The long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond
The free-will fix
New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?
From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?
The longevity gap
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?
A doping manifesto
The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?
Some people have neurological quirks that give them extraordinary perceptual powers. What can we learn from them?
Frozen dead guys
Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?
The end of sleep?
New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them
The ends of humanity
Socialism is dead, and the transhuman future looms. Is there any way to recover a sense of global purpose?
The human race
Prosthetics, doping, computer implants: we take every upgrade we can get. But what is waiting for us at the finish line?