In March, the team of astronomers working on the Bicep2 telescope announced that they had seen ripples caused by the universe’s inflation.
The extinction of any species makes for headline news, but none more so than the Neanderthals. The death of our hominid relatives tens of thousands of years ago instils a particularly morbid fear that we're about to share their fate.
A mysterious island has materialised in a methane lake on Saturn’s largest moon – only to vanish just weeks later.
Nothing we can engineer has come close to replicating the placenta’s ability to act as the kidney, lungs, hormone source, nutrition channel and waste disposal unit for a growing foetus.
We're increasing our presence on the last uncolonised continent on Earth for the sake of science, but recent research claims greater measures are needed to protect the Antarctic.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
New study suggests broccoli-sprout beverages help the body detoxify airborne pollutants, though it's not quite a "detox".
Thousands of "potentially avoidable" suicides occurred during the first two years of the recession in Europe and North America, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
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.
This could prove a neater way to investigate the fundamental building blocks of nature than examining the debris created by high-energy particle collisions.
The new process could provide a clean way of doing particle physics experiments.
Using technology about to be approved for medical use, we can now program computers to identify a possible target and decide whether to fire weapons at it.
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports.
Nowadays, the area of study called “earth systems science” uses many ideas originally championed by Lovelock, though people are still allergic to the name Gaia.
Not just a faded poster on a lab wall, but “as impressive as the Pyramids or any of the other wonders of the world”. The table also holds the key to finding replacements for antibiotics.
The uncomfortable truth is that bombers and war criminals might not be so different from the rest of us – we are all vulnerable to peer pressure and groupthink.
The slowing pace of the earth’s spin means that occasionally we have to add on a second – but should this practice continue?
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.
Reports suggest that “an astonishing 45 per cent of men finish the sex act too quickly”.
Art and science both had a long history of secret codes hidden in plain sight. Adam Rutherford goes on the hunt.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
We don’t need evolution any more – we've outsourced the processes to ourselves.
Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.
Scientists working on one of the four experiments at the LHC have gathered enough evidence to confirm the existence of a four-quark particle.
Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.
We have fooled ourselves into thinking that modern science began with Newton but Grosseteste wrote his treatise in 1225.
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