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Third wave coffee

Third wave coffee

Americans are drinking much less coffee than they did in the 1940s and 1950s — down by almost half from a peak in 1946. These changing trends have profound impacts in the global South where coffee is produced.Read on »


R.I.P. Ulrich Beck

R.I.P. Ulrich Beck

Which world would you rather live in: One where careful scientists slowly develop hypotheses and look systematically for evidence to test them? Or a world in which our natural human tendency to magical thinking has no brake at all?Read on »

In whose interest?

In whose interest?

Most European languages use the word "interest" to describe the extra money we pay to clear a debt. Portuguese does not. Why do they differ, and what can this tell us about attitudes to money?Read on »

Aliens and archaeology

Aliens and archaeology

​News recently reported that an alien thigh bone had been found on Mars. It wasn't a bone. It was a rock. But it still become world wide news. Why?Read on »