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Idea/Physics

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

Joel Frohlich

Video/History of Science

Energy is like children’s toys: often hiding out of sight, but never actually lost

3 minutes

Idea/Physics

How the rainbow illuminates the enduring mystery of physics

Jon Butterworth

Essay/Deep Time

Welcome to Terra Sapiens

Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?

David Grinspoon

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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

Essay/Deep Time

What say you, dinosaur?

Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back

Alex Riley

Video/Evolution

How the mantis shrimp’s six-pupiled eyes put 20/20 vision to shame

4 minutes

Essay/Mathematics

Future tension

Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?

Anthony Sudbery

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Idea/History of Science

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Nathaniel Comfort

Essay/Biology

The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?

Antone Martinho

Video/Chemistry

Peek into the chemical nursery where metal crystals are born and bred

3 minutes

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Idea/Biology

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

Gabriel Popkin

Video/Earth Science

Battling sexism and dissension, Marie Tharp changed how we understand the Earth

5 minutes

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Video/Chemistry

Obsession and electricity: a scientist chases the origins of life in the lab

16 minutes

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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

Video/History of Science

Science doesn’t rely on luck, but success in science can’t do without it

5 minutes

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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

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

A tale of three dogs

Coyotes, dingoes and wolves are all dogs, as intelligent and loyal as our familiars. Our treatment of them is unconscionable

Brandon Keim

Video/Physics

What makes a magnet? A balletic, visual exploration of electromagnetic force

3 minutes

Video/Biology

Coded vibrations and signal jamming – the secret language of the treehoppers

5 minutes

Essay/Genetics

Unified theory of evolution

Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck

Michael Skinner

Essay/Deep Time

Laws or comets?

Does history unfold randomly and by chance, or are there underlying patterns and deep connections between its parts?

Walter Alvarez

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Essay/Neuroscience

The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth

Video/Chemistry

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

7 minutes

Video/Physics

How ticking atoms keep ultra-precise time for globe-connecting technologies

2 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Astronomy

When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?

5 minutes

Essay/Mathematics

The problem with p-values

Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong

David Colquhoun

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Idea/Earth Science

Give natural history museums back to the grown-ups

Brian Switek