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.
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.”
A black hole is the ultimate physics laboratory.
Most of us don’t have to make crucial decisions based on the BBC’s weather forecast.
Michael Brooks explores the intersection of big data and increased life expectancy.
Scientists argue they do damage to bees and other native insects. So why is the government lifting the restrictions on the parasitic wasp?
Seeking alien contact could be the thing that triggers our own implosion.
Quarks are a puzzle: they carry, variously, a third or two-thirds of the electrical charge of the electron.
Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.
When planning, it often seems one person gets their way. But there is an alternative.