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It’s not just your imagination. Horror films are much more scary than they were in the past. Here’s how they do it
A fake of art
Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?
Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree
Finding alien life raises huge ethical questions. Finding we’re alone does, too
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When it comes to art, can a reproduction stand in for the original?
Is it time to get rid of the Romantic myth of the strong isolated individual?
Should we alter the intensive care environment to save patients’ minds?
Does the need for dark matter indicate a fundamental flaw in our current theories of the Universe?
Where is power really located in the US political system?
Heated rivalries and (pigeon) sex: the passionate world of Scottish doo fleein’
How looting in Iraq unearthed the treasures of Gilgamesh
Lessons of Demopolis
Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them
Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video
What lies behind the myth of the strong, self-reliant loner?
Dispatches from the ruins
The human world has become bafflingly complex and strangely fragile making apocalypse the easiest thing to imagine
Don’t ‘do’ the National Parks – let them do something to you
Refugees flee to Australia only to be detained in squalid and abusive conditions
The superfluid Universe
Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter
The mental suffering of ICU patients could easily be lessened
A bird-of-paradise must become a lord of the dance to woo a discerning mate
My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. Why did I end up playing pro blackjack?
What every dictator knows: young men are natural fanatics
How ‘hearse’ – rooted in an ancient word for ‘wolf’ – rolled into the lexicon
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?
Laurie Gwen Shapiro
It’s not presidents but pressure groups who lead US politics
You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help
My secret life
Parents expect to know everything about their children’s lives. They need to remember that secrets are part of growing up
Artificial food has made human civilisation possible
What’s worth plunging nose-first into icy snow for? A lemming snack, of course
Return of the mercenaries
Two centuries ago, public armies replaced private ones as the dominant tool of warfare. Now, private armies are back
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