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Japanese basket pattern inspires new material

Image copyright Felice Frankel / Chelsea Turner Image caption Artwork: the kagome metal is an electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms Researchers have produced a metal with exotic electrical properties by mimicking a pattern from Japanese basket-weaving. Kagome baskets are characterised by a symmetrical pattern of interlaced, corner-sharing triangles; the […]

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Toxic task

Image copyright Getty Images International experts are due in the UK, to test samples of the nerve agent used in the attempted murder of a spy and his daughter. How do they keep track of the world’s most toxic chemicals? After collecting samples of the poisons used on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a […]

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Breaking mould in male-dominated industry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first female lego scientists were launched only four years ago Women make up less than a quarter of the UK workforce in industries involving science, technology, engineering and medicine. BBC News spoke to three people with bright ideas for breaking stereotypes. The industry leader As a young girl […]

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Glorious mud

Image copyright Getty Images Continuing a tradition popularised by the Victorians, “mudlarkers” scour the foreshore of the Thames in search of historical treasures. Two thousand years of human history are revealed by the low tide on London’s largest archaeological site and we spoke to the foreshore’s mudlarkers about their favourite finds. At around 5am every […]

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Changing environment influenced human evolution

Image copyright Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Image caption Olorgesailie Basin: the dig site spans an area of 65 square kilometres Humans may have developed advanced social behaviours and trade 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. This is according to a series of papers published today in Science. The results come from an archaeological site in […]

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Hawking's warnings: His predictions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind’s future Stephen Hawking’s fame was founded on the research he did on general relativity and black holes. But he often stepped outside his own field of research, using his recognition to highlight what he saw as the great challenges […]