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Idea/History of Science

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

Adrian Currie & Derek Turner

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?

2 minutes

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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

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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

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Idea/History of Science

Reporters should ask themselves: ‘What would Einstein do?’

Thomas Levenson

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Essay/History

Bodies electric

We are not the first to think that the human being might be much improved with the judicious application of electricity

Iwan Rhys Morus

Idea/Logic

We must recognise that single events have multiple causes

Joe Boswell

Essay/History of Science

Spot the WEIRDo

Too much research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic students. Can science widen its base?

Robert Colvile

Essay/History of Science

Hazard lines

The Fukushima disaster shows why the line between high and low risk is individual. Can we learn to manage our own safety?

Timothy Jorgensen

Video/Mathematics

Mesmerising fractals and space-filling curves give a window into infinity

3 minutes

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Essay/History of Science

The sexism problem

Harassment drove me out of physics 30 years ago and little has changed. Why is scientific sexism so intractable?

Margaret Wertheim

Video/Mathematics

A history of nothing: how zero went from nil to something

4 minutes

Essay/Physics

A science without time

From past to present, into the future: the flow of time is central to human experience. Why isn’t it central to physics?

Gene Tracy

Essay/History of Science

Gravitational wave blues

For a thrilling moment, it looked as though Joe Weber had bagged the biggest discovery in physics

Janna Levin

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Essay/Future of Technology

Hail the maintainers

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Lee Vinsel & Andrew Russell

Essay/Economics

The new astrology

By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience

Alan Jay Levinovitz

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Idea/Philosophy of Science

Galileo’s reputation is more hyperbole than truth

Thony Christie

Video/History of Science

War, commerce, research. How the Arctic became the epicentre of climate science

14 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

Beyond cell wars

It is time to disarm the military metaphor of the body as a battleground, with immune cells as the first line of defence

Jon Turney