Hungary’s cold war with polio
By Penny Bailey - 15 April 10:17

Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.

Teenagers at an Alicia Keys concert wave their phones in the air. Photo:Getty
Stop worrying: teenagers are not internet-addled cyborgs with overdeveloped thumbs
By Helen Lewis - 15 April 9:15

. . .  in fact, they are probably better at navigating a world of smartphones and social networks than we crusties aged 20 and over.

Dazzling stripes are a way of deterring flies. Photo: Getty
How the zebra got its stripes
By Akshat Rathi and Angela White - 11 April 16:34

A method for dodging predators? A means of social interaction? Or a way of getting rid of flies?

Home of code: Old Street roundabout in London, AKA Silicon Roundabout. Photo: Getty
Learn a foreign language - code
By Ian Steadman - 10 April 17:09

The governent's Year of Code campaign has caused come confusion, but they could be missing a trick.

South Australian outback. There is very poor network coverage in much of the country. Photo: Getty
Australia’s grand vision for a national broadband network has shrunk
By Mary Hamilton - 10 April 16:27

Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.

Moving image: filmmaker Anthony Powell has yet to find cold-beating tech solutions on his feet. Image: Anthony Powell for his film "Antarctica: A Year on Ice"
What happens when your dishwasher breaks down in Antarctica?
By Caroline Crampton - 10 April 15:12

When you're living at the bottom of the world, you can’t just pop out to a hardware shop when something breaks, so your appliances are like part of the family.

The Large Hadron Collider, on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. Photo: Getty Images
The Large Hadron Collider has made another exciting quantum discovery
By Harry Cliff - 10 April 11:48

Scientists working on one of the four experiments at the LHC have gathered enough evidence to confirm the existence of a four-quark particle.

Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians
By Bryan Appleyard - 10 April 10:00

From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.

Helpful as they are, there is a limit to what can be achieved politically with your mobile phone. Photo: Getty
Leader: Twitter politics is no substitute for ideas and strong campaigns
By New Statesman - 04 April 14:51

There is good reason to suspect that much of the energy spent on online campaigning is wasted entrenching divisions or preaching aggressively to an already zealous choir.

Living a life online: kids glued to their smartphones. Photo: Getty
How can we end cyberbullying?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 April 10:23

Let's start by ditching the word "cyber bullying" - this isn't a new phenomenon, but it is harder for parents and teachers to deal with than harassment and abuse than occurs offline.

Jane Goodall: “I don't think anyone who knows me could accuse me of plagiarism”
By Henry Nicholls - 01 April 11:00

As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career studying chimpanzee behaviour, her animal welfare activism, and accusations of plagiarism in her latest book.

Why, when we say "I'll just stay for one", does that never turn out to be the case? Photo: Getty
Peering through beer goggles: the pub that wants to improve your health
By Caroline Crampton - 28 March 12:56

Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.

Not so new: K-pop band Big Bang perform in Seoul, March 2012. (Photo: Getty)
The Big Bang theory is not as modern as you think
By Michael Brooks - 27 March 10:00

We have fooled ourselves into thinking that modern science began with Newton but Grosseteste wrote his treatise in 1225.

Sound and vision: Krafwerk perform in New York, 2012. (Photo: Getty)
Having trouble with your vision? There’s an app for that
By Michael Brooks - 26 March 14:03

EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours

San Jose in Silicon Valley. Photo: Getty
The brutal ageism of tech: meet Silicon Valley’s obsolete workforce
By Noam Scheiber - 24 March 12:34

In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, there is now a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins.

Majestic flight: hawks have been considered sacred in cultures throughout history.
Hawk eyed: how to write about birds of prey
By John Burnside - 20 March 10:00

From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. (Photo: Tom Pilston)
Life and death at his fingertips: watching a brain surgeon at work
By Erica Wagner - 20 March 10:00

Henry Marsh is one of the country's top neurosurgeons and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. Erica Wagner witnesses life on a knife-edge.

“Innovation” is no substitute for a robust technology policy. Photo: Getty
The innovation fetish
By Evgeny Morozov - 19 March 13:42

Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?

A woman in Greenland tends a potato crop. The country has seen a dramatic shrinkage in ice recently. (Photo: Getty)
Who’s afraid of the big, bad virus? Perils from beneath the Arctic ice
By Michael Brooks - 19 March 10:10

The melting of Arctic permafrost is reawakening millennia-buried pathogens. But it’s the release of methane we should be more worried about.

A warning sign at a former Royal Mail sorting office in London. Photo: Getty
Killer dust: why is asbestos still killing people?
By Nic Fleming - 18 March 11:55

Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.

Baidu's suggested search feature is very revealing.
What Baidu’s search autofill reveals about the soul of the average Chinese web surfer
By Christopher Beam - 14 March 12:54

“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.

Could a plane like this disappear? Photo: Getty.
Five theories to explain how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have disappeared
By Michael Oakes - 13 March 14:41

With no mayday call, no data and no wreckage found, conspiracy-style theories as to how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared seem increasingly plausible. Planes don't disappear. Or do they?

Sandra Bullock goes for a spacewalk in Gravity. (Photo: Warner Bros)
In search of the notorious Big G: why we still know so little about gravity
By Michael Brooks - 13 March 9:00

Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.

Florence Nightingale in Scutari hospital during the Crimean War. Photo: Getty Images
Beautiful Science at the British Library: a history of the portrayal of data
By Michael Brooks - 06 March 10:00

A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.

Statins. Photo: Getty
Why the stats about statins don't tell the whole story
By Phil Whitaker - 06 March 10:00

For those without the relevant risk factors, statins aren't the wonder-pill they've been sold as by the media.

Electronic terminals are taking over the casino floors in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty
Addiction as art: How gambling machines – and the digital world – put us in “the machine zone”
By Ian Leslie - 06 March 9:44

A quiet revolution has taken place in gambling, with electronic terminals finely-tuned into the perfect devices for parting you from your money. Rather than thrilling you, they lull you into a calm, machine-like state that gives the illusion of control.

Caterpillars. Photo: Getty
Got a cold? Eat caterpillars
By Michael Brooks - 28 February 8:34

Why medinical zinc is not all it's cracked up to be.

Test image from Gaia: Slightly shaky to start with, but it’ll get there. (Image: ESA/DPAC/Airbus DS)
Largest ever space camera is ready to map a billion stars
By Ben Dryer - 26 February 16:31

The European Space Agency's Gaia telescope is so powerful, it see stars with power akin to measuring the width of a human hair at a distance of 500 km.

Shade of things to come.
Who owns the moon? We're just going to have to get up there and find out
By Michael Brooks - 25 February 10:00

A legal loophole has made it impossible to say who can claim the moon - but with a wealth of minerals and "rare earth" elements, plus huge potential for space exploration, we'll have to get up there and fight it out.

A crowd of people experiencing a reality mediated via technology. (Image: Getty)
The mindfulness racket: the evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda
By Evgeny Morozov - 24 February 16:44

"Our debate about distraction has hinged on the assumption that the feelings of anxiety and personal insecurity that we experience when interacting with social media are the natural price we pay for living in what some technology pundits call 'the attention economy'."

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