Sometimes, when it feels like putting your money where you mouth is feels like it can't fail, it's worth stepping back and reconsidering. Just in case.
"A few bored students gave themselves an unpleasant tingle, but most preferred to sit around instead." Snappy or what?
The tiny pieces of plastic that we throw away every year are forming a new layer of sedentary rock across the planet - just another sign of our careless attitude to waste.
A mysterious island has materialised in a methane lake on Saturn’s largest moon – only to vanish just weeks later.
Crustaceans really are spineless, according to a recent study in the journal Science.
Spermatozoa in desert ants bind together to increase their speed, according to researchers in Belgium.
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.
We can mock the men in silly hats who claim to be experts in picking up women, but their weird anthropological worldview – of “alpha males” competing for “targets” – is a nonsense that has bled out into other sexist discourse.
A study has found that hurricanes with female names are three times as deadly as those with male names - and suggests that this is because societal sexism makes people take women less seriously.
Many people use them interchangeably, but they mean subtly different things - yet when it comes to influencing public opinion, scientists should perhaps use the less-accurate one.