New Statesman
Why Comet Ison is not an epic fail
By Michael Brooks - 27 November 15:00

Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?

Debunking the myths: what is sex really like for ordinary people?
By Kirstin Mitchell - 27 November 10:18

"Few people enjoy a perfect sexual relationship - we need to encourage those people to access the services and support they need."

Stopping 23andMe will only delay the revolution medicine needs
By Gholson Lyon - 26 November 9:29

We need to collect billions of data points for analysis by computers, and the only company in major contention to do this soon is 23andMe.

Politicians are from Alpha, Geeks are from Beta. Will they ever get along?
By Ian Leslie - 22 November 16:02

When they are forced collaborate – as they increasingly have to these days – it’s like a horse and a cow attempting to procreate.

Coming soon to your bedroom: beef-tendon condoms
By Andy Isaacson - 21 November 10:25

Bill Gates is paying big for better contraception. Here's what scientists came up with.

The linguistic clues that reveal your true Twitter identity
By Tim Grant - 20 November 10:12

An emerging field of research is making it easier to track perpetrators by looking at the way they use language when they chat.

How YouTube can save the world
By Michael Brooks - 19 November 13:13

Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure has led indirectly to earth avoiding deadly asteroids.

New Statesman
Lesley Thompson: "Steve Jobs showed that engineering and design are the same thing"
By New Statesman - 14 November 14:00

The director of sciences and engineering at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council answers the NS Centenary Questionnaire.

New Statesman
Why we need folic acid in our flour
By Michael Brooks - 14 November 13:47

If we are serious about our children deserving better, it also makes sense to give our baked goods a little extra goodness.

New Statesman
Your bones may need calcium, but here's why it's time to moove on from milk
By Phil Whitaker - 14 November 12:12

Because of a growing body of research, there is a dawning appreciation that allergy to the proteins in cow’s milk is behind a range of childhood illnesses.

A market that won't go pop: why helium balloons could one day cost £100 each
By Michael Brooks - 07 November 14:08

Once the US - which supplies 80 per cent of the world's helium - stops selling off its store at an artificially low price, we have a problem.

Robert Winston: "Would you rather live in 1913 or 2013?"
By New Statesman - 07 November 8:23

The Imperial College Professor of Science and Society takes the NS Centenary Questionnaire.

Moral psychology's failure: brain scans teach us nothing of morality
By Thomas Nagel - 03 November 16:33

Relying on our natural intuitions about what is right and what is wrong isn't enough for building an coherent system of ethics.

Nations can no longer afford to go it alone on cyber-security
By Ian Brown - 02 November 13:08

Cyber-crime knows know borders, so nor should our defences.

Big mother is watching you, kids
By Judith Shulevitz - 02 November 12:37

Technology now lets you spy on your kids all the time. This is why you shouldn't.

New Statesman
Why is the act of urban walking so revolutionary?
By John Rogers - 31 October 14:18

What both the interwar topographers and the situationists recognised was the transformative potential of large numbers of people regularly stepping outside the matrix, taking to the streets and walking, becoming active participants rather than passive spe

New Statesman
Diablo Cody: How would religious people react to life on Mars?
By Diablo Cody - 31 October 13:43

If a bunch of freaky-looking extraterrestrials actually made contact with us, I think that might blow a few minds. Can you imagine the reality show? ‘What happens when this Kansas family befriends a sassy Uranian? Here Comes Beezeltron XV14.’

New Statesman
Why we could soon see a revolution in our understanding of the universe
By Michael Brooks - 31 October 13:35

The biggest known star in the universe is about to blow. This kind of thing doesn't happen every day - and when it does, something extremely interesting usually happens.

New Statesman
Would you have any ethical qualms about controlling a cockroach's brain?
By Michael Brooks - 24 October 14:33

The RoboRoach will be marketed to US kids from November. It has always seemed mystifying that researchers struggle to see the thorny side of their technologies.

Can Michael Birch bring Bebo back?
By Sophie McBain - 24 October 7:40

After selling the company he co-founded in 2008 for $850million, Michael Birch bought it back this year for just $1m - but is it too late to save Bebo?

It's hard to stop businesses tracking your smartphone
By Ian Steadman - 21 October 11:01

It's a lot easier to stop advertisers tracking your browsing habits online than it is to stop people sniffing out your smartphone's location.

Hurrah, we've found an asteroid that might kill us all in 2032
By Ian Steadman - 18 October 12:58

2013 TV135 is meant to be a 410m space rock of death, but it's OK - there's a 99.998% chance it'll miss us.

If everything's being automated, let's hope we'll like our robots
By Ian Steadman - 17 October 16:35

The robots may be taking our jobs - even making our coffee - but that doesn't mean we'll be fond of them.

New Statesman
Japan’s Yankee genius, the greatest scientist you've never heard of
By Michael Brooks - 17 October 15:27

Ovshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese

No, climate change will not be good for the world
By Duncan Geere - 17 October 11:41

While there are benefits to higher global temperatures, they are vastly outweighed by the costs to human life.

Predicting the text in redacted documents is close to reality
By Ian Steadman - 17 October 9:50

Releasing delicate information with big black bars all over it has kept secrets safe for years - but not for much longer, maybe.

Goodbye to the real trip advisor: Silk Road's top LSD review team just retired
By Ian Steadman - 16 October 11:17

A group calling themselves The Avengers were a bit like the Yelp of buying acid online.

Man explodes strawberry using power of his mind live on TV
By Ian Steadman - 16 October 9:19

A hitherto unforeseen side effect of headsets like Google Glass could be Uri Geller-like powers.

Finding a blood-filled mosquito doesn't mean we can recreate Jurassic Park
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 15:50

Scientists have discovered a preserved mosquito like the one from that dinosaur film for the first time, but alas, dino-cloning will still be impossible.

Bitcoin may be let loose now Silk Road has been shut down
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 10:00

Now that Silk Road has closed without any discernible damage to Bitcoin's value, maybe we can accept it's here to stay.