Essay/Future of Technology

Hail the maintainers

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Lee Vinsel Andrew Russell headset Audio

Essay/Internet & Communication

The world wide cage

Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency

Nicholas Carr

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

Why we need to bring back the art of communal bathing

Jamie Mackay

Video/Sports & Games

Thrill to the motorbike hellriders who make their living on the wall of death

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Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

What else do we lose when we lose sight of the stars?

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Idea/Pharmaceuticals

How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism?

Rachel Jonas

Essay/Political Philosophy

Bruno the brave

For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero

Stephanie Merritt

Idea/Social Psychology

Liberal academics are ‘open’ but are they truly tolerant?

Mark Brandt

Essay/Ethics

Execution at Happy Farm

Which world would be better: one in which all meat is grown in a lab or one which still contains humanely farmed animals?

Rhys Southan

Video/Making

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

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Must science be testable?

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Essay/Art

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Essay/Addiction

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Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Idea/Ethics

Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

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