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Cognitive biases aren't confined to laypeople, but researchers have several strategies for countering the foibles of the human mind.
The Western medical history often glosses over Islamic scientists. Ibn Al-Nafis’ discovery of how the heart pumps blood is no exception.
Self-experimentation is risky but has led to major scientific breakthroughs. Can science and society learn to work together to get the best of both worlds?
Bioluminescent glows have fuelled myths and legends for thousands of years. Jennifer Tsang explores how cultures around the world have interpreted luciferin's glow.
Autonomous vehicles are helping many scientists monitor marine animals. But as they become cheaper and easier to use, will they disrupt the wildlife we seek to protect?
How drift bottles and rubber ducks unravelled the mysteries of ocean currents.
Scientists know the world through data, but Aboriginal Australians know the world through the ancient musical tradition of songlines.
What determines the size of our personal space, and how do we cope when someone encroaches on our territory? Our psychological claim on the world may be more complicated than we think.
Honey and charcoal, used by medical practitioners since ancient times, still persist in modern hospitals. Not every medicine has to be sophisticated.
With detours through war zones, animal surgeries and ethical questions, the road to safe heart transplants has been anything but smooth.
As robots replace more and more human workers, the world needs to work out how to transition to an automated economy without destroying society.
Millions of people in well-educated countries reject the scientific consensus on evolution. Why is it so easy to doubt?
Earth’s oceans are impressive, but humanity’s history of space exploration has revealed many more seas beyond our own.
Charles Darwin is usually painted as a reluctant, tormented hero trapped between religion and science. This is completely wrong.
Improbable events, like Leicester City's recent Premier League win, break our brains, so statisticians and sports fans alike need to be careful.
Not all scientists are created equal. Here we present the crème de la crème – men and women whose work revolutionised the world and continues to inspire the next generation.
World War I was a blindingly tragic period in human history. But it also catalysed many advances in medicine, chemistry and technology that we use to this day.