Emilie du Chatelet died after child birth in 1749 at the age of 43. She knew the dangers of a late pregnancy. No anti-biotics to control infection; nothing to control uterine bleeding. Doctors did not bother to wash their hands or instruments. But she stoically accepted her probable fate. She’d always worked long...

Cecilia Payne, working in the 1920s, was the first person to show how the mechanics of Einstein’s energy conversion formula (e = mc2 ) applied beyond our planet - that the process we now call nuclear fusion powered not only our Sun but also the billions of stars in the Universe.

It is exactly 50 years since one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century - the working out of the structure of the DNA molecule . This represented the culmination of fifty years research in the fields of physics, chemistry and biology, a milestone on the road started by Darwin’s...

SOUTH AFRICA 24 April 2002. A giant faced a dying man in court. The giant told the man that he could not have the lifesaving drugs he needed because it had profits to protect. The giant was GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the second biggest pharmaceutical company in the world.

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