What is consciousness? In the past, this question was the preserve of theologians, psychologists and philosophers. Scientists seemed unable to find a way to probe the grey matter between our ears. Now that has changed. The study of the brain has experienced a renaissance.
By Holly Baxter - 10 September 18:20
Where maternity is concerned, studies are quick to generalise. But when paternity comes in, research hardly ever gets further than the testicles.
By Michael Brooks - 10 September 9:24
In ancient Athens, each citizen had to take a turn offering his governance. The Rational Parliament attempts to bring that spirit back, because certain issues are too important to leave to the professionals.
By Michael Brooks - 05 September 17:30
What happens to the information in a black hole once it disappears? Stephen Hawking thought he knew, betted on it, and lost.
By James Evans - 03 September 18:15
A prominent futurist has predicted that in just forty years, we'll be able to produce anything from the basic building-blocks of matter itself.
By Michael Brooks - 30 August 12:34
Deep brain stimulation is racing ahead, and the ethical issues associated with it are starting to be debated.
By Michael Brooks - 22 August 11:45
After the success of the test-tube burger, Michael Brooks answers the question on everyone in the NS offices lips: "Why not make burgers from human stem cells?"
By Michael Brooks - 06 August 11:21
Forget mysterious dark matter and the inexplicable accelerating expansion of the universe; the bicycle represents a far more embarrassing hole in the accomplishments of physics.
By Michael Brooks - 18 July 8:51
A mouse with a human liver is extraordinary indeed, but we should do better with what science has provided.
By Michael Brooks - 11 July 8:39
It’s hard to fathom that the warmth you feel (or don’t feel) today was created at a time when Neanderthals were still around. Yet that is not the real mystery. . .
By Michael Brooks - 04 July 8:28
Of late, science has demonstrated why all types of knowledge lead to discoveries.
By Martha Gill - 27 June 17:47
Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 11:07
We all know that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to change is a mark of insanity. It's time for some fresh ideas on cancer research.
By Michael Brooks - 14 June 13:42
The Higgs boson was small beer. Exploring the properties of the fruit-shaped nucleus could finally reveal the reason for our existence.
By Hywel Davies - 14 June 9:00
Cardiologist Hywel Davies describes the origins of the syphilis claim from Paul Kildea's biography of Benjamin Britten, which began as an "ordinary conversation" in a colleague's house in the late 1980s.
By Juan Manuel Santos - 13 June 9:40
We have been fighting the war on drugs for 40 years at great cost. Yet sometimes we all feel that we have been aimlessly pedalling a stationary bicycle. You look to your right, you look to your left, and yet you always see the same landscape – demand for
By Michael Brooks - 30 May 9:04
If we can improve, we should.
By Ian Stewart - 21 May 16:36
In 1959 C P Snow delivered a celebrated lecture in which he decried the man-made gulf between the arts and the sciences. Yet there is one subject that already spans the divide and is unjustly neglected — mathematics.
By Michael Brooks - 16 May 15:48
As things stand a scientific assessment would suggest that Britain is Bangladesh for bees.
By Margaret McCartney - 02 May 14:28
Doctors and patients need to question unnecessary procedures, writes Dr Margaret McCartney.
By Michael Brooks - 02 May 7:30
Get mothers overeating during pregnancy and you stand to gain customers as soon as they are born.
By Michael Brooks - 01 May 14:14
The work of Francis Crick and James Watson gives us a vision of what's to come.
By Michael Brooks - 27 March 17:47
But don't despair - we might be struggling but we are not beaten yet.
By Michael Brooks - 21 March 8:36
Can shale gas and fracking solve our energy crisis?
By Michael Brooks - 14 March 13:43
No money back, no guarantee.
By Martha Gill - 04 March 17:33
The baby might not even have been infected in the first place.
By Alex Hern - 28 February 17:46
Dennis Tito wants to give you the trip of a lifetime.
By Michael Barrett - 28 February 10:43
David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.
By Michael Brooks - 28 February 8:01
Something in the water...
By Marcus du Sautoy - 28 February 5:31