Citizen science is the new black
Citizen science - the trend for involving amateurs in research projects - is all the rage nowadays but is it real science or just good PR?
"This is a blob, nothing too impressive. Oh dear, another blob, these are elliptical galaxies. Ooh look this is a merger..."
The Oxford astronomer Dr Chris Lintott flicks through the first of 70,000 images from UKIDSS, the UK Infrared Deep Sky Survey, that have been posted on the Galaxy Zoo website.
"This one's a disc galaxy, so this might be what the Milky Way looks like from far away," he adds.
The images, which have never been seen before, are part of the latest citizen science project run on the site.
Reaching Out To The Stars
Nasa clearly gets it, kicking off its press conference on the Voyager space mission with an impromptu skit based on the iconic opening sequence of Star Trek.
"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship... Voyager. Its mission: to boldly go where no probe has gone before."
Could avatar therapy succeed where drugs alone have failed?
A surprising way of helping schizophrenic patients deal with the voices in their heads has emerged and is about undergo a clinical trial.
"You're a thicko."
Stark warning over the state of nature
Another day, another depressing report detailing the remorseless decline of British wildlife. Some things never change.
And that, in itself, is part of the problem. The constant drip-feed of bad news on the environment has inured us to the litany of loss.
Building a biological model of mental illness
A team of scientists based at Cardiff University who found that a handful of genes are implicated in a wide range of debilitating neurological conditions have won £5m for further research.
"So the animal has actually gone to the wrong panel. He's swum to the long black panel first and had to change direction to find the platform."
Is Nasa looking in the wrong place for life?
The world's leading space agency, Nasa, has an ambitious new Grand Plan: to "identify, capture and relocate" an asteroid.
Outlining the Agency's $17.7 billion budget proposal for 2014, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said the mission would ensure the United States remained in the forefront of space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come.
'Cinderella cancer' comes in from the cold
It's a sobering thought for all us carriers of the Y chromosome, but prostate cancer kills almost as many men every year as breast cancer does women.
According to Cancer Research UK some 41, 000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, but 10,700 will die of the disease, making it the fourth most common cause of cancer death - and second only to lung cancer in men.
From counting to characterising exoplanets
We've come a long way since 1995 when Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz claimed the first official detection of an exoplanet orbiting a distant star - the somewhat prosaically named 51 Pegasi b, orbiting a sun-like star some 51 light-years from earth in the constellation Pegasus.
Keeping up with the Jinzhousauruses
Where do you go if you want to know everything there is to know about dinosaurs?
Well obviously you could ask any passing nine-year-old boy, but if you can't find one of those you're going to need The Complete Dinosaur, 2nd Edition. Eleven-hundred pages of rigorously researched and engagingly presented dino-facts and figures set out in 45 chapters covering everything from the earliest discoveries to the latest fossil-dating technologies and written by some of the world's leading palaeontologists.
Which bright spark knocked over the inkwell?
A new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) provides a remarkable insight into star formation.
It looks like a smear of clumsily spilt black ink, or perhaps (for the more romantically minded), a rip in the star-studded cloak of the cosmos.