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    The mysterious disappearance of Ettore Majorana

    The Italian genius of physics, Ettore Majorana, boarded a ship to Naples in Palermo on March 26 1938 and disappeared without trace. At the...

    The rocky road to finding a cure for cholesterol

    In the cafeteria at the Japanese University Tohoku, a bell rang every evening at about eight o'clock, and whoever came running quickly enough received...

    Nature gave us four kinds of happiness

    In 1953, two postdoctoral researchers, Peter Milner and James Olds, worked in the laboratory of the acclaimed Canadian neuropsychologist Donald Hebb. Their research involved...

    The man who could not forget

    We have all probably wished for better powers of recall at certain points in our lives. When we couldn't remember our credit card pin...

    Scientists on vacation

    It is said that the world’s top scientists are always working, even while on vacation; although not of course in the same way as...

    The war of images

    1906 was the first time a Nobel Prize was awarded to two scientists. The prize for medicine was shared by the Spanish Santiago Ramon...

    How babies learn languages

    It is well known that a person who has been raised in Japan and whose mother tongue is Japanese cannot tell the sound r...

    Cannibals, insomnia and mad cow disease

    Not long after the Second World War, Australian colonial officials assigned to the remote plains of Papua New Guinea noticed an unusual disease among...

    What can we know about the world of atoms?

    At the end of April 1926, the then only twenty-five-year-old Werner Heisenberg gave a lecture at the prestigious Physics Symposium at the University of...

    How can I tell you’re not a robot?

    In the virtual world of the Internet, identities often get blurred. Senior citizens easily pass themselves for teenagers, and timid geeks, normally hiding behind...

    The man who believed machines could think

    In 1952, the mathematician Alan Turing called the police to report that his house in Manchester had been burgled. The thieves did not take...

    The hermit of the Pyrenees

    In August of 1991, Alexander Grothendieck, generally regarded as one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century and whose influence is often...

    The bioethics of conception

    Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family - a panel appointed to advise the Pope on family matters...

    A deadly virus from the heart of Africa

    At the end of August 1976, Mabalo Lokela, a forty-four-year-old teacher, returned from his travels, with a high fever. He had been travelling in...

    Feral children

    In 1996, Ivan Mishukov left home. Even though he was only four years old, he felt that the situation at home was far too...

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