In Trials We Trust

All science depends on trust. Trust that experiments are repeatable, observations objectively made, and research conducted without bias. We trust the reputation of journals and the expertise of reviewers. With the fragmentation and specialisms of modern science, trust is perhaps more important than ever, but it’s been necessary from the start. When Galileo claimed there […]

A PC in Every Home and Wi-Fi in Every Window

When nobody’s fussing about Wi-Fi in schools and when there’s a lull between reports on the injurious effects of mobile phones I suspect few of us give much thought to the fizzing ocean of radio waves crashing over us silently, invisibly, continuously, ceaselessly. We take it for granted that the phone in our hand can […]

The Elusive Element 118

This is the first of  a series of posts looking back at the science news of 10 years ago. Read on to see how much things have changed (or perhaps how much they haven’t). In August 1999 Physical Review Letters, one of the most prestigious journals in physics, published a report from a US team […]