Pupils ‘held back’ by choosing arts over science
The UK education secretary argues that students — especially girls — who ditch science and maths for arts and humanities reduce their job prospects. Is one subject really better than another?
Mankind, science and disease in deadly fight
As Britain announces a huge push to tackle the three most deadly developing-world diseases, a top scientist has warned about drug resistance. Can humans and science beat disease?
Counting qubits: computing at the edge of reality
Scientists in America are celebrating an exciting new invention. If the 'quantum computer' can be made to work, we might be on the brink of a technological revolution.
Tough choices on the road to climate safety
Politicians can't agree on how to deal with global warming. New ambitious targets have just been proposed. Will they help or will they hurt?
Aliens – from science fiction to science fact?
A NASA scientist has stirred debate over life forms from outer space. He claims to have found fossils of unknown bugs inside meteorites. Is he for real?
Has human evolution reached a standstill?
The changing story of life on earth is four billion years old. But some say we've come to a halt. Is technology changing the evolutionary rules?
Annual battle against flu gets shot in the arm
Scientists have successfully tested a new immune-boosting jab against all flu viruses. But will sceptics still refuse vaccination?
Electrifying! How science can make you smarter
New research has shown that electric currents can enhance your thinking. But should we really use technology to boost our brainpower?
Root Causes – is a baldness cure in sight?
Scientists are getting closer to curing baldness. But is it a real problem? Should this advance be celebrated, or was it a wasted effort?