Science UK

Read articles adapted from the British Council's science magazine, Cubed. Learn about the world of science and research in the UK and practise your English at the same time.

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Would you like to be able to make really amazing films at home? You may soon be able to. Read this article to find out about some interesting developments in home movie making. 
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Do you find airport security slow and a bit annoying?! If so, maybe a 3D scanning machine will make going through security a lot quicker and easier in the future.
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A new app will allow you to experience swimming in the ocean with fish, sharks, underwater plants and sunken boats – in virtual reality.
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Children in Malawi have been making fantastic progress using a new maths app. This could be very positive for the future of one of the world’s poorest countries.
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We've seen bionic robot-men in films for many years but is fiction now becoming a reality?
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Have you ever wondered why your fingers get wrinkled in water? A new theory could explain all!
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Can you imagine having flexible computer screens and mobile phones which change shape to tell you when you have a new message? It sounds like a crazy idea, but in fact it's already been invented!
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Our phones can give us a lot of information these days, but can they tell us how we're feeling? Read about a new app that may be able to do just that! 
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A team of scientists are developing a system to check dangerous rumours that appear in social media. Read the article to find out more. 
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How is science and technology changing the way that music is being created and played? Read on to find out how some new software is helping musicians to keep the beat. 
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Are you interested in architecture? Have you ever thought about how the outside of a building could help the environment? Read this article to find out about research into buildings that can collect water and create energy. 
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A research study has looked into what happens inside your brain while you read and listen to music. 
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According to Dr Nick Hawes, the future of robots is going to be huge. Here he explains the challenges.
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Aeroplane wings, offshore wind turbines and sports equipment may all be able to repair themselves soon with this incredible new technology.
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How is technology changing the homes we live in? How can hi-tech homes help old people to live independently? Read the article to find out about research and development into smarthomes in the UK.
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Have you ever used your smartphone to find out what the weather's going to be like? Now there's an app that will get information about the weather all over the world, in real time, so the forecast may never be wrong again! 
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Have you ever seen a starfish? Did you know that starfish contain a liquid that may hold a clue for treatments for some diseases? Read the article to find out more.  
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How much do you know about the planets in our solar system? Read on to find out the latest in scientific research in this area. 
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How is a millipede similar to Robin Hood? Read this and find out!
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What can we learn from worms? Find out by reading this article about how scientists are using worms in their research. If you want to know more about the research check out Worm Watch Lab which explains the experiments in more detail. 
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How many different emotions do you think you can communicate to people with your face? Do you have the same facial expressions as people from different cultures? Read this to find out what scientists have just discovered about this fascinating topic.