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by Simon Hoyte

I’d like you to close your eyes and listen to this.

What images spring ...

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by Oscar Williams

How can the behaviour of a single atom provide insights into our energy demands? How do we know that atoms actually exist? And what on ...

by Dina Ibrahim

Do you ever wonder just how many things go to waste in our society of consumption? Are you worried how little care we take of ...

by Neil Alford

Noise is the bane of electronic engineers. The microwave technologies that underpin today’s communications infrastructure – from satellite networks to Bluetooth to 4G – are ...

by Matthew Dyson

What do all the electronic gadgets you own have in common? Aside from using electricity, they are always solid, box-like objects, regardless of whether they ...

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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 Melissa Bovis

Have you ever wondered why some of us love the taste of marmite but others hate it? Each one of us shows differences in sensory ...

by Rose Luckin

“It’s a November morning in a school classroom and the year is 2027. As the winter sun streams through the windows, a fourth-grade teacher named ...

by Jason Dittmer

This is a story about an all-American winner; a man loved by millions; a man who, as President, could single-handedly solve the problems facing the ...

by Hillel Steiner

One of the more rarely encountered phenomena in this world is agreement between people on opposing sides of the left-right political spectrum. And yet there ...

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 ...