Solar Impulse 2 has suffered irreversible damage to overheated batteries. Photo: Getty
The record-breaking solar plane is grounded – is there still hope for clean energy?
By India Bourke - 03 August 17:56

In spite of Solar Impulse 2's problems, solar-powered flight is down but not out.

Crusader against death: Aubrey de Grey finds it “scandalous” that we accept decline through ageing. Photo: Peter Searle/Camera Press
The God quest: why humans long for immortality
By Philip Ball - 30 July 13:27

We can’t stop craving eternity.

The Large Hadron Collider. Photo: Getty
The usefulness of a pentaquark
By Michael Brooks - 30 July 12:58

Quarks are a puzzle: they carry, variously, a third or two-thirds of the electrical charge of the electron.

People inside a model of an intestine in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Getty
Intelligent stomachs: what if your gut could remember what you had eaten?
By Michael Brooks - 23 July 11:44

Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.

Can we save the world? Photo: Alexander Gerst / ESA via Getty Images
Why game theory is our last hope to avert Armaggedon
By Michael Brooks - 02 July 9:49

We can spot catastrophes that could kill us – but can we come together to stop them?

Hacking the brain: can DIY neuroscience make you happier – and smarter?
By Lucy Jones - 02 July 8:32

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.

The human heart. Photo: K Sandberg via Flickr.
Blowing in the wind? The mystery of Kawasaki disease
By Jeremy Hsu - 01 July 10:09

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. 

How we see is an intriguing question - especially for quantum physics. Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images
What does it mean to see something? Take a look at Schrödinger’s cat
By Michael Brooks - 25 June 15:24

It takes only a few photons to trigger our visual sense. Tantalisingly, a few photons can exist in superposition.

South Koreans wear masks to protest against Mers. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
As Mers hits the headlines, we have to ask: is this a golden age for pathogens?
By Michael Brooks - 18 June 12:45

It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.

"Fortunately, his fear that it had originated one night after a Kylie concert prompted him to seek medical advice". Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Qantas
Kylie, the mystery rash and the medieval treatment that keeps it at bay
By Phil Whitaker - 11 June 8:24

Haemochromatosis is the commonest single gene disorder in northern Europe: roughly one in 200 Caucasian people is genetically susceptible.

It's easier to smell in summer: a woman sniffs a rose. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Happy summer memories? It could all come down to smell
By Michael Brooks - 10 June 10:15

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.

Albert Einstein, whose general theory of relativity is still fueling new work. Photo: -/AFP/Getty Images
What’s up with gravity?
By Michael Brooks - 04 June 14:32

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.

Just because Wakefield's MMR research has been discredited doesn't mean parents can't question vaccine orthodoxy. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
What if not all parents who question vaccines are foolish and anti-science?
By Alice Dreger - 04 June 14:10

It is not completely unreasonable for parents to ask about safety concerns.

The gecko's sticky feet are a prime source of scientific innovation. Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images
From sticky feet to a sticky situation: what humans can learn from geckos
By Michael Brooks - 28 May 11:57

The extraordinary skills of lizards they evolved over millions of years. Now we are treading the same path, though with more purpose.

George Osborne tours the labs researching graphene at Manchester. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images
EU membership is crucial to Britain’s science excellence
By Michael Brooks - 21 May 9:06

Osborne can fund the creation of big institutes all he likes; if Britain left the EU, our scientists would be left isolated.

A woman awaits the papers at a Middlesbrough and East Cleveland Count. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Mourning the election? Even a bad result cheers you up
By Michael Brooks - 12 May 10:09

Studies show that populations are happier when they can choose things - including the government.

Embyros in a lab in California. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Now we can edit the human genome, the question is: should we?
By Michael Brooks - 05 May 8:18

Some of the diseases that could be cured are far more distressing than mutations in an embyro that was never going to develop anyway.

Man walking past invisible bodies. Photo: Getty Images
Scientists suggest invisibility as a cure for anxiety
By Tosin Thompson - 28 April 11:47

Neuroscientists have made the surprise discovery that the sensation of invisibly reduces responses to anxiety.

A hard problem for soft brains: is there a Hard Problem?
By Michael Brooks - 16 April 15:29

Daniel Dennett wants to convince Tom Stoppard that there is no Hard Problem.

Chicken sit in a farm near Jamasa city. Photo: Getty Images
Good news for farmers as study finds what it is that makes chicken farts smell bad
By Tosin Thompson - 08 April 11:59

Small changes in a chicken's diet can grossly violate the nostrils of the unsuspecting - unless certain types of food are avoided, researchers find.

Jeremy Clarkson. Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
The neuroscience of Jeremy Clarkson
By Michael Brooks - 26 March 15:33

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.

Zombies, off-duty. Photo: Getty Images
Good news: if you survive the first week of the zombie outbreak, chances are you'll survive it all
By Ian Steadman - 25 March 13:55

Great news for fans of not being eaten alive, less good news for the clumsy and slow.

Mind games: a research volunteer is prepared for scanning
Mapping the psychedelic brain: how LSD is making a comeback
By Ian Steadman - 25 March 9:14

Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.

A patient in bed touches their stomach. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Researchers have a gut feeling - could chronic pain be caused by bacteria?
By Michael Brooks - 19 March 12:07

This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.

Scientists undertake Gamma Knife surgery, one treatment for ocular melanoma. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images
Spare a thought for “orphan” drugs: the rare disease medicines that prove health is a numbers game
By Michael Brooks - 05 March 9:09

Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?

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