science April 14, 2018

The neuroscience of thrillseeking

While neuroscience studies are finding differences in the brains of people who are excited by risky behaviour, thrillseekers say anyone can turn fear into a challenge.

science October 21, 2017

Memory systems and ancient knowledge

Studies of how cultures without writing maintained their scientific knowledge in ritual, dance and song have led to a better appreciation of their complex understanding of the world

science June 2, 2017

MinION pocket DNA sequencer

A new handheld DNA sequencer is releasing scientists from the confines of their labs, aiding in projects from treating contaminated water to potentially testing for life on Mars.

science September 9, 2017

Quantum entanglement

Long theorised and disputed, ‘quantum entanglement’ could transform technology as much as the digital revolution did – and its implications may even reshape our understanding of reality.

science March 18, 2017

Geoengineering against climate change

While some scientists claim solar geoengineering could be our last, best hope to deal with climate change, others say it will open the door to entirely new risks.

science April 16, 2016

Gene-editing poses ethical questions

Gene-editing offers hope of eliminating genetic disorders, but raises questions about how far we should go.

science March 12, 2016

The science of editing a mosquito’s genetic make-up

The fight against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses turns to genetic engineering.

science November 14, 2015

The BRCA1 gene and science in the courtroom

The High Court’s decision against patents on isolated genes raised questions about how non-expert judges can rule on science.

science October 31, 2015

Zoos, conservation and the fight for de-extinction

The battle against species extinctions is ethically fraught. As habitat diminishes, what is the purpose of conservation, and what role should zoos play?

science October 24, 2015

How Knut’s disease is leading to medical breakthroughs

The death of famous polar bear Knut and revolutionary research into the psychiatric effects of autoimmune disease.

science October 10, 2015

Using sniffer dogs to diagnose prostate and other cancers

Studies suggesting dogs can detect cancer may lead to innovative early detection technologies.