The proposed ban on nitrous oxide is irrational and unworkable, and requires serious challenge, not an inane demo in Parliament Square
31 July 2015
“The possibility of having a ring that contains a microbicide and a contraceptive, in the same device? Now that would very attractive.”
23 July 2015
The first clinical trial in Canada is under way to test whether the party drug could be part of a treatment for those with PTSD
13 July 2015
I don’t have a music collection titled “Music To Slit My Wrists To”, but if and when I ever start one, The Soft Moon will definitely feature prominently.
19 June 2015
It’s hugely unpopular, worn by an estimated 5% of men around the world: can 11 design mavericks, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, reinvent the condom for a sexier, safer world?
13 June 2015
It was decreed “the worst idea on the mind” in history in a public debate at the Royal Institution in 2006. Yet it seemed like such a good idea at the time—so good, it won its devisor the Nobel Prize.
12 June 2015
Each and every one of us is born with perfect pitch
24 April 2015
Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In my new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.
20 April 2015
The Daily Beast
But one high is so famous it has a birthday: Bicycle Day, April 19, 1943. The world’s first acid trip.
19 April 2015
The last time I saw Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a techno-jazz originator Squarepusher, it was at The Glade at Glastonbury 2004. At the time, one of the most highly-regarded platforms for electronic music worldwide, at one of the most influential festivals on earth.
And it was awful.
15 April 2015
In large US survey, users of LSD and similar drugs were no more likely to have mental-health conditions than other respondents.
4 March 2015
Don Harron was fully and truly a feminist, in the most joyful sense of the word.
6 February 2015
The Globe & Mail
Professor David Nutt has developed two new drugs that could do away with liver damage and alcohol-induced shame
22 January 2015
Why settle for your standard music visualiser on your computer when you can create a three-dimensional one simply by filling an old speaker with baking soda?
14 January 2015
It has been spectacularly enlightening to discover that I could learn more about the nature of sound from those who cannot hear than from anyone else.
12 December 2014
A slew of new music-listening devices for the deaf are on offer.
30 November 2014
Every once in a while a musician comes along who reminds you of the redemptive power of music. Why sonic combinations make life worth living.
13 November 2014
If you manage to get a mosh pit going – complete with crowd surfers grabbing the projector cables from the ceiling, hanging off the rafters and falling head-first onto the concrete floor – from 45 seconds into the first song, then you must be doing something right.
12 November 2014
Drugs are dangerous, but they are double-edged swords, and when used in the right time in the right way, scientists can use them as unparalleled tools to probe the mechanics of the mind.
28 October 2014
Liam Finn and his Kiwi all stars may come from the bottom of the earth, but we didn’t hear one bum note all night.
6 October 2014
Undoubtedly a referendum on the monarchy would fail – most here are indisputably romantically attached to the institution. But tabling the idea would at least force people to question the concept at all.
12 September 2014
The Globe And Mail
Why do famous young women risk taking nude photos? Scientist Zoe Cormier explains the new exhibitionism
4 September 2014
At this year's festival, Guerilla Science used latex nipples, merkins and the Great Wall of Vagina to confront the pervasive discomfort humans have with our sexual diversity
9 July 2014
Anyone who has enjoyed a magical mystery tour thanks to the psychedelic powers of magic mushrooms knows the experience is surreally dreamlike. Now neuroscientists have uncovered a reason why: the active ingredient, psilocybin, induces changes in the brain that are eerily akin to what goes on when we're off in the land of nod.
4 July 2014
As Britain unveils a new pound coin, we put to rest once and for all the question of whether falling change can, in fact, be lethal
20 March 2014
Study of 35 million users of brain-training software finds alcohol and sleep linked to cognitive performance.
21 June 2013
Epigenetic changes affect neurotransmitters that lead to pair-bond formation.
2 June 2013
You can tell when a starfish is too hot – it loses an arm.
29 May 2013
Comparison between hominins suggests modern middle-ear bones evolved early.
13 May 2013
Technique could be extended to human viruses and help with eradication of polio.
28 March 2013