By Michael Brooks - 06 March 10:00
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
By Phil Whitaker - 06 February 8:41
Two needles in the haystack of general practice.
By Graham Kendall - 30 January 14:59
Ants use a certain pattern, or algorithm, to forage for food, and this can be used to solve the famous “knight’s tour” chess problem.
By Richard Dawkins - 06 January 10:27
Superficially we humans have much in common with other species - but no other species makes cars, computers, and combine harvesters.
By Michael Brooks - 20 December 13:19
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have found that ingesting the right kinds of bacteria can have a positive influence on ailments as diverse as obesity and autism.
By Patrick McGrath - 13 December 14:34
Until the 1980s children were given no anaesthesia during open heart surgery - and we still don't manage their pain properly now.
By Alice Robb - 04 December 10:54
Alcohol consumption has been found to correlate positively with verbal ability, evolutionary adaptability and going to university.
By Martha Gill - 28 November 12:19
Scientists desperate to have an "impact" in their field are cherry-picking and misrepresenting their results. It's the natural result of a desperate scramble to publish.
By Kirstin Mitchell - 27 November 10:18
"Few people enjoy a perfect sexual relationship - we need to encourage those people to access the services and support they need."
By Gholson Lyon - 26 November 9:29
We need to collect billions of data points for analysis by computers, and the only company in major contention to do this soon is 23andMe.
By Sophie McBain - 21 November 12:14
One in 10 people in Iceland are on antidepressants, and prescription rates across the OECD have dramatically increased.
By Alasdair Richmond - 21 November 9:49
Science shows why Doctor Who is so special.
By Michael Brooks - 19 November 13:13
Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure has led indirectly to earth avoiding deadly asteroids.
By Michael Brooks - 07 November 14:08
Once the US - which supplies 80 per cent of the world's helium - stops selling off its store at an artificially low price, we have a problem.
By Thomas Nagel - 04 November 17:09
The problem with moral psychology.
By Nancy Lee - 04 November 12:44
There are few topics as emotive as the use of animals in research, and few topics where public trust is so essential. This is your chance to have your say.
By Thomas Nagel - 03 November 16:33
Relying on our natural intuitions about what is right and what is wrong isn't enough for building an coherent system of ethics.
By Isaac Chotiner - 29 October 10:40
The controversial biologist Richard Dawkins talks unrepentantly to Isaac Chotiner about Muslim scientists, the uses of literature, Pope Francis, and Darwinian altruism.
By Michael Brooks - 24 October 14:33
The RoboRoach will be marketed to US kids from November. It has always seemed mystifying that researchers struggle to see the thorny side of their technologies.
By Jerome Groopman - 21 October 15:36
Typically absent from the claims about many “alternative treatments” are their risks. Jerome Groopman explores Dr Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism.
By Michael Brooks - 17 October 15:27
Ovshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese
By Elena Rodriguez-Falcon - 12 October 12:05
Competent engineers are essential to the economy, the environment and the health of the nation - so why isn't more being done to encourage competent women into the industry?
By Paul Rosenzweig - 07 October 16:39
For years, a large data aggregator has quietly, behind the scenes, been gathering your information—as one writer put it “mapping the consumer genome.” Some saw this as rather ominous; others as just curious. But it was, for all of us, mysterious. Until no
By Matt Field - 02 October 9:57
The younger you are when you have your first alcoholic drink, the more likely you are to develop problems later on in life.
By Michael Brooks - 02 October 8:05
When it comes to death, science is part of the problem as well as part of the solution. Deepening our understanding of the body’s processes and learning how to keep them going longer has complicated and obfuscated the end of life.
By Jo Adetunji - 27 September 10:18
Years of training in “spotting”, the technique of quickly and repeatedly bringing your gaze to two specific points in front and behind you, certainly helps, but new research suggests that the brain’s ability to adapt plays a powerful role.
By Michael Brooks - 26 September 16:05
The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.
By Kay Davies - 26 September 16:03
When I was interviewed for a lectureship at Oxford, where my husband worked, I was advised that a junior position would be more appropriate as it would enable me to go home and cook dinner.
By Robert De Vries - 26 September 10:16
The Tories have always had disdain for scientific evidence - and the situation is getting worse.
By Michael Brooks - 19 September 8:45
Hugh Loebner is offering researchers $100,000 to develop a computer that thinks like a human. But is that really the best use of artificial intelligence?