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By pairing a series of beautiful images with just a few lines of poetry, Heliotropes shows how patterns repeat themselves at different levels of nature, whether we know it or not.

Director: Michael Langan

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Finding alien life raises huge ethical questions. Finding we’re alone does, too

Interview  •  6 minutes

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If we are what we do, how can we stay human in an era of automation?

Interview  •  7 minutes

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Heated rivalries and (pigeon) sex: the passionate world of Scottish doo fleein’

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Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree

by John Hawks

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Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video

30 minutes

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The superfluid Universe

Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter

by Sabine Hossenfelder

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A bird-of-paradise must become a lord of the dance to woo a discerning mate

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A tyrannosaur of one’s own

Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more – film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?

by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

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How microhaplotypes can solve crimes: Q & A with Kenneth Kidd

by Kate Wheeling