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Fast-world values

For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

by Judy Wajcman

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A fake of art

Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?

by Noah Charney

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How looting in Iraq unearthed the treasures of Gilgamesh

by Andrew George

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Heated rivalries and (pigeon) sex: the passionate world of Scottish doo fleein’

17 minutes

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Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video

30 minutes

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What lies behind the myth of the strong, self-reliant loner?

by Kimberley Brownlee

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Lessons of Demopolis

Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them

by Josiah Ober

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Don’t ‘do’ the National Parks – let them do something to you

by Tom Winterbottom

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Refugees flee to Australia only to be detained in squalid and abusive conditions

15 minutes

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Dispatches from the ruins

The human world has become bafflingly complex and strangely fragile making apocalypse the easiest thing to imagine

by Frank Bures

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The mental suffering of ICU patients could easily be lessened

by Rebecca Guenard

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A bird-of-paradise must become a lord of the dance to woo a discerning mate

2 minutes

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The superfluid Universe

Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter

by Sabine Hossenfelder

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What every dictator knows: young men are natural fanatics

by Joe Herbert

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How ‘hearse’ – rooted in an ancient word for ‘wolf’ – rolled into the lexicon

2 minutes

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My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. Why did I end up playing pro blackjack?

by Marina Benjamin

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It’s not presidents but pressure groups who lead US politics

by Erik Loomis

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You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help

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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?

by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

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Artificial food has made human civilisation possible

by Rachel Laudan

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What’s worth plunging nose-first into icy snow for? A lemming snack, of course

4 minutes

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My secret life

Parents expect to know everything about their children’s lives. They need to remember that secrets are part of growing up

by Tiffany Jenkins

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Chess and bridge are games that don’t belong in the Olympics

by David Papineau

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How The New York Times, and the American public, managed to ignore the Holocaust

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Return of the mercenaries

Two centuries ago, public armies replaced private ones as the dominant tool of warfare. Now, private armies are back

by Sean McFate