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Why, in the entire history of human life, did awesomeness become the great virtue of our age (and suckiness its vice)?
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The urge to explore is what drives us to land on alien worlds
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When it comes to art, can a reproduction stand in for the original?
Is it time to get rid of the Romantic myth of the strong isolated individual?
Should we alter the intensive care environment to save patients’ minds?
Does the need for dark matter indicate a fundamental flaw in our current theories of the Universe?
Where is power really located in the US political system?
Standard interrogation techniques lead to false confessions
Finding alien life raises huge ethical questions. Finding we’re alone does, too
A fake of art
Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?
Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree
Heated rivalries and (pigeon) sex: the passionate world of Scottish doo fleein’
Lessons of Demopolis
Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them
How looting in Iraq unearthed the treasures of Gilgamesh
Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video
Dispatches from the ruins
The human world has become bafflingly complex and strangely fragile making apocalypse the easiest thing to imagine
What lies behind the myth of the strong, self-reliant loner?
Refugees flee to Australia only to be detained in squalid and abusive conditions
The superfluid Universe
Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter
Don’t ‘do’ the National Parks – let them do something to you
A bird-of-paradise must become a lord of the dance to woo a discerning mate
My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. Why did I end up playing pro blackjack?
The mental suffering of ICU patients could easily be lessened
How ‘hearse’ – rooted in an ancient word for ‘wolf’ – rolled into the lexicon
A tyrannosaur of one’s own
Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more – film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?
Laurie Gwen Shapiro
What every dictator knows: young men are natural fanatics
You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help
My secret life
Parents expect to know everything about their children’s lives. They need to remember that secrets are part of growing up
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