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Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

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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

Idea/Bioethics

Taking children to an aquarium is a lesson in cruelty

Skye Cleary

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Video/Nature & Environment

‘Wildlife management is really a misnomer. It’s about managing people’

18 minutes

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Life in Circadia

The ticking of the bodyclock can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence

Jessa Gamble

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Beneath the snowpack lies a secret ecosystem: the subnivium

Kimberly Thompson

Video/Evolution

How lobsters use their 12 ‘noses’ to woo mates, find food and win fights

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Essay/Biology

The songs of the wolves

Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other?

Holly Root-Gutteridge

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism

Stuart Kauffman

Idea/Gender & Sexuality

Human sex is not simply male or female. So what?

Courtney Addison & Samuel Taylor-Alexander

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Idea/Biology

Dogs love to play, but they don’t do so for pleasure

Mark Feinstein & Raymond Coppinger

Essay/Nature & Environment

Ghosts and tiny treasures

We are quick to condemn a hunter posing with his prey, but all too slow to cultivate a chronic passion for wild things

Bryan Pfeiffer