Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman, and his most recent book is At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise.
Google's artificial intelligence machine AlphaGo has had shockingly good results - but how AI should be used remains a difficult question.
According to Frederick Burkle, "today's tyrants" exhibit a range of narcissistic and antisocial traits.
The party guests were each recruited, back in 1946, for a study that was intended to last the full length of their lives.
Why is gravity so weak - and do black holes emit gamma rays? Gravitational waves are set to shake up our understanding of the universe.
The equilibrium of the world's different nuclear arsenals is a victory for game theory - but North Korea's ambitions could upset the balance.
If you want to know how likely we are to find a ninth planet lurking at the edge of our solar system, it is worth considering hunches elsewhere in science.
Why do some drugs work for so few people - and what can we do about it?
We have fooled ourselves into thinking that being able to see the future is the same as being able to change it. At times the opposite is true.
Some of the materials needed for scientific research are becoming scarce.
Money talks when it comes to climate change
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