Science & Technology
Long before the current flare-up in Leicester, some of my ancestors were devising ways to limit the spread of infectious disease in the very same city
A former chief scientific adviser reflects on how pandemic preparedness was thrown away, and how the structures to bring expertise into government failed when they were needed most
Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level?
Philip Ball / June 26, 2020
Science is slowly facing up to its own problems with monuments to its historical figures, even when they are not on earth
Seekers of dark matter are getting very excited. But has this elusive particle, which holds the key to where the universe’s mass is hidden, really been discovered?
Spying technology used to track health data has other uses too, and we should worry about its potential
Data-driven engineering is not only the beating heart of civilisation—it is the activity that will ultimately allow us to overcome Covid-19
Becca Muir / June 14, 2020
Science used to be done by a select few in high-tech laboratories and dusty university offices. But this was before we had a pandemic on our hands
Philip Ball / June 12, 2020
Prospect’s chief science writer speaks to leading epidemiologists—including Neil Ferguson, who made this striking claim. He concludes that countless lives were unnecessarily lost
Sars vials misplaced, dengue fever samples lost in the post—the chilling lack of bio-security at research labs
I sat with more than 200 Liberians as they processed lessons from Ebola—lessons the west has still not learned