The world’s most famous molecule – the DNA double helix – sometimes doubles up again. Researchers have now found this quadruple-stranded form in healthy human cells for the first time
Interview with Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris Agreement, and her stategist Tom Rivett-Carnac. They tell me why they’re hopeful for the future, and explain how fighting climate change is “the most exciting experiment in history”
Sleep and dreams in the time of covid
My review of Alex Garland’s beautiful and intelligent quantum drama
Two pieces by me: (1) What is consciousness, and (2) Are smarter people’s brains different?
Startling and chilling discovery from the beaches around Hiroshima
Japan has a reputation for modernity, but in whaling, it is desperately out of date
Breakthrough Starshot *could* be regarded as an act of interstellar war: a tiny armada crossing the empty space between the stars with evil intent
Leader article in New Scientist on the progress and aims of Breakthrough Starshot
Review of Oliver Morton's book The Moon: A History for the Future
In Japanese folklore, the moon was formed when it was washed out of the right eye of the god of the land while he was bathing. But Natsuki Hosono’s explanation is that the moon was made of a giant teardrop of molten rock, smashed from its parent planet in a cosmic collision
One of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of World War II - solved by DNA!
Japan's commercial whaling may have two silver linings: freeing up the IWC and sparing the Southern Ocean
Nuance to the usual feeling of righteous indignation over Japan's whaling, and even a little bit of solace
Dreaming represents a state in between consciousness and unconsciousness, and this year I’ve been trying to get on top of what we know about this universal and mysterious experience