History is a curious thing, and Niall Ferguson investigates not only what happened but why. (Hint: Politics and money explain a lot.)
Tim Harford's writings reveal the economic ideas behind everyday experiences.
Yasheng Huang asks us to rethink our ideas about China and other large emerging economies. Lately he’s been asking, Does democracy hinder or promote economic growth?
The rational-minded Robin Ince conducts live experiments in comedy.
Our generation is the first in history with enough resources to eradicate hunger worldwide. And Josette Sheeran, head of the UN World Food Programme, has a plan.
Elizabeth Murchison studies a mysterious (and contagious) cancer that threatens to wipe out Tasmanian devils.
Svante Paabo explores human genetic evolution by analyzing DNA extracted from ancient sources, including mummies, an Ice Age hunter and the bone fragments of Neanderthals.
Using biological evolution as a template, Mark Pagel wonders how languages evolve.
Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, "ideas having sex with each other."
Karol Boudreaux studies economies as if they were genomes, languages, cells -- entities that create a spontaneous order out of many small variables.
Drawing with his finger through a screen of sand, Joe Castillo makes fluid lines that cohere into characters that become stories.
When it comes to aging well, having “good genes” (or rather, mutant ones) is key, says Cynthia Kenyon. She unlocked the genetic secret of longevity in roundworms — and now she’s working to do the same for humans.
Journalist Misha Glenny leaves no stone unturned (and no failed state unexamined) in his excavation of criminal globalization.
Ben Goldacre writes "Bad Science" -- unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dubious government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks.
As computer access expands, Mikko Hypponen asks: What's the next killer virus, and will the world be able to cope with it?
Pamela Meyer thinks we’re facing a pandemic of deception, but she’s arming people with tools that can help take back the truth.
In her warm, glorious voice, Eddi Reader sings thoughtful songs about love, longing and introspection.
In too many countries, it's still normal to torture prisoners for confessions and information. Karen Tse works to end that.
Péter Fankhauser is the leader of a team of students working on Rezero, a robot that balances on a single sphere.
Biologist Sheril Kirshenbaum is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes.
Artist Jae Rhim Lee re-imagines the relationships between the body and the world.
With her sultry voice chock-full of soul power, Alice Russell is a force of nature. If you've heard her cover of "Seven Nation Army" -- well, then you know.
A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.
A neuroscientist and engineer, Daniel Wolpert studies how the brain controls the body.