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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Interview: The dark photon hunter

Does dark matter have its own set of forces? The only way to find out is to hunt them down…

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Interview: The dark photon hunter

Does dark matter have its own set of forces? The only way to find out is to hunt them down…

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The Stone-Age path that shouldn’t be there

This prehistoric boardwalk is crucial evidence of how organised neolithic people were. But how long before the tide washes it away?

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The Stone-Age path that shouldn’t be there

This prehistoric boardwalk is crucial evidence of how organised neolithic people were. But how long before the tide washes it away?

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Can this vast boom clean up the ocean?

A 100m long inflatable boom is being tested in the North Sea, as part of a plan to tackle the Pacific rubbish gyres…

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Can this vast boom clean up the ocean?

A 100m long inflatable boom is being tested in the North Sea, as part of a plan to tackle the Pacific rubbish gyres…

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