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The high street: here today, gone tomorrow. Andrew Matthews/PA

The high street is not dead, just sleeping

A bonfire of red tape that would “revitalise our high streets” - that’s what planning minister Nick Boles has promised. This might have been drawn from Mary Portas’s 2011 report on the future of the high…
The Balcombe-eye-view of fracking. Tom Pugh/PA

Mad dash to frack Britain puts carbon targets in danger

Even for a relatively seasoned observer of the antics of government, the recent performance over fracking, crowned by the prime minister’s comments about fracking his backyard, has been a wonder to behold…
You are the one, lemur. Stay with me. Tambako The Jaguar

Why mammals prefer to have just one sexual partner

While people cheating on their partners is frowned upon in modern society, monogamy among mammals is something of an evolutionary puzzle. Some stick to one sexual partner for a lifetime. That is why the…
TGV POS, the world’s fastest train - but high speed rail won’t bring prosperity to the regions as quickly. bigbug21/Wikipedia

HS2 alone won’t address the north-south divide

A commitment to building a new wave of high-speed rail networks has emerged, such as HS2 in Britain. But given how costly they are, their wider impact has been under-investigated. It is little wonder that…
If Australia wants low emissions and energy security, it’s time to talk about nuclear. Drew Bandy

Is it time for nuclear energy for Australia?

Is it time for Australia to embrace nuclear energy? Many in Australia would say the answer is a resounding “No!”. After all, Australia is richly endowed with non-nuclear energy resources. But it really…
Barbara, 14-year-old sister of Terézia Hausmann, who was found in the same crypt. Ildiko Pap

How a 200-year-old mummy revealed secrets of TB

In 1994, a crypt containing 242 bodies was discovered in Vác, Hungary. Many of the bodies were naturally mummified, including the remains of a woman, Terézia Hausmann, who died apparently from tuberculosis…
Whistling while you work should be part of the NHS culture. Flickr/

Sacked for whistleblowing, now the NHS must reform

I lost my job in 2010 after raising concerns about staff shortages and patient safety in the NHS. But despite the NHS Chief Executive’s promise to intervene for whistleblowers and a tribunal in my favour…
EU politicians get to grips with the latest science. European Union, 2013

Using small business to turn science into EU growth

When we think of cutting-edge innovation, we tend to think of big corporations and their latest wheezes: Google Glass, Sony flat screens or Airbus’s newest plane. But small businesses play key roles in…
Arriving at a station near you (if you’re in Taiwan). jiadoldol/Flickr

Consider HS2 within wider networks to gauge true value

Transport megaprojects tend to make rather gloomy reading. The prevailing opinion, at least among social scientists, is that all big infrastructure projects share three characteristics: they take longer…
Breast-fed babies milk the benefits of social climbing. Wikimedia Commons/Anton Nossik

Breastfeeding effect lifts children up the social ladder

Breastfeeding children boosts their chances of climbing up the social ladder – and makes it less likely they’ll slip back down. The number of new mothers attempting to breastfeed has fallen in England…
Sharing raw data is not much harder today than rearranging scrabble tiles. Justin Grimes

Funding bodies will have to force scientists to share data

The open access movement is forcing publishers to take down paywalls, making publicly funded research available to the public for free. But beyond that a more important development is pacing in the wings…
Bulgaria’s protests haven’t had the attention of those in Turkey or Brazil. Bmw Spirit

Protests in Bulgaria: the unnoticed uprising

As in Istanbul, recent protests in Sofia began with a single, specific issue. In Bulgaria, it was the appointment of Delyan Peevski as head of the country’s national security agency. At just 32 years of…
The urban civilisation drawn to cities innovates and enriches. Even in Melbourne. melburnian/Flickr

In search of a formula with which to build better cities

When Isaac Newton produced his Laws of Motion in 1687, it led to speculation that his new gravitational force could explain the social forces between people. Thinkers put forward various arguments for…
Patients choose a face that resembles the person they think is talking. Julian Leff/UCL

Avatars can help control voices caused by schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric illness which occurs throughout the world and affects one in 100 people, often appearing in adolescence or early adult life. Medication that targets the symptoms…


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