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The bug you didn’t know you were eating

2024-05-23 18:01:00

The otherwise unremarkable insect from Mexico that’s used to make the most dazzling and coveted crimson colour

- by Aeon Video

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Quantum dialectics

2024-05-23 18:00:00

When quantum mechanics posed a threat to the Marxist doctrine of materialism, communist physicists sought to reconcile the two

- by Jim Baggott

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That Yorkshire sound

2024-05-22 18:01:00

An animated day-in-the-life of this historic English county travels from market to dale to capture its northern essence

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Folk music was never green

2024-05-21 18:00:00

Don’t be swayed by the sound of environmental protest: these songs were first sung in the voice of the cutter, not the tree

- by Richard Smyth

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Plunge into a black hole

2024-05-20 18:01:00

This NASA simulation lets viewers into the extraordinary spectacle of entering a blackhole (minus the spaghettification)

- by Aeon Video

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A United States of Europe

2024-05-20 18:00:00

A free and unified Europe was first imagined by Italian radicals in the 19th century. Could we yet see their dream made real?

- by Fernanda Gallo

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On Jewish revenge

2024-05-17 18:00:00

What might a people, subjected to unspeakable historical suffering, think about the ethics of vengeance once in power?

- by Shachar Pinsker

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2024-05-16 18:01:00


‘So was I once myself a swinger of birches’ – Robert Frost reads his celebrated poem on yearning for the freedoms of youth

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Building embryos

2024-05-16 18:00:00

For 3,000 years, humans have struggled to understand the embryo. Now there is a revolution underway

- by John Wallingford

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Ur heinous habit

2024-05-15 18:01:00

The target of a sextortion scam upends the experience by soliciting his friends’ views on masturbation and shame

- by Aeon Video

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Sitting on the art

2024-05-14 18:00:00

Given its intimacy with the body and deep play on form and function, furniture is a ripely ambiguous artform of its own

- by Emma Crichton Miller

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Irani bag

2024-05-13 18:01:00

Men and women can’t touch in Iranian cinema, so filmmakers creatively work around the ban by using props as a go-between

- by Aeon Video

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Learning to be happier

2024-05-13 18:00:00

In order to help improve my students’ mental health, I offered a course on the science of happiness. It worked – but why?

- by Bruce Hood

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Acid media

2024-05-10 18:00:00

How perforated squares of trippy blotter paper allowed outlaw chemists and wizard-alchemists to dose the world with LSD

- by Erik Davis

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[Closer captions]

2024-05-09 18:01:00

Captioning dialogue is one thing; captioning sound is another. This is how the artist Christine Sun Kim would do it

- by Aeon Video

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Last hours of an organ donor

2024-05-09 18:00:00

In the liminal time when the brain is dead but organs are kept alive, there is an urgent tenderness to medical care

- by Ronald W Dworkin

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Hypatia of Alexandria

2024-05-08 18:01:00

Meet Hypatia of Alexandria, a rare female – and moderate secular – public intellectual, who was murdered by religious zealots

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2024-05-07 18:00:00

We need to find a way for human societies to prosper while the planet heals. So far we can’t even think clearly about it

- by Ville Lähde

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A portrait of Arthur Erickson

2024-05-06 18:01:00


Profile of the pioneering Canadian architect whose modernist designs disintegrated boundaries between structure and place

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Why make art in the dark?

2024-05-06 18:00:00

New research transports us back to the shadowy firelight of ancient caves, imagining the minds and feelings of the artists

- by Izzy Wisher

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