The 12-step dogma
The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?
War in the womb
A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy
Where does earth end and space begin? Finding the border between the two is not as simple or scientific as you might think
Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?
The self-starving brain
Anorexia remains a deadly and mysterious illness. Could radical new brain treatments offer the possibility of a cure?
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
We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
The sun does not rise
How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science
What are the chances?
From a big lottery win to a disaster like the Titanic, unlikely stuff happens all the time. But can we summon it at will?