What stops us from saying tongue twisters fluently?
Sakshi Rajesh explains what linguistics and brain sciences have to tell us about tongue twisters, and why we find them so difficult to say.
The ecological legacy of nuclear fallout
Paris Jaggers describes the surprising environmental legacy of nuclear fallout from the bomb testing era of the mid-20th century.
Optimal transport theory from sandcastles to artificial intelligence
Duncan W. Martinson describes the progression of optimal transport theory through various applications from economics to AI.
Super-resolution microscopy: Beyond the optical barrier
Simon Lichtinger describes how the development of super-resolution microscopy enabled scientists to see beyond the optical diffraction limit.
The end of Dunbar’s number: Have our social networks changed for good?
Helen Collins explores evidence for and against Dunbar’s number, the idea that our species’ social groups are limited to around 150 people.
Fungi: The worldwide web beneath our feet
Nell Miles argues that as a crucial and often-forgotten part of soil biodiversity, fungi deserve more research and recognition.
Nature-based solutions for urban regeneration
Emma Ford describes how urban regeneration schemes work by mimicking natural processes, and the potential problems with this approach.
The great future innovations of small-scale science
Manaal Khan describes the potential future of medicine, electronics, and industry in the face of new small-scale science and nanotechnology.
Making our hearts sing
Catherine James argues that science needs the humanities to add value, meaning and rigour to its discoveries and societal impact.
Shining a light on progressive supranuclear palsy
Ayaka Hogg describes the discovery of progressive supranuclear palsy, and the challenges in treating this neurodegenerative disease.