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Scientists have been meeting at London’s Royal Society since 1660 – and some of the latest research behind medical advances are on show there this summer. When water lands on lotus leaves it bounces off in droplets, taking any dirt along with it. Scientists at University College London are incorporating similar hydrophobic properties into...

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There’s big money in cosmetic surgery – figures for 2015 suggest that more than 21 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were carried out on people who wanted to change how they look. A new British report highlights ethical concerns including how children are exposed to unrealistic body images online. Professor Nichola Rumsey says social...

If you close one eye and look at an object, then try with the other eye, the two images will be slightly different. The brain normally combines these images together, providing us with a stereoscopic or 3D view of the world. Now scientists have found that seamstresses have superior depth perception, thanks to their stereoscopic vision....

Sitting on top of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, Venezuela used to be one of the richest nations in Latin America. Today it is in turmoil and there’s been a sharp rise in infant mortality and the number of women dying in childbirth and pregnancy is up by 65%. The BBC’s Vladimir Hernandez has just returned from Venezuela where he saw a...