Social media isn’t destroying your kids’ attention span

August 31st, 2014

It’s time to start appreciating the efficiency and creativity spurred by Vine and Twitter.

When privacy hysteria cripples education

August 17th, 2014

Is student privacy any safer after the fall of inBloom?

This is why psychologists hate journalists

April 17th, 2014

That quiz you took to check if your colleague was a sociopath isn’t all that accurate.

How to have an out of body experience

April 10th, 2014

You can have an out of body experience right now, and it isn’t even that hard.

Living with Google Glass isn’t easy

March 18th, 2014

For most people, knowledge of Google Glass is filtered through the fanboy fanaticism of Glass fans, but what is it really like?

Advice for aspiring Edward Snowdens

February 14th, 2014

Edward Snowden wasn’t the hero that the American people needed. Greg Stevens looks at why his mission as a whistleblower failed and what the next government leaker should bear in mind.

Big Brother is not who you think he is

February 13th, 2014

Afraid of Google snooping on your data and the NSA reading your e-mail conversations? Turns out we’ve pictured Big Brother all wrong. Greg Stevens takes us through four myths surrounding the eponymous figure.

Dog lovers are codependent and terrible at relationships

January 20th, 2014

Who’s better at holding down a functional, long-term relationship – someone obsessed with cats, or an ardent dog lover? Greg Stevens investigates, using science.

Don’t base your self-worth on science.

January 16th, 2014

We received a lot of heat from our article ‘Why redheads are genetically less attractive’, but Greg Stevens explains why it wasn’t really all that offensive.

The abortion issue has nothing to do with science

January 15th, 2014

Science has long been used to justify both sides of the abortion debate. But just how well do the arguments stand up? Greg Stevens examines the science behind abortions.

Why redheads are genetically less attractive

January 13th, 2014

It’s not just you: ginger people really are less appealing, and it’s all down to their genes. Greg Stevens on the science of anti-redhead prejudice.

Does anyone really believe animals are smarter than us?

January 9th, 2014

There’s one important thing that separates humans from the animals, and it’s responsible for art, technology, science and culture.

The menthol ban: no basis in science

January 7th, 2014

Menthol cigarettes will be banned in the EU by 2022. But is there any reason to suppose it will stop young people smoking – or that menthol cigarettes are in any other respect worse than regular ones?

How to pick a New Year’s resolution you can stick to

January 2nd, 2014

Instead of choosing a New Year’s resolution that you’ll never stick to, take the scientific route. Match your resolution to your personality type for an improved chance of actually making it through January.

One New Year’s party done, only thirteen more to go

January 1st, 2014

If you want to get the most out of New Year’s Day, you’re going to have to think a little bigger than Gregorian. Greg Stevens on the alternative calendars that can be used to party all year round.

How many drones would it take to replace Santa?

December 17th, 2013

Father Christmas needs to move his operation into the twenty-first century and start using military drones to make his deliveries, says Greg Stevens.

The truth about the deep web

December 15th, 2013

The deep web’s hidden depths aren’t just for drug dealers and paedophiles, the network is promising to become the free internet that governments are cracking down on.

Those ‘gold USB cables’ you bought are useless

December 10th, 2013

Unless you live in a tent on a beach, gold-plated USB cables offer no benefits other than making your computer’s accessories look cool.

Can your makeup kill you?

December 6th, 2013

Probably not. There might be an increased risk associated with synthetic cosmetics, but there might not be, says Greg Stevens. That doesn’t stop the organic brigade trying to put the fear of chemicals into you.

What we can learn from fake tears for Paul Walker

December 2nd, 2013

Why do people treat the death of a celebrity as a personal tragedy, but ignore larger-scale suffering much closer to home? Greg Stevens on what we can learn from the untimely death of Paul Walker.