Thousands of miles of cables connected to data centres underpin our way of life. How many people are online, what are they doing there – and what comes next?
‘Dusk-like glow’ of proposed satellite could light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, People’s Daily reports
Researchers say patients are scared into invasive treatments for conditions unlikely to do harm
US space agency postpones launch of fastest object ever made on journey to Earth’s nearest star
Study showing that river outflow water piles up more in some locations may help to predict areas at risk from big storms
While letting other space science wither, the US president is keen to open up a new American frontier on the moon
Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west?
Claims that cheese, sex and Facebook affect your brain in the same way as drugs fundamentally misunderstand how it all works
Developing eggs from earliest stages to maturity could open the door to new approach to fertility preservation
Two women carrying mutations that cause rare genetic disease to undergo radical therapy
Advances in AI and robotics are leading to high street models becoming increasingly useful in our day-to-day lives
Alternative treatments could alter effects of prescription medication, warn researchers
‘Optical trap display’ projects graphics into the air, where they are visible from all angles
With nearly one million more digits than the previous record holder, the new largest prime number is the 50th rare Mersenne prime ever to be discovered
Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations
Many of the body’s cells regenerate – but not the brain’s, explains Daniel Glaser
Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation
Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is in the news again, claiming to have performed the first successful human head transplant. But even cursory analysis reveals that he hasn’t. And scientific logic suggests he never will
Could immortality one day become a reality? Death anxiety or the aging process fills many people with dread, but what if it could be stopped? This film investigates the prospects of eternal life. Some...
The US astronaut spent 11 months aboard the ISS, shaving 13 milliseconds off his Earth age in the process. He talks spacewalking, recovery and the scientific value in sending an identical twin into space
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