Articles by Philip Ball
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
Sussex's chemistry department has been spared the axe, but others have been shut. Is this the twilight of British chemistry? Plus, a new vaccine for bird flu
What lessons can we draw from the Northwick drug trial catastrophe? Plus new data provides evidence for cosmic inflation theory. Or does it?
The Gaia theorist has dire prophecies about global warming, but his enthusiasm for nuclear power and attacking green shibboleths remains undimmed
A new astronomical discovery means that we will either have to lose Pluto as a planet, or admit that our solar system has far more planets than the textbooks say