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I feel therefore I am

How exactly did consciousness become a problem? And why, after years off the table, is it a hot research subject now?

by Margaret Wertheim

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Through a glass, sadly

The aquarium was once the best way to encounter the wonders of sea life. It has become a mere travesty, tacky and cruel

by Bernd Brunner

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Music is marvellous, but not mysterious: an interview with Lydia Goehr

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Why it’s so easy to cheat without feeling dishonest

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The neurofix

Stem cell therapies for the scourges of old age are on the near horizon. Will they come in time for the Baby Boomers?

by Linda Marsa

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An immersive journey through Germany’s massive transition to renewable energy

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Korean Thanksgiving

‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’

by Mary H K Choi

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We need interactive media not for more thrills but to grasp our world better

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On the run

Calling for secular reform in Pakistan’s politics earned me the enmity of the political Islamists, who tried to kill me

by Raza Rumi

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Dance or die! A male spider must impress a female with his moves, or be eaten

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User behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

by Michael Schulson

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The intellectual history of the debate around assisted suicide

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The interrogator’s soul

An ordinary person becomes a torturer with surprising ease. The hard part comes when it’s time to be human again

by Shane O’Mara

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Why can’t blindfolded people walk in a straight line? It’s a scientific mystery

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The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast. In their battle with modernity, it’s tough to say who’s winning

by Kevin Williams

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Freedom, fantasy, family – the sundry allures of the American renaissance faire

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Great pretenders

Live-action role-play is venturing into some weighty social topics. Can make-believe really show us possible worlds?

by Alexa Clay