The 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Photo: Yancho Sabev via Wikimedia Commons.
The strange case of the anti-Dalai Lama protesters trolling Glastonbury
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 9:48

A mass of near-identical accounts have been spamming the Glastonbury hashtag over the past week. But who are they, and what do they want? 

How we see is an intriguing question - especially for quantum physics. Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images
What does it mean to see something? Take a look at Schrödinger’s cat
By Michael Brooks - 25 June 15:24

It takes only a few photons to trigger our visual sense. Tantalisingly, a few photons can exist in superposition.

Laurie Penny in 2013. Image: re:publica via Wikimedia Commons.
Is Facebook right to insist on your real name - and what counts as a "real name" anyway?
By Barbara Speed - 25 June 10:35

New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny has been removed from the site for using a pseudonym - but, like many others, she feels that the step is necessary to avoid abuse and to guard her privacy.  

A drone like this one will be used to transport abortion drugs into Poland. Photo: Women on Waves.
Meet the woman sending abortion drugs to Poland by drone
By Barbara Speed - 23 June 16:30

“We wanted to draw attention to the different realities of women’s rights within Europe – how different life can be for women just a few hundred metres apart.”

The gmail logo. Photo: Gmail.
Gmail now lets you unsend emails
By Barbara Speed - 23 June 14:34

Google adds the feature to its email service after trialling it for six years. 

A man reads a Kindle in Victoria Tower Gardens. Image: Getty.
Amazon to pay authors according to how many pages people read
By Barbara Speed - 22 June 15:53

The company will pay self-published authors on its lending services per page from next month. 

A still from "Bad Blood", Swift's most recent music video.
Taylor Swift may have won her battle with Apple Music, but the streaming wars aren’t over
By Barbara Speed - 22 June 14:36

The artist sent an open letter to Apple Music, arguing that artists should be paid during the service's trial period. 

"Homesickness is a feeling of wanting to be back with our tribe." Photo: Samuel Bradley.
Homesick in the modern world
By John Osborne - 19 June 10:08

What does it mean to be homesick in 2015? Does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.

DuckDuckGo's homepage
Has Edward Snowden changed the way we think about search engines?
By Barbara Speed - 18 June 16:31

DuckDuckGo, a browser which doesn't track your online activity, has increased its traffic six-fold since the Snowden revelations.

South Koreans wear masks to protest against Mers. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
As Mers hits the headlines, we have to ask: is this a golden age for pathogens?
By Michael Brooks - 18 June 12:45

It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.

Despite a hardy laptop, I've still managed to break mine. Photo: AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. Brown
I chose a laptop that even Nasa couldn’t break. Somehow, I have managed to break it
By Nicholas Lezard - 18 June 12:42

Nasa only has to worry about the fiery immolation of its crew, should anything go wrong. They do not have to take into account the treatment you give your machines.

Here come the robots: tech wizards are devising algorithms that can do everything from diagnosing health problems to shaping our dreams.
Who owns the future? How the prophets of Silicon Valley took control
By Yuval Harari - 18 June 12:08

In an era when politics is bereft of grand visions, bioengineers and Silicon Valley tech geeks are claiming the mantle of leadership and prophecy. But what do they want and where are they leading us?

A flock of Twitter birds leaves one behind.
Are you one of Twitter's millions of ghost users? This could be why
By Barbara Speed - 17 June 10:19

Over two thirds of Twitter users are inactive. Could a swathe of new features bring them back to life? 

The great outdoors: much of the new writing on nature explores both the internal and external worlds of the authors. Photo: Sandra Cunningham/Trevillion Images
Death of the naturalist: why is the “new nature writing” so tame?
By Mark Cocker - 17 June 10:05

The so-called new nature writing has become a publishing phenomenon, but how much do its authors truly care about our wild places?

Wakey wakey. Image: ESA
After seven months in hibernation on a comet, the space probe Philae has woken up
By Tosin Thompson - 16 June 13:40

ESA's space probe Philae has awoken on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after seven months in hibernation. 

 A four digit passcode using emojis.
How emojis could make passcodes more secure
By Barbara Speed - 15 June 14:54

A British company has introduced an emoji-based passcode system. But is it a gimmick or a sign of things to come? 

In 2014, in London, 307 men reported being raped to the Metropolitan police. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty
A male rape charity has had its funding slashed to zero. Where are all the outraged men?
By June Eric-Udorie - 11 June 16:29

A vital service for men who have been affected by sexual abuse has lost funding, and yet so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” are still more interested in bringing feminists down.

Hear me roar: the grizzly bear can grow to 300 kilograms and climb trees. Photo: Michael Duva
Ursus arctos horribilis, a not-so-grizzly bear
By John Burnside - 11 June 8:49

Banff National Park is home to many remarkable creatures but most evenings the talk around the bar and the dinner table usually returns to bears.

"Fortunately, his fear that it had originated one night after a Kylie concert prompted him to seek medical advice". Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Qantas
Kylie, the mystery rash and the medieval treatment that keeps it at bay
By Phil Whitaker - 11 June 8:24

Haemochromatosis is the commonest single gene disorder in northern Europe: roughly one in 200 Caucasian people is genetically susceptible.

It's easier to smell in summer: a woman sniffs a rose. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Happy summer memories? It could all come down to smell
By Michael Brooks - 10 June 10:15

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.

Amy Schumer in April 2015. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
Why everyone is talking about Amy Schumer
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 09 June 12:48

She’s a feminist comedian who doesn’t shy away from ridiculing women. She reaches millions of viewers on the internet without breaking a sweat. Oh, and she’s just really, really funny.

Albert Einstein, whose general theory of relativity is still fueling new work. Photo: -/AFP/Getty Images
What’s up with gravity?
By Michael Brooks - 04 June 14:32

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.

Just because Wakefield's MMR research has been discredited doesn't mean parents can't question vaccine orthodoxy. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
What if not all parents who question vaccines are foolish and anti-science?
By Alice Dreger - 04 June 14:10

It is not completely unreasonable for parents to ask about safety concerns.

What would happen if all your draft tweets were published?
By Hayley Campbell - 03 June 9:23

You can base a more correct history of a species on the things they wanted to say but didn’t.

Happy Jerry. Photo: Natural History Museum.
Culture vultures: which species have changed the way we portray the natural world in film and literature?
By Tosin Thompson - 01 June 17:14

BBC Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum join forces in a weekly series called Natural Histories to tell the story of 25 species that changed the world.

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