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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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Can a lie ever be noble? Why Kant believed even a life-saving fib was immoral

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A hair-trigger existence – the extreme peril of feasting on Venus flytrap nectar

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A Syrian refugee makes his barbershop a haven in Jordan’s largest refugee camp

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What happens when the power goes off. Or, how to enjoy a blackout

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Temple Grandin on the connection between autism and genius

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

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Drudgery and dance lessons – work-life balance and the ‘Chinese Dream’

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At the Cryonics Institute, hope for the future is high, and death is put on ice

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Is the ‘population bomb’ real? The statistician Hans Rosling says ‘Don’t panic’

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Are the kung fu skills of a newborn orchid mantis a match for a jumping spider?

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The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down

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The best way to eat an oyster is the way you like it at the moment you crave it

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Did you cry in astronaut training? and other dumb questions put to Sally Ride

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Beijing via salvaged family photos – ‘an epic portrait of anonymous humanity’

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Fort Dix and FBI entrapment – a suspect victory in the War on Terror

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How scorn for rules made Denis Wood a mapmaking luminary – and a sex offender

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Is it possible to see sound? Yes, but it takes some crafty photographic wizardry

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