A manhole exploded on a road in Buffalo, New York, last weekend. Odd, sure, but that's the science behind this?
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.
Planning minister scores a solid own goal.
It's increasingly clear that the Solar System is more life-friendly than we'd previously suspected.
Small changes in a chicken's diet can grossly violate the nostrils of the unsuspecting - unless certain types of food are avoided, researchers find.
While the landscapes of Thoreau and Watkins have been preserved by their art, John Burnside finds the wilderness that once covered America neutralised.
"I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."
Naming the origins of life.
Common method of making plastic "biodegradeable" seems to be useless, in some types.
LOL, yes? No.
"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.
If humans can’t control themselves, they cannot be allowed the freedoms others enjoy: humans learn self-control, she says, in the same way that toddlers learn to control their bladders.
Great news for fans of not being eaten alive, less good news for the clumsy and slow.
As the BBC reports that it can receive up to 10,000 pieces of user-generated content on a single day, Vicky Baker looks at the increasing need for verification and how propaganda and hoaxes have become more prevalent.
Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.
So much for being special.
The social network's giving its "elite" users more control over whose tweets they have to pay attention to.
Mars' moons are unusual in the Solar System - for their size, shape and colour from their parent planet. Where did they come from? We've got some clues to work with.
This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.
In this week's Health Matters, a man finds he has been hurt on the way home - and Phil Whitaker suggests sometimes the best thing to do is move on.
Secret oceans on the moons Enceladus and Ganymede were discovered within days of each other, reshaping our belief that the Earth is the Solar System's most watery, life-friendly habitat.
Companies must manage their own risks. Digital security can’t be an issue for the IT department alone: it’s an issue for the boardroom, too, writes Paymaster General Francis Maude.
The latest figures on the progress EU nations are making towards reducing their use of non-renewable energy show the UK scraping in near the bottom of the class.
Despite Einstein and Hawking, we still know very little about black holes.
Staring at a buffer symbol, waiting for something on the internet to load can be both reassuring and distressing. We wait with the belief that something is happening out of sight.
It's hard to draw the line between inciting fear, and giving a fair warning - as Colin and Mary's story proves.
Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?
The newly-redeveloped Wellcome Collection is a place for thought-provoking mental adventures.
A recent debate on the colour of a dress has broken the internet. But is it all just a visual illusion?
I, for one, accept our new robot politicians.