Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?
Farming the apocalypse
When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe
Engineering the ocean
Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilising the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea
David Graham Scott
We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
Against the grains
A carbs-rich diet has been blamed for the alarming explosion of obesity and chronic disease. What does the science show?
We are running out of land for traditional agriculture. Time to figure out what saltwater plants can do for us
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
Galactic position system
We can point to our home on a globe and find Earth in a model of the solar system but where are we in the Milky Way?
Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?
Onward to Europa
The oceans of Jupiter's ice worlds might be swimming with life — so why do we keep sending robots to Mars?
Why does life resist disorder? Because ever since the first replicating molecules, another kind of stability has beckoned
The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from corals to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behaviour too?