File photo: A mother holds her one-month old daughter, who was born with microcephaly and was exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Lacarda/EPA

After several weeks of study and debate, US health officials concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy causes the birth defect mi(...)

Livestock and harm: Global food production and agriculture account for about 25 per cent of all greenhouse-gas emission. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Last year marked the centenary of the general theory of relativity, but it appears Albert Einstein also showed great foresight when he said, “Nothing(...)

“When asked questions such as ‘Can sound smash a wine glass?’, students developed strategies without a lab manual to follow.” Photograph: Thinkstock

One of the strongest predictors of a science student’s academic performance is their level of engagement with their learning. There is considerable(...)

I ate five whole blueberries from my garden this year. Yes, yes, I know, it’s a risible amount, especially when compared to last year’s bountiful harv(...)

Bumble bee feeding from a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Bad days, we all have them. Something happens, and suddenly you find yourself briefly but uncomfortably at odds with the world. I was having such a(...)

Science-fiction film Ex Machina which offers a clever version of the robots versus humans narrative

Are technology companies running too fast into the future and creating things that could potentially wreak havoc on humankind? That question has been (...)

Cleaning up  The Jungle, a homeless camp of some 350 tents and shacks in San Jose. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

When I lived in Silicon Valley, I was struck by the region’s income disparity and by the lack of compassion wealthy tech workers sometimes displayed t(...)

R Ford Denison: the professor of ecology, evolution and behaviour at the University of Minnesota

Can agriculture learn any lessons from Charles Darwin? Most definitely, according to R Ford Denison. The professor of ecology, evolution and behaviour(...)

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo beside a banner with reads “Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris” in front of the Paris City Hall January 9th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Jacky Naegelen

The mayor of Paris on Tuesday said she intended to sue Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News over insults she said the US television network made towards the city(...)

Scientists say data showing gold-winged warblers left their nesting site in the mountains of Tennessee a day ahead of a tornado ‘heard it coming’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves, according to(...)

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