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
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
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But one high is so famous it has a birthday: Bicycle Day, April 19, 1943. The world’s first acid trip.
19 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
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
A slew of new music-listening devices for the deaf are on offer.
30 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
Why do famous young women risk taking nude photos? Scientist Zoe Cormier explains the new exhibitionism
4 September 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
Amphibian's unique proteins cast doubt on existence of latent potential for regeneration.
21 February 2013
Studies in mice show therapy is effective even in hard-to-treat brain tumours.
7 February 2013
But most of the country's 90 million ash trees are likely to be wiped out.
9 November 2012
Rodents' cells commit mass suicide when overcrowded, preventing uncontrollable proliferation.
5 November 2012
Rodents are first mammals observed regenerating tissue.
26 September 2012
Guerilla Science staged a safari featuring quarks, electrons and bosons to help demystify particle physics
27 July 2012
Older workers use chemical reaction to increase toxicity of 'explosive backpacks'.
26 July 2012
Are humans really a selfish species ruled by competition and self-interest? Zoe Cormier surveys the ideas of recent thinkers who argue that biology and evolution prove we are natural co-operators.
1 July 2012
Since its discovery 50 years ago, Green Fluorescent Protein has become one of the most useful tools in biology.
1 July 2012