A gender blender: the Wikipedia machine relentlessly churns out information over which women struggle to have any influence. Photo: JONATHAN McHUGH FOR NEW STATESMAN
The Wikipedia wars: does it matter if our biggest source of knowledge is written by men?
By Jenny Kleeman - 26 May 14:53

Wikipedia is the world’s most popular encyclopaedia, a collaborative utopia. But only one in every ten of its editors is a woman.

A Chacma Baboon rests on a rock in Kruger National Park. Photo: Getty Images
Baboons who share personality traits stick together – humans shouldn't be tempted to do the same
By Tosin Thompson - 21 May 14:27

A new study into baboon behaviour teaches us quite a lot about ourselves.

Bear witness: the 2003 portrait of Bao Bao hints at man’s enduring debt to nature. Photo: © Alexander von Reiswitz. Courtesy Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin
Why do we fight so hard to save the giant panda?
By John Burnside - 21 May 13:11

Given how reluctant pandas are to breed, it may seem misguided to fund their conservation. But there's a reason we spend so much money.

George Osborne tours the labs researching graphene at Manchester. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images
EU membership is crucial to Britain’s science excellence
By Michael Brooks - 21 May 9:06

Osborne can fund the creation of big institutes all he likes; if Britain left the EU, our scientists would be left isolated.

In bloom: the golden flowers of a forsythia bush. Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon
To every place there is a season – or several
By John Burnside - 20 May 10:01

From the glorious July that I once spent deep in the Arctic Circle to the treacherous climate of central California.

A woman awaits the papers at a Middlesbrough and East Cleveland Count. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Mourning the election? Even a bad result cheers you up
By Michael Brooks - 12 May 10:09

Studies show that populations are happier when they can choose things - including the government.

Embyros in a lab in California. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Now we can edit the human genome, the question is: should we?
By Michael Brooks - 05 May 8:18

Some of the diseases that could be cured are far more distressing than mutations in an embyro that was never going to develop anyway.

Microsoft's new app guesses the age and gender of any faces it detects in a photo you've uploaded. Photo: Microsoft
Here’s why you shouldn’t take Microsoft’s “How Old Do I Look” app too seriously
By Tosin Thompson - 01 May 13:04

Don’t feel so bad if Microsoft’s new face analysis tool completely guesses your age and/or gender wrong. The app still needs work. 

Bird of distinction: buzzards are back to their old range and no longer just features of the western landscape. Photo: NIALL BENVIE / CORBIS
Once upon a time in the West Country: Richard Mabey on the changing patterns of wilderness
By Richard Mabey - 30 April 12:25

For a few days every year in the Fal Estuary, primoses flower underwater. But that's not the only spectacular sight in the South West. 

These red, orange and green clouds (false color) in Saturn's northern hemisphere indicate the tail end of the massive 2010-2011 storm. Photo: NASA
Storms from outer space: some things are just too impressive to appreciate
By Michael Brooks - 29 April 8:34

We know more about life in space – and at home – than ever before. But what do we do with that knowledge?

Man walking past invisible bodies. Photo: Getty Images
Scientists suggest invisibility as a cure for anxiety
By Tosin Thompson - 28 April 11:47

Neuroscientists have made the surprise discovery that the sensation of invisibly reduces responses to anxiety.

Once again, lunar exploration is a primary concern of the world's space agencies. Photo: Getty Images
Japan joins list of nations planning on covering the Moon in robots over the next five years
By Ian Steadman - 27 April 13:04

The next five years will see a resurgence in lunar exploration, driven both by idealism and an economic incentive.

Happy birthday, Hubble! After 25 years, here are 25 of the space telescope's greatest achievements
By Tosin Thompson - 24 April 15:29

Nasa and ESA teamed together to build a telescope. But unknown to them, that telescope was about to revolutionise our understanding of the universe, both scientifically and visually.

Suddenly, Ed Miliband became a meme. In a good way.
From Nate Silver to #Milifans: welcome to the age of political fandom
By Elizabeth Minkel - 23 April 16:42

Whether it’s political fanboys who geek out over polling data or teenage girls photoshopping flower crowns onto Ed Miliband’s head, digital excitement is the new electioneering frontier.

A doctor's waiting room. Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/GettyImages
Martha hadn’t let anyone touch her for years and she wasn’t about to start now
By Phil Whitaker - 16 April 16:37

A history of sexual assault prevented Martha from seeking an examination from a gynaecologist.

A hard problem for soft brains: is there a Hard Problem?
By Michael Brooks - 16 April 15:29

Daniel Dennett wants to convince Tom Stoppard that there is no Hard Problem.

A manhole exploded hundreds of feet into the air – what's the science behind this?
By Tosin Thompson - 16 April 13:51

A manhole exploded on a road in Buffalo, New York, last weekend. Odd, sure, but that's the science behind this? 

Astronauts explore a new world in Interstellar. Photo: Paramount/Warner Bros.
Near-light speed travel increasingly impossible, according to maths
By Tosin Thompson - 13 April 17:58

Travelling at close to the speed of light may be necessary for humans to colonise the galaxy, but the maths show it'd be like flying through a cloud of bombs - but also that we should notice the explosions here on Earth, if any other civilisation has managed the feat.

Venus appears near the crescent moon. Photo: Getty
Nasa chief scientist says we're (possibly) only a decade away from finding alien life
By Ian Steadman - 08 April 16:22

It's increasingly clear that the Solar System is more life-friendly than we'd previously suspected.

Chicken sit in a farm near Jamasa city. Photo: Getty Images
Good news for farmers as study finds what it is that makes chicken farts smell bad
By Tosin Thompson - 08 April 11:59

Small changes in a chicken's diet can grossly violate the nostrils of the unsuspecting - unless certain types of food are avoided, researchers find.

Deep in the roar: Niagara Falls, from an 1860 painting by Frederic Church. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
The lost landscape of America: chasing the vanishing sublime
By John Burnside - 08 April 9:10

While the landscapes of Thoreau and Watkins have been preserved by their art, John Burnside finds the wilderness that once covered America neutralised.

John Oliver gets to the crux of why the Snowden leaks matter: mass surveillance of dick pics
By Ian Steadman - 07 April 12:59

"I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."

A man collects plastic bottles to sell for recycling, in a landfill of Managua, Nicaragua, on January 11, 2013. Photo: Getty Images
Scientists buried biodegradeable plastics for three years, found it doesn't degrade
By Ian Steadman - 31 March 15:43

Common method of making plastic "biodegradeable" seems to be useless, in some types.

Fish swimming through the coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Getty Images
Coral reefs are an irreplaceable environmental and economic treasure, in need of help
By Tosin Thompson - 26 March 16:23

"Losing the world's coral reefs would be like burning every Impressionist painting - you won't get them back." A new exhibiton at the Natural History Museum shows just what a tragedy these natural wonders' loss would be.

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