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Science Weekly podcast: Science fiction, and the age of cosmology

We visit a science fiction exhibition at The British Library, while astronomer and author Stuart Clarke joins us in the studio to discuss a different kind of science fiction: his novel The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, which explores the early days of astronomy through the lives of Johannes Kepler and Galileo.We also have our usual dose of the week's news stories including the discovery of some very...

Mystery bird: Fijian lory, Vini solitarius

This stunning Fijian mystery bird's plumage was the accepted currency for an entire maritime trading network Collared lory, Vini solitarius (formerly, Phigys solitarius; protonym, Psittacus solitarius), also known as the Fiji lory, ruffed lory, solitary lory, or (my favourite) as the Kula, photographed whilst feeding on flowering eucalyptus high in the Nadarivatu Highlands at Viti Levu, Republic...


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Tornado kills 1 in Kan., damages hundreds of homes (AP)

AP - A tornado swept through a small eastern Kansas town, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorms pelted the region with hail that some residents described as the size of baseballs, authorities said...

Time to shift view of seismic risk - experts

Knowledge of seismic risk is badly skewed in favour of earthquakes that occur on plate boundaries, such as the March 11 temblor that hit northeast Japan, rather than those that strike deep inland, a pair of scientists said on Sunday.

A direct path for understanding and treating brittle bones

Researchers have new insights into the means by which bone cells produce new bone in response to mechanical stresses, such as exercise. New findings lay a path for developing new strategies for treating diseases characterized by low bone density, such as osteoporosis in adults and osteogenesis imperfecta in...

The dance of the cells: A minuet or a mosh?

Scientists have, for the first time, devised a way to measure the forces that guide how cells migrate during collective cellular migration. Their surprising conclusion is that the cells fight it out, each pushing and pulling on its neighbors in a chaotic dance, yet together moving cooperatively toward their intended...

Swiss protest nuclear power (AFP)

AFP - About 20,000 people took part in an anti-nuclear demonstration in north Switzerland on Sunday ahead of a government decision on the future of atomic energy in the...