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.
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.
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.
Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.
We have fooled ourselves into thinking that modern science began with Newton but Grosseteste wrote his treatise in 1225.
EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours
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.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
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.
Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?
The melting of Arctic permafrost is reawakening millennia-buried pathogens. But it’s the release of methane we should be more worried about.
Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.
“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.
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?
Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
For those without the relevant risk factors, statins aren't the wonder-pill they've been sold as by the media.
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.
Why medinical zinc is not all it's cracked up to be.
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.
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.
"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'."
Within a few decades, we will have the technological ability to send humans to the red planet - as long as they don't want to come back home again.
Emoticons are a new and evolving form of language, and they are producing new patterns of brain activity.
From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
Modern governments have long demonised drugs, but the world now may be inching its way back towards the more rational view held in the 19th century.
The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.
The move has been acclaimed as a big step forward, but it was a deliberate and recent policy decision by Facebook to have imposed a gender binary, and the new options still don't give you the chance to write in your own.
The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.
When it comes to writing online, we’re all still working it out as we go along.