We can spot catastrophes that could kill us – but can we come together to stop them?
Using kit purchased on the internet for £60, trend-setters are perking up their brains with low-level blasts of electricity. Lucy Jones tries it out.
Kawasaki disease is one of the leading causes of heart disease among children - but, with a lack of definitive diagnosis or any known cause, it's been puzzling doctors for 150 years.
It takes only a few photons to trigger our visual sense. Tantalisingly, a few photons can exist in superposition.
It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.
Haemochromatosis is the commonest single gene disorder in northern Europe: roughly one in 200 Caucasian people is genetically susceptible.
As it gets warmer, the molecules in our environment vaporise and fill the air with scents. These make their way into the outermost extreme of the brain – the nose – and stimulate neurons into firing.
Cheer the discovery of the gravitational wave when it happens. But don’t be fooled: gravity will remain our greatest mystery for a long time yet.
It is not completely unreasonable for parents to ask about safety concerns.
Fact versus fantasy.
The extraordinary skills of lizards they evolved over millions of years. Now we are treading the same path, though with more purpose.
Osborne can fund the creation of big institutes all he likes; if Britain left the EU, our scientists would be left isolated.
One giant leap for artificial intelligence.
Studies show that populations are happier when they can choose things - including the government.
Some of the diseases that could be cured are far more distressing than mutations in an embyro that was never going to develop anyway.
Neuroscientists have made the surprise discovery that the sensation of invisibly reduces responses to anxiety.
Less cats; more physics.
Daniel Dennett wants to convince Tom Stoppard that there is no Hard Problem.
Small changes in a chicken's diet can grossly violate the nostrils of the unsuspecting - unless certain types of food are avoided, researchers find.
Naming the origins of life.
If humans can’t control themselves, they cannot be allowed the freedoms others enjoy: humans learn self-control, she says, in the same way that toddlers learn to control their bladders.
Great news for fans of not being eaten alive, less good news for the clumsy and slow.
Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.
This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.
Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?
The newly-redeveloped Wellcome Collection is a place for thought-provoking mental adventures.
A recent debate on the colour of a dress has broken the internet. But is it all just a visual illusion?
I, for one, accept our new robot politicians.
Can science cure a broken heart? In theory, yes - but the side effects can be rather unpleasant.