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Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, metal, and the other materials from our lives and we are left naked, shivering in a muddy field. The sophistication of our lives is in a large part bestowed by material wealth, we would quickly revert to animal behaviour without …

The 25 Best Burgers in the U.S.

The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at …

Burgers

Minority Report meets The Wire: fighting crime with military tech

Minority Report

(Con)federalism in Belgium is not a problem, it’s a solution

Brussels, June 19, 2014<p>As I often say to my students, <i>federalism is not a problem, it’s a solution</i>. So, we should consider federalism as a solution.<p>In …

Every pollen grain has a story

Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels …

Microscopy

How to make hard choices

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big …

20 words that once meant something very different

Words change meaning all the time — and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that …