Die, selfish gene, die
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
Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains. Should we be worried?
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?
The mummy’s curse
It came from an Egyptian tomb... Well no, actually, it didn’t. But once a myth lurches into life, there’s no stopping it
Is there a war instinct?
Many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war. But they are wrong and the idea is dangerous
The Arctic Seed Vault puts apocalyptic talk of climate change in perspective – but not how you might think
I strapped TDCS electrodes to my head to see if I could make myself smarter by stimulating my brain. Here’s what happened
How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian orphans?