Self-awareness by numbers
By Marcus du Sautoy - 28 February 5:31

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.

Where are all the women in computer science?
By Wendy Hall - 27 February 8:30

Without them, Britain will fall behind.

We have a problem with a lack of women following STEM careers.
Since when were science toys just for boys?
By Tricia Lowther - 26 February 8:56

Every time a girl sees a shelf of science-related toys under a sign that says "boys", she is being told that the world thinks science is not for her.

People are dying of cancer because they are worried about inconveniencing their doctor
By Alex Hern - 12 February 15:55

There's low-hanging fruit in medicine yet.

There is now hope for a vaccine against age-related macular degeneration
Your body’s superpowers
By Michael Brooks - 31 January 6:45

The remarkable abilities already inside us.

The Royal Institution in Albemarle Street in a painting of 1838 by Thomas Hosmer
The Royal Institution doesn't represent my kind of Britishness in science
By Michael Brooks - 24 January 15:07

By all means, let’s save the Royal Institution from closure, but let's also take the opportunity to replace its Victorian vision of science with one that looks more like Britain today.

If scientists wrote horoscopes, this is what yours would say
By Martha Gill - 17 January 8:00

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

A graphic showing traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid.
Two worlds collide
By Michael Brooks - 10 January 5:48

Will science and religion ever work out how to coexist peacefully?

Woodcut by Jiri Daschitzsky of the Great Comet in 1577 (Wiki Commons)
Asteroid incoming! A cosmic close shave
By Rae Boocock - 09 January 18:18

Asteroid Apophis will pass over earth at midnight.

New Statesman
Getting a grip
By Rae Boocock - 09 January 12:50

Wrinkled wet fingers belong in the bigger evolutionary picture, scientists reveal.

The anti-depressant Fluoxetine
The subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis
By Michael Brooks - 03 January 5:49

Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.

RoboRoach + Twitter = Crowdsourced cockroach steering
By Alex Hern - 02 January 16:05


The Large Hadron Collidor. Artwork by Ralph Steadman for the New Statesman
The coolest place in the universe
By Brian Cox - 19 December 6:17

The Large Hadron Collider at Cern is a thing of wonder – not just for smashing 600 million protons together a second, but for uniting 10,000 scientists from 113 countries in the pursuit of knowledge.

Peter Wothers, who is giving the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures this year.
The Modern Alchemist does show and tell
By Peter Wothers - 19 December 5:44

Peter Wothers explains one of the experiments that forms part of his Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

New Statesman
Doing science the Wonga way
By Michael Brooks - 18 December 16:40

The model used by the payday loans company might finally make science work for everyone. Could we be about to enter the age of Wonga science?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince: Politicians must not elevate mere opinion over science
By Brian Cox and Robin Ince - 18 December 15:20

Climate science is just one area that has become controversial for primarily non-scientific reasons. Controversies like this risk undermining confidence in the very idea of science.

Elise Andrew: "There is a lot of pseudo-science and nonsense out there on the internet"
By Nicky Woolf - 12 December 12:19

The founder of the hugely popular "I Fucking Love Science" Facebook group talks to Nicky Woolf.

Scientific research drives economic growth yet it is underfunded and undervalued
Science and our economy: the (blue) sky's the limit
By Julian Huppert - 30 November 11:54

Scientific research drives economic growth, innovation and improved wellbeing, yet science is underfunded and undervalued in the UK. Commitment to long-term investment in scientific research is crucial to keep our future economy strong and competitive.

New Statesman
How knowledge makes you stupid
By Martha Gill - 29 November 6:59

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Is Venus the two-faced cat really a chimera?
By Alex Hern - 28 November 11:26

Genetics explained, with added kittens.

Climate change protestors in St Andrews
Should scientists be bolder in public?
By Alice Bell - 26 November 15:45

Is it the role of science to be brave and pick a side, or just to ask the searching questions?

Scary maths
Teaching kids to fear maths will harm Britain's chances in the global economy
By Michael Brooks - 22 November 11:38

The prospect of learning maths scares us, but actually doing the proper stuff is rather enjoyable.

The Higgs boson is “maddeningly well-behaved”.
Rumours of imminent split as physicists declare Higgs particle “boring”
By Michael Brooks - 17 November 11:42

Daily Mail offers ray of hope to the couple.

Ash trees in Pound Farm Woodland
The pointless, self-defeating burning of ash trees could have been avoided
By Michael Brooks - 13 November 9:00

If it hadn't been for a name-related confusion, the government might have imposed a ban on imports of ash and ash products years ago.

New Statesman
Sam Kariuki: "The bugs are very clever, much cleverer than man"
By Charlotte Simmonds - 12 November 14:06

An interview with the award-winning scientist who has fought salmonella for fifteen years.

A deadly trade
By Michael Brooks - 08 November 4:59

What’s in a name? Ash fungus by any other name would have burned as sweet in the recent bonfires. But the name does make a difference. Had it not been for name-related confusion, the government might have imposed a ban on imports of ash and ash products years ago.