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Endemic to the rainforests of New Guinea, flame bowerbirds possess one of Earth’s most distinctive courtship rituals. In this excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series, a brilliantly coloured male bowerbird builds, dilates his pupils, wheezes, dances like a matador and head-butts, all in the service of securing a mate.
Is it possible to design a shape to roll along any fixed path?
The two women behind a world-changing scientific discovery
Rituals and celebrations
Meet the entrepreneur whose business is crafting perfect peak experiences
Human rights and justice
A reporter orphaned by night raids in Afghanistan investigates their cruel legacy
Does capitalism make ‘non-playable characters’ of us all? An uncanny exploration
‘I listen to the land’ – poetry and greenery intertwine in Emilio Ambasz’s architecture
Design and fashion
The ornate, the aromatic, the cruel – Valentine’s cards before the age of Hallmark
Why surgery and barbering were one occupation in the Middle Ages
Thinkers and theories
‘My art is oratory, Socrates.’ An ancient warning on the power and peril of rhetoric