What could the NSA do with a quantum computer?
By Michael Brooks - 27 June 14:40

After many false starts it’s a research field that is just now coming of age - when harnessed, particles can perform staggeringly powerful computation.

Caitlin Moran on what makes us human: Sorry, snow monkeys – we win
By Caitlin Moran - 27 June 9:39

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Caitlin Moran says that having fun - and having access to fluffy towels - makes all the difference.

Would you swim in China's rivers?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15

A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.

Will Edward Snowden be given a fair hearing?
By Michael Bochenek - 22 June 11:18

Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.

Why is science doing so poorly in the fight against cancer?
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 11:07

We all know that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to change is a mark of insanity. It's time for some fresh ideas on cancer research.

Learning the locusts’ lesson
By John Burnside - 20 June 9:49

We depend on insects for our existence, yet we abuse them casually.

If Facebook is serious about gender-based hate, why is it still hosting revenge porn?
By Frances Ryan - 18 June 14:08

Want to get back at your girlfriend for leaving you? Upload a photo she gave you in private and let strangers help you abuse her. Facebook won't do anything about it.

Wanting to protect children from online porn has nothing to do with social conservatism
By John Carr - 17 June 15:47

Too many people have fallen for the myth that any attempt to control the internet is bad.

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Laurie Penny on psychology: if you live in a surveillance state for long enough, you create a censor in your head
By Laurie Penny - 17 June 8:18

There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.

It’s all gone pear-shaped
By Michael Brooks - 14 June 13:42

The Higgs boson was small beer. Exploring the properties of the fruit-shaped nucleus could finally reveal the reason for our existence.

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Completing the PRISM jigsaw puzzle
By Alex Hern - 13 June 14:16

The NSA takes such great quantities of data legally that it has built a system to manage it.

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Laurie Penny on the porn debate: the genie of unlimited filth is out of the bottle and no law can stop us polishing our lamps
By Laurie Penny - 13 June 12:18

The worst thing about this debate is that it turns a real-world, complex problem into a simple moral choice.

The three most important things you missed in the Apple keynote
By Alex Hern - 11 June 10:38

The signals sent below the watermark.

A tree.
Our ash trees are dying, but don't despair: catastrophes are natural events in the lives of trees
By Richard Mabey - 07 June 12:44

Dutch elm disease is a tragic thing to watch, but we shouldn't be too gloomy. Woody vegetation responds, adapts, regroups. What emerges in its recovery stage may not be the same as before, but it will always be a vital, dynamic, arboreal community.

Lee Smolin.
The time of your life
By Michael Brooks - 06 June 15:41

A discussion with Lee Smolin.

Squeamishness costs lives: Why the world needs better loos
By Helen Lewis - 05 June 10:54

Somehow I don’t think I’ll get many takers for my next Faeces Are A Feminist Issue rally.

Laurie Penny on the information war: Bradley Manning’s case is about more than freedom of speech
By Laurie Penny - 03 June 8:25

The young soldier has become a symbol of the information war and its discontents.

Woodland near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards: Where does all this rhapsodising over badgers and briar get us?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 May 12:39

Since Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane's success, it is now even possible to take an MA in “wild writing” at the University of Essex. Along with Mumford & Sons, The Great British Bake Off and real-ale microbreweries in Shoreditch, it feels like a sympto

Hope is a thing with feathers
By Ruth Padel - 30 May 11:23

Birds are all around us. They appear and disappear; they go between worlds as we never can.

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It’s only natural – let’s make it better
By Michael Brooks - 30 May 9:04

If we can improve, we should.

Leader: The silence of the bees
By New Statesman - 30 May 8:32

We should fight for the honeybee's survival.

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Are you ready for the era of Big Data?
By Steven Poole - 29 May 9:42

Business agrees with governments — the more personal information they gather about us, the more “helpful” they can be. Should we give in to this “harmless” new science of benign surveillance?

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Facebook can't keep turning a blind eye to the women-haters it enables
By Jane Fae - 26 May 12:10

By dealing with violent misogyny on a "case by case" basis, Facebook sends the message that the wider ideas are OK, writes Jane Fae.

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Moon dust found in storage in a California lab
By Alex Hern - 24 May 16:02

The dust, gathering dust. But the wrong sort of dust.

The third culture: The power and glory of mathematics
By Ian Stewart - 21 May 16:36

In 1959 C P Snow delivered a celebrated lecture in which he decried the man-made gulf between the arts and the sciences. Yet there is one subject that already spans the divide and is unjustly neglected — mathematics.

How two farm-boys-done-good could change the world
By Michael Brooks - 17 May 14:24

While everyone loves Commander Chris Hadfield, it's Iowan James Hansen who really needs the attention.

Doesn’t kill you: makes you weaker
By Michael Brooks - 16 May 15:48

As things stand a scientific assessment would suggest that Britain is Bangladesh for bees.

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New browser plugin stops people bamboozling you with numbers
By Alex Hern - 16 May 8:45

Dictionary of Numbers provides that much needed context.