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 Bill Gates at Trump Tower in New York. It  was during a  meeting between Gates and Trump in March of 2018 that the billionaire  claims he changed the president’s opinion on vaccinations.   Photograph:  Getty Images

How did Bill Gates manage to sway Donald Trump towards a pro-vaccination stance? By being there. There is a site where people share their favourite (...)

Egypt’s ancient library at Alexandria (c.300 BC) once held all of the world’s knowledge in half a million scrolls, representing 30-70 per cent of the (...)

The movie The Hangover: Having one hits work and academic performance.

Thirst, headache, faintness, dizziness, nausea and feelings of general lousiness: the clinical symptoms of a hangover. Other than fling yourself in fr(...)

Viagra: originally studied for the heart condition angina. Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

Upcycling has gradually been taking over the fashion world. Now the pharmaceutical industry seems to be doing the same: taking an old item and putting(...)

DNA molecules seen under a microscope. Experts on DNA and data say without access to the cloud, modern genomics would grind to a halt

Amazon. com is in a race against Google to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries an(...)

Jeri Lacks Whye, one of Henrietta Lacks’s grandchildren, with her two daughters, Jabrea (9) left, and Aiyana, (12). Photograph: Monica Lopossay/New York Times

Henrietta Lacks was only 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 in a Baltimore hospital. Not long before her death, doctors removed some of her t(...)

Growth of output per head determines living standards. Innovation determines the growth of output per head. But what determines innovation?Conventiona(...)