Hawking wasn't able to give his students a gentle introduction, but he did provide a lot of inspiration and support.
The British PM says Russia is probably responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal. But getting definitive proof could mean compromising British intelligence work.
Without public pressure, politicians won't make improving conditions in prisons a priority.
A new study suggests that high blood-sugar levels are an effect rather than a cause of type 2 diabetes.
Just because graffiti is illegal shouldn't mean an artist can't protect his work. The law should step in when big brands try to exploit street art.
There's far more to meditation that sitting peacefully with crossed legs.
The reaction of much Russian media to the Russian spy attack highlights the paucity of different viewpoints available in Russian.
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.
Russia's economy is flatlining and the reasons boil down to poor governance.
The politics may have changed over the years, but the literary obsessions of 'northern Britain' seem hard to shake.
Back in the Middle Ages, as well as speaking English and Latin, many people living in Britain also spoke French.
Homeless people are far more likely to suffer sleep deprivation with all its associated problems.
The NHS could be future-proofed by adopting a model from the Bank of England, according to a student-led commission.
The latest figures reveal the Conservatives have fewer women members than they did 25 years ago. And the future looks really firghtening.
Stephen Hawking thought a form of string theory could be our best bet for a 'theory of everything'.
Scientists have discovered sophisticated tools in Kenya that are much older than expected.
UK's Astronomer Royal Martin Rees shares his memories of the physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.
But the British soon got the hang of profanity.
It's not just about Brexit. Unilever's decision makes good business sense, too.
Old retail might be dying in the West, but it's been given new life in China.
Russia operates a system you might describe as 'electoral authoritarianism'.
Politics has been disrupted by the financial crisis and the rise of new technologies. Rapid change suddenly looks a lot more possible.
Strike rules for international staff illuminates the intractable tensions that underpin the logic of universities.
New research shows that many adults across the world are financially illiterate and unable to complete even basic mathematical calculations.
The voices and work of leading Muslim women are proving to be pivotal in changing the landscape of gender, race and religious inequalities.
It would diminsh the value of Britain's multilingualism, promote a monolingual ideology and discriminate against speakers of other languages.
New research has found a tipping point which pushes the probability of rugby player concussion above 50%.
Sound alerts on digital devices are often annoying, so we've tended to opt for silence. In future, that could hold us back.
Women with AIDS were excluded from the US definition of the syndrome until 1993. What's changed?
The Liverpool comic scored with the third-highest selling single of the 1960s.
The UK government is shockingly apathetic about the fast rise in mortality in England and Wales.
Theresa May says Britain could unleash 'extensive measures' against Russia following the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
International law on chemical weapons fails without mutual trust and transparency.
Written by a teenager, Frankenstein is an extraordinary novel that still endures 200 years after its first publication.
The secretary of state entered the firing line even before he uttered his infamous 'f****** moron' comment.
Pets give us a lot of joy ... and sometimes a few diseases.
When students walked out of school to protest what they see as lax gun laws, some risked punishment from their schools. But it may be worth it to send a message, a First Amendment scholar argues.
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.
Before meeting Kim Jong-un, the president should think about Richard Nixon's 1972 trip to China. It could provide valuable insight for US-North Korean relations.
The UK is pointing the finger at Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former spy. How should the government react?
Economists try to create and use maps to navigate the world of human choices. But in some ways, these maps are limited.
The financial services industry is nothing more than gambling, dressed up in the 'professional' clothing of business.
The cat and mouse comedy duo have been locked in conflict for more than 78 years now.