Universe Model; Carlos Frenk; Colin Pillinger; Downing Fishermen;

Early Universe Model
Illustris is the latest Universe model to emerge from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Science in Action speaks to Professor Michael Boylan-Kolchin from the University of Maryland on how this simulation can reproduce the early processes of the cosmos thanks to its superior computing power.

Carlos Frenk
Professor Carlos Frenk, astronomer at Durham University has just joined the ranks of Steven Hawking, Edwin Hubble and Albert Einstein by winning the Royal Astronomical Society’s Gold Medal for Astronomy

Obituary - Colin Pillinger
British planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, best known for his 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died aged 70.

Drowning Fishermen
The accidental drownings of thousands of locals and fisherman in the Great Lakes of East Africa

Synthetic Biology
DNA is the molecule of life, conserved across all living species for 4 billion years. But now scientists have made a new, artificial version, by introducing two extra letters, not found in nature, into the genetic code of a common microbe. The E. coli bacteria are able to grow and replicate as normal despite these artificial additions. In future, this research might create organisms that can make new proteins, which could offer new drugs and vaccines.

Jamaica farm crime tech
Jamaican farmers are turning to information technology to protect their produce. Agricultural theft has gone way beyond the pinching of an occasional odd goat, to something far more widespread and systematic.

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55 minutes

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Sun 11 May 2014 13:06 GMT

Gravitational Waves

'Ripples' from black holes detected

Gravity and ripples in the fabric of space time - what do these mean for us?