New disease could wipe out bananas in ten years
The Cavendish is by far the world’s most popular type of banana. But a new disease may destroy it within the next ten years. Is genetic modification the only hope for the fruit?
Great x-pectations: TED teens show their inventions
Some of the world’s most inspired teens were at the TEDx conference on Saturday. Their ideas could allow everyone to have clean water, and increase the amount of food being harvested.
Down-to-earth astronaut launches into space
Tim Peake, Britain’s first ever astronaut at the International Space Station, has now spent four weeks orbiting Earth. The newspapers call him a hero. Are they right?
Nuclear blast zone is new wildlife ‘paradise’
Twenty-nine years ago humans were forced to leave the area surrounding Chernobyl after a massive nuclear meltdown. Now, it is teeming with wildlife. Why?
Liquid water found on Mars
NASA confirms liquid water exists on Mars’s surface. This would mean alien life and human settlement is possible on the planet. Would it be a good idea for humans to make their home there?
India joins space elite with mission to Mars
At its first attempt, India has put a satellite into orbit around Mars. It is an amazing achievement. But can a nation with so many problems on Earth afford to travel into Space?
Mystery worm sheds light on ancient evolution
It has taken scientists 100 years to understand the basic anatomy of a small extinct sea worm, after several scientific mistakes. Can we ever be sure of our...
Mammoths one step closer to re-birth
Advances in science have allowed researchers to create living mammoth genes for the first time. Is bringing species back a possible goal for scientists?
The age of robot chefs
A London company has made a robot capable of cooking meals and plans to be selling it by 2017. Will humans soon be able to give all difficult jobs to machines?
Chinese robot lands on the moon
A Chinese spacecraft has landed on the moon’s surface. It is an important step in China’s space agenda. But will other countries try to rival and catch up with...
Sudden ice melt in Greenland shocks scientists
In the past two weeks, a sudden and dramatic melt has turned almost the entire surface of Greenland from ice to liquid water. Nothing like this has happened before. How worried should we be?