Laura Spinney is a science journalist whose work has been published in The Economist, National Geographic, Nature, New Scientist and The Telegraph, among others. Her latest book is Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World (2017). She is also the author of two novels, and Rue Centrale (2013), a portrait of Lausanne. She lives in Paris, France.
Nations and empires
What big history says about how royal women exercise power
Illness and disease
Who names diseases?
Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?
The twin boom
The proportion of twins in the population has waxed and waned in human history. For the first time we understand why