Thursday, December 31


The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery

A visit to Albania to watch Henry Marsh perform his pioneering surgery where the patient is kept awake during the removal of a tumor and the “brain is stimulated with an electric probe, so that the surgeon can see if and how the patient reacts.”

Sunday, December 27


Karen Silkwood — Dead Because She Knew Too Much?

She was a young plutonium worker whose Honda Civic Hatchback ran off the road and smashed into the wall of a concrete culvert. In her trunk were manila folders full of documents, which immediately went missing.

Thursday, December 24


Safe Passage

Checking up on an ambitious, controversial conservation initiative, 20 years later.

Thursday, December 17


Miami Underwater

South Florida and the danger of the rising sea.

Monday, December 14


Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking

On the unexpected longevity of a very strange theory.

Wednesday, December 9


Encounter With the Infinite

In search of Ramanujan in India.

Tuesday, December 8


This Australian Says He and His Dead Friend Invented Bitcoin

Uncovering the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin.


Travis the Menace

The life story of Travis the chimp and the family of tow truck operators who raised him like a human child before it all ended in tragedy.

Tuesday, December 1


Whale Fall

On the slow death of a beached humpback whale.

Wednesday, November 25


User Behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. So why aren’t they regulated like drugs or casinos?

Saturday, November 21


The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring utopia or destruction?

Thursday, November 19


The Doomsday Scam

Bomb makers—including ISIS—have been on a quest to obtain red mercury, a weapon reputed to be powerful enough to “create the city-flattening blast of a nuclear bomb.” They haven’t found it yet. That might be because it doesn’t exist.