Articles by Philip Ball
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
The Woo Suk Hwang stem cell scandal is shaping up to be the most significant case of scientific misconduct in years. How badly does it set back the science?
Could we be heading for a repeat of the Younger Dryas cold snap, which was last seen 12,000 years ago? And are quantum computers finally becoming a reality?
Could the Kashmir earthquake have been predicted? And why are American scientists rebuilding the 1918 virus—one of the most virulent ever?
Publication of the chimp genome has highlighted the confusion surrounding our relationship to the great apes. And is reliable lie detection now possible?
Is "synthetic biology" on the point of making life? Unlike genetic engineering or biotechnology, the new discipline is not about tinkering with biology but about remaking it. Risks and rewards will...
Despite recent setbacks, the battle to break the monopoly of the internal combustion engine is still on. Battery driven cars are out of favour but fuel cell cars and hybrids - combining normal...