Make a date with another dimension
The universe is a lot more complicated than many people think. Paul Davies explains.
Gold untold: trees and termite mounds hold clues to riches below
Twinkling termite mounds and sparkling acacia trees could mark the spot where veins of gold can be found in a region of Western Australia.
A universe made for me? Physics, fine-tuning and life
Geraint F. Lewis’ day job involves creating synthetic universes on supercomputers. They can be overwhelmingly bizarre, unstable places. The question that compels him is: how did our universe come to be so perfectly tuned for stability and life?
After the LHC, which will be crowned King Collider?
Particle physics is petrolhead science – a particle-revving, high-octane demolition derby near the speed of light. Cathal O’Connell looks ahead to new ‘Higgs factories’ on teraelectronvolt, megawatt and gigadollar scales.
Hitting the right notes makes zebra finches feel good
Charles Darwin learnt a lot from finches, but the little birds still have much to teach us
How an Earth-sized telescope will ‘see’ a supermassive black hole
How a global network of radio telescopes will image, for the first time, the event horizon of a black hole.
Fijian farmer ants sow, fertilise and live in plants in trees
This species of ant and the six species of plant it cultivates are entirely dependent on each other for survival.
Why we have so few Neanderthal genes, even after interbreeding
Hybrids could have had anatomical problems – or were simply too ugly to snare a mate.
Zika virus destroys testicles in mice
A new study from the US suggests Zika infection may interfere with a man’s ability to have children – but long-term observations are needed to definitively say that’s the case.
Dark energy may not exist, new supernova analysis says
But the 2011 Nobel physics laureates shouldn’t return their prize just yet …