 2015 - 1:14pm
Editing DNA in mouse egg cells has been used to remove faulty mitochondria, leaving only healthy ones behind to be inherited. It could offer an alternative to controversial three-parent IVF

Zoologger: Kinky frogs build secret underwater sex chambers

23 April 2015 - 1:00pm
A new species of frog shops around for the best sites to build a secret boudoir to give couples privacy and keep their offspring safe

Direct probing of brain reveals multiple regions cause tinnitus

23 April 2015 - 12:30pm
Scientists have peeked inside the brain of a man with tinnitus to identify the brainwaves that underlie the debilitating sensation of ringing in the ear

Digital tattoo lets you control devices with mind power alone

23 April 2015 - 10:00am
A patch of gold electrodes you can wear behind your ear for up to two weeks will track your brainwaves 24/7 and let you control devices with your mind

First human embryos genetically modified – more will come

23 April 2015 - 9:49am
There is a long way to go before we can tinker with our genes but tests have been done in human embryos to find out whether it can be safe and effective

Illusion allows people to feel what it is like to be invisible

23 April 2015 - 9:00am
It's the superhero power we all want. Now you can experience what it might feel like with the help of a brush and some virtual reality goggles

Biggest dark matter detector lies in wait for antisocial WIMPs

23 April 2015 - 7:00am
The world's most sensitive dark matter detector is poised to join the hunt for WIMPs, the world's most elusive particles

Your smartphone's secrets could help you bag a bank loan

23 April 2015 - 6:00am
Who you call, what you post on Facebook and where you are will soon all be used by banks to gauge how much money you can borrow

Is a hole in the head the answer to traumatic brain injury?

23 April 2015 - 4:00am
An extreme surgical procedure may save lives but the quality of that life is under scrutiny. Clare Wilson joins the surgeons examining if it's worth the risk