23 articles from SUNDAY 11.2.2024

What is micellar water and how does it work?

Micellar water, a product found in supermarkets, chemists and bathroom cabinets around the world, is commonly used to remove make-up. It's a very effective cleanser and many people swear by it as part of their skincare routine.

Contents of Charles Darwin’s entire personal library revealed for first time

300-page catalogue details thousands of books, journals, pamphlets and articles in naturalist’s libraryDetails of Charles Darwin’s vast personal library, from a paper on epileptic guinea pigs to the Elizabeth Gaskell novel he adored, are being published in their entirety for the first time.The project has involved nearly two decades of painstaking, detective-like work to track down the...

Atmospheric river storms are getting stronger, and deadlier. The race to understand them is on

As the climate crisis supercharges storms over the Pacific, scientists are creating tools that can measure them from the insideThe storm raged over California for more than five days. As the powerful atmospheric river made landfall, furious winds and torrential downpours ripped trees from their roots, turned streets into rivers and sent mud cascading into homes.Along with chaos, the storm brought...

Can a new shot prevent a hangover? I put it to the test

Safety Shot says it can combat symptoms of drunkenness and reduce blood alcohol so you ‘never lose a day’If dry January left you craving a big night out, the arrival of wet February – where some people overcompensate after a month without alcohol – may already have served up a reminder of the downsides of excess drinking.If so, a new product that is claimed to rapidly reduce blood alcohol,...

I felt lost in early adulthood, so coined the term ‘quarterlife’ as a focus for study

Adrift after leaving university, Satya Doyle Byock turned to psychology to bridge the journey to adulthoodWhen Satya Doyle Byock finished her studies after nearly 20 years, she felt like she was stepping off a cliff. Adulthood seemed perilously unclear. “I was in my 20s and in crisis, looking around myself at friends in crisis,” says Byock, now 40. Only a few of her fellow graduates seemed...

The myth of men's full-time employment

Men's employment in the U.S. reached a 20-year high in 2023, with nearly 90% of men ages 25 to 54 in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This supports the broad expectation—some might say stereotype—that full-time employment is the norm for American men.

‘Cosmic time machines’: how space telescopes transformed our ability to understand the universe

The launch of Hubble in 1990 marked a turning point in our quest to unravel the mysteries of deep spaceIf you’ve ever been blown away by an image of outer space, it’s a pretty safe bet it was taken by a spacecraft. That’s no surprise if we’re talking about the planets of our own solar system, where probes have been sending back spectacular closeups since the 1960s. But what about all those...

Breaking Through: My Life in Science by Katalin Karikó review – real-life lessons in chemistry

This vivid account of the Hungarian biochemist who endured decades of derision before pioneering Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is a tribute to her tenacity and self-beliefIn May 2013, Katalin Karikó turned up for work at her laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and found her belongings piled in the hallway. “There were my binders, my posters, my boxes of test tubes,” she recalls. Nearby a...

Power tools at the ready! The life-changing science behind hip and knee replacements

Thousands of people are given new joints each year in the UK. But can robots and smart tech soon make it a smoother procedure?Ian Doncaster is remarkably chipper for a man about to undergo major surgery. “I have a busy life. So it’s nice to have a break,” he jokes. It is 8.30am on a chilly December morning and here at Warwick hospital he is about to receive a new knee – or part of one.At...