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WADA increases doping ban

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WADA will increase the maximum ban for drug cheats to four years beginning in 2015, in time for the Rio Olympics.

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Acidic drinks rot your teeth and your fillings

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Acidic drinks like orange juice and Coca-Cola erode your fillings as well as the surface of your teeth when they are exposed repeatedly over a period of a few months.

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Smartphone app detects five explosives

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A smartphone app has been developed to detect and distinguish between five explosives on the basis of a colour test.

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Domestic dung fires are not safe

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People in developing countries who use cow dung as a domestic fuel risk being exposed to a host of toxic compounds and airborne particulate matter.

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Sulphur gas remediation over metal oxide nanoparticles

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Sulphur mustard can be broken down completely by the action of sunlight over manganese oxide nanobelts, providing a rapid route to full remediation. 

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Combing the ground for Norse occupation of pre-Viking Scotland

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An analysis of the collagen present in ancient combs made from antler and bone has helped to resolve an ongoing dispute in the archaeological world about the period of initial contact between Scandinavia and Atlantic Scotland.

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Compound conundrum #3 - and the answer!

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In the next of this occasional series, can you work out the trivial name of this compound?

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Flame retardant levels fall in US women

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The levels of flame retardants in US women have fallen sharply over the last 5 years due to the effects of a ban on their production and use.

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Plastic on Titan?

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Reports this week that plastic had been found on Saturn's moon, Titan, show the extent to which headline writers choose to bend the truth.

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Keeping ballet dancers in a spin

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The brains of ballet dancers become adapted so that they can perform pirouettes without suffering from severe dizziness, as we mere mortals would.

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