Left alone in a sparsely furnished room for 15 minutes, stripped of all electronic distractions but one, boredom made the electric-shock machine irresistible.
If you’re after science that makes you question your place in the universe, focus on that phrase “light years”, one that astronomers use so casually.
In March, the team of astronomers working on the Bicep2 telescope announced that they had seen ripples caused by the universe’s inflation.
Nothing we can engineer has come close to replicating the placenta’s ability to act as the kidney, lungs, hormone source, nutrition channel and waste disposal unit for a growing foetus.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
This could prove a neater way to investigate the fundamental building blocks of nature than examining the debris created by high-energy particle collisions.
Using technology about to be approved for medical use, we can now program computers to identify a possible target and decide whether to fire weapons at it.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Not just a faded poster on a lab wall, but “as impressive as the Pyramids or any of the other wonders of the world”. The table also holds the key to finding replacements for antibiotics.
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
We don’t need evolution any more – we've outsourced the processes to ourselves.
We have fooled ourselves into thinking that modern science began with Newton but Grosseteste wrote his treatise in 1225.
EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours
The melting of Arctic permafrost is reawakening millennia-buried pathogens. But it’s the release of methane we should be more worried about.
Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
Why medinical zinc is not all it's cracked up to be.
The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.
The Navier-Stokes equations, which describe how fluids such as air and water flow, may finally have been proved to work in every situation.
While volcanic eruptions disrupt life in Indonesia, elsewhere in our solar system they might be making it interesting.
If Boris Johnson wants to subdue the population by militarising the police, he has an extensive catalogue of weapons to choose from.
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.
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.
The take-home message on smoking from science? Quit now.
The truth may not make for a headline-grabbing story, but it's important.
Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?
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.
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.
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.
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.