Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall

Freelance science journalist

Previously acting editor of BBC Earth, environment news editor for New Scientist. I mostly write about life sciences and the environment

  • 80
  • 59K
stories for
Michael Marshall's stories for
Show all
Still rna cell 00000 article

The secret of how life on Earth began

The answer to one of the biggest questions of all

P04z0qvq article

The physics that tells us what the Universe is made of

The building blocks of the cosmos

P04ycycv article

Why you should mostly trust what science tells you

Even though scientists sometimes make mistakes

P02x2djx article

Why bother saving endangered species?

It will cost billions of dollars. Is there anything in it for us?

Earth formation take 27 ltd spl crop ibroadcast article

The 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history

From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the milestones that shaped our world

P04rs4wv article

The future may be set in stone

Physics suggests that the future has already happened

P04vpfh1 article

Why the sky is dark at night

It may seem obvious, but the dark sky tells us a lot about the Universe

P04xp7cj article

What did the Big Bang look like?

It was the birth of our entire Universe

C5y6k5 moon clouds igor korionov alamy article

Earth probably has more than one moon a lot of the time

We all know about the Moon, but not the other one

P02x4rg0 article

Why the New Horizons flyby of Pluto is so amazing

We are all gazing at an entirely new world

P02w3rv2 article

The event that transformed Earth

More than 2 billion years ago, Earth suddenly became more habitable. But why?

P02kmz5v article

Arabia was once a lush paradise of grass and woodlands

Nowadays Arabia is a fierce desert, but it was once densely vegetated, and could have been a home to the first humans that left Africa

P02tzxl7 article

The biggest flies in the world

Two obscure groups of tropical flies are the giants of the fly world

Coconut crab on tree gary roberts alamy crop article

Coconut crabs are the biggest arthropods living on land

Meet the coconut crab: a land crab so big and powerful, it can break open coconuts with its pincers, and even hunt rats

P029rrrd article

Microscopic vampire amoebas are swarming ...

Single-celled bloodsuckers called vampyrellids creep through the soil beneath your feet