#4. Maths Study Shows Conspiracies ‘Prone to Unravelling’
January 26, 2016
It’s difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, scientists say, because sooner or later, one of the conspirators will blow its cover. A study has examined how long alleged conspiracies could “survive” before being revealed – deliberately or unwittingly – to the public at large.
#3. How Chemists Plan to Sniff Out Bombs
December 25, 2015
The suicide bombers in the Paris attacks used an explosive that is relatively easy to synthesise at home. Chemists, however, are leading an effort to develop sensors to sniff it out.
#2. New Mass Extinction Event Identified by Geologists
April 21, 2015
Over the past 450 million years, life on Earth has been devastated by five mass extinction events that are widely recognised by geologists. Now, an international team of researchers proposes adding a sixth mass extinction to the list.
#1. ‘Cold Plasma’ Kills Off Norovirus
January 30, 2015
Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with “cold plasma,” researchers in Germany have reported.