This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more, see our Privacy and Cookies policy.
Skip to the content

Culture, history & society

For the latest news, features and products in culture, history & society

News

Portugal slashes funding for physics research

Government plans to prioritize excellent research

Dark-matter searches get US government approval

Three experiments will close the net on dark matter

Nuclear-inspection protocol inspired by game of marbles

Technique allows warheads to be authenticated without giving away any secrets

Reborn carbon mission launches after five-year wait

$465m Orbiting Carbon Observatory will map carbon sources and sinks

In depth

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Between the lines

Books about Shakespearian science and how to rebuild a scientific civilization after an apocalypse, plus a new take on "Powers of Ten", reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease