How did Albert Einstein become the poster boy for genius?
Can we consume our way to a fairer, more prosperous society?
My daughter says Bilbo Baggins is a girl – who am I to argue?
Cities thrive most when they are a tangled mess
Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?
The good consumer
To revive the global economy and make society more equal we should all consume more not less. How is this possible?
Stories are waves
My daughter insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl and I'm her willing conspirator in updating the classics for our times
The concrete tangle
The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive
The self-starving brain
Anorexia remains a deadly and mysterious illness. Could radical new brain treatments offer the possibility of a cure?
How to choose?
When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark
Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple
David Graham Scott
Farming the apocalypse
When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?
The longevity gap
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?
Engineering the ocean
Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilising the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea
Liberalism is not dead – its ideals are more important than ever – but it must change radically to survive in the future
Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele
Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood. But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home
We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons