When it comes to laughing at someone spilling a tray of drinks or falling down a well, research suggests a person's facial expression determines whether we find it funny or not.
Facebook collects and sells our data – and yet we seem to care comparatively little that we don’t get a cut.
According to scientists, some fish could contain at least three times more mercury than 150 years ago due to pollution caused by human activity – the researchers hope that these findings will increase awareness of the harmful effects of mercury pollution.
After a ten year chase, Rosetta became the first ever spacecraft to intercept and go into orbit around a comet - and over the next 18 months will begin searching for clues left over from the earliest moments of our Solar System.
Twitter, once the preserve of teens and techies, is now the medium of choice for the political establishment too.
The only genuinely sustainable approach to tech products is to design them in ways that decrease people's reliance on technology.
Contrary to popular opinion, practicing a musical instrument or a sport for thousands of hours isn’t enough to produce a Mozart or a Maradona – though it still helps.
The default assumption when it comes to sex workers on Facebook is that their lives are an open book.
Fossilised guides to what the earth was like millions of years ago are rare, and understanding water tracks can make a difference.
Our understanding of placebo-based treatments suggests that alternative medicine could benefit patients. But the impact on medical ethics could lead to unintended consequences.
It's easier than ever to experience surge pricing.
Our understanding of empathy is pretty limited, but many figures are calling for change. Corporate culture is beginning to recognise the need to put yourself in someone else's shoes.
Erica Wagner on a new biography of the space pioneer.
Ian Steadman reviews Michael Brooks’s book on scientific discovery.
Between 10 and 30 per cent of British university students have taken pills such as Modafinil and Ritalin to improve their memory and heighten their concentration.
Brain research shows that fathers who are secondary to a female caregiver are more engaged as thinkers and planners. But men raising a child without a female partner were found to have the same level of emotional response as a mother.
The United Arab Emirates now has its own space agency, and plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021.
The trend over the last few years has been for public transport authorities to accept that their data should be made public - while at the same time letting the private sector absorb the cost of making use of it.
China's rapid industrialisation has not been accompanied by a respect for the natural environment - but, as pollution problems become so severe that they can no longer be ignored, engineers are beginning to dream up ambitious solutions to problems created by ambitious modernity.
All three of Britain’s main parties insist that data surveillance is for our protection – but this “emergency” is about power and control.
Left alone in a sparsely furnished room for 15 minutes, stripped of all electronic distractions but one, boredom made the electric-shock machine irresistible.
Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen.
An Oxfordshire-based company has developed hi-tech scanners which can rapidly analyse the chemical make-up of liquids inside containers.
A world without antimicrobials would be a world without modern medicine, so why is there not more urgency in addressing the global rise of drug resistance? The New Statesman brought leading health experts together to discuss the problem.
The government has made progress on the urgent crisis of antimicrobial resistance, but sustained public pressure is still needed, says Zac Goldsmith.
"A few bored students gave themselves an unpleasant tingle, but most preferred to sit around instead." Snappy or what?
An Israeli start-up backed by predictive-keyboard-pioneer SwiftKey is offering hope for severely disabled individuals.
Women are vastly under-represented in engineering and little has been done about it. National Women in Engineering Day is one of many initiatives to counter this imbalance.
In March, the team of astronomers working on the Bicep2 telescope announced that they had seen ripples caused by the universe’s inflation.
The tiny pieces of plastic that we throw away every year are forming a new layer of sedentary rock across the planet - just another sign of our careless attitude to waste.