Young tennis pair slay Wimbledon giants
Two young players have sent two of tennis’s biggest names, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, crashing out of the tournament. Does youthful exuberance have the edge over experience in sport?
Brain study pits girls’ skills against boys’
A study of brain scans suggests that male and female brains are arranged differently, leading to bold conclusions about how the two sexes think. Are gender differences predetermined?
Susan Boyle ‘relieved’ by Asperger’s diagnosis
A singer who shot to fame on a TV talent show has revealed she has felt ‘more relaxed’ since being diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. Why do such labels matter?
Chimp sues for freedom in New York court
An American lawyer has filed a case on behalf of a captive chimpanzee. He claims that the ape should be legally considered a person. Should intelligent animals have rights of their own?
On show: how scientists mapped the human mind
A new exhibition at London’s Science Museum reveals bold research into the uncharted territories of the human mind. After centuries of progress, are there still new secrets to discover?
Breakthrough for research into Alzheimer’s cure
Signs of a possible cure for dementia have been warmly welcomed, even though the treatment is unlikely to emerge for decades. Why do degenerative brain diseases frighten us so much?
Neuroscientist claims to have proof of free will
If the brain’s workings can be reduced to chemical reactions, is there room for free will? This question has puzzled philosophers for decades; now science may have the solution.
Fry suicide attempt spotlights mental illness
Campaigners have welcomed comedian and writer Stephen Fry’s revelation that he tried to kill himself last year. Can a new spirit of openness make mental illness less frightening?
Psychologist reveals tale of man without memory
He was intelligent and witty, but the man science knew as HM could remember nothing beyond the past 30 seconds of his life. A new book recounts the story of the world’s most famous brain.
Shops create panic to encourage retail rush
As Christmas approaches, millions of shoppers will head to the malls and high streets. Many dread the sensory overload of gift buying – but it might make us more likely to part with our cash.
Robot brain dream could be real within decade
Scientists in Switzerland are working on a ‘fantastic new scientific instrument’: a working virtual simulation of a human brain. The consequences of success might stretch the limits of...
Monkeys move virtual limbs using brainwaves
A new brain implant has allowed monkeys to move virtual arms and to feel physical sensations from objects inside a computer. It's a major step towards fully functioning artificial limbs.
In Jeopardy: computer challenges human race
A computer program is challenging humans in a popular quiz show this week... It's a giant leap forward for AI but questions persist over just how far machines can go...