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How a 3D clitoris will help teach French schoolchildren about sex

Paul Verlaine celebrated it in his 1889 poem Printemps as a “shining pink button”, but thanks to the sociomedical researcher Odile Fillod, French schoolchildren will now understand that it looks more like a hi-tech boomerang. Yes, the world’s first open-source, anatomically correct, printable 3D …

Fab Lab

David Bowie, "My Death" 1997

Here's another great version of David singing "My Death." David asked Reeves, Gail, Zach and I to create a kind of jazz version of this cool song. We …

The end of capitalism has begun

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an …

Economics

Arrival is already a strong contender for the best science fiction film of 2016

It could redeem this summer’s weak slate of movies<p>In a year of high-profile science fiction blockbusters, Denis Villeneuve's <i>Arrival</i> could be a welcome breath of fresh air. The latest from the director of moody thrillers like <i>Sicario</i> and <i>Prisoners,</i> it follows a linguist (Amy Adams), who is tasked with …

Meditation in virtual reality: it’s like French philosophy meets the Matrix

There’s no paradox in finding your true self via virtual reality because everyday reality is a simulation, says self-help guru Deepak Chopra of his latest venture<p>The cosmos swirls, wisps of purple, yellow and orange light flickering across the darkness of space, then across the visage of Buddha. An …

Virtual Reality

‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’: Soundtrack to David Bowie Film Finally Being Released

The enigmatic drama celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.<p>One of David Bowie’s most revered films turns 40 this year, a milestone being marked …

David Bowie

The True Secret To Staying Young

To remain engaged and excited by reading, writing, and by life itself, says a seasoned novelist, we must constantly seek to discover the new, to …

Albert Einstein

You are surprisingly likely to have a living doppelganger

What are the chances of finding your exact lookalike? BBC Future investigates.<p>It’s on your passport. It’s how criminals are identified in a line-up. It’s how you’re recognised by old friends on the street, even after years apart. Your face: it’s so tangled up with your identity, soon it may be all …

Al Gore

Gavin Evans’ Trinity Exhibition in Berlin

“Way back in West Berlin” * Following today’s opening event, Gavin Evans’ The Trinity Exhibition (Bowie, Pop and Cave) opens properly tomorrow, …

Syrian Drought Worst in 900 Years

The newly published Old World Drought Atlas was recently used to gauge the seriousness of the Syrian Draught, the like of which has not been seen for …

Middle East

Ethical questions raised in search for Sardinian centenarians' secrets

There is something like gold flowing through the veins of 100-year-old Maria Tegas, and everyone wants a piece of the treasure.<p>The centenarian, who lives in a poor and remote area of central eastern Sardinia – in one of 14 villages known to geneticists and genealogists as the Blue Zone – has not …

Genetics

Hay-on-Wye is the “town of books” and the place of your dreams

On the border between England and Wales lies Hay-on-Wye. It offers something fresh and unique in distinction to the typical cute UK village – namely: …