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Idea/Poverty & Development

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Free speech debates are more than ‘radicals’ vs ‘liberals’

Eric Heinze

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Idea/Demography & Migration

How refugees have the power to change the society they join

Alejandra Dubcovsky

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Idea/War & Conflict

The Syrian seed bank that keeps going despite the war

Courtney Fullilove

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Here’s to the lost art of lying down

Bernd Brunner

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Idea/Human Evolution

How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans

Robert Dudley

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Essay/Biology

The queen does not rule

The ant colony has often served as a metaphor for human order and hierarchy. But real ant society is radical to its core

Deborah M Gordon

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Idea/Ethics

Why rape cases should not be subject to reasonable doubt

Christopher Wareham & James Vos

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Idea/Race

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

James Q Whitman

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Idea/History of Science

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Nathaniel Comfort

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Essay/Love & Friendship

Bad friends

Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic?

Carlin Flora

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Idea/Law & Justice

What would a rational criminal justice system look like?

Raoul Martinez

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

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Essay/History

Revolutionary heroes

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America

Blake Smith

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Idea/Biology

What the death of an oak tree can teach us about mortality

Gabriel Popkin

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Essay/Nutrition & Exercise

Is this medical bulimia?

A new medical device enables the expulsion of stomach contents for weight loss. Are you feeling disgusted? Should you be?

Nitin K Ahuja

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Essay/Ethics

Honestly, it’s fine!

Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?

Rebecca Roache

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Essay/Poverty & Development

The harvests of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?

Kate Brown & Olha Martynyuk

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Emrys Westacott

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Essay/Genetics

Wild thing

How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?

Jacob Mikanowski

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Idea/Cosmology

Has dogma derailed the scientific search for dark matter?

Pavel Kroupa

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Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

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Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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Essay/Mental Health

The lizard inside

Like a reptile lodged within me, paranoia hatches unbelievable conspiracies that my mind embraces with stunning naivety

Roberta Payne

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

Shitloads and zingers: on the perils of machine translation

Arthur Goldhammer

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Essay/Work

Trust me with your money

It takes diplomacy, anthropology and psychology to serve the world’s super-rich. But only trust opens their purse strings

Brooke Harrington

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Idea/Social Psychology

How the fear of death makes people more Right-wing

Bobby Azarian

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

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Essay/Bioethics

Visiting your leg

From morbid anatomy museums to modern consent forms, medicine wants ever more control over your body – and its parts

Alice Dreger

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Idea/Logic

On vagueness, or, when is a heap of sand not a heap of sand?

Timothy Williamson