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How lobsters use their 12 ‘noses’ to woo mates, find food and win fights

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A recluse creates a dreamworld in miniature to grapple with his world at large

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Experience the eerie serenity of 100,000 asteroids in orbit

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Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth

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New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy

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Does the meaning of words rest in our private minds or in our shared experience?

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See how our brains group words by meaning in surprisingly complex semantic maps

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Frank Lloyd Wright on why architecture should be about ideas and ideals

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What it’s like to stand by your daughter in her choice to die

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Physics is all fun and games at the Bubble Circus

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The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated

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What it’s like to land on a comet 300 million miles away

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Pyramiden: population 6. The Soviet ghost town frozen in time high in the Arctic

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

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What can Ansel Adams’s enduring photography teach us in the age of Instagram?

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It might be our placid nocturnal companion, but the Moon has a turbulent past

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From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

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Dick Proenneke’s 30-year mission of solitary self-sufficiency in Alaska

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Cell growth simulations reveal life-like emergence in stunning digital art

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Is the Global Seed Vault in Norway humanity’s last, best hope?

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See real democracy in action – how Chinese third-graders elect a class monitor

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‘Never wear a hoodie’ and other crucial rules for birding while black

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A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration

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From the US to China and back again by age six. Why ‘satellite babies’ struggle

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Basketball in the Yukon – how sport is helping revitalise culture and community

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Squirm, laugh, judge – but reality TV school is not quite what you think

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Starlings in flight sketch entrancing, abstract patterns across an autumn sky

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Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

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Long before internet posts of cute animals, there were Victorian taxidermy tableaux

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‘If you feel you’re in a black hole, don’t give up’ – Stephen Hawking explains

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