Quarks are a puzzle: they carry, variously, a third or two-thirds of the electrical charge of the electron.
Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.
When planning, it often seems one person gets their way. But there is an alternative.
Space is hard but deep space is perhaps harder – yet, as we hope to find out, still worth the effort.
We can spot catastrophes that could kill us – but can we come together to stop them?
It takes only a few photons to trigger our visual sense. Tantalisingly, a few photons can exist in superposition.
It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.
As it gets warmer, the molecules in our environment vaporise and fill the air with scents. These make their way into the outermost extreme of the brain – the nose – and stimulate neurons into firing.
Cheer the discovery of the gravitational wave when it happens. But don’t be fooled: gravity will remain our greatest mystery for a long time yet.
The extraordinary skills of lizards they evolved over millions of years. Now we are treading the same path, though with more purpose.
Osborne can fund the creation of big institutes all he likes; if Britain left the EU, our scientists would be left isolated.
Some of the diseases that could be cured are far more distressing than mutations in an embyro that was never going to develop anyway.
We know more about life in space – and at home – than ever before. But what do we do with that knowledge?
Less cats; more physics.
Daniel Dennett wants to convince Tom Stoppard that there is no Hard Problem.
Naming the origins of life.
If humans can’t control themselves, they cannot be allowed the freedoms others enjoy: humans learn self-control, she says, in the same way that toddlers learn to control their bladders.
This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.
Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?
I, for one, accept our new robot politicians.
If only politics worked half as well as space exploration.
It's time to appreciate space dust.
In mice, young blood can rejuvinate the arteries and even neurones of the old. But humans may be wary.
The drug has been proven as a reliever of suicidal thoughts. With some doctors reluctant to prescribe SSRIs, it could provide the answer.
From eyecare to creating the coldest thing in the universe, lasers show science at its most illuminating.
Want to understand your genes? Call your parents.
What should you do to stay happy and healthy this Christmas? You’ll like the first piece of advice: if you want to relax, you could try eating a big meal.
Our planet has hidden life-protection systems that continue to surprise us.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.