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Spring 2020

In the kitchen, recipes can be both aids and adversaries. But while recipes can broaden our horizons, overreliance can stifle creativity and, more importantly, diminishes the unique joy that comes from creating something new.

As the UK adapts to another bout of life-at-a-distance, more and more of us are turning to dating apps. But what do we want? What are the rules? Cesca Echlin on modern dating and the weird world of swipes.

In cultures across the world, food is the go-to icebreaker. It acts as a segue into the better bit of every relationship, allowing you to quickly skip over all the awkward tension and jump right into familiarity. We know that eating activates the brain’s reward system, which produces feelings of pleasure. But why is it that we feel the need to share this experience with other people?

Saturated with information and sifting through endless (often unsupported) scientific claims, it is difficult to know what to believe. Celine Shaw looks at COVID-19 and encourages us to question our sources in order to navigate the pandemic with a clearer mind...

As the UK adapts to another bout of life-at-a-distance, more and more of us are turning to dating apps. But what do we want? What are the rules? Cesca Echlin on modern dating and the weird world of swipes.

Dreams have fascinated people since time immemorial. Even though we grapple with the fundamental questions of how and why we dream, understanding the content of our dreams holds huge promise for neuroscientific research...

I have a confession to make: I missed my chance to eat the Travis Scott Burger. It seems that my opportunity to see how different a quarter pounder burger with bacon tastes when it’s been branded by a celebrity is gone, never to return... 

Joshua Vitzthum on why practicalities cannot win out over our moral obligations to the Uighurs in China.

Saturated with information and sifting through endless (often unsupported) scientific claims, it is difficult to know what to believe. Celine Shaw looks at COVID-19 and encourages us to question our sources in order to navigate the pandemic with a clearer mind...

On preserving Nigeria's indigenous languages and recognising Nigerian Pidgin English as a national language.

Dreams have fascinated people since time immemorial. Even though we grapple with the fundamental questions of how and why we dream, understanding the content of our dreams holds huge promise for neuroscientific research...

Saturated with information and sifting through endless (often unsupported) scientific claims, it is difficult to know what to believe. Celine Shaw looks at COVID-19 and encourages us to question our sources in order to navigate the pandemic with a clearer mind...

Treating animals better is more than a matter of kindness. Putting animal rights into policy will not resemble liberation movements of the past - animals are entirely dependent on humans to advocate on their behalf...

How has the "hysterical woman" become so rooted in our artistic and scientific tradition? Why does it hinder our understanding of women’s pain so detrimentally?

Take the bus, save a polar bear? Is public transport the future of cities or is Utopian urban planning a never-ending narrative on sustainable living? Public transit can help solve the problem but it can also create new ones...

Historical films face a peculiar dilemma. They are expected to bear competing burdens: presenting compelling stories on one hand, and respectfully navigating the difficult issues of history on the other. Given the parochial attitudes of past generations of Western filmmakers, it is rare to find a film which succeeds in both goals.

Are our opinions worthless? In college, students do research and submit work that is well informed. We can learn an infinite amount only to feel like that amount of information can’t be used outside of the university... 

The pandemic has highlighted that systemic racism can manifest in something as indiscriminate as a microscopic virus, and fatalities have exposed which communities have inadequate funding and access to healthcare, health insurance, proper nutrition, environmental protection and more...

Historical films face a peculiar dilemma. They are expected to bear competing burdens: presenting compelling stories on one hand, and respectfully navigating the difficult issues of history on the other. Given the parochial attitudes of past generations of Western filmmakers, it is rare to find a film which succeeds in both goals...

While you might think that the biggest detriment of staying up that extra hour to watch TikTok videos is feeling slightly groggy the next day, it may actually be leaving you susceptible to an infection you have not even been exposed to yet...

The ‘replication crisis’ in the scientific method is not an exception. Incongruences are not, as we like to tell ourselves, the result of bad apples. Headlines deliberately misconstrue science, and investing companies have more and more of a say in how the research is designed, conducted, analysed and published...

Calling a film like Captain Marvel 'military propaganda' should not be seen as being countercultural or contrarian. Art influences. Anybody who endeavors to make a career and life out of it should acknowledge this power...

Abortion is, for many people, an impossible thing to reconcile morally. For others there is an appreciable grey area. There are still places in Europe where abortion is highly restricted. Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications. It can also bring is increased understanding and insight into human development...

The last decade saw social media being harnessed by activists to spread their message. But we can’t be too quick to praise the positive power of social media. There is a dark side to these platforms that is becoming increasingly apparent as their position in society strengthens...

Whilst not all of an influencer’s audience will listen to their advice, some follower counts number in the millions - influencing even a fraction of their audience means thousands of young people may be taking on board useless or, worse, harmful advice...

EDITION FOCUS

We do talk about ‘fighting’ viruses: epidemiology is host to a lot of militaristic language – language repurposed to help us understand specifically how a virus behaves, and what threat it poses to us. But this is language that should be confined to the bounds of scientific conversation – translating it into a wider metaphor of war misconstrues the scientific facts. Viruses will not respond to strategy, or to attack. The work we have to do is research, and defence...

Space is vast, yet useable space is cramped and, ironically, increasingly claustrophobic. My meet is at the aptly named Ozone Coffee, the sort of chic café stroke bar stroke restaurant that strokes GQ Lifestyle editors in just the right places. My guest: Harriet Brettle, a finance analyst turned next-generation space-guru set on making space sustainability a reality. Her forte: bringing the issue of space debris into the competitive commercial and public spotlight...

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