Naughty numbers in the news
Statisticians pained to see data misused by politicians and media.
I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my toy cars I’d line...
Shakespeare and the stars
Born in the same year as Galileo, he witnessed a cosmic revolution.
Missions to Mars; reading our genomes; Google: welcome to the modern age, where science repeatedly revolutionises our...
Poo transplants to treat range of diseases
Emerging science of the human microbiome.
We face some pretty grim treatment options for the sake of our health. We swallow foul-tasting pills, vaccinate ourse...
Deep sea glass sponge
Not quite an animal, nor a fungus or plant.
Sponges are considered the most simple of multicellular animals, and have physically changed very little over the 800...
17 molecules that changed the world
The power of a simple molecule has never been more obvious.
All molecules are not created equal. Some have saved billions of lives, wreaked environmental havoc or made the world...
A brief history of Stephen Hawking
His fame is enormous, but how will his legacy stand up?
Stephen Hawking’s office on the ground floor of a modern academic block in Cambridge is a surprisingly plush affair, ...
Michio Kaku: a fish out of water
Michio Kaku is a superhero of the incomprehensible.
It was Einstein's unfinished business. The world's best-known and most prolific physicist was driven in his latter ye...