Both systems are dangerous in the wrong hands.
A new government program will create 10,000 work placements for undergraduates in only business and STEM subjects. Why not fund students to innovate in the social sector too?
It's been a good year for conspiracy theorists, so they say.
Volcanic ash can cause a nuisance to farmers, burying agricultural lands and damaging crops. But in the long term, this ash will create highly productive soil that can support huge populations.
Society needs more research that is both excellent and useful. We can achieve this by shifting the academic culture toward research that is Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR).
Star Trek Discovery is the latest offering in the 50-year-old science fiction franchise beloved by scientists — but it isn't about science.
Sir Humphry Davy was the Professor Brian Cox of the 1800s.
This year's Toronto International Film Festival is a further example of how science, technology, engineering and math illuminate movies – and, in the process, our minds.
New research gives weight to Noam Chomsky's idea of a universal language ability.
Women can often draw attention to dimensions of thinking that their male perspective may miss. But this will only work if they are in positions that allow them to lead and drive the research agenda.
As the government moves ahead with its industrial plan, a new report signals it will have to start doing things differently.
If only DNA samples and microfibres made crimes as easy to solve as on CSI.
In a media world infected with misinformation and fake news, it has never been more important for scientists to talk directly to the public.
Why are there 60 minutes in an hour, and not 10? Why do we count up to 10, anyway? Quentin, age five, wants to know.
Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
People universally believe scientists' solar eclipse calendars, but vaccine warnings or climate predictions are forms of science that strangely do not enjoy equivalent acceptance.
Ability expectations are what people rely upon as they seek out productive and satisfying lives. They need to be a key part of the debate over gene-editing and other major scientific breakthroughs.
Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein would have bridled under today's research funding bureaucracy. It's time to allow scientists to indulge their curiosity again.
Research laboratories are dominated by men, and that's not only bad for lab culture, it can be dangerous for science.
Some people think the sky is blue because of sunlight reflected off the ocean and back into the sky. But that's not the real reason.