• Millennial maternity

    Anybabyconceivedoverthenextfewweekscouldbebornontheeveofthenewmillennium.Imagine:crowdsofdrunkenrevellerswillclogthestreetsasyoutrytospeedtothehospital.Andifyoudomanagetogetthere...

  • Remember, remember

    ByNellBoyceRATSwithamnesiahaveprovidedanewinsightintothebiochemicalbasisofforgetfulness.Thefindingmayleadtodrugsfortreatingmemorylossassociatedwithageing...

  • Shock therapy

    ByNellBoyceinWashingtonDCPEOPLEwithlife-threateningfoodallergiesmayonedaybeabletoeatwhattheylikeifanexperimentaloralDNAvaccineworksaswellinhumansasitdoesinmice.Incertainpeople...

  • The long goodbye

    ByJonathanKnightTHENorthAtlanticrightwhaleisslowlydisappearing.Oncurrenttrends...

  • Hue and cry

    ByAlisonMotlukDOESthelanguageyouspeakaffectthewayyouperceivetheworld?JulesDavidoff...

  • Crystal moulds

    EXQUISITEcrystalscreatedbynaturecannowbecopiedinthelab.MikeWhitcombeandhiscolleaguesattheInstituteofFoodResearchinReading...

  • Pet shop toys

    ByBarryFoxTheAlliancePetSupplyCompanyofHongKongispatentinga“pet’sbicycle”thatcanonlymovewhentheowneristheretokeepaneyeonit(GB2324235).Thebike’sfrontwheelismadelikeahamster’streadwheel.Whenitisincontac...

  • Go for meltdown

    ByLilaGutermanROCKETmakerswillhavemorefreedomtoexperimentwiththeirdesignsiftheyuseanewtypeofrubbertomaketheirsolidfuel.Thesyntheticrubber...

  • Caught in the act

    SINGLEmoleculesoftheproteinbehindCreutzfeldt-Jakobdiseasemayhavebeencaughttransformingintotheirfatalform.Transmissionofthediseaseisthoughttoinvolveflippingacorkscrew-shapedbrainproteincalledPrPintoafl...

  • You've got post

    Thehumblepostagestampjustwentdigital.Lastweek...

  • Wet welcome

    ByJonCopleyLOBSTERSexchangecallingcardsbysquirtingastreamofurineateachother.Farfrombeingantisocial...

  • Let them smoke pot

    ByNellBoyceinWashingtonDCMARIJUANAcantreatnausea...

  • Wise finches opt for the unisex look

    BIRDSoftenusecolourfuldisplaystoattractmates...

  • Bring your own

    ByJeffHechtVISITORStoMarsareadvisednottodrinkthewater.AmeteoritefromtheRedPlanethasrevealedthatthegroundwaterishighlyalkalineandcontainshazardouslevelsofleadandchromium.AllanTreiman...

  • Ant fever

    ByTimThwaitesinMelbourneANINVASIONofalienantsischangingthefaceofasmallislandintheIndianOcean.Theantsaredestroyingauniquerainforesthabitatdominatedbylandcrabs...

  • Fast foresight

    ByJonathanKnightNERVESintheeyepredictthefuture...

  • Star Wars returns

    Ex-presidentRonaldReagan’sdefunctStarWarsprogrammemaybedueforresurrection.CongresshasjustpassedbillsrequiringtheUStoputanationalanti-ballisticmissiledefencesysteminplace“assoonastechnologicallypossibl...

  • Cuba's secret

    AROCKlayerinwesternCubacontainsthebestevidenceofanasteroidimpactthatmayhavekilledthedinosaurs.The300-metrethickdepositisthethickestknownfromthecollisionintheGulfofMexico...

  • Video the radio

    ByBarryFoxWanttorecordradioshowsaseasilyasTVprogrammes?TRWofRedondoBeach...

  • Where no chip has gone before

    ByJonathanKnightMOTOROLAhasbecomethefirstmajorchipmakertocommititselftomakingbiochips.Thecompanyplanstostartbybuildingabloodanalyserbasedonabiochip.Anditsaysthatitwilleventuallyproducehand-heldmachine...

  • HIV heresy

    ByMichaelDayITSOUNDSlikemadness...

  • Below the belt

    AFRESHinsightintowhytesticularcancerrespondssowelltochemotherapycouldleadtomoreeffectivetreatmentsforothertumours...

  • Built by bugs

    ByMattWalkerDAMAGEDbloodvesselscouldsoonbereplacedwithartificialtubesbuiltfromapolymertailor-madebybacteria.Eachyear...

  • Lara lives

    AdigitalwindcouldruffleTombRaiderLaraCroft’shairinreal-timeonSony’sPlaystation-2...

