When people think about how AI might ‘go wrong’, most probably picture malevolent computers trying to cause harm. But what if we should be more worried about them seeking pleasure?
A universal vaccine has been described as the ‘holy grail’ – but how close are we to getting one?
The battle against gender-based violence never ends but the work of the women who set up the first refuges in the 1970s deserves wider recognition.
Catherine Price, sociologist, and Nicola Patron, synthetic plant biologist, discuss the promises, dangers and concerns around gene edited and GM crops.
The cinematic legacies of Operation Crossroads, the first peacetime nuclear tests, fundamentally shaped how we view the mushroom cloud.
Now is not the time for rocket men to abandon spaceship Earth.
Carrion beetles help stabilise the biology of the soil they live in.
Using hot baths or saunas shouldn’t be considered as a substitute for exercise. But they can mimic some of the health benefits.
Nathalie MacDermott was a regular on BBC News, Sky New and ITV. Then COVID broke out at her hospital.
The audio version of an in-depth article rounding on governments worldwide for using the concept of net zero emissions to “greenwash” their lack of commitment to solving global warming.
We value bees for the jobs they do for the environment and us – why is the same not true of wasps?
Prominent academics, including a former IPCC chair, round on governments worldwide for using the concept of net zero emissions to ‘greenwash’ their lack of commitment to solving global warming.
A lack of policy has allowed industrial chicken farms to multiply in certain parts of the UK – with a lack of consideration of the environmental and social impacts.
The story of how money injections became the go-to policy for tackling economic crises.
The idea that seed banks must be full of potentially helpful microfungi inside seeds was not a stretch, and yet no one had ever looked before.
This is the story of Lucian Landau, the forgotten man who invented the technology that made Durex boom.
How on earth did an obscure Roman social practice end up lending its name to a modern psychedelic?
We shouldn’t see politicians and scientists as residing in distinct, separate realms.
How museums can reimagine themselves in the context of the climate crisis.
An algorithm driven world is dehumanising – but by understanding this we can call for a more equitable and human use of data.