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."
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.
One in 10 people in Iceland are on antidepressants, and prescription rates across the OECD have dramatically increased.
Science shows why Doctor Who is so special.
Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure has led indirectly to earth avoiding deadly asteroids.
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.
The problem with moral psychology.
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.
Relying on our natural intuitions about what is right and what is wrong isn't enough for building an coherent system of ethics.
The controversial biologist Richard Dawkins talks unrepentantly to Isaac Chotiner about Muslim scientists, the uses of literature, Pope Francis, and Darwinian altruism.
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.
Typically absent from the claims about many “alternative treatments” are their risks. Jerome Groopman explores Dr Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism.
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
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?
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
The younger you are when you have your first alcoholic drink, the more likely you are to develop problems later on in life.
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.
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.
The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.