Reports of the death of accents have been greatly exaggerated.
Genetic data has helped scientists develop new estimates for the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
It's not just Earth: everything in the universe has it's own pull because of gravity – even you. Here's how it works.
Google DeepMind software can diagnose eye conditions as well as human doctors – and the medical profession should welcome this.
The moon is our closest neighbour and our best hope for building capacity to explore space.
Mosquitoes are picky about who they bite but it's not actually "us" that they're smelling when they choose their next meal...
The social network is stopping researchers accessing its data – with significant consequences.
An X-ray sensitive ink means future detectors could be printable, portable and flexible.
From a mysterious energy of empty space to parallel universes, cosmology's view of 'nothing' is anything but boring.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Even people who claim to hate routines probably follow quite a few.
New research reveals how stress could alter our perceptions about which animals are 'smart'.
How can there be boom in new species discoveries while others are dying out at unprecedented rates?
Researchers are using a rubber-soil mixture to make earthquake-proof foundations.
Was Darwin inspired by the tropical wildlife of his travels to discover natural selection? Actually, pigeons, worms and barnacles were far more prominent in his thinking.
Men have come to dominate military combat but new evidence suggests this might be more an accident than an inevitability of evolution.
There are countless nanoscopic architectures in nature, creating iridescence, sticky feet, magnetic navigation – and more.
It's not as simple as just hiring more immigration officers.
Megalodons are the latest Hollywood monster to leap out of the fossil record, but what else is lurking in prehistoric seas?
Think you are a moral person? Research shows that we are often prone to act immorally when we think we're moral.
Our research supports the idea that human speech abilities comes down to our brain power.
We urgently need to contemplate the myths we tell about ourselves and technology as a way of evaluating the relationship between the two.
The Parker probe will go closer to the sun than any other spacecraft has dared go before – literally touching it.
We know of about 900 valid dinosaur species that existed. 'Valid' means scientists know the dinosaur from enough of the skeleton bones to feel pretty sure that it differs from other known dinosaurs.
'Cyberlocker' illegal streaming sites are in a constant cat-and-mouse struggle with law enforcement.
Drugs are finding their way into lakes and rivers, and we need to know exactly what they're doing to wildlife.
When it comes to the geological record, airbrushing out humans' impact on the environment makes little sense.
Strange frond-like sea creatures are among the planet's earliest animals, but new research dates them and the entire animal kingdom to much earlier than first thought.
Bullying isn't just linked to depression and anxiety, it can also lead to more subtle effects such as problems with trust and self-esteem.
Augmented reality technology could help recreate familiar sensory experiences from Earth.
Google's secret plan to comply with Chinese censorship laws betrays the values that helped create the tech giant.
Life could have evolved on exoplanets Kepler-452b and Kepler-62e, according to a new study.
Elon Musk may be disappointed by recent studies threatening his plans to go to Mars, but planetary scientists are breathing a sigh of relief.
It's all about the strong gravitational field of the black hole.
Print advertising increasingly makes use of linguistic and visual syneasthesia to create multisensory experiences.
Every day we throw away plastic and every day we're reminded of its environmental impact. Why can't something be done about it?
Electric cars and smartphones have created growing demand – and volatile prices – for once obscure metals.
Why it's okay to use social media to mourn.
We need to make monopoly tech firms more open like the internet itself.
Science and art meet on the 'big screen' – turning data into visuals at the Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank.
SIM cards link accounts to handsets. They keep communications private. They store messages. Although small and simple, they are a big part of modern mobile phone systems.
The persistent stigma surrounding incontinence has paralysed today’s inventive minds.
Genetic modification rules now cover gene edited crops but exclude plants bred traditionally with the same properties.
Elusive and mysterious by nature, ordinary people are revealing the secrets of the UK's octopuses.
Harnessing the awe-inspiring living light and power of bioluminescent organisms could change the human world.
The blood moon myths are many and varied, but, at the end of the day, it's just an eclipse.
Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
Researchers have found evidence of a large lake of salty water, buried 1.5 kilometres beneath the southern polar ice cap on Mars. So what does that mean for life on the red planet?
