Essay/Art

Why people collect art

Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification

Erin Thompson

Essay/Addiction

Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna

Idea/Cosmology

Gravitational waves will bring the extreme universe into view

Daniel Hoak

Video/Making

The amazing man who produces iron using only wood, bark, fibre and clay

5 minutes

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Video/Fairness & Equality

On breasts, beauty and being a female journalist in the women’s movement

6 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?

Jenny Davidson

Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

The twin boom

The proportion of twins in the population has waxed and waned in human history. For the first time we understand why

Laura Spinney

Video/Cosmology

The classic 1977 film that put the vastness of the universe into perspective

9 minutes

Idea/Race

US law has long seen people of African descent as fugitives

Manisha Sinha

Essay/History

It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz

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Beyond anger

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Essay/Self-Improvement

Don’t think too positive

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?

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Essay/Physics

Must science be testable?

String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version

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Essay/Education

In praise of Dewey

He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it

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Video/Social Psychology

Glory in defeat: how Japan fell in love with a racehorse who couldn’t win

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Idea/Ethics

Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

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Essay/Law & Justice

Prostitution is not sex work

Decriminalising the sex trade is touted as a means to empower women and rebrand a necessary service. This is utterly wrong

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Idea/Mental Health

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Video/Cultures & Languages

‘Whose language is it anyway?’ The evolution of English, from ‘loaf’ to ‘LOL’

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Essay/Social Psychology

Truth in stereotypes

Social scientists dismiss them, but rather than being universally inaccurate, stereotypes are often grounded in reality

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Idea/Astronomy

The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

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Video/Architecture & Landscape

Rethinking architecture for the dead: views from the world’s tallest cemetery

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Essay/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Spiritual emergency

After decades of practising as a psychotherapist, I am convinced that our treatment of psychosis is thoroughly wrong-headed

James Carpenter

Idea/Sports & Games

A menace to society: the war on pinball in America

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Video/Ethics

Ought we accept Hume’s severing of any connection between ‘is’ and ‘ought’?

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Essay/Physics

Must science be testable?

String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version

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Idea/History

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

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Video/Food & Drink

Street food in motion: a chicken’s journey from coop to plate in Bamako, Mali

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Essay/Politics & Government

The English question

Little England may have undone Great Britain. Will a nation of dark fascism or one of green and pleasant lands emerge?

Paul Harris