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.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
This could prove a neater way to investigate the fundamental building blocks of nature than examining the debris created by high-energy particle collisions.
Using technology about to be approved for medical use, we can now program computers to identify a possible target and decide whether to fire weapons at it.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Not just a faded poster on a lab wall, but “as impressive as the Pyramids or any of the other wonders of the world”. The table also holds the key to finding replacements for antibiotics.
The slowing pace of the earth’s spin means that occasionally we have to add on a second – but should this practice continue?
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
We don’t need evolution any more – we've outsourced the processes to ourselves.
EyeMusic will allow you to hear shapes and colours
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