Stories by Ian Sample

Ian Sample is science editor of the Guardian. Before joining the newspaper in 2003, he was a journalist at New Scientist and worked at the Institute of Physics as a journal editor. He has a PhD in biomedical materials from Queen Mary's, University of London. subscribe to Ian Sample's feed

Posted on: Apr 26, 2017, Source: The Guardian

Study records what appears to be the first evidence for mind-opening state experienced by users of LSD, ketamine and psilocybin.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2016, Source: The Guardian

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumors of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe.’

Posted on: Nov 3, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Alarming trend among less-educated 45- to 54-year-olds largely thought to be a result of more suicides and the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Earth will ultimately be vaporized by a dead Sun. Mercifully, we won't be around to experience it.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Tests on subjects opting for foods rich in beans and vegetables found a drop in biological markers for bowel cancer.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2015, Source: The Guardian

We're becoming oblivious to the sounds of birdsong, trickling water, and trees rustling in the wind.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Fossils point to bony, L-shaped male organs and female ‘cheese-grater’ genitals.

Posted on: May 5, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Giving old mice young blood reversed age-related declines in brain function, muscle strength and stamina, researchers say.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2013, Source: The Guardian

The species is well-documented in Asia but has never been confirmed in the US – until now.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Newly discovered mechanism could help researchers understand ageing process and lead to ways of slowing it down.