The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong
Do insects feel pain? Are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions
The calibrated cosmos
Is our universe fine-tuned for the existence of life – or does it just look that way from where we’re sitting?
Is there any reason to think dolphins and humans have a special relationship? Sure, but it might not be a friendly one
Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions. Human relationships aren't so unique after all
Embracing the void
The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky's mystery. We have Star Axis, a masterpiece forty years in the making
The Thames has seen the riches of empire flow for centuries. But now the river is threatened by a super-port development
The good catch
Hope for the world's devastated oceans rests on a change in the hearts of the fishermen that know them best
We surf the net, stream our films and save stuff in the cloud. Can we get all the nature we need from the digital world?
The Arctic Seed Vault puts apocalyptic talk of climate change in perspective – but not how you might think
Ăsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren