Michael Hanlon is a science journalist and a Templeton Journalism Fellow. His latest book is Eternity: Our Next Billion Years (2009). He lives in London.
The mental block
Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay
Unreason, like the poor, will always be with us. But why does quackery survive when science is making life better?
Is there life on Mars?
Our curiosity about the Red Planet has always been tinged with fantasy – but wishful thinking needn’t be mistaken
World next door
Nine theories of the multiverse promise everything and more. But if reality is so vast and varied, where do we fit in?