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NEW  Big Bangs

From a rifle shot to a supernova, the universe is filled with explosive events. This feature is about the biggest bangs on and off Earth. It begins with events on the human scale, and ends with the largest explosion in the known universe, the Big Bang. You wouldn’t regard some of them as a ‘bang’ in More...

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NEW  The First Scientific Photographers

The birth of modern photography in the 19th Century gave scientists, astronomers, inventors and amateur tinkerers a vital tool to record the results of their endeavours. These early images of celestial bodies, microscopic specimens, medical procedures and inventions were the first science photograph More...

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NEW  Chilli, the hottest plant in the world

For people who like their food spicy, it’s the chilli pepper that provides the heat. Chillies are crucial ingredients of cuisines across the world, from Mexico’s Chilli con Carne to India’s Vindaloo. In fact, the chilli has become so iconic that competitions are held to see who can eat the hottest d More...

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NEW  Human Brain Under Attack

The human brain is a highly evolved, complex and remarkable organ. Its power to process complex thought, emotion and intellect has allowed the human race to flourish. But the brain is also susceptible to damage and deterioration from within, and disease and infection from the outside. These images o More...

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NEW  Good Food Bugs

You go to the fridge, sniff the bottle of milk, and it’s off. Those slices of bread you thought would last another day have green patches on them. And that long-past-its-sell-by date yogurt – forget it. Food that has been spoiled by mould or bacteria is the bane of everybody’s kitchen. Yet, for tho More...

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NEW  Golden Age of Islamic Science

Scholars from the Islamic world between the 7th and 13th Centuries were some of the greatest scientists who ever lived. Yet most of the West has never heard of their achievements. Historians studying rare manuscripts today now recognise the importance of their work, much of which was hundreds of y More...

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