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by Dennis Chung-Yang Huang

Are you wearing blue jeans today? If so, then you’re carrying around one of the most ancient dyes known in human history: indigo.

With its early usage dated back to ...

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by Henrike Lähnemann

by Tim Blackburn

by Tim Blackburn

We humans are probably the most widespread species on the planet. People live in every ecosystem, from tropical rainforests to the Polar regions, from coastal ...

by Simon Schoeller

I’m an academic who spends a lot of time studying sperm, and sperm’s collective behaviour. The twist? I’m a not a biologist, I’m a mathematician.

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by Davide Danovi

Right now inside your body, trillions of cells are performing their defined functions. Bone cells are providing support to the body by maintaining a very ...

by JohnJoe Mcfadden

What is life? Does life operate under the same laws as the inanimate world but just with more complexity? What happens when living things die?

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by Mary Wellesley

In 1930, the chief librarian of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, Belle da Costa Greene, was approached about a rare medieval panel painting by the Spanish master Jorge Inglés. The painting was to be offered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board of trustees by its purchasing agent, ...

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by Luke Fenton-Glynn

In the cult film Dude, Where’s My Car?, Jesse and Chester wake up in their house, after a night of partying, and are unable to ...

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by Emily Mayhew

Paris, 1917. A neuroscientist, Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke, arrived for work. A wind from the east carried the sound of artillery and gunfire up and down the ...

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by Adam Smith

In December 1955, at the Holt Street Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr., made a speech that he intended, he later said, to “be militant ...

by Ping Yip

A happily pregnant mother arrived at the hospital to give birth to her baby boy. It was supposed to be one of those routine births, ...

by Alejandro Galvez-Pol

Imagine fairly simple tasks, like snapping your fingers, or moving your feet to the rhythm of your favourite song. Even though these are very basic ...

by Gabriele Lignani

How many of us know at least one person with a neurological disorder? In one way or another, we all do, since this doesn’t only ...

by Gaelle Coullon

Human beings are natural explorers. We like to discover strange new places and make maps of the worlds we find. However, one particular world that ...

by John Mullan

In this podcast, Dickens expert John Mullan takes us on a journey through this great writer's mind, touching on his relationship to London, dreams, Bedlam, and more.

by Katy Clough

For any theoretical physicist, there is a moment when you know you have “made it”, and that moment is when you receive your first letter from someone who claims to ...