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Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. His most recent book is At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise.
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space shows how rivalries developed during the fraught search for gravitational revenge.
Interacting with health-care professionals has been a long-standing problem for obese people. It's time to tackle the question of weight without prejudice.
When medical students enter university, their mental health is no different from that of the rest of the population. By the end of their first year, however, it is significantly worse.
For all our progress, the mechanisms of life remain stubbornly elusive.
Google's artificial intelligence machine AlphaGo has had shockingly good results - but how AI should be used remains a difficult question.
According to Frederick Burkle, "today's tyrants" exhibit a range of narcissistic and antisocial traits.
The party guests were each recruited, back in 1946, for a study that was intended to last the full length of their lives.
Why is gravity so weak - and do black holes emit gamma rays? Gravitational waves are set to shake up our understanding of the universe.
The equilibrium of the world's different nuclear arsenals is a victory for game theory - but North Korea's ambitions could upset the balance.
If you want to know how likely we are to find a ninth planet lurking at the edge of our solar system, it is worth considering hunches elsewhere in science.