The US gun lobby claims that guns save lives and keep us safe from criminals – what do social scientists say?
How plagues really work
The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities
Reading Howl in China
My generation, once impassioned by the Western literature of rebellion, is now lulled by ‘Wealthy Socialism’
About a boy
Movies and memoirs give us a romantic view of living with a child with Asperger’s but the reality is very different
A second hurricane is battering New Orleans, this time it is an HIV catastrophe whipped up by prejudice and poverty
The first smile
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root
Won’t they help?
Why bystanders are reluctant to report a violent crime or aid a victim, and how they can be taught to step up and help
The good consumer
To revive the global economy and make society more equal we should all consume more not less. How is this possible?
The longevity gap
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?