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  • The mathematics of Euclid, Archimedes and Apollonius

    The mathematics of Euclid, Archimedes and Apollonius

    “Like the crest of a peacock, like the gem on the head of a snake, so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge.” (Vendanga Iyotisa) Mathematics has a long story of important human endeavour and is a result of intuitive reasoning combined with...

  • Myth Debunked: Was mathematics primitive in ancient times?

    It might be easy to start believing in the fallacy tacitly assumed by some that mathematics in ancient times was unsophisticated and unrefined. In solving real world problems, the Egyptians had to possess prolific mathematical skills,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The hyperboloid structure of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium of the Saint Louis Science Centre in Missouri, built in 1963 and designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. A hyperboloid is generated by rotating a hyperbola (one of the...

  • A garden in full bloom

    A garden in full bloom

    “I wanted a rich, white, floral fragrance, a courageous scent that transports you to a vast garden filled with many flowers and plants, a bouquet of abundance. The garden is as beautiful as women are: colourful, wild, diverse, where there is...

  • The indefatigable Diana

    The indefatigable Diana

    The glitterati primed for their close-ups blanketed the red carpet for a fanfare evening of landmark hip-hop musical Hamilton. There was much air kissing and flash-bang-wallop-what-a-picture as the regenerated Dr Who Jodie Whitaker mingled with...

  • Use sales tax to deter sweet consumption - campaigners

    Use sales tax to deter sweet consumption - campaigners

    Campaigners have called for a 20% sales tax on confectionery as well as a complete ban on price promotions in response to retailers making larger 'sharing packs' better value than smaller sizes. Action on Sugar (AoS) said some chocolate...

  • Diabetes leads to decline in brain function

    Diabetes leads to decline in brain function

    People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function...

  • Antibiotics don't help most sore throats

    Antibiotics don't help most sore throats

    GPs and other health professionals should tell their patients to use paracetamol to relieve a sore throat rather than antibiotics, according to new guidance. More than a quarter (27%) of GP appointments made in the UK for respiratory tract...

  • Alcohol should carry 'cigarette type' health warnings

    Alcohol should carry 'cigarette type' health warnings

    Explicit cigarette-style warnings of the link between drinking and health conditions such as bowel and breast cancer should appear on the labels of alcoholic drinks, a charity has suggested. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said fewer...

  • Calls for McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

    Calls for McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

    A consumer and public health group is pressing McDonald's Corp to set a timeline for phasing out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in the beef and pork it serves, amid warnings that the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant...

  • 'Patients are not numbers'

    'Patients are not numbers'

    Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which she left under the radar for too long, Dr Tania van Avendonk moved from professional carer to also being cared for; to a patient, not just their doctor… Having moved also between anger, fear, regret, calm...

  • Flu study ratcheting up recruits

    Flu study ratcheting up recruits

    The world's largest study into the use of a controversial flu drug in the community has just reached 2,000 participants, researchers have said. Scientists at the University of Oxford and other European institutions have been on a drive to recruit...

  • Bacteria may provide clue to premature birth

    Bacteria may provide clue to premature birth

    Women at risk of giving birth prematurely could be identified by looking at bugs living in their reproductive tract, a study suggests. Subtle changes to vaginal bacteria were found to be strongly linked to pre-term birth after less than 37 weeks...

  • Call me by your name

    Call me by your name

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics   This article contains spoilers. One of the films most hotly tipped for Oscars success this year – and in my opinion most deserving of it – is Call Me By Your Name. The film has received rave reviews from...

  • Are free school meals actually beneficial?

    Are free school meals actually beneficial?

    Universal free school meals save parents both time and money but it is too early to say whether it is beneficial for health or education, new research has found. The free school meals policy was introduced for all children from reception through...

  • 'Superbugs' could cause 10m deaths a year by 2050

    'Superbugs' could cause 10m deaths a year by 2050

    Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis. The rise of drug-resistant bacteria...

  • Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood

    Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood

    Results of a large long-term study in Sweden have confirmed that drinking during late adolescence could be the first step towards liver problems in adulthood and that guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards,...

  • We can use colour to communicate how we feel

    We can use colour to communicate how we feel

    Bokeh Art Photo/Shutterstock.com   When people are sad they are often said to be “blue”. Jealousy is implied if someone is described as being “green with envy”. Angry people “see red” while yellow is associated with happiness, and in contrast,...

  • One third of alcohol drunk by 4% of Britons

    One third of alcohol drunk by 4% of Britons

    Just 4% of the population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, according to healthcare data. The figures emerged during a debate on a 50p minimum unit price on alcohol by a parliamentary committee on Monday. Rosanna...

  • Super-nutritious crops could help solve global hunger

    Super-nutritious crops could help solve global hunger

    An incredible 155 million children around the world are chronically undernourished, despite dramatic improvements in recent decades. In view of this, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include Zero Hunger. But what do we understand by the word...