Articles by Philip Ball
Philip Ball / August 24, 2016
“Our world no longer looks quite so special”
A new discovery suggests that it happened—but there is more at stake here than archaeology
“Our fate seems closely dependent on the nearest and greatest of the gas giants”
Philip Ball / June 7, 2016
Siddhartha Mukherjee's recent article on epigenetics has drawn heavy criticism—rightly?
Bodley Head, £25 “Gene” is one of the most loaded words in modern biology. Is it a selfish automaton that manipulates us for its own benefit? A preordained determinant of character and...
It may not be long until they overtake our fastest supercomputers
"Project Starshot" is worthy of admiration for chutzpah alone
Fleet, £16.99 It seemed scandalous that, until last year’s award of the Royal Society Science Book Prize to Gaia Vince, the prize (including previous incarnations) had never been won by a sole...
Philip Ball / April 4, 2016
Scientists have created a "minimal cell" with just 473 genes—such work could have huge benefits beyond biology