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Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

10 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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

5 minutes

Video/Evolution

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

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

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

4 minutes

Video/Sports & Games

Why falconers believe a bird of prey in action is still a wonder worth beholding

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

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

3 minutes

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

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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

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

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

Video/Biology

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

4 minutes

Idea/Genetics

Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had

Brian Switek

Idea/Human Evolution

Anthropology is far from licking the problem of fossil ages

Paige Madison

Video/Nature & Environment

Humane horse-training means understanding humans as predators and horses as prey

6 minutes

Idea/Evolution

The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Frans de Waal

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

Video/Evolution

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

5 minutes

Video/Neuroscience

See how our brains group words by meaning in surprisingly complex semantic maps

3 minutes

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Idea/Biology

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

Raymond Coppinger & Mark Feinstein

Video/Evolution

Cell growth simulations reveal life-like emergence in stunning digital art

5 minutes

Essay/Evolution

Sexy beasts

Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health

Alex Riley

Video/Evolution

A hair-trigger existence – the extreme peril of feasting on Venus flytrap nectar

3 minutes

Video/Biology

Are the kung fu skills of a newborn orchid mantis a match for a jumping spider?

4 minutes