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Youthful bloom

Brands take the battle against ageing to deep within our skin cells, writes Tama Lung

Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:45am

Woman aiming to prove we can live without food

The 65-year-old, originally from Britain, has been consuming just water and "one, maybe two cups of tea a day" since May 3. Other people have previously claimed to be able to survive without food and water, although no one has ever proven it to be possible and some have died attempting it.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Short Science, June 16, 2013

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:07am

Crazy ant invades the US South

The southern United States is being invaded - again. This time it is erratic but troublesome "crazy ants" from South America marching - actually, hitching rides - setting up massive colonies and relieving other occupying ant armies, including fire ants, of their duties.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light.

19 May 2013 - 1:38am

Short Science, April 14, 2013

Charred food residues scraped from the world's oldest pots show humans used ceramics for cooking in the late Ice Age, long before hunter-gatherers  became farmers, a study said.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:16am

New study reverses theory of chameleons' origins

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published last week that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

Ask the doctors

I'm 30 years old, but I still can't seem to swallow pills. How can I teach myself to do so, or what alternatives do I have?

25 Mar 2013 - 10:24am

A worrying note for China's bulbul songbirds

With soft steps, careful not to rustle any leaves or crack the twigs strewn about before her, Xing Xiaoying pursues the Light-vented Bulbul songbird and takes aim with her long, camouflaged microphone. This ornithologist is on the hunt for music.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Cancer reflects the processes of the evolution of life

In the frantic search for an elusive "cure", few researchers stand back and ask a very basic question: why does cancer exist? What is its place in the grand story of life? Astonishingly, in spite of decades of research, there is no agreed theory of cancer, no explanation for why, inside almost all healthy cells, there lurks a highly efficient cancer subroutine that can be activated by a variety of agents - radiation, chemicals, inflammation and infection.

27 Jan 2013 - 7:25am