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Science week: on the road

Did clay mould life’s origins?

An Oxford University scientist has taken our understanding of the origin of life a step further.

I'm a Scientist: 600 questions later

The first I heard about ‘I'm a Scientist’ was from a link on NERC’s website, advertising upcoming science engagement activities. This sounded like fun: ‘an online forum interacting with school children over a two week period’.

Poverty link to tick-borne disease

Oxford University researchers have linked a surge in the incidence of tick-borne disease in Eastern Europe to poverty levels.

Sea creature’s soft side

This beautifully preserved 525-million-year-old fossil is barely 4 cm in length, but minute details can be seen including 36 tiny tentacles along one feathery arm.

Discovered in Yunnan Province in China, the new fossil belongs to an important group of primitive sea creatures that used the tentacles for feeding.

Science week: rainbows & robots

Fluorescent tail tags TB

A new way of detecting TB inside cells has been developed by scientists from Oxford University and NIH in the US.

Methods for diagnosing TB haven’t changed much in a century, still relying on the staining of tissue sections and chest X-rays.

Satellite spies Christchurch quake

New radar imagery from the Alos satellite is helping researchers to map the devastating earthquake which hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on 22 February.

The search for sparticles

One of the key theories underpinning modern physics is being tested by the latest results from the LHC’s ATLAS experiment.

Supersymmetry theory says that every particle must have a Supersymmetric partner particle yet so far ATLAS hasn’t found a single one of these ‘sparticles’.