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Waves

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How to listen to the universe

The detection of gravitational waves is the most important development in astronomy since the invention of the telescope.

By Marcus Chown
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Science & Technology
Waves

How to listen to the universe

The detection of gravitational waves is the most important development in astronomy since the invention of the telescope.

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Faith & Religion
Dan Barker

The fundamentalist Christian preacher who became an atheist

After 19 years as a self-proclaimed "extremist", Dan Barker renounced his faith – and he wants everyone to know about it.

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Culture
Portraits

Seeing afresh: John Berger on Portraits

Berger’s ability to bring topical issues into a sharper focus by looking at them through the prism of art never fails.

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Mind, Body & Life
Cartoon

I'll believe in God - but on on one condition

Laurie Taylor reminisces about the arguments he's had with true believers.

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Ideas
Regeneration

In a word: regeneration

Michael Rosen's column on the uses and misuses of language.

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Culture
loch ness

Whatever happened to the Loch Ness monster?

Today, 80 years after Nessie was first “sighted”, the band of believers in this mythical creature is dwindling.

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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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