Articles by Philip Ball
It is only right that big energy companies should help fund research into low-carbon alternatives, whatever the environmentalists say. Plus, South Korea's ethical robots
The dwindling brigade of climate change sceptics, up against an overwhelming scientific consensus, are now turning to economics. How long can they hold out?
Dark matter accounts for five sixths of the universe's mass—so why do we know so little about it? Plus, why it takes whole minutes for computers to turn on
It is difficult to see how a competent assassin would expect the cause of Litvinenko's death to stay unknown. Why was polonium chosen?
Scientists are attempting to create an entirely new kind of computer, one based on the building blocks of life. But don't get rid of your laptop just yet
CO2 is key to life on earth—yet many in the US think it should be classed as a pollutant. Plus, why a "design flaw" in proteins may be the cause of dementia
The alleged transatlantic bombers were planning to mix liquids in aeroplane toilets to form instant explosives. Is the chemistry really that simple?
Britain may stand shoulder to shoulder with the US on geopolitics, but not on stem-cell research, where Blair is exploiting the US's self-imposed weakness
The human genome is not a book, and this metaphor is now becoming an obstacle