The genius behind gravitational waves

Confirmation of Einstein’s theory vindicates the pursuit of science and technology for its own sake

Small-cap Week, February 13

Cambian, Motive Television, 88 Energy and Cyan in the news

Rush to develop Zika vaccine

Industry response contrasts with slow reaction to Ebola outbreak

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Mini-brains spark drug testing revolution

Aim is to replace animals in pharmaceuticals research

Monitor implant approved for UK diabetics

Latest sign NHS is gradually embracing digital technology

A modern owl butterfly (left) and a fossilised kalligrammatid lacewing from about 150 million years ago
©Conrad Labandeira

Insect evolution: the butterfly’s spot-on ancestors

The similarities between the modern owl butterfly and a Jurassic-era winged insect

An artist’s impression of a 'bioship' shows its protected roots sticking out into space
©Allen Davey/USC Viterbi

Space technology: trees at the root of living spaceships

Engineers are investigating whether living cells could be used to grow components of a ‘bioship’

Desert biocrust
©Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State Universit

Microbiology: how to turn up the desert heat

Research shows microbial mantles may be responsible for desert surfaces becoming hotter in the sun

©University of Southampton

Linguistic psychology: speed read limits

Is one form of written language more efficient at conveying meaning than another?

The Riversimple Rasa hydrogen-powered prototype

Rasa hydrogen car to start public trials

Car to be offered on mobile phone-style contract with monthly fee

Neanderthal DNA linked to human disease

Genetic variants linked with depression and nicotine addiction

Colliding black holes prove Einstein right

Breakthrough ‘a wonderful vindication of Einstein’s masterwork’

Signwriting craft revives with a flourish

Painters juggle tutorials with work to pass on a niche trade

O’Neill ‘superbug’ panel promotes vaccines

Smarter vaccination policy can prevent ‘car crash’ on antibiotics

Four UK cases of Zika reported this year

Number likely to rise as travellers return from Latin America

Da Vinci and the playground of invention

Renaissance polymath’s ideas realised in 3D

Brightness amid dimmed hopes for graphene

The discovery of novel materials often predates their application

Banks urged to share customer data

Report calls for information to be made accessible to price comparison sites

Imagination Technologies chief steps down

Sir Hossein Yassaie departs as company launches restructuring

France fades in Australia submarines race

Bid to build fleet loses ground amid US fears of ‘tech leakage’

US military: Robot wars

‘More money must go to technology to confront China and Russia’

US tech companies in data sharing talks

Negotiations with Britain to handover suspicious emails and chats

Technology: The rift with reality

The effect on society of VR products is up for debate

Ecology: red squirrel decline is no longer a grey area

New research shows that the grey squirrel has been unfairly characterised as a ‘super-invader’

Asteroid mining is not science fiction

Manufacturing objects in orbit could be more economic than here

Numbers games and existential angst

AstraZeneca and Shell chiefs take the stage, who gets applause?

Pharma holds key to US ratification of TPP

Obama’s Pacific trade deal ambitions hinge on Republican IP concerns

Japanese tech groups lose pace in AI race

Fears rise at tech industry’s failure to capitalise on robot boom

First IPOs of 2016 boost mood in biotech

Shares in BeiGene and Editas rise in early trading on Nasdaq

Luxembourg launches asteroid mining plan

Plan to team up with private sector to develop new space industry

Alibaba in $800m Magic Leap fundraising

Funding values secretive augmented reality start-up at $4.5bn

GSK strengthens alliance with Adaptimmune

Drugmakers in deal to speed up trials of cancer medication

Nintendo signals return to virtual reality

Group’s immediate future depends on forays into the mobile arena

Sanofi leads hunt for Zika vaccine

Commitment comes after WHO declares global health emergency

The Zika virus and the contagion of fear

We must break pattern of responding to pandemics as they occur

UK approves human gene-editing research

Crick Institute to use Crispr process to switch genes on and off in newly fertilised eggs

Key moment for medical marijuana maker

Hope that positive trial will lead to cannabinoid blockbuster drug

Gilead risks being victim of own success

Falling number of potential patients and Merck competition pose threats

EU, US tack towards web data ‘safe harbour’

Two sides scramble to reach transfer deal by deadline

HSBC cyber attack knocks internet banking

‘Denial of service attack’ stops customers accessing accounts