By Michael Brooks - 06 March 10:00
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
By Michael Brooks - 28 February 8:34
Why medinical zinc is not all it's cracked up to be.
By Michael Brooks - 11 February 13:30
The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.
By Michael Brooks - 06 February 14:10
The Navier-Stokes equations, which describe how fluids such as air and water flow, may finally have been proved to work in every situation.
By Michael Brooks - 30 January 12:28
While volcanic eruptions disrupt life in Indonesia, elsewhere in our solar system they might be making it interesting.
By Michael Brooks - 22 January 8:48
If Boris Johnson wants to subdue the population by militarising the police, he has an extensive catalogue of weapons to choose from.
By Michael Brooks - 13 January 8:16
The Large Hadron Collider, the machine that smashed particles together to create the Higgs boson, is closed for an upgrade and will next host particle collisions in 2015. Yet there is hope of further insight before then.
By Michael Brooks - 20 December 13:19
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have found that ingesting the right kinds of bacteria can have a positive influence on ailments as diverse as obesity and autism.
By Michael Brooks - 12 December 14:47
The take-home message on smoking from science? Quit now.
By Michael Brooks - 28 November 13:05
The truth may not make for a headline-grabbing story, but it's important.
By Michael Brooks - 27 November 15:00
Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?
By Michael Brooks - 07 November 14:08
Once the US - which supplies 80 per cent of the world's helium - stops selling off its store at an artificially low price, we have a problem.
By Michael Brooks - 31 October 13:35
The biggest known star in the universe is about to blow. This kind of thing doesn't happen every day - and when it does, something extremely interesting usually happens.
By Michael Brooks - 10 October 15:16
Whether we’re trying to find out where it came from, or how to siphon off some of its energy, grappling with the moon is harder than it looks.
By Michael Brooks - 02 October 8:05
When it comes to death, science is part of the problem as well as part of the solution. Deepening our understanding of the body’s processes and learning how to keep them going longer has complicated and obfuscated the end of life.
By Michael Brooks - 26 September 16:05
The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.
By Michael Brooks - 19 September 8:45
Hugh Loebner is offering researchers $100,000 to develop a computer that thinks like a human. But is that really the best use of artificial intelligence?
By Michael Brooks - 10 September 9:24
In ancient Athens, each citizen had to take a turn offering his governance. The Rational Parliament attempts to bring that spirit back, because certain issues are too important to leave to the professionals.
By Michael Brooks - 05 September 17:30
What happens to the information in a black hole once it disappears? Stephen Hawking thought he knew, betted on it, and lost.
By Michael Brooks - 05 September 10:20
The scientist Daniel M Davis has told the story of genetic compatibility - and the rejection that is its opposite - with great insight and decades of research. It's a field that may yield significant treasures in the decades to come.
By Michael Brooks - 30 August 12:34
Deep brain stimulation is racing ahead, and the ethical issues associated with it are starting to be debated.
By Michael Brooks - 22 August 11:45
After the success of the test-tube burger, Michael Brooks answers the question on everyone in the NS offices lips: "Why not make burgers from human stem cells?"
By Michael Brooks - 15 August 8:30
Clouds are essential as they reflect and scatter sunlight back into space - but nobody knows how hot the planet can become before the clouds no longer help us.
By Michael Brooks - 11 July 8:39
It’s hard to fathom that the warmth you feel (or don’t feel) today was created at a time when Neanderthals were still around. Yet that is not the real mystery. . .
By Michael Brooks - 04 July 8:28
Of late, science has demonstrated why all types of knowledge lead to discoveries.
By Michael Brooks - 27 June 14:40
After many false starts it’s a research field that is just now coming of age - when harnessed, particles can perform staggeringly powerful computation.
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 11:07
We all know that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to change is a mark of insanity. It's time for some fresh ideas on cancer research.
By Michael Brooks - 14 June 13:42
The Higgs boson was small beer. Exploring the properties of the fruit-shaped nucleus could finally reveal the reason for our existence.
By Michael Brooks - 30 May 9:04
If we can improve, we should.
By Michael Brooks - 17 May 14:24
While everyone loves Commander Chris Hadfield, it's Iowan James Hansen who really needs the attention.