Why an owl can swivel its head (and why you should avoid chiropractors)

If you or I tried to swivel our head round by 270 degrees, we'd cut off the blood supply to our brains and pass out - or worse. But owls manage it: and now scientists have worked out how.

Gene mapping often fails to predict disease

Whole genome sequencing as a method of predicting disease risks isn't as informative as thought, a study of thousands of identical twins has found.

Hospitals mislead patients about robotic surgery

Large numbers of US hospitals are misleading patients about the so-called benefits of robotic surgery, with many making wholesale use of material provided by manufacturers.

Neuroscientists wipe specific memories, permanently

In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, two people undergo a procedure to erase the memory of one another from their minds. And now love-lorn mice, at least, can experience the same relief from upsetting memories.