Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

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Idea/Cosmology

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

Michael Strauss

Video/Gender & Sexuality

In southern Mexico, a long-acknowledged ‘third gender’ is not masculine or feminine

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Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

Video/Design & Fashion

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

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Essay/History

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

Eric H Cline

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel

Video/Sports & Games

Even before kick-off, Milan’s San Siro stadium is an awe-inducing spectacle

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Sex and death in Homer

Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey

C D C Reeve

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How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

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Essay/Religion

Christians were strangers

How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world

Michael Kulikowski

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This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli

Essay/Demography & Migration

The future is mixed-race

And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future

Scott Solomon

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There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore

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How the ‘Island of the Colourblind’ made Oliver Sacks rethink ’normal’

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How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

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On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect

Caitlin Aamodt

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The interned and the undocumented: the immigration spectrum in the US today

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Essay/Economics

The great cryptocurrency heist

Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust

E J Spode

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Video/Astronomy

The plodding photon, or how the speed of light looks sluggish on a galactic scale

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Essay/Neuroscience

Living in the now

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Michael D Lemonick

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Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship

Kenneth Primrose

Video/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

The case for making our homes out of trash – tradition and culture be damned

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Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

Idea/History of Ideas

If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians

Peter Adamson

Video/Work

What the night janitor knows about you. And what you should know about her

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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

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