Breakthrough Starshot *could* be regarded as an act of interstellar war: a tiny armada crossing the empty space between the stars with evil intent
Leader article in New Scientist on the progress and aims of Breakthrough Starshot
Review of Oliver Morton's book The Moon: A History for the Future
In Japanese folklore, the moon was formed when it was washed out of the right eye of the god of the land while he was bathing. But Natsuki Hosono’s explanation is that the moon was made of a giant teardrop of molten rock, smashed from its parent planet in a cosmic collision
One of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of World War II - solved by DNA!
Japan's commercial whaling may have two silver linings: freeing up the IWC and sparing the Southern Ocean
Nuance to the usual feeling of righteous indignation over Japan's whaling, and even a little bit of solace
Dreaming represents a state in between consciousness and unconsciousness, and this year I’ve been trying to get on top of what we know about this universal and mysterious experience
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill cavort in multiple roles in a show exploring the use of hallucinogenic drugs to treat mental trauma and psychological disorders
New book by science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson: China's long past makes its domination of the moon inevitable
In recent years, researchers have examined what happens in our brains when we are challenged by fear or danger. They have learned a great deal not only about the complex biology of bravery but about the possibility of helping all of us to deal more effectively with life’s most extreme situations.
My review of the year's science and environment stories
Wonder about the natural world and an extraordinary depth of ecological insight combine to create a profound, urgent and hugely affecting novel
Washington Post extract from the memory chapter of my book, Superhuman
An evolutionary biologist who is the author of Superhuman responds to Hannu Rajaniemi’s “Lions and Gazelles.”