Having a flutter: a lack of food for butterfly larvae has eaten into numbers. Photo: Getty
Butterflies are beautiful but we need to love their larvae too
By Michael Brooks - 30 April 10:00

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.

An expanding colony of Clostridium difficile bacteria. Image: CC-BY: David Goulding, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute/Wellcome Images
We need to talk about poo (and how it could save your life)
By Bryn Nelson - 29 April 17:29

Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.

The clock is ticking. Photo: Getty
Men don’t last very long in bed – and it bothers them more than it bothers women
By Alice Robb - 25 April 12:42

Reports suggest that “an astonishing 45 per cent of men finish the sex act too quickly”.

 A visitor views a digital representation of the human genomeat the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Photo: Getty
Life itself is encrypted – but can you find the Easter eggs?
By Adam Rutherford - 22 April 13:03

Art and science both had a long history of secret codes hidden in plain sight. Adam Rutherford goes on the hunt.

Antonio Meno Ortega (R) is cared for by his parents Juana (L) and Antonio (C) in November 2010. He has been in a persistent vegetative state since a botched nose operation in 1989. Photo: Getty Images
Reading the minds of those trapped in their own bodies, unable to ask for help
By Roger Highfield - 22 April 12:35

Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.

Welcome to the age of synthetic biology – it’s all about yeast
By Michael Brooks - 17 April 10:00

We don’t need evolution any more – we've outsourced the processes to ourselves.

Hungary’s cold war with polio
By Penny Bailey - 15 April 10:17

Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.

The Large Hadron Collider, on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. Photo: Getty Images
The Large Hadron Collider has made another exciting quantum discovery
By Harry Cliff - 10 April 11:48

Scientists working on one of the four experiments at the LHC have gathered enough evidence to confirm the existence of a four-quark particle.

Why, when we say "I'll just stay for one", does that never turn out to be the case? Photo: Getty
Peering through beer goggles: the pub that wants to improve your health
By Caroline Crampton - 28 March 12:56

Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.

Not so new: K-pop band Big Bang perform in Seoul, March 2012. (Photo: Getty)
The Big Bang theory is not as modern as you think
By Michael Brooks - 27 March 10:00

We have fooled ourselves into thinking that modern science began with Newton but Grosseteste wrote his treatise in 1225.

Sound and vision: Krafwerk perform in New York, 2012. (Photo: Getty)
Having trouble with your vision? There’s an app for that
By Michael Brooks - 26 March 14:03

EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. (Photo: Tom Pilston)
Life and death at his fingertips: watching a brain surgeon at work
By Erica Wagner - 20 March 10:00

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.

“Innovation” is no substitute for a robust technology policy. Photo: Getty
The innovation fetish
By Evgeny Morozov - 19 March 13:42

Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?

A woman in Greenland tends a potato crop. The country has seen a dramatic shrinkage in ice recently. (Photo: Getty)
Who’s afraid of the big, bad virus? Perils from beneath the Arctic ice
By Michael Brooks - 19 March 10:10

The melting of Arctic permafrost is reawakening millennia-buried pathogens. But it’s the release of methane we should be more worried about.

A warning sign at a former Royal Mail sorting office in London. Photo: Getty
Killer dust: why is asbestos still killing people?
By Nic Fleming - 18 March 11:55

Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.

Could a plane like this disappear? Photo: Getty.
Five theories to explain how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have disappeared
By Michael Oakes - 13 March 14:41

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?

Sandra Bullock goes for a spacewalk in Gravity. (Photo: Warner Bros)
In search of the notorious Big G: why we still know so little about gravity
By Michael Brooks - 13 March 9:00

Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.

Florence Nightingale in Scutari hospital during the Crimean War. Photo: Getty Images
Beautiful Science at the British Library: a history of the portrayal of data
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.

The mystery tan and the snore that threatened a marriage
By Phil Whitaker - 06 February 8:41

Two needles in the haystack of general practice.

How to get ants to solve a chess problem
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.

Apes with big brains: Richard Dawkins on what makes us human
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.

Petri dish.
Why eating bacteria could be the future of medicine
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.

Children's Hospital.
Why don't we care about children's pain?
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.

Marco Müller.
Do smart people drink more? Here's some science to ease your hangover
By Alice Robb - 04 December 10:54

Alcohol consumption has been found to correlate positively with verbal ability, evolutionary adaptability and going to university.

In the lab.
Scientific journals should stop trying to be exciting - and focus on being right
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.

Debunking the myths: what is sex really like for ordinary people?
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."

Stopping 23andMe will only delay the revolution medicine needs
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.

New Statesman
Are rich countries taking too many antidepressants?
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.

How much of “Doctor Who” might really be possible?
By Alasdair Richmond - 21 November 9:49

Science shows why Doctor Who is so special.

How YouTube can save the world
By Michael Brooks - 19 November 13:13

Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure has led indirectly to earth avoiding deadly asteroids.