Nuclear goes retro — with a much greener outlook
Returning to designs abandoned in the 1970s, start-ups are developing a new kind of reactor that promises to be much safer and cleaner than current ones.
Looking for economic prosperity without growth
The only way for humanity to solve its environmental problems may be to abandon our quest for continual economic expansion. It’s time to study what a future of degrowth might look like, some researchers say.
Building planets, piece by piece
The theory of “pebble accretion” explains how infant worlds got so big so quickly
The mighty Milky Way
Our galaxy is far bigger, brighter and more massive than most others
Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?
Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock.
The Briefing: Big data in science
New biomedical techniques, like next-generation genome sequencing, are creating vast amounts of data and transforming the scientific landscape.
Boosting wild insect populations
How can we encourage more insects in the wild?
Insects in the City: Can cities save our bees?
Away from intensive agriculture and sheltered from the effects of climate change, our cities may be the refuges that bees and other pollinating insects need to survive.