New research has found that rats alone can't have been responsible for Europe's medieval plague outbreaks - and giant Central Asian gerbils may have been an alternative accessory to the crime.
The influence of the XX/XY model of chromosomal sex has been profound over the last century, but it’s founded on faulty premises and responsible for encouraging reductive, essentialist thinking. While the scientific world has moved on, its popular appeal remains.
The Red Planet is bad for humans in all kinds of ways, and being first there may be little consolation if you die before you even reach the surface.
Can science cure a broken heart? In theory, yes - but the side effects can be rather unpleasant.
A major new study of geoengineering techniques finds them an unrealistic distraction from more immediate action to tackle climate change.
When more money in Britain is spent on researching cures for baldness than for malaria, then there's a problem.
Sometimes the Earth doesn't spin as fast as it should - and that can give programmers a headache.
Researchers find model of worm brain acts just like a worm would, if it was a robot made of Lego.
Alisher Usmanov spent just shy of $5m to purchase Watson's 1962 Nobel medal at auction, but says he plans to return it. Can we please go back to ignoring this bigoted man now?
A growing community of scientists, philosophers and tech billionaires believe we need to start thinking seriously about the threat of human extinction.