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Einstein

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Black hole blues

For a century, scientists have tried to solve the riddles posed by Einstein’s theory of relativity.

By Marcus Chown
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Science & Technology
Einstein

Black hole blues

For a century, scientists have tried to solve the riddles posed by Einstein’s theory of relativity.

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Science & Technology
Human nature

The myth of human nature

Appeals to human nature won’t help us make complex ethical decisions about new technologies like genome editing

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Culture
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1956: A year to remember

A cultural history of 1956 shows how this single year helped define an era.

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Culture
Nature

The cult of nature writing

A resurgence in nature writing offers secular transcendence. But are we being led up the garden path?

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Science & Technology
Science

Monitoring methane, a life without pain, and the world's most intense lasers

Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Three scientists talk through big recent developments in their fields.

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Ideas
Steinem

Gloria Steinem and the road to liberation

This American feminist inspired a generation of women. What can her life tell us about today’s struggles for equality?

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Rationalism, Atheism & Humanism
Painting

What the Renaissance did for us

The meaning of the word “humanism” has been argued over for years. Let’s take inspiration from its rich and varied traditions.

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Culture
Peter Kay

Peter Kay and the myth of the ordinary

Two recent TV comedies conjure emotionally rich and intimate worlds out of everyday experience.

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Faith & Religion
Vatican

Revelations from Rome: the Vatican exposed

A new book documents widespread corruption in the Vatican, Europe’s last absolute monarchy. Should we be surprised?

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