Science and technology

There is potential for deriving virtually unlimited clean energy from fusion power, without the severe downsides of nuclear power based on splitting atoms apart.

Stunning fossils from Mesozoic Pompeii illuminate the dawn of birds.

Off-the shelf headsets and DIY implants can help get you started.

Frederick Sanger made pivotal contributions to studying the chemistry of life.

Like all scientific theories, Darwinism has been questioned and tested wherever possible. Among scientists, it has held up well, becoming a pillar of modern science. But this has not prevented attacks, chiefly from outside the scientific community.

Though “immune system” is a familiar term, there is still much to be learned about how our bodies defend against diseases.

Though we spend almost a third of our lives asleep, sleep science did not really begin till 1953, the same year the structure of DNA was discovered.

While last year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was for an esoteric advance in knowledge — theoretical work on sub-atomic particles, notably predicting the existence of the Higgs boson – the prize awarded during this past week was for a far more practical achievements, by three Japanese-born men: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura. They received the award for playing seminal roles in the invention of blue light-emitting diodes.

Worldwide, there are many developments in robotics, several of which are weirder and wackier than a talking version of a dead novelist and a robot board member.

A field called epigenetics concerns ways the DNA code is actually expressed and implemented.

Thorium, which just might prove key to a new generation of nuclear reactors.

Much as Darwin was influenced by his findings on the Galapagos, Wallace drew on discoveries he made on tropical islands where sea level changes played vital roles in determining species distributions.

Even with science reports, it’s worth remembering the adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

While we can thrive on a variety of diets, it also makes it very tough or even impossible to recommend an ideal human diet.

We humans seem smart yet have a great fondness for irrational codswallop.

Earth’s neighbours are far more than simply gas giants and rocky worlds

In this season to be jolly, even normally serious scientists may loosen up a little, perhaps publishing frivolous research, and looking on the brighter side of life.

The age of the wonder drug seems to be drawing to a close, bringing to an end modern medicine as we know it

Did life start in a primordial soup on earth, or with chemicals carried from Mars?

Our memories play vital roles in defining who we are. Yet can you really trust your memory?