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.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Lockheed Martin has announced that it already has a small-scale fusion energy generator. In ten years’ time, it says, it will have developed a reactor large enough to power a city and small enough to sit on the back of a truck.
Ettore Majorana was an Italian physicist, the best of his generation, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1938.
It is being called the most severe health emergency of modern times. But are the fears of mass contagion in the west overblown?
Michael Brooks’s science column.
Responsibility for treatment of infected people falls on human health services. It is difficult to create an alliance against rabies until animal and human health experts co-ordinate.
Scientists have a simple recipe for creating a more human-like mouse: just alter its DNA very slightly.
Chinese researchers have recently reported a case of a woman found to have no cerebellum, a part of the brain that usually contains half of its neurons.
Tim Berners-Lee has publicly called for programmers to develop better, more user-friendly cryptography. That way, he says, we can all get back to living private lives again.
Either our understanding of how stars form needs a big overhaul, or one of the current missions of the European Space Agency could turn out to be something of a white elephant.
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