Matrix phobia? Scientists put fears to rest—we are not living in computer simulation

Matrix phobia? Scientists put fears to rest—we are not living in computer simulation

Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford ...
Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

A protein common on some types of cancer cell turns out to be the same one that in other circumstances ...
Antarctic glaciers may be hiding undiscovered life

Antarctic glaciers may be hiding undiscovered life

Is there an undiscovered colony of plants, algae and small animals living in caves beneath glaciers in the Antarctic? That’s ...
Genetic reason why tomatoes come in such a variety of sizes

Genetic reason why tomatoes come in such a variety of sizes

The gradual increase in size of tomatoes is in part the result of breeders, ancient and modern, continually selecting and ...
CDC: Treatments for imaginary 'Chronic Lyme Disease' have claimed lives

CDC: Treatments for imaginary ‘Chronic Lyme Disease’ have claimed lives

The peak public health body in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has issued a ...
Did evolution unfold steadily, or in fits and starts?

Did evolution unfold steadily, or in fits and starts?

In 1972, the eminent palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould and his colleague Niles Eldredge...sought to explain so-called gaps in the palaeontological ...
Can plant seeds 'decide' when to germinate?

Can plant seeds ‘decide’ when to germinate?

Botanical orthodoxy holds that plant germination is a purely mechanistic process, driven entirely by external stimuli. The plant seed itself ...