In the beginning
Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over?
Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter – no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still
Hell on Earth
What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment
Embracing the void
The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky’s mystery. We have Star Axis, a masterpiece forty years in the making
When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?
The vanishing groves
A chronicle of climates past and a portent of climates to come – the telling rings of the bristlecone pine