How airborne microbes ride clouds, hop continents and even make it rain
Can you season seafood with ocean sounds? One of the many ways senses interact
Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern
Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?
What family means to the world’s longest-married couple after 88 years together
Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better
Glow worms mimic stars, creating a stunning faux night sky in a New Zealand cave
The joys and struggles of living on the world’s most crowded island
Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?
Embark on an interstellar, operatic adventure with the Voyager spacecrafts
Delicious but cruel. Can foie gras be produced and enjoyed ethically?
Could the weirdest solution to the problem of nuclear waste also be the best?
Humane horse-training means understanding humans as predators and horses as prey
‘Grief bacon’ and other untranslatable words for the highs and lows of love
Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?
Can video of the police shooting an unarmed civilian ever be viewed objectively?
When Barack Obama speaks after mass shootings, the moments of silence say the most
When is art a better tool for understanding mental illness than science?
The true meaning of the match is clearest on the face of the diehard fan
What makes mosquitoes so good at getting under our skin?
The Japanese festival that’s one of the world’s most spectacular – and dangerous
From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee
Want to build a just society? John Rawls said to start by ignoring your identity
Why Buster Keaton’s visual comedy is still the best in a century-plus of cinema
‘Since we don’t have wings we fly kites’ – aerial combat above Rio’s favelas
Great for killing, and for research: the lethal fangs of saber-toothed cats
Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump
Rod Serling on how imagination turns science fiction into fact
How multicoloured side-blotched lizards put game theory into evolutionary action
How young Bosnian men are learning to separate masculinity from violence