The true courage of science’s brightest star
What can we learn from Stephen Hawking? Superstar physicist, renowned writer and inspiring teacher — Hawking achieved all this despite huge adversity. Some see a life lesson for us all.
Leap in the dark: Europe puts its clocks back
Millions of people spent an extra hour in bed after the clocks changed on Sunday. But 100 years after British Summer Time was invented, a growing chorus is calling for the practice to end.
‘Seismic’ results kick off year of US voting
The first contests of this year’s US election have delivered shocks in both major parties. But with 49 states still to vote and a general election to follow, is the campaign season too long?
Black holes, big bangs: 100 years of relativity
Exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein gave a lecture which changed how we think about the universe forever. It was an extraordinary moment. What did he say? And why does it still matter?
Let teenagers lie-in, urge top scientists
An extra hour in bed every morning could improve the academic performance and well-being of teenagers, researchers say, due to their unique sleep patterns. Is it time to give them a break?
Parallel universes are real, say physicists
Physics professor and TV presenter Brian Cox says he believes we live in just one of an infinite number of parallel universes. Is there any evidence for that and should it change how we think?
Bolivian Congress decides to turn back time
In a show of national pride and identity, the Bolivian government has reversed the direction and digits on its Congress building’s clock. Is this a thoughtful symbol or just a waste of time?
New superclock redefines the length of a second
Scientists have developed a new timekeeping device which loses only one second each 300 million years. It is unlikely to make anybody more punctual – so why are scientists excited?
Researchers book appointment with death
Scientists say a new blood test can determine how long a life we can expect if we die by natural causes. Do we want to be told when to expect the Grim Reaper?