Chaos and Dust: The Birth of the Solar System

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When some sort of impact occurs, it can alter the structure of an object. Take a snowball, for example: we can compact particles of snow into a solid object, but if we hurl it at someone the impact will rupture it back into thousands of individual snowflakes.

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Chemistry & Crystals: The Story of Dorothy Hodgkin

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The year was 1932, and Oxford University had just awarded a first-class degree to a woman for only the third time in its history.

The woman in question was Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: a scientist who would go on to revolutionise biochemistry, leaving behind a legacy that has fundamentally shaped our understanding of living organisms and supported the growth of modern medicine.

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HIV: A Story of Science, Hope & Progress

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False coloured scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (green) from cultured lymphocyte. Credit: The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library

It was the early 1980s, and the world was facing one of the most deadly pandemics in modern history. Large numbers of people across the globe had begun to die from rare types of pneumonia, cancer, and infections of the lymph nodes. The symptoms pointed towards some sort of immune disease: an unknown affliction that had never been seen before.

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Epidemiology: Using Scientific Detective Work To Fight Disease

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Epidemiology helps us to piece together the puzzle

In the 1980s, scientists and clinicians were grappling with one of deadliest outbreaks in modern history. Large numbers of patients were dying from uncommon types of pneumonia, cancer, and infections of the lymph nodes. It seemed that some sort of immune system disorder was sweeping through the population. This was the official beginning of the AIDS pandemic, an outbreak that would go on to kill an estimated 39 million people worldwide.

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Paranormal Science

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Trick or treat! It’s Halloween – time for costumes, sweets and spooky fun. From aliens to zombies, stories of supernatural phenomena have been around for millennia. But now we have scientific approaches to help investigate even the creepiest of cases. So let’s have a look at a few of the usual Halloween culprits, exploring the origins and explanations for some of our deepest fears.

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