Holly Baxter was at university when she realised that the way she processed information – namely, by seeing words as colours – was unusual. Here she speaks to fellow synaesthetes and learns more about how the complex condition affects the brain in different ways for different people
Buzz off: One simple tactic to prevent swarms of stinging insects invading your picnic
Every new wave of technology appears strange and a little threatening to those of us who have not quite got used to self-service checkouts
'We found that this disruption of the reward system correlates with the number of problems, such as family issues, individuals have because of their marijuana use. Continued marijuana use despite these problems is an indicator of marijuana dependence'
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Many different kinds of primate appear to self-medicate – and for a variety of conditions and reasons. Sophia Daoudi asks if humans should also consider chimplants
'It will be the largest study that’s ever tested the impact of weight loss on cancer– any form of cancer. We are very hopeful'
Unusual structures caused by gas leaking through the sea bed over millions of years
The creature, found 7,000 feet underwater in Hawaii, is the world’s largest known sponge
The condition is prompting serious concerns from health officials
But some parts of the country, particularly in the North East, have held on to their accents
Teaching robots to feel pain could help keep them and their human colleagues safer in the future
Researchers used a ground-penetrating radar instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft to investigate changes to the Martian north pole icecap
Once a deeply shameful taboo in society, stigma around masturbation is lessening, with scientists claiming it comes with a number of key health benefits
Teratoma or 'evil twin' tumours are extremely rare and occur when a growth resembling a human body grows inside someone. They can feature bones, hair, teeth and facial features
The report's authors have called for further research to examine the possible link and caution their current results are not yet conclusive