Articles by Philip Ball
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
The only use of the Large Hadron Collider anyone cares about is finding the Higgs particle. But the LHC's opening has been delayed. What if someone else gets there first?
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?