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The sexism problem
Harassment drove me out of physics 30 years ago and little has changed. Why is scientific sexism so intractable?
The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?
Beneath the snowpack lies a secret ecosystem: the subnivium
At the world’s largest gathering of twins, everyone is part of a double act
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Is sexism endemic to science or just to scientists?
Has secularism failed in the United States?
Do dreams come true?
Do our clothes disclose naked truths, or wallpaper over them?
How can science become more spiritual without sacrificing its rigour?
How lobsters use their 12 ‘noses’ to woo mates, find food and win fights
The invention of the paper bag was a triumph of feminism
Hadley Hall Meares
The songs of the wolves
Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other?
A recluse creates a dreamworld in miniature to grapple with his world at large
Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind
Magic bowls of antiquity
Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market
Experience the eerie serenity of 100,000 asteroids in orbit
The Still Alice effect: not all Alzheimer’s is like this
Giulia Cavaliere & James Rupert Fletcher
Are dreams predictions?
Dreams might not be omens or prophecies in a mystical sense, but they do have a distinct psychological predictive power
How ‘Dr Death’ single-handedly fought for the right to die
Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth
What do clothes say?
Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?
A beleaguered Britain takes comfort in nostalgia for empire
New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy
The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
Why a well-crafted melody has the power to colonise your mind
Does the meaning of words rest in our private minds or in our shared experience?
Cruel ships of prosperity
For more than two centuries the huge profits and profound suffering of the Manila Galleons helped create global capitalism
David Z Morris
Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism
See how our brains group words by meaning in surprisingly complex semantic maps
Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?
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