  • A robot that knows its place

    ByJonathanBeardinNewYorkMOBILErobotsthatcarrypartsaroundfactoryfloorsdonotreallynavigate...

  • Your wish is my machine code

    ByDuncanGraham-RoweWRITINGsoftwareisapainstakingbusinessinwhichyoucan’taffordtoslipup:getasinglecharacterwrongandtheinstructionseitherdonothingorgohorriblywrong.Inoneinfamoussoftwareerror...

  • Aphids can't stomach super-tobacco leaves

    ByAndyCoghlanBYBLOCKINGproductionofanaturalchemical...

  • Liver on a plate

    ByMichaelLePageTISSUESthatmimicthecomplexcellularstructureoforganssuchastheliverhavebeenmadebyresearchersinJapan.Withthehelpofan“intelligentsurface”...

  • The vole next door

    ByScottNorrisinAlbuquerqueWILDLIFEcorridorsthatlinklargerpiecesofunspoilthabitatcanhelpsomespeciestosurvive...

  • It'll blow you away

    ByIanSampleLASER-guidedroboticmachineguns...

  • Mending broken hearts

    ByPhilipCohenREPAIRINGadamagedheartsuddenlyseemspossible.Twoteamsofscientistsreportthatstemcellscanfixsomeofthedamagecausedbyheartattacks.Thetechniquescouldbetestedinpeopleasearlyasnextyear.Thehavocca...

  • Snake-like cunning combats prion diseases

    ByDeboraMacKenzieINTERRUPTINGtheimmunesystemmayeventuallyleadtotreatmentsforCreutzfeldt-Jacobdisease.Twoseparateteamsofresearchershavediscoveredthataparticularimmuneprocesshelpsprionproteinscausedisea...

  • Portable test spots foot and mouth fast

    ByAndyCoghlanIT’SjustwhatvetsinBritainhavebeenprayingfor—aportabletestthatcantellthemwithinanhourifananimalhasfootandmouthdisease.DevelopedintheUS...

  • Doped-up diamonds

    Asheetofdiamondwithcrystalslessthan5nanometresacrosshasconductedelectronsforthefirsttime...

  • How fish hunt out fleas in the Mississippi mud

    ByClaireAinsworthANelectric“sixthsense”unerringlyguidespaddlefishtotheirprey...

  • OK to be oaky?

    Tanninsfromwoodenbarrelscandramaticallychangethetasteofawine...

  • Infectious agent

    ByJoannaMarchantSomecasesofschizophreniamaybecausedbyvirusesactivatingancientviralDNAlurkinginourgenome...

  • Eat your green algae

    Greenalgaemightslowdowntheformationofcataractsinpeoplewithdiabetes...

  • A real roasting

    ByFredPearceGEORGEW.BUSHappearsincreasinglyisolatedthisweekfollowinghisunilateralrejectionoftheKyotoProtocoltostemglobalwarming.EvenAmericanswhocriticisedthe1997treatyaresayinghe’sfailedtothinkthrough...

  • No kidding around when it comes to the grandchildren

    NANNYgoatsdramaticallycontrolthesexratiooftheiroffspring...

  • Big bang

    ByGovertSchillingItwasmightyquietinourUniverse:devoidofallmatterandenergy.Thenanotheruniversecollidedwithit.Suddenlyspacebecameasearingsoupofparticlesandradiation...

  • Worth a shot

    ByAndyCoghlanPRIZEanimalscouldbeprotectedfromfootandmouthdiseasebyaninjectionofantibodies...

  • Dining on dinosaurs

    ByJeffHechtTICKSwereputtingthebiteonanimalsbackinthedayswhendinosaursroamedtheEarth.A90-million-year-oldfossiltickhasbeenfoundbypalaeontologistsinablockofamber...

  • Whispering gum

    ByBarryFoxNoonereallyknowswhychewinggummakessuchanannoyingnoise...

  • A fly in your ear

    HEARINGaidswithmorethanonemicrophonetrytopickoutwheresoundsarecomingfrom...

  • Belly full

    ByEmmaYoungFatmaybeaplentifulandpracticalsourceofstemcells...

  • Balancing act

    ByDeboraMacKenzieDISTORTINGspectaclescanhelpstrokepatientswithpostureproblemstorecovertheirbalance...

  • Blank line

    ByAdrianCho...

  • Ex-communicated

    ByDuncanGraham-RoweVaticanRadiohasagreedtocutsomeofitstransmissionsfollowingthreatsfromItaly’senvironmentministertopulltheplugonthestationifitcontinuedtofloutItaliansafetyregulations.VaticanRadiooffic...

  • Stop cancer before it starts

    ByJoannaMarchantHALFofallcancersmaysoonbepreventedsimplybytakingapillonceaweek...