Crowd Psychology (Sunday Feature)
Reader: Steve Jones
Collective behaviour and how it can be managed is a burgeoning field of science nowadays, an arena of learning driven by the demands of music festivals, sporting events and managing protests like...
Extinct! (Complete Series)
Reader: Adam Rutherford
Why did almost all life go extinct 250 million years ago? Why on five other occasions in the geological history has the living world experienced sudden episodes of global mega-death with the...
Sun, Spoor and Spots: Counting Namibia's Cheetahs
Reader: Frauke Jensen
Frauke Jensen reports on a wildlife research project set up by two German scientists with the aim of counting Namibia's cheetah population.
Peer Review In The Dock
Reader: Mark Whitaker
Mark Whitaker investigates the tarnished image of a flawed process. Peer Review is supposed to be the keystone of quality control for research projects and academic studies, yet evidence of its...
Inside The Virtual Anthill: Open Source Means Business
Reader: Gerry Northam
Gerry Northam goes behind the scenes to investigate 'open source' computer software. Much has been said about the likes of free web browser Firefox and the operating system Linux, but little about...
The Plight Of The Bumblebee
Reader: Louise Batchelor
It is commonly known that honeybees have been dying in large numbers, but much less well known that bumblebees are just as important when it comes to pollinating crops and flowers, and that they...
Geoengineering The Climate
Reader: Mark Whitaker
Mark Whitaker reports from Britain and the USA on the science of geoengineering and the political questions it raises. Putting giant parasols in space, injecting substances into the stratosphere,...
The Death-Ray In Your Pocket: 50 Years Of Lasers
Reader: Hermione Cockburn
It's often claimed that you're never more than 10 feet from a rat, and you could probably say the same about lasers. In the home and at the shops, throughout medicine, the military, and almost...
The People's Songs: Rehab
Reader: Stuart Maconie
Amy Winehouse is a tragic and extreme example of the price of fame in the UK in the Noughties. She was someone who'd been pursuing fame since childhood. She'd attended theatre schools, learned...