The end of cash

Governments and banks are considering whether to get rid of cash. It won’t be plain sailing…

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The end of cash

Governments and banks are considering whether to get rid of cash. It won’t be plain sailing…

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Hunting an oil spill beneath the waves

Oil can behave in strange ways in the water, making it tricky to clean up. Teams of robots can help by tracking spills in real time…

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Hunting an oil spill beneath the waves

Oil can behave in strange ways in the water, making it tricky to clean up. Teams of robots can help by tracking spills in real time…

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Upend atom!

We thought we knew how to do chemistry, but an entirely new class of reaction is forcing us to rethink the basics…

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Upend atom!

We thought we knew how to do chemistry, but an entirely new class of reaction is forcing us to rethink the basics…

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Peril on the sea

About 100 giant ships carrying metal ores sank in the last decade, often in calm seas – a frightening stat that goes to the heart of an industry hitting the rocks

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Peril on the sea

About 100 giant ships carrying metal ores sank in the last decade, often in calm seas – a frightening stat that goes to the heart of an industry hitting the rocks

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New blues

Natural blue pigments to colour paints, inks and plastics are so hard to find that people will go to the depths of Earth to discover new ones…

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New blues

Natural blue pigments to colour paints, inks and plastics are so hard to find that people will go to the depths of Earth to discover new ones…

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Fields of influence

A stunning experiment suggests we can use electric fields to control chemical reactions. But how far can the idea go?

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Fields of influence

A stunning experiment suggests we can use electric fields to control chemical reactions. But how far can the idea go?

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Getting on the map

Addresses aren’t just a convenient label for where you live. They’re a vital technology — that needs an upgrade

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Getting on the map

Addresses aren’t just a convenient label for where you live. They’re a vital technology — that needs an upgrade

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When things fall up…

Does anything antigravitate? Perhaps antimatter does — and soon we’ll know…

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When things fall up…

Does anything antigravitate? Perhaps antimatter does — and soon we’ll know…

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The fragile state of scientific glassblowing

They make the vessels that allow chemists to perform new reactions – but professional glassblowers are an increasingly endangered species

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The fragile state of scientific glassblowing

They make the vessels that allow chemists to perform new reactions – but professional glassblowers are an increasingly endangered species

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Why are humpback whales rescuing seals?

When Robert Pitmann identified what seemed like altruism in the whales, he had to find out what was going on…

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Why are humpback whales rescuing seals?

When Robert Pitmann identified what seemed like altruism in the whales, he had to find out what was going on…

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