Articles by Philip Ball
Philip Ball / March 24, 2020
Social distancing, self-isolation, city-wide lockdowns—they can only do so much. In order to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, we need a vaccine. So, how long will we have to wait?
Philip Ball / March 16, 2020
There is an angry, heated row raging among scientists about how best to tackle Covid-19. Given all the variables, we shouldn't be surprised
Dyson’s brilliance shone through in his formal work and his grand speculations
Philip Ball / February 21, 2020
Some of society’s most vulnerable citizens have fallen victim to staggering government incompetence
Artificial intelligence may never match the brain
A new study prompts us to ask what in music deserves an evolutionary or physiological explanation, and what is better explained by the individual cultures we live in
These genetic tools pose fraught biological and ethical questions—but how much call for them is there anyway?
Now we’ve dispensed with the nonsense “gay gene” trope, let’s interrogate the way we talk about genetics and traits full stop
Philip Ball / September 4, 2019
A recent study shows there is no one gene that determines homosexuality, but confusion still lingers on the predictive power of our genetic constitution. Far more interrogation is needed before the...
Without dark matter there would be no galaxies, stars or planets. But physicists are yet to find direct proof of its existence. So where is it?
Philip Ball / April 24, 2019
The real issue raised is not about brain transplants or sci-fi fantasies of reanimation of corpses. It is about how we define life and death