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Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace

5 minutes

Idea/Personality

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho

Video/Biology

Everything you always wanted to know about sex in space

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

Slime trails and ‘love darts’ – on the strange, slow skirmishes of snail sex

4 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

Touched

We ride a stream of naked neurons, stripped of their sheaths, to the most blissful moments and deepest intimacies of life

Steven M Phelps

Video/Evolution

What the spitting archerfish might tell us about small-brain intelligence

4 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Why do fear, cold and sublime feelings all provoke the same response in our skin?

3 minutes

Video/Evolution

A cut-throat case of evolutionary backstabbing in the Peruvian rainforest

3 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

Maps in the head

How animals navigate their way around provides clues to how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories

Kate Jeffery

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

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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

Video/Evolution

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

4 minutes

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

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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/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

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Leon Kreitzman

Video/Biology

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

5 minutes

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Video/Nature & Environment

We can’t fly like birds, nor can we stop our gaze soaring skyward to dream of it

3 minutes

Essay/Biology

Written in baleen

Trees lay down rings, the Earth tells its story in geological strata and now we’ve found the secret archive of the whale

Rebecca Kessler

Video/Biology

If a sea urchin survives the incredible tumult of youth, it’s nearly immortal

3 minutes

Essay/Biology

Microbes have no morals

First we learned to fear germs, then we learned to love our microbiome. But both sides get the biology basically wrong

Ed Yong

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Why we must keep the fires of the magical firefly burning

Sara Lewis

Video/Biology

How airborne microbes ride clouds, hop continents and even make it rain

5 minutes

Video/Biology

Glow worms mimic stars, creating a stunning faux night sky in a New Zealand cave

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

What makes mosquitoes so good at getting under our skin?

3 minutes

Idea/Evolution

Sex is a costly molecular kind of wizardry – why evolve it?

Arunas L Radzvilavicius

Video/Evolution

Great for killing, and for research: the lethal fangs of saber-toothed cats

5 minutes

Video/Evolution

How multicoloured side-blotched lizards put game theory into evolutionary action

3 minutes