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.
EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours
Henry Marsh is one of the country's top neurosurgeons and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. Erica Wagner witnesses life on a knife-edge.
Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?
The melting of Arctic permafrost is reawakening millennia-buried pathogens. But it’s the release of methane we should be more worried about.
Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.
With no mayday call, no data and no wreckage found, conspiracy-style theories as to how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared seem increasingly plausible. Planes don't disappear. Or do they?
Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
Two needles in the haystack of general practice.
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.
Superficially we humans have much in common with other species - but no other species makes cars, computers, and combine harvesters.
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.
Until the 1980s children were given no anaesthesia during open heart surgery - and we still don't manage their pain properly now.
Alcohol consumption has been found to correlate positively with verbal ability, evolutionary adaptability and going to university.
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.
"Few people enjoy a perfect sexual relationship - we need to encourage those people to access the services and support they need."