As part of our Cassini series, we take a closer look at some of the instruments onboard the spacecraft that have enabled us to experience the region around Saturn.
Ever thought about the ethics and philosophy behind our technological progress? Our author Silvia Lazzaris tackles the daunting topic of transhumanism.
A group of researchers are developing a tiny foldable robot, to be used as a non-invasive tool in medicine.
Technology and the internet is the subject and medium of this London art exhibition, in over 100 works from the 1960’s through to present day.
Henry Hocking delves into the British Library’s Sound Archives
“Intelligent” knife enables surgeons to identify cancerous tissue during tumour extraction
Lizzie Norris explains new how data can be encoded in heat, and why that’s useful
“All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed” – Max Born, 1968. In the 21st century, is Max right? …
Prof Susan Collins is a British artist interested in exploring emerging technologies through fine art …
The story of how the pneumatic tyre emerged on bikes illustrates how humans can shape technologies in whatever ways meet their needs…
On World Radio Day we should remember that the airwaves remain a vital communication medium for the developing world.
Scientists have created a Star Trek style tractor beam (but it’s very small) …
Tucked away downstairs in the Science Museum, Chrome Web Lab, an interactive series of exhibits by Google, is a hands-on exposition of the inner workings of the Internet, consisting of five interactive experiments that focus on different aspects of the World Wide Web. Upon arrival, visitors are presented with a personal Lab Tag, while the […]
Sure, the SHIELD helicarrier from The Avengers is conceptually feasible – but it might be a tiny bit over budget in terms of power…
The physics behind hoverboards and levitating trains…
Reports of the first direct images of single strands of DNA proved to be not quite what they seemed. But does it really matter?
In ‘Scientists In The Pub’ Andy Roast talks to researchers about their latest work. In this episode he interviews Dr Duncan Casey about cancer diagnosis on a single cell level …
Welcome to Spandex Wizards, a blog where we’ll explore the relationships between science and culture – how do they affect each other, and how have they shaped the world around us? I’ll be taking a look at the unusual places this relationship has surfaced and shaped things in ways that you might not expect. In […]
‘Time cloaks’ not only sound cool, but also offer exciting new technological possibilities…
The idea of invisibility cloaking – being able to hide things from view – has been a point of interest to humans for thousands of years. Plato wrote in The Republic about The Ring of Gyges which allowed the wearer to become invisible. Within nature there are many different species of creatures that have evolved […]
Higgs boson found … probably Image: CERN Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world. Although […]
Guest contributor Conor McKeever kicks off our new fortnightly round-up of the key science news of the last few weeks. Two more place cards at the Periodic Table Video: youtube | periodicvideos Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint […]
Forget the huge factories of Apple, Samsung and HP: it seems that bacteria might be able to make faster, smaller and more powerful computers than we can. Biologically based wires and tiny hard-drives have been grown in the lab by a team from the University of Leeds and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. […]
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth and there are events happening across the UK to celebrate Turing’s contributions to computer science as we know it today. However, not that many people seem to realise the influence Turing’s work continues to have and the stuggles he faced. I went along to Kinetica […]
I’ll be the first to admit that I thought this was a tiny robot dance-off at first, but it’s actually the ROBO-ONE Championship – a humanoid-robot fighting competition that saw its tenth anniversary this year in Japan. The video shows the red-armed GAROO fighting off Gargoyle Mini to take the crown for a second year […]
Today I had the chance to go along to the preview of this year’s Kinetica Art Fair. I really can’t recommend it enough, it’s an absolute wonderland of art inspired by science and technology – I could have happily wandered around all day playing with the various installations. Have a listen to the podcast to […]
This year at CES, through the swathes of Android phones and tablets, Macbook Air clones or ‘ultrabooks’ as they’ve now been dubbed, 3D reared its head once again. However, this year it was less about 3D TVs (thankfully) and more about 3D printing with the release of MakerBot’s new generation of 3D printers – the […]
Apologies, I do realise that the title of this blog kind of implies I wouldn’t be mentioning tiny robots but I figured that by breaking the rules right from the start, at least it can only get better – right? Somehow, there always seems to be an overriding fear that we’re going to be overrun […]
This detailed photograph of our Moon was taken at the University of London Observatory (ULO), on the amazingly beautiful and intricate Fry telescope. Made by famous telescope manufacturer Thomas Cook in 1862, it was moved to ULO in 1930. It is used often to instruct astronomy students and is mainly used to observe planets, solar […]
Globally, polluted water kills 14,000 people every day. In India, over 350,000 children die of diarrhoea from dirty drinking water every year. In China, 90% of cities suffer from some type of water pollution. In the US, a recent study found contaminants in 45% of the country’s stream miles and 47% of lake acres. Despite […]