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 can spot catastrophes that could kill us – but can we come together to stop them?
It takes only a few photons to trigger our visual sense. Tantalisingly, a few photons can exist in superposition.
It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.
As it gets warmer, the molecules in our environment vaporise and fill the air with scents. These make their way into the outermost extreme of the brain – the nose – and stimulate neurons into firing.
Cheer the discovery of the gravitational wave when it happens. But don’t be fooled: gravity will remain our greatest mystery for a long time yet.
The extraordinary skills of lizards they evolved over millions of years. Now we are treading the same path, though with more purpose.
Osborne can fund the creation of big institutes all he likes; if Britain left the EU, our scientists would be left isolated.
Studies show that populations are happier when they can choose things - including the government.
Some of the diseases that could be cured are far more distressing than mutations in an embyro that was never going to develop anyway.
We know more about life in space – and at home – than ever before. But what do we do with that knowledge?
Whether it's tweeting about his enemies, or using his children as advisers, Donald J Trump is not a conventional president. We need a strong media to hold the new US president - and other world leaders - to account.
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