High altitude images of Earth's surface can illustrate events occurring on a grand scale to the public.
Cheating at dice games is possible – but it does require some skills.
Cybersecurity is an increasingly relevant concern in our society, but pop culture tells us virtually nothing useful about it.
Culture plays a role in forming a child's identity, conversational style and memory. This has many implications for how to deal with children, from school to the judicial system.
Veterinary hospitals report mortality rates of up to 63% in dogs with heatstroke.
If the insect wants to stay right in front of your nose, it must fly forwards just a little bit when the car is speeding up. But when the car is at constant speed, it only needs to hover.
A recent study found that highly narcissistic people have thicker, denser eyebrows.
Scientists have never been more needed to challenge division, misinformation and harassment online.
The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil's star-studded 1970 team.
Some philosophers believe that a very long life could easily become boring.
Social media is a great tool for activists campaigning for social justice. But if it is not used with caution it can end up working against them.
Yesterday's weather helps make sense of today's, but how will this change as the climate changes?
Drones are pesky, hazardous and can spy on you while you're getting dressed. But they can also do a huge amount of good
Vocal deception may have played a key role in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex, controlled speech.
England's out of the World Cup, but the UK can at least enjoy the weather... can't it?
One of America's favourite sons is slowly losing his reputation, and he might just deserve it.
Blockchains and AI could play a key role in the decentralised energy systems of the future.
A giant detector at the South Pole has observed a neutrino from a black hole in a distant galaxy for the first time.
Increasing usage of big data by statistical agencies and other organisations may reduce the ability of populations to have a say in how they are governed.
In the hunt for the next Messi, conventional wisdom favours football players with lots of experience at an early age. Research and England's example may advocate a different approach.
It is possible to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas in zero gravity using sunlight, shows new study.
Unpacking the sporting science behind the humble tennis court.
If you're worried about food poisoning at your next barbecue, wait until you see what's for pudding.
New research could allow us greater control over what happens to genetically modified organisms once they're in the wild.
Former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal were both poisoned – one polonium, the other by Novichok. Now that there's been another nerve agent case, what's the difference?
Painkillers and life jackets are two of the many products that depend on carbon dioxide.
America's early dogs are all gone – save for their rather nasty cancer.
The Earth is losing more and more biodiversity every day, and we should all be worried
An extreme laboratory in space involving three dead stars has shown that all objects really do accelerate identically, proving Einstein right.
Something good could come from the Cambridge Analytica scandal if we used the same data to fix society, rather than profit from it.
A gardening expert reveals the simple things you can do to protect your garden during a heatwave.
Computational technologies impact on every human right.
Technology exists to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but it has a big cost.
A new copyright reform law has many up in arms – they want you to do something about it before it comes up for a vote.
Layering substances like graphene in new ways could help us to build quantum computers or transmit electricity over long distances.
Smarter AI could save us from computers' stupid decisions.
This is the real reason you believe in superstitions.
Your beliefs about free will can have a powerful effect on how you behave.
'Molecular fossils' in the DNA of elephants could help explain why their testicles are inside their bodies.
New research proposes a link between plate tectonics and reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field
A world expert weighs in on the continuing debate about ‘Oumuamua.
New research on roaring shows that women underestimate their own strength.
Heavy hip-hop or heart-plucking instrumental strings? Every player has their favourites, but they all play their part in match preparation.
A mysterious cone has developed due to unusual volcanic activity on Hawaii.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
Online gambling collects a huge amount of data. But instead of personalising offers to keep you hooked, real-time data can be used to prevent problematic gambling behaviour.
This episode of the In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science.
Project Debater looks like machines are ready to understand humans, but the reality is we're still in the earliest days of AI.
Nearly 50 years since the first man walked on the moon, our morals are still stranded on Earth.
Companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft are working together to take down terrorist propaganda.
Neanderthals used spears as hunting weapons by throwing or thrusting, according to a new study.
Lifting fingermarks from a crime scene often destroys the DNA they can contain.