Articles by Philip Ball
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
Could the move of a infectious disease research lab to King's Cross bring the risk of virus leakage to central London? Plus is British science finally acquiring commercial nous?
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority was wise to approve human-animal hybrid cells for research. Plus, Craig Venter's genome and mining the moon
Jim Watson seems to be genuinely taken aback by the furore his recent comments on race and IQ have aroused. He looks a little like the teenage delinquent who, after years of being a persistent...
What could we have done to protect against the recent floods in Britain? Were the rains here and the extreme weather in Asia caused by global warming?
Thanks to the new science of synthetic biology, it will soon be possible to create living cells in a laboratory. This could bring big benefits—from medicine to combating global...
Global warming "techno-fixes," such as erecting a sunscreen in space, are starting to interest climate scientists. Plus, hi-tech architecture booms in Beijing