Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Lockheed Martin has announced that it already has a small-scale fusion energy generator. In ten years’ time, it says, it will have developed a reactor large enough to power a city and small enough to sit on the back of a truck.
Ettore Majorana was an Italian physicist, the best of his generation, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1938.
It is being called the most severe health emergency of modern times. But are the fears of mass contagion in the west overblown?
Michael Brooks’s science column.
Responsibility for treatment of infected people falls on human health services. It is difficult to create an alliance against rabies until animal and human health experts co-ordinate.
Scientists have a simple recipe for creating a more human-like mouse: just alter its DNA very slightly.
Chinese researchers have recently reported a case of a woman found to have no cerebellum, a part of the brain that usually contains half of its neurons.
Tim Berners-Lee has publicly called for programmers to develop better, more user-friendly cryptography. That way, he says, we can all get back to living private lives again.
Either our understanding of how stars form needs a big overhaul, or one of the current missions of the European Space Agency could turn out to be something of a white elephant.
Attributing emotions to birds is not a flight of fancy. Emotions are a feature of evolution: they arose to help creatures navigate the world safely and with maximum reward.
Drug trials rarely tell the whole story as many drugs have side effects that emerge only after deployment in the population at large. Yet unexpected effects can sometimes be surprisingly good.
This ball of rock and ice formed at the same time as our solar system and should, if predictions are correct, contain complex organic molecules, the same stuff as terrestrial life is made from.
Following outbreaks of campylobacter infection at Glastonbury and flu at festivals in Europe, some researchers are calling for better surveillance of the threats to festival-goers’ health.
Fossilised guides to what the earth was like millions of years ago are rare, and understanding water tracks can make a difference.
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.