A US particle physics and accelerator laboratory recently announced an exciting new project to answer the question of whether our universe is a giant two-dimensional hologram.
Campaigns against pollution that causes climate change often focus on reducing energy usage, when poor countries desperately need that energy to give their citizens freer and fuller lives. A new ethical framework for evaluating environmental issues is needed.
According to new research, city-dwelling spiders are larger and more fertile than their rural-dwelling relatives.
Cooler, younger and tech savvy – meet the team led by Obama’s former digital strategist which Labour hopes will win it the election.
A recent study by the Kinsey Institute has found that lesbians are much more likely to orgasm during sex than either straight or bisexual women.
This ball of rock and ice formed at the same time as our solar system and should, if predictions are correct, contain complex organic molecules, the same stuff as terrestrial life is made from.
A recent study is the first study to demonstrate that 'virtual humans' could help patients overcome psychological barriers to honesty in medical interviews especially for sensitive, personal and highly stigmatized topics - these findings could prevent potentially serious consequences for the patient’s health, such as incorrect diagnosis.
A subtle change in how Twitter's feed works will make some people very angry, but most people probably won't even notice.
When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why. Ed Yong tells her story.
It may be open to the world, but the articles on Wikipedia reflect existing hierarchies of knowledge.
Alice Robb talks to sociologist Sarah Diefendorf about what it’s like to be a secular woman at a virginity support group for religious men.
It is clear that the NHS and the rise of scientific medicine in the west count among the greatest achievements of the postwar years. But can doctors really be the providers of all our goods?
Microbiologists have focused on comparing different types of bacteria in healthy and diseased individuals - however, new findings about bacteria behaviour in our mouths could lead to improved ways of preventing or even reversing gum disease.
Following outbreaks of campylobacter infection at Glastonbury and flu at festivals in Europe, some researchers are calling for better surveillance of the threats to festival-goers’ health.
An Iranian professor in mathematics at Stanford University becomes the first woman mathematician to win the Fields Medal, in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of geometry.
Breeding pandas in captivity is notoriously difficult. A scientist who worked on getting Tian Tian, a panda at Edinburgh Zoo, pregnant explains how you go about it.
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.