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Idea/Ethics

There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore

Essay/Mathematics

How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim

Video/Sports & Games

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

4 minutes

Idea/Wellbeing

Feel-good fractals: from ocean waves to Jackson Pollock’s art

Florence Williams

Idea/Nature & Environment

Winter is a time of regeneration: we’ll miss it when it’s gone

Bernd Brunner

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

Clash of cousins: monkeys and humans wage a droll turf war at the Rock of Gibraltar

17 minutes

Video/Space Exploration

‘Space junk’ is a calamity in the making and a threat to anyone venturing off Earth

11 minutes

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Emrys Westacott

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

A tale of three dogs

Coyotes, dingoes and wolves are all dogs, as intelligent and loyal as our familiars. Our treatment of them is unconscionable

Brandon Keim

Idea/Nature & Environment

It’s not easy to make landscape a place: you have to feel it

Fiona Stafford

Video/Space Exploration

Think pollution is just an on-Earth problem? Anthropocene junk is in space too

2 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

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Idea/Earth Science

Keeping kids frenetically entertained is ruining our museums

Brian Switek

Video/Nature & Environment

Can the market save an endangered species? South Africa’s rhino horn conundrum

9 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/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How the return of just 66 wolves rejuvenated Yellowstone’s entire ecosystem

5 minutes

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Idea/Nature & Environment

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Michael Jawer

Video/Biology

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

3 minutes

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Essay/Ethics

The case against pets

A morally just world would have no pets, no aquaria, no zoos. No fields of sheep, no barns of cows. That’s true animal rights

Gary L Francione & Anna E Charlton

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Essay/Ethics

Execution at Happy Farm

Which world would be better: one in which all meat is grown in a lab or one which still contains humanely farmed animals?

Rhys Southan

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Why we must keep the fires of the magical firefly burning

Sara Lewis

Idea/Social Psychology

Why breaking the rules outdoors is an irresponsible thrill

Rebecca Lawton

Video/Biology

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

4 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

The joys and struggles of living on the world’s most crowded island

19 minutes

Video/Food & Drink

Delicious but cruel. Can foie gras be produced and enjoyed ethically?

4 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

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

6 minutes

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Video/Nature & Environment

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

18 minutes

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

5 minutes