Articles by Philip Ball
Bird flu is last year's story—but the threat remains. Criticising the Iraq war can get your US government security clearance revoked. Plus, life on Mars update
Cutting carbon emissions may not involve more nuclear power. But there's a new plan for our waste anyway. Plus, things are cooling down at the Large Hadron Collider
So it turns out that the world has not been warming since 1998—what is going on? How biofuels are adding to the food crisis. Plus, can we predict earthquakes?
Lisa Jardine is the right woman for the HFEA. Pfizer fails to rewrite the rules of science. And sentimentality has deprived Nasa of a highly capable head of science
Just when British astronomers thought it was safe to go back into the sky… Plus, the discovery of tiny bones in Micronesian caves sends hobbit-watchers into a flap
Space travel is finally being commercialised; even Nasa is bowing to market forces. Plus, scientists plan to decode a thousand genomes—but is that enough?
Christopher Columbus may have brought syphilis to Europe after all. EO Wilson changes his mind on group selection. Plus, climate lessons from 90m years ago—or not
Does the theory of everything look like a exceptionally beautiful multidimensional polyhedron with 248 corners? Plus a better way to make human stem cells
China's space programme aims ultimately to establish a manned lunar base—but what for? The dust settles on the Watson affair. Plus, we'll never make artificial life at this rate