A computer programme has succeeded in passing the Turing Test, 65 years after it was first conceived of by the father of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing.
Don’t be fooled by its seas of scented acid-yellow blooms, the plant otherwise known as canola is one of the world’s most unethical crops.
This could prove a neater way to investigate the fundamental building blocks of nature than examining the debris created by high-energy particle collisions.
From the Romans to Twitter, the hash sign – or octothorpe – has had a rich history, and now this innocuous little character has found a mighty resurgence as the hashtag. What happened along the way?
The new process could provide a clean way of doing particle physics experiments.
Using technology about to be approved for medical use, we can now program computers to identify a possible target and decide whether to fire weapons at it.
The rise in the use of Twitter bots and automated accounts, particularly by politicians and campaigns, is skewing what we see as trends.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Nowadays, the area of study called “earth systems science” uses many ideas originally championed by Lovelock, though people are still allergic to the name Gaia.
Not just a faded poster on a lab wall, but “as impressive as the Pyramids or any of the other wonders of the world”. The table also holds the key to finding replacements for antibiotics.
The slowing pace of the earth’s spin means that occasionally we have to add on a second – but should this practice continue?
Do androids dream of electric Kant?
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.
Reports suggest that “an astonishing 45 per cent of men finish the sex act too quickly”.
Alcohol in powdered sachet form: what could possibly go wrong?
Art and science both had a long history of secret codes hidden in plain sight. Adam Rutherford goes on the hunt.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
And why we should lay off the caps-lock key.
Speed is of the essence in the online world but faced with the Aladdin’s cave of cultural riches, one’s response is invariably one of sluggishness, of planning for a putative future that will never come.
Barack Obama is the president of the United States of America and neither he (nor his image) is supposed to be used to endorse a product.
We don’t need evolution any more – we've outsourced the processes to ourselves.
Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.
. . . in fact, they are probably better at navigating a world of smartphones and social networks than we crusties aged 20 and over.
A method for dodging predators? A means of social interaction? Or a way of getting rid of flies?
The governent's Year of Code campaign has caused come confusion, but they could be missing a trick.
Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.
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.
Scientists working on one of the four experiments at the LHC have gathered enough evidence to confirm the existence of a four-quark particle.
From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.