Developments in technology mean that we can use automation to reduce accidents on oil rigs.
How we discovered ancient footprints of early human hunters and their megafauna prey.
Raising U-3523 wouldn't be worth the incredible cost.
Video may not kill the radio star, but podcasting and the lack of a single digital standard might.
Detailed images of the anti-ageing enzyme telomerase are a drug designer's dream
Detailed information about stars in our galaxy could help us discover new exoplanets.
It's 65 years since the structure of DNA was first published, but the woman who made that possible remains unknown to many people.
Personalisation has made decisions easier and quicker – but it is still large corporations, rather than individual users, who benefit most.
Cities are adapting to the needs of driverless cars. Here's how.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
AI seems able to answer questions at the heart of humanitarianism – questions such as who we should save, and how to be effective at scale.
The government's Snoopers' Charter didn't permit blanket indiscriminate data retention, the Court of Appeal recently ruled. I strongly disagree.
Red spots suggest Mercury may have formed far away from the sun.
Sweden's smart road allows electric cars to charge in motion. But alternative technologies might be a better option.
New research shows the Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia have evolved bigger spleens to store more oxygen-rich blood.
From genes to wounds, science is making it easier to establish the order of events in criminal cases.
Facebook is not just in the business of providing you with a service. It is also in the business of farming your data.
New research has found a way to speed up enzymes that break down the PET plastic in bottles.
My expert evidence to parliament shows how Cambridge Analytica and SCL secretly pushed their supposed notoriety in the dark arts in brazen ways.
Robots can't achieve high fives all round without human-like hands, tactile perception, manipulation control, seamless interaction and human reason, experts say.
As cities get smarter, we need to examine carefully who gets our data and what it is used for.
City living isn't for everyone, but certain birds can prosper in the environment.
Microscopically engineering surfaces could stop water leaving behind rings of residue as it dries.
How long before we find a planet just like our own?
New research shows just 1% of E. coli bacteria's genetic mutations are lethal.
Salmon prices are soaring because of sea lice infestations – but new medicine and technology could help.
The militarisation of AI has serious ethical and legal implications.
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to heavily restrict Facebook's APIs turns an opaque social network into an unaccountable black box.
A jaw bone found on a beach in Somerset could be from the largest ichthyosaur of its kind ever discovered.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?
Having movable eyebrows – and evolving beyond the Neanderthal ridge – may have played a crucial role in early human survival.
How we found the oldest human fossil ever discovered outside Africa and the Levant.
The nematode that can turn slugs into zombies.
2001: A Space Odyssey's sentient computer will only ever be a work of science fiction, says a cognitive neuroscientist.
A new study challenges the established view of what dark matter is.
There could be thousands of black holes at the heart of the Milky Way.
Humans are already imposing our barely understood sexual ethic upon machines.
It's time programmers looked out old computer text adventures like Zork and Colossal Cave from the 1970s and 1980s.
A long read on how science's dark imperial past still shapes research today – and what to do about it.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has finally brought privacy concerns about personal online data to the masses – and action is urgently needed.
It's time we changed our stereotype of the brutish, thuggish Neanderthals, and instead start viewing them with the respect they really deserve.
Ethical review is often seen as a barrier to research and innovation within universities, but it can be constructive. More attention should be paid to the potential benefits of the process.
Air resistance makes it near impossible to predict the path of a crashing satellite.
We don't know where Tiangong-1 will land but the risk of someone being hit is about 1 in 3,200.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook users seek answers on how their data is scraped and targeted.
An email from Aleksandr Kogan sheds light on exactly how much your Facebook data reveals about you, and what data scientists can actually do with that information.
Cosmic radiation is much higher today than it was during the Apollo era.
More and more evidence shows evolution isn't as random as often thought.
We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.
The biggest ethical challenges for self-driving cars arise in mundane situations, not when crashes are unavoidable.
There are all sorts of ways of making a cricket ball swing, but Australia's players chose an illegal one.
Clouds can reveal a great deal about the world we live in. Here's what happens when scientists find a whole new type.
A branch of AI research promises to deliver computers that evolve their own software but the tech industry has yet to catch on.
Thousands of animals are used for heart drug tests each year – but research shows that in silico developments are more accurate.
Young people are abandoning Facebook and calls to delete profiles are growing over the alleged exploitation of data for political campaigns.
They were discovered over 100 years ago – but we still don't know exactly what genes are.
Noise around extreme practices drowns out how data analytics is being used in everyday ways. To really consider control of our data we must look beyond Cambridge Analytica.
The privacy backlash over Cambridge Analytica and Facebook may lead to explosive consequences for academics.
How data-driven behavioural sciences are being road tested in the political sphere.
The skies can tell us when there might be trouble ahead.
Bridges should have continuous health monitoring systems in place to detect damage that can lead to collapse.
New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
It's been reported that astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has the same DNA as his twin brother after spending a year in space.
It isn’t that we should worry about AI becoming more human. We should fear ourselves becoming more artificial.
Researchers have identified which part of the brain helps us understand and respond to social interactions.
A long read on how nerve agents were developed – and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of Salisbury.
An audio version of an in depth article on the story of how the nerve agent used in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was developed.
Children are able to pick up negative racial stereotypes by the age of six. Luckily, parents can help reverse them.
Spot removes traditional barriers to reporting abusive behavior, because participants can log incidents without talking to a human.
This episode is all about bitcoin. Will it be the currency of the future? Who’s trying to capitalise on the legal loopholes of cryptocurrencies? And is it possible to make mining them more green.
Diving without oxygen tanks requires you to enact some very weird and very strange and not all that well understood physiological feats just to stay alive.
UK's Astronomer Royal Martin Rees shares his memories of the physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.
Hawking wasn't able to give his students a gentle introduction, but he did provide a lot of inspiration and support.
Stephen Hawking thought a form of string theory could be our best bet for a 'theory of everything'.