Answers to war
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

Lee Smolin.
The time of your life
By Michael Brooks - 06 June 15:41

A discussion with Lee Smolin.

A nucleus being injected from a micropipette into an enucleated oocyte
It’s only natural – let’s make it better
By Michael Brooks - 30 May 9:04

If we can improve, we should.

The third culture: The power and glory of mathematics
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.

Doesn’t kill you: makes you weaker
By Michael Brooks - 16 May 15:48

As things stand a scientific assessment would suggest that Britain is Bangladesh for bees.

The UK doesn't provide enough medical care for some – and too much for others
By Margaret McCartney - 02 May 14:28

Doctors and patients need to question unnecessary procedures, writes Dr Margaret McCartney.

Living off the fat of the land
By Michael Brooks - 02 May 7:30

Get mothers overeating during pregnancy and you stand to gain customers as soon as they are born.

We need to stop worrying and trust our robot researchers
By Michael Brooks - 01 May 14:14

The work of Francis Crick and James Watson gives us a vision of what's to come.

Don’t let the superbugs bite
By Michael Brooks - 27 March 17:47

But don't despair - we might be struggling but we are not beaten yet.

Fracking: the new gold rush
By Michael Brooks - 21 March 8:36

Can shale gas and fracking solve our energy crisis?

A picture with a zoom effect show a grafic traces of proton-proton collisions
Welcome to the ekpyrotic universe
By Michael Brooks - 14 March 13:43

No money back, no guarantee.

Four things you should know about the HIV "cure" before you get too excited
By Martha Gill - 04 March 17:33

The baby might not even have been infected in the first place.

Wanted: One couple, extremely confident in their love for each other, to go to Mars
By Alex Hern - 28 February 17:46

Dennis Tito wants to give you the trip of a lifetime.

What is David Livingstone's legacy, 200 years after his birth?
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.

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.

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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.