For one thing, discovering the universe was a computer would also mean the end of death, since there would also be no life of which it would be worth speaking. This is a significant improvement on life as we find it today.
One way to tackle the skills crisis is to try and encourage a group into STEM who have been more or less an endangered species in science and engineering to date: women.
Before 2012 slips away it's worth remembering that this is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Kuhn's hugely influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which was itself revolutionary and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.
'Gentle anarchy' and political diplomacy are the essential tools which Sir Paul Nurse is equipped with to drive forward Britain's agenda as a world le...
The Directors of the new Centers of Excellence and the winners of the Curious Pete competition were in that auditorium together, at the same time. But it felt like a time warp. We were supposed to be a picture from the pupils' future; but the 13 of us collectively looked much more like a stiff painting from their past.
Poor countries want money and technology for development, rich countries don't really want to give it, there is anyway little evidence that the money will be used for clean energy or preparedness, and the lucky countries with oil and gas want to keep pumping it because it makes them rich countries not poor ones, like Qatar.
Countless science teachers, textbooks and fans of ice skating will tell you that ice melts under pressure. Unfortunately it is simply not true.
My friend remarked on how he'd had the top medical care and had taken almost 10,000 pills in the eight years between the doctor's diagnosis and its reversal. Yet that time was still filled with such mental and physical lows that he frequently felt suicidal.
For a sighted person it is extremely easy to become addicted by what the night sky has to offer to the naked eye, let alone with a telescope. It would take the average person thirty minutes to take a brief tour of the constellations on a clear, cloudless night
Today is World Kindness Day, and we're all being encouraged to help change the world by committing one simple act of kindness. I for one fully intend to play my part - and not for entirely selfless reasons.
Purple, and variations thereof - mauve, indigo, violet, magenta, crimson and claret - are ubiquitous nowadays. But it was not always so.
Last month Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, held a three-day conference between some of Europe's most renowned scientists and a few groups of people whose understanding of particle physics is probably dubious at best; namely theologians and philosophers.
Opium poppy extracts and their chemical derivatives were and still are invaluable in relieving the suffering of the wounded. It is therefore safe to say that both the opium poppy and the red poppy, or least the artificial variety, have been employed to bring immense relief to members of the armed forces, albeit in totally different ways.
Dr. Eben Alexander - who has worked at some of the most prestigious US medical institutions - has spoken of the need for a different "picture of reality" after he nearly died during a seven-day coma. His book "Proof of Heaven" has just been published.
Sexism in science reinforces an outdated message. It underlines the fact that, for young women, sexist attitudes are a barrier to their involvement in science and technology.
The provision of safe water is a global challenge today and has been so throughout history, not least during periods of war. And that applies to both civilians and armed forces.