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.
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.
We often forget that fear is our most primal, deep-seated response. Why else would we be scared of such strange things?
“The only fire department on a university is the one that sends emergency vehicles when an alarm sounds.”
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