The hunt is on for a dark force of nature
Is the search worth it? Scientists are launching an experiment to find a mysterious fifth force of nature. If they find it, it will give us an insight into the unseen world of dark matter.
Exposed: how toxic air reduces intelligence
How can we solve the air pollution crisis? A study has linked pollution to “huge” reductions in cognitive ability. Worldwide, dirty air also leads to millions of early deaths every year.
Stop testing kids at 16, say neuroscientists
Should GCSEs be scrapped? Despite efforts to make exams harder, the nation’s 16-year-olds rejoiced yesterday as pass rates rose. But the stress of exam season took its toll on many.
Lift off! Historic probe hurtles towards Sun
Could NASA’s probe unlock the secrets of the Sun? Yesterday, the Parker probe took off on its mission to explore one of the most violent and mysterious areas of our solar system.
Marie Curie hailed most world-changing woman
Is science the greatest historical force? Pioneering chemist Marie Curie has topped a poll of the world’s most influential women. She is joined by many other trailblazing female scientists.
Climate chain reaction risks hothouse Earth
Can we limit global warming to just 2C? Scientists have warned of catastrophic and “irreversible” climate change if temperatures keep rising. The tipping point may come sooner than we think.
Indonesia rocked by earthquake catastrophe
Are media reports of natural disasters unfair? At least 98 people have died in a deadly quake in Indonesia. Hundreds of tourists evacuated. Meanwhile, famous faces were caught in the chaos.
Earth uses a year of resources in seven months
How can we push back Earth Overshoot Day? As of today, humans have used more resources in 2018 than the Earth can renew in a year. Environmental disaster looms if the trend is not reversed.
At last! Scientists find 12-mile lake on Mars
Is there life on Mars? After decades of study, a body of liquid water has finally been detected on the Red Planet. The discovery raises exciting possibilities for our search for alien life.
Terror as deadly wildfire burns Greek resort
Can we prevent wildfires? At least 70 people are dead after flames tore through Attica, a popular tourist area in Greece. What can be done to stop a tragedy like this happening again?
Moral storm as designer babies get green light
Is it ethical to genetically engineer humans? A top bioethics council has declared gene editing of human embryos “morally permissible”. Some fear the social consequences could be disastrous.
The new test unlocking the secrets of death
Would you want to know when you are going to die? Scientists have developed a test that can tell how fast your body is ageing. Some think facing death is the key to living a meaningful life.
Alarm as deadly nerve agent strikes again
How worried should we be? Two seemingly ordinary people are fighting for their lives after being exposed to the same poison that nearly killed a Russian spy and his daughter in March.
Happy Birthday NHS! Now bring on the robots
Will technology save the NHS? The National Health Service turns 70 today, but tight budgets and surging demand have put its future in doubt. Here are five ways futuristic tech could help.
The British mammals facing total wipe out
Should animals have the same rights as humans? A new study claims a fifth of Britain’s wild mammals may be extinct within a decade. With humans largely to blame, some want urgent action.
Dozens killed in Guatemala volcano disaster
Should we all worry about volcanoes? On Sunday, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, killing at least 60 and injuring hundreds. Other long-dormant supervolcanoes could be even more devastating.