The history of science has been centred for too long on the West, say Simon Schaffer and Sujit Sivasundaram. It’s time to think global.
University of Cambridge
While our lifestyle plays an important role in whether we develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes, much of the risk is present before we are even born.
What once seemed an impossible marriage of superconductivity and spin may be about to transform high-performance computing.
The tactic of alluding to an idealised point in the past, embodying all of a country’s best values while glossing over times of hardship, is nothing new.
Geographer David Beckingham looks at Liverpool’s rigorous licensing regime, meant to curb problem drinking, and today’s perceptions of alcohol consumption.
Immune systems are meant to keep us healthy, but they can turn on us, with devastating results. Can immunotherapies help defend against this friendly fire?
As economic growth and rising inequality take centre stage, it is vital to understand the history of data, how it is produced and what numbers represent.
Trevor Lawley and Gordon Dougan are unconventional bug hunters who collect bugs invisible to the naked eye. And even though we’re teeming with them, researchers are only beginning to discover how they keep us healthy.
An international team of astronomers has made the most detailed image of the ring of dusty debris surrounding a young star and found that the ice content of colliding comets within it is similar to comets in our own solar system.
Research by an expert shows how international ideas, practices and language of conflict resolution are transformed when they meet African “realities and politics on the ground.”
A pregnancy complication that causes the mother’s blood pressure to rise – often fatally – is more common in women of African descent than any other.
Iron deficiency can be fatal. But in places where patients are also likely to have other serious diseases, so can the iron supplements used to treat it.
As Europe expanded its overseas colonies, fixed ideas of racial differences took hold. But for a brief period, European notions of ethnicity were relatively fluid and settlers believed that non-white inhabitants could be ‘civilised’ and ‘improved’.
Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier.
How the act of trapping fish and making beautifully engineered fishing dams shapes the minds, bodies and relationships of people in this community.
Beards may be back in fashion but today’s styles are very different from the ‘performances of hair’ which reflected the profound religious and social changes sweeping through Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The e-book has made continued inroads into the publishing world but the printed book has defied predictions of its death.
Smartphones and social media have made it easy for accidental witnesses to capture and share violations and crimes. But how can we tell what’s real and what’s fake?
How close are we to having effective treatments – and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place?
The gene, called CYP2J19, allows birds and turtles to convert the yellow pigments in their diets into red, which they then use to heighten colour vision in the red spectrum through droplets of red oil in their retinas.
India’s sophisticated laws and progressive policies fail with startling regularity. A new study locates a possible reason as to why in the convoluted bureaucratic system of the Indian state and its obsession with paper.
Some researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature if they are to support an ever-expanding population, while keeping carbon emissions under control.
The results are a first step in establishing the properties of comet clouds around Sun-like stars just after the time of their birth.
‘The Channel’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of the ‘English’ Channel during the 18th century, and also tackles some of the big questions about identity and sovereignty that continue to be pertinent today.
It’s said that great science fiction has a basis in good science, but it is also true that good science can be inspired by great science fiction.