The life and breath of galaxies
Scientists track gas through time and space to better understand how conglomerations of stars are born and die
Reaching out to touch virtual reality
New technologies mean we won’t just see and hear digital information. We’ll also feel it.
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.
Always look on the bright side of life
How a positive outlook may buffer us from stress and ward off health problems
The music moves us — but how?
Music and dance are so deeply embedded in the human experience that we almost take them for granted. They’re distinct from one another, but intimately related: Music — arrangements of sound over time — causes us to move our bodies in space.
Top 10 secrets about stress and health
The strain of life — from everyday conflicts to major losses — can stretch our well-being to the breaking point. Here’s what scientists know, and still don’t know, about the stress-illness connection.
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.
How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale
Slipping in the shower, tripping down the stairs, taking a tumble in the supermarket – falls kill over 420,000 people per year and hospitalise millions more. We can’t eliminate all falls, so we must to learn to fall better.
Is the dark really making me sad?
How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters? And what might this teach us about the relationship between our moods and sunlight? By Linda Geddes.
The cost of pure water
Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates.
How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and physically?
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.