Here comes the science bit


A graphic showing traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid.
Two worlds collide
By Michael Brooks - 10 January 5:48

Will science and religion ever work out how to coexist peacefully?

The anti-depressant Fluoxetine
The subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis
By Michael Brooks - 03 January 5:49

Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.

A self portrait by Nasa's Curiosity probe on Mars.
Heavens above: the achievement of Curiosity and the Hubble Space Telescope
By Michael Brooks - 19 December 5:57

Long may our exploration of the heavens continue.

New Statesman
Doing science the Wonga way
By Michael Brooks - 18 December 16:40

The model used by the payday loans company might finally make science work for everyone. Could we be about to enter the age of Wonga science?

Waiting for the end of the world
By Michael Brooks - 06 December 5:42

Supervolcanoes, ash clouds, supernovas, asteroids, climate chaos - take your pick.

Place your bets!
Putting your money where your mouth is on climate change
By Michael Brooks - 29 November 11:39

Forget football - climate science is well worth a flutter, says Michael Brooks.

Scary maths
Teaching kids to fear maths will harm Britain's chances in the global economy
By Michael Brooks - 22 November 11:38

The prospect of learning maths scares us, but actually doing the proper stuff is rather enjoyable.

The Higgs boson is “maddeningly well-behaved”.
Rumours of imminent split as physicists declare Higgs particle “boring”
By Michael Brooks - 17 November 11:42

Daily Mail offers ray of hope to the couple.

Ash trees in Pound Farm Woodland
The pointless, self-defeating burning of ash trees could have been avoided
By Michael Brooks - 13 November 9:00

If it hadn't been for a name-related confusion, the government might have imposed a ban on imports of ash and ash products years ago.

3D printing is enough to make anyone lose their cool
By Michael Brooks - 22 October 14:38

“Oh My God: a chain mail glove!”

A dunce with a Nobel Prize
By Michael Brooks - 08 October 12:16

An eminent British scientist provides a salutary lesson for education strategists.

A clubber in Bali after a crackdown on drugs.
Not raving but drowning - could MDMA help therapy?
By Michael Brooks - 24 September 9:05

Love, hate and Ecstasy.

The tricky business of unblocking your brain
By Michael Brooks - 07 September 15:07

Don’t read this if you’ve got an aneurysm.

Surfers ride the Severn Bore along the River Severn
The price of tidal power
By Michael Brooks - 29 August 15:53

When did it become OK to save our wildlife at the expense of everyone else’s?

Curiosity lands on Mars: the US wins the space heptathlon
By Michael Brooks - 06 August 13:53

"There's a one-ton piece of American ingenuity and it's sitting on the surface of Mars right now.” That was the reaction of John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to Curiosity’s

A lab worker displays a bald mouse used in medical research
The truth about animal testing
By Michael Brooks - 26 July 12:26

The use of animals in medical research is inevitable, but no one can deny that something needs to change.

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire.
We need to talk about fracking
By Michael Brooks - 25 July 14:41

At some point pretty soon, we're going to need to know where we stand on this.

Cooking is the root of all evil
By Michael Brooks - 13 July 14:03

If we hadn’t learned to roast meat, many of society's ills would never have happened.

The era of scientific pomp and circumstance is almost done
The Higgs boson is science's royal wedding
By Michael Brooks - 04 July 8:30

All this Higgsteria just demonstrates that we're now at the end of the age of physics.

A hypnotist at work with a fob watch
Ten tips for successful brain-hacking
By Michael Brooks - 03 July 16:45

Why are actors so much more susceptible to hypnosis?

Reasons to be careful
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 17:13

Asteroids strikes, radiation and Rio+20.

A child interacts with a robot at the Science Museum
The despair of the dissenting government expert
By Michael Brooks - 15 June 12:10

A depressing day out spent talking science at the Department for Education

One world is not enough
By Michael Brooks - 13 June 17:36

On inaccessible universes and infinite planets.

Should you bother watching the Transit of Venus?
By Michael Brooks - 05 June 13:30

Yes, unless you believe Kurzweil...

New Statesman
Lessons from Rothamsted
By Michael Brooks - 28 May 13:03

Nine takeaways from yesterday's protest for the GM scientists and their supporters.

Images of giant galaxy clusters, said to be mainly made up of dark matter.
Does dark matter exist?
By Michael Brooks - 15 May 11:41

After 80 years of agreement about the dark stuff, opinions may be changing.

New Statesman
Battle of the wheatfield
By Michael Brooks - 02 May 14:47

Rational discussion of genetically modified crops is beyond us

A boy stands by his hut in a village near Maradi, a southern city in Niger
The Royal Society has a beauty pageant moment
By Michael Brooks - 26 April 16:19

Scientists are good at science. That does not qualify them as advisors on world affairs.

New Statesman
Hiding in plain sight
By Michael Brooks - 25 April 16:45

The Easter holiday rush is receding into distant memory. The only thing airport security personnel have to worry about is what happens when everyone starts arriving for the Olympics. That, and the helpful physicists who have worked out how to smuggle a gun through a metal detector.

New Statesman
Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"?
By Michael Brooks - 20 April 17:41

France has always struggled with evidence-based science.