The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.
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?
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.
What happens to the information in a black hole once it disappears? Stephen Hawking thought he knew, betted on it, and lost.
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.
Deep brain stimulation is racing ahead, and the ethical issues associated with it are starting to be debated.
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?"
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.
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. . .
Of late, science has demonstrated why all types of knowledge lead to discoveries.
After many false starts it’s a research field that is just now coming of age - when harnessed, particles can perform staggeringly powerful computation.
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.
The Higgs boson was small beer. Exploring the properties of the fruit-shaped nucleus could finally reveal the reason for our existence.
If we can improve, we should.
While everyone loves Commander Chris Hadfield, it's Iowan James Hansen who really needs the attention.
As things stand a scientific assessment would suggest that Britain is Bangladesh for bees.
Get mothers overeating during pregnancy and you stand to gain customers as soon as they are born.
The work of Francis Crick and James Watson gives us a vision of what's to come.
A new technique called “mitochondrial replacement” is about to be presented to ministers as a solution to a particularly thorny reproductive dilemma.
Can shale gas and fracking solve our energy crisis?
No money back, no guarantee.
Something in the water...
Voices in the dark.
Why cutting money from benefits might not save anything in the long run.
The remarkable abilities already inside us.
By all means, let’s save the Royal Institution from closure, but let's also take the opportunity to replace its Victorian vision of science with one that looks more like Britain today.
Will science and religion ever work out how to coexist peacefully?
Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.
Long may our exploration of the heavens continue.