The bowerbird’s grand performance!

4 minutes

Dilating pupils, wheezes and head-butts: the male bowerbird’s tips for seduction

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.

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Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

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There’s a lot more to conversation than words. What really happens when we talk

6 minutes

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Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

10 minutes

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

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How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

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Essay/History of Science

The cosmology of Poe

Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'

Paul Halpern