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Tales from a plague pit

By Kirsten Bos


Archeology and genetics combine to reveal what caused the Black Death.

Propping up the wall: how to rescue a leaning tower

By Susan Watt


Civil engineer John Burland talks about the perils and practicalities of supporting some of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Accelerating the pace of science: interview with CERN’s Rolf Heuer

By Eleanor Hayes


CERN’s director general tells the story behind the Higgs boson – and describes the next steps.

Cracking down on wildlife trafficking

By Nina Notman


Biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira is using science to combat wildlife traffickers in Brazil.

Finding maths where you least expect it: interview with Marcus du Sautoy

By Eleanor Hayes


What makes viruses so virulent? Why do we enjoy music? Why is the Alhambra so beautiful? The answer? Mathematics!

Maggie Aderin-Pocock: a career in space


As a child, Maggie Aderin-Pocock dreamed of going into space. She hasn’t quite managed it yet, but she’s got pretty close, as she tells Eleanor Hayes.

How I killed Pluto: Mike Brown


To change the world would be amazing enough. Mike Brown changed the Solar System. Eleanor Hayes explains.

An archaeologist of the genome: Svante Pääbo


Evolutionary geneticist Svante Pääbo tells Eleanor Hayes how he excavates the genome to understand human evolution.

Life in the line of fire


All major X-ray and neutron facilities employ instrument scientists, who are experimental experts, liaison officers and researchers rolled into one. Andrew Wildes from the Institut Laue-Langevin explains how he juggles his daily tasks.

Battle of the birds: interview with Tim Birkhead


Tim Birkhead tells Karin Ranero Celius about promiscuous birds and teaching science students.

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