New research has found that rats alone can't have been responsible for Europe's medieval plague outbreaks - and giant Central Asian gerbils may have been an alternative accessory to the crime.
The influence of the XX/XY model of chromosomal sex has been profound over the last century, but it’s founded on faulty premises and responsible for encouraging reductive, essentialist thinking. While the scientific world has moved on, its popular appeal remains.
Lots of places claim to have the “perfect” pancake recipe – but here’s how to guarantee the best results. Maybe.
It's becoming more and more common for everyday appliances to have features we don't expect, and the implications for privacy and freedom can be surprisingly profound. We should be sure we know what we're buying into.
The resurgence of diseases like measles in the United States has come from the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The good news is that Britain isn’t seeing those same risks – but it could in the future.
Programmes where US and UK security services intercepted and shared private data were unlawful, tribunal declares.
The first draft of a copyright reform report, from the digital rights party's last MEP, could give the Pirates a significant legacy.
Twitter's move away from the stream continues apace with new mass direct messaging and video features.
The House of Lords is meant to be a place where those with specialist knowledge and experience can offer suggestions or amendments of how to improve the bills the Commons puts through - not remove our fundamental freedoms on a whim.
4chan lies at the source of much of contemporary web culture, for better or worse, but its creator is walking away.
A trillion lions fired into space could make Mars into an oasis, plus other things you can do with a giant ball of cats.
Once seen as a better investment than gold, the digital cryptocurrency is experiencing some severe existential threats.
Sometimes the Earth doesn't spin as fast as it should - and that can give programmers a headache.
Good news: you probably do it too.
The flexibility and speed of 3D printing makes pet prosthetics and digitally-downloaded space tools a reality.
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.”