Hoverboard lifts Lexus beyond car ads

Play to pop culture: Lexus’s campaign scored some 30m views on YouTube and Facebook

Levitation stunt is subtle way to capture wider audience

C. Hoare and company on Fleet street.
©Charlie Bibby

Private banks finally embrace mobile apps

Centuries of tradition gives way to digital banking

A plant engineered with luciferase

Plant science: no need to dig the dirt on plants

Plants were engineered to produce luciferase, which enables fireflies to glow in the dark

Paul Drayson’s CleanSpace sensor is able to measure levels of carbon monoxide in the air
©Tom Jamieson

A campaign for cleaner air

‘People don’t like the pollution in London — now we are giving them a way to do something about it’

Wild predators, such as wolves, tend to kill more juvenile prey

Ecology: the deadly ‘super predator’ — us

Humans take 100 million tonnes of fish and five million tonnes of land animals every year

Ingram Pinn illustration
©Ingram Pinn

Tesla technology is not rational

To profit from the electric car race, you have to back the winner. Missing out is costlier, writes Philip Delves Broughton

Keith Harrison, Founder / Managing Director of New Life Paints.

Shaped for the circular economy

Start-ups with ecological innovations must plan their fit with industry

US biotech tumbles into bear market

Nasdaq Biotechnology index drops as low as 23.4% from July peak

Breakthrough in search for flu vaccine

Researchers carry out successful animal tests

We are all sophists now — or should be

The most resilient skill in the modern world is argument

Tech start-ups flock to Hong Kong

Entrepreneurs seek proximity to Chinese manufacturers while benefiting from territory’s legal system

NHS watchdog warns over antibiotics

Quarter of prescriptions unnecessary, Nice finds

Search resumes for nuclear waste site

Community must be willing to host a £4bn underground cavern

Sarao part 1: quiet man or criminal mastermind?

Modest background of UK man accused of causing ‘flash crash’

Ecology: how earthworms do the groundwork

A study has identified the key metabolic molecules that enable earthworms to digest leaf litter

Gerontology: the secret of the centenarians

A study shows that suppressing chronic inflammation assists healthier ageing

Psychiatry: ‘Wizard’ spells help schizophrenics

An iPad game has been shown to improve episodic memory for people living with the mental disorder

Psychology: why yellow is more mellow in summer

Seasons affect human vision and alter what we think ‘yellow’ looks like

Coding boot camps and career U-turns

Demand for programming skills is luring people to retrain

Australia’s CSL warns of biotech bubble

Caution comes amid frenzy of M&A activity in healthcare sector

Scotland to ban genetically modified crops

Ministers to use new EU opt-out rules on GM products

Hints of a hot and frothy biotech bubble

Asset managers are wary of a sudden correction after rapid rises

Virology: the problem with ‘leaky’ vaccines

Fresh evidence shows some vaccines lead to more virulent viral strains

Neuroscience: Down’s syndrome

Researchers have identified a key trouble spot in the hippocampus

Dark skies: illuminating the street light question

Street lighting can be reduced without an increase in car crashes and crime

Allergan says more acquisitions to come

Botox maker looks for targets on which to spend $36bn war chest

Shire buys US eyecare business for $300m

Drugmaker bolsters move into ophthalmics with all-cash deal

Banks must adapt to digital, study warns

More than 25% of global population to use mobile accounts by 2019

Materials science: Graphene takes on the fight against rust

A thin coating could provide protection against corrosion for large metal structures

Glaciology: Solving the mystery of ‘hair ice’

This ‘ice wool’ manifests as silky strands in Europe’s forests due to a wood fungus

Evolutionary biology: how snakes lost their legs

Fossil suggests snakes ‘evolved from burrowing lizards’

Crop engineering: green rice

Scientists develop the new SUSIBA2 strain which results in less methane

Celgene hesitation costs it almost $7bn

Receptos deal could have been made for much less two years ago

US dollar pushes Sanofi profit higher

Sales rise 16%, buoyed by exchange rates and Genzyme biotech unit

FireChat to launch as messaging service

Service popularised by Hong Kong protesters to be broadened

Pharmaceuticals: Prescribing pain

Abuse of painkillers in the US is putting the industry under pressure to make the drugs tamper-proof

Wanted: Recreational drug users — will pay

Industry is racing to develop ‘abuse-deterrent’ painkillers to stem addiction to prescription drugs

Renewables pose challenge for Tokyo

Japan struggles to find places to install new technology

Experts warn of killer robot arms race

Musk, Hawking and others call for autonomous weapons ban

Bioven seeks IPO to market Cuban drug

Improved relations with US set to open up Cuban life sciences

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