Bruce Willis saved the Earth with a nuclear weapon in the 1998 film Armageddon, but the law would need to change for him to do it now.
Soybean cultivation for animal feed is destroying rainforests across the world. Microalgae may be the Amazon's closest ally.
Why some individuals age faster than others is a mystery, but new research suggests help with childcare is significant.
Tickling is an important sign that someone – or something – is touching you. An expert explains how it works.
Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana.
Society needs cybersecurity professionals who can protect systems and mitigate damage.
Carbon Engineering's clever harnessing of high-school chemistry is just a small step on the path to negative emissions.
By studying old and dead stars, we can discover what will happen to our sun in the far, far future. And it won't end with a big explosion.
Putting driverless cars on the road safely is hard enough. Doing it in the air is much more difficult.
With further technology required and practical uncertainties, time is running out for them to be useful in the fight against climate change.
Israel's first moon mission failed to land successfully on the moon's surface.
Scientists turned Earth into one giant telescope to capture the uncapturable.
The first thing to know is that Siri is not a "who" – Siri is a "what".
Human changes to the living world have benefited us, but the ecological consequences are mounting.
There is currently no launch vehicle capable of launching astronauts to the moon in one go.
When you buy a film, eBook or song, you might assume that you own it outright, but that's not always the case, meaning companies may have a right to take it back from you.
Copious amounts of time spent looking at screens is likely affecting our health – so why aren't we doing anything about it?
Long-standing assumption that humans killed large mammals 4.5m years ago has been debunked by researchers -- but some experts still think humans played a part in the demise of biodiversity
Exoplanet discovery can help us work out how the Earth will end its days.
Ever heard of lexical selection? Every time you open your mouth you change the way future generations will talk.
Our flippered friends evolved from small, hooved deer-like creatures more than 50m years ago.
UK forensic science and technology is lurching from crisis to crisis. A fundamental reform of governance and policy making is needed.
Dissenter enables users to comment on any web page using a third-party forum. For better or worse, it begets implications for political behaviour online.
For the first time, an instrument orbiting Mars and a rover on the surface have detected methane simultaneously – raising hopes for finding life on the red planet.
Meteorites might look like boring bits of rock – but each one has a fascinating story.
Teeth covered in pits were common in the 2m-year-old species Paranthropus robustus.
No longer do we need to talk with shop assistants, receptionists, bus drivers or even coworkers, we simply engage with a screen to communicate whatever it is we want to say.
Growing evidence suggests that the extinction of the dinosaurs involved profound, complex and interconnected changes to the global systems that support life. Much like we are facing today.
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.
Cars that keep your speed within the limit may seem like a good idea, but the prospect of introducing the technology raises some tricky questions.
The LHCb experiment at CERN has discovered three new 'pentaquark' particles being created in high energy particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.
The idea of swarm robots has been around for some time but researchers are now looking more closely at nature for robot design inspiration.
Science fiction has made us vigilant of 'killer robots' in our midst, but they're far closer than many of us realise.
The mouse who tidied the shed he lives in fascinated human viewers, but cleanliness isn't a virtue unique to humans.
If you're in a competitive environment, be wary of people looking you directly in the eyes.
The advent of steam transformed the fishing industry after 500 years of trawling by sail. But overfishing and declining stocks put the British industry at loggerheads with that of other nations.
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
Researchers get their first glimpse into what happens in the brain when we consciously relinquish control over our actions and go with the flow.
When you listen very closely, the Duchess of Sussex still sounds like she's from Los Angeles.
A new experiment at CERN has discovered a source of asymmetry between matter and antimatter that could help explain why we are here at all.
Several flaws have already emerged in Facebook's new measures to stop improper political influence.
The Boeing 737 is the most produced commercial aeroplane in history – so what might have gone wrong?
What can social media platforms do after terrorist attacks?
The latest malware is designed especially to make small companies pay through the nose for their data.
There are good reasons to be sceptical of the Facecoin project.
If you believe a conspiracy theory about a specific minority group, you are more likely to have negative views about other, unrelated groups too.
It seems being in space could make us more reluctant to take risks.
Can animals find the beat in music and dance along?
A third generation of web technology could return the web to its original ideals – but do we really want it?
From the law to the media we're becoming artificial humans, mere tools of the machines.
Playing with imaginary friends in childhood is linked to being more creative as an adult.
If SpaceX wants to take humans to the International Space Station and beyond it must pull off a safe landing of its Dragon capsule.
The Lagrange mission could greatly improve forecasts of space weather.
Designing technology to feel more familiar can help older people live more independent lives.
It's not just the media who fuel unnecessary concern about so-called suicide games.
The tech giants are consistently failing to protect children.
Reading and writing may have evolved thanks to a natural ability of the brain's visual cortex to process geometrical shapes.
We talk about artistic inspiration all the time – but science demands inspiration too.
Semi-identical or sesquizygotic twins occur when two sperm fertilise one egg. A boy and a girl in Brisbane are only the second set of semi-identical twins known in the world.
India has more WhatsApp users than any other democracy – and a worrying history of 'fake news'.
Scientists have developed a robotic arm with knowledge of its physical form – a very basic sense of self.
Different languages have different ways of describing the world – and this in turn affects how speakers see the world.
An academic describes the career high of working on the most successful mission to Mars, and the little rover that made it possible.
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted clouds and storms on the solar system's ice giants.
The AI behind retail websites has learnt the best strategy is to copy each other's prices – and that can see them 'collude' to keep them high.
Your virtual self reflects your real-life skills and values. Understanding them could help you find a more suitable job.
More evidence that the asteroid hit on Earth that marked the end of the dinosaurs could have triggered a deadly increase in volcanic activity.
How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.
Techniques from topology can help us understand DNA and improve drug development.
There are three ways heat can be shared: conduction, convection and radiation. Find out which one lets heat travel through space.
Almost half of people with depression don't appear as sad as you'd expect, but are at a particularly high risk of suicide.
Rovers including 'Rosalind Franklin' will pick up where Opportunity left off – trying to answer the question of whether there is, or ever has been, life on Mars.
Local tetrapod biodiversity exploded after the dinosaurs, but has barely changed in 60m years.
Shooting stars are not stars at all. They are tiny space adventurers who accidentally wander into our sky and get sucked toward us by Earth's gravity. Here's the story of a shooting star's journey.
Newly found fossils point to a link between a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the first emergence of complex life on Earth.
New research shows teaming fungi with 'friendly' viruses could create an environmentally sustaiable and efficient way to protect crops.
Many homes are already smart – but they're about to get much smarter.
What we thought we knew about male development since the 1950s has now been turned on its head.
Changing the way we farm is necessary – for us and the planet.
Tech firms should be forced to reassess how they impact society under existing EU law.
Our brain processes the fear of regret in the same way as actual regret, making us reluctant to make changes in life.
Soft robots printed in the home? Not as far off as you might think.