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Essay/Quantum Theory

Quantum common sense

Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition

Philip Ball

Idea/Medical Ethics

White coats and mild manners: how to style a good doctor

Jessica Baron

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

Video/Evolution

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

10 minutes

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Essay/History of Science

The cosmology of Poe

Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'

Paul Halpern

Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

8 minutes

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Idea/Automation & Robotics

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities

Ahmed Alkhateeb

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Idea/History of Science

How many great minds does it take to invent a telescope?

Thony Christie

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

Idea/History of Science

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Shahar Avin

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank

Video/Anthropology

How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

Video/History of Science

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

7 minutes

Essay/Physics

This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli

Idea/History of Science

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found

Adrian Currie & Derek Turner

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Idea/Physics

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

Joel Frohlich

Essay/Education

Child’s play

The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology

Henry Cowles

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

Video/Philosophy of Science

‘Falsification’ ruled 20th-century science. Does it need revision in the 21st?

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Idea/History of Science

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Nathaniel Comfort

Video/Earth Science

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

5 minutes

Video/History of Science

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

5 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

Mesmerising

Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis

Erik Vance

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Essay/History of Technology

It’s not all lightbulbs

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way

W Patrick McCray

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

Video/Economics

Stop deferring to the experts. Economics demands everyone’s attention

11 minutes

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Idea/History of Science

Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious

Christopher Graney

Essay/Physics

Taming the quantum spooks

Reconciling Einstein with quantum mechanics may require abandoning the notion that cause always precedes effect

Huw Price & Ken Wharton