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.
Far from getting reliable information, torture is a gruelling process that yields few results - and harm for both victim and perpetrator.
If we are to see another technological leap like the one James Clerk Maxwell’s equations made possible, it will need to involve new physics. What might that look like?
Future general practitioners need to be made aware that “psychosomatic” should not be the default suspicion.
The new machine is designed to release energy in the same manner as the atoms in the sun.
This is what human beings do. We wander over landscapes, whether terrestrial, cosmic or conceptual, looking for something different, better, more interesting.
There is nothing mysterious or miraculous about the brain.
“Is there life on Mars?” seemed like an epoch-defining question.
With his new book of popular science, Carlo Rovelli has struck gold.
Our most secure encryption systems, such as RSA and elliptic curves, could be broken by quantum computing.
It’s hard to know whether calls for “urgent debates” actually work - especially as people are already doing it.