Fluctuations in methane gas in the Martian atmosphere, detected by the Curiosity rover, could mean that there's life living below the surface of Gale Crater. The implications could be surprising.
Researchers find model of worm brain acts just like a worm would, if it was a robot made of Lego.
Alisher Usmanov spent just shy of $5m to purchase Watson's 1962 Nobel medal at auction, but says he plans to return it. Can we please go back to ignoring this bigoted man now?
Major milestone passed as part of ongoing plan to land humans on Mars by 2030.
Reflecting heat back into space, seeding the ocean with iron, simulating the effects of volcanic dust - the problem with thinking big about fixing the climate is that the massive risks are far more expensive than the known costs of simply not screwing the planet up in the first place.
Someone, somewhere in government, is spending a considerable amount of time keeping Wikipedia's entries on Scottish football up-to-date.
The security services want social networks like Facebook to be more forthcoming with material posted by users that might indicate a threat to national security. But the root causes of terrorism will never be fixed with data alone.
Governments are setting their sights on missions to Mars and the moon but private companies are focused on shorter excursions into space. Their motivation is simple: there’s money in it.
Some background while we wait for the ESA's probe to touch down on the comet's surface.
The co-founder of PayPal, Facebook board member and hugely successful venture capitalist is disappointed in the future. He doesn’t think we’re ambitious enough.
The government in Budapest wants to bring in a tax on internet file transfers - and the public sees it as a tax on free speech.
A team from MIT estimated how long it would take for the mission to experience its first fatality. The answer: 68 days. The second group would arrive to find the first pioneers had been dead for more than a year and a half.
Another milestone in wind power generation does nothing to reverse the government's scepticism over its potential.
In a kind of digital version of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, tenaciously dull videogame truthers have met their match in an inexhaustibly interested chat program coded 50 years ago.
“Information doesn’t want to be free,” writes the sci-fi novelist and activist Cory Doctorow, “people want to be free.”
Some poor science reporting in the papers this week in response to a review of the literature on the risks of marijuana consumption.
Changes to intellectual property law also make it legal to backup digital files to other formats and devices.
The dangers of unsustainable irrigation practices, starkly illustrated.
It's a boom period for study of the Red Planet - space agencies can't stop sending probes and robots there. And Nasa's latest probe will soon be joined by another from India.
The internet brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and videos comes confusion and propaganda. It demands a new kind of war reporting – one which can make sense of digital evidence, and use the decentralised web as a tool for undermining the enforced narratives of the powerful.
DNA analysis of evidence from the scene of one of the infamous Whitechapel murders has allegedly “proved” the identity of the Ripper – but it’s not an open-and-shut case.
It’s increasingly becoming clear that space is a more hospitable environment than was assumed.
Following on from the mixed success of the ambitious Hayabusa-1 mission, Japanese space scientists are almost ready to try again at hunting an asteroid.
Anita Sarkeesian makes videos looking at how poorly women are represented in games, and gamers hate her for it, insulting her work and accusing her of dishonesty. It's almost like they're trying to prove her premise.
The most exciting spectator sport in the world is gaming, and Amazon just grabbed the biggest broadcaster.
A subtle change in how Twitter's feed works will make some people very angry, but most people probably won't even notice.
This fascinating documentary from 1965 shows what Soviet scientists hoped would be possible with colonisation of the Moon.
Even the tech companies that explicitly try not to be like the others can't help but struggle with not treating women like exotic aliens.
Yet again, a prominent woman is driven from Twitter because she dares to exist.
A team of researchers has figured out how to take GoPro footage and speed it up ten times as fast while also eliminating shakiness.