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Researchers who start off looking for one thing often end up discovering something quite unexpected.

2010-04-27

 unpredictable science discovery future
In a rare interview, Professor Stephen Hawking explains to artist and writer Matt Collings his theory on the complex behaviour of black holes, and whether he thinks equations can be considered beautiful.

2010-12-14

 Stephen Hawking beauty mathematics physics black hole equation Occam's razor discovery sex science
More than 35,000 new species of flowering plants may be lying undiscovered in cupboards around the world, it is claimed. Botanists looked at how long it takes for new species collected in the field to be identified, and found it often took decades. They concluded that of the 70,000 flowering plants that experts believe are yet to be found, over half may already be in collections, awaiting identification.

2010-12-07

 botany plant discovery species
Neptune is about to celebrate its first birthday. On 12 July it will be exactly one Neptunian year - or 164.79 Earth years - since its discovery on 24 September 1846.

2011-07-11

 Neptune planet Solar System discovery orbit mathematics gravity year
Scientists say they have new evidence that our ancestors were using fire as early as a million years ago.

2012-04-03

 fire discovery human evolution