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An exhibition at London's Science Museum explores the future of autonomous mobility, and the designs that are paving the way. Curator Margaret Campbell selects five pieces from the show and reveals the stories behind them.

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TED

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What would it take to settle Mars? In a talk about the future of space exploration, Lynn Rothschild reviews the immense challenges to living elsewhere in the universe and proposes some bold, creative solutions to making a home off planet Earth — like “growing” houses out of fungi or using bacteria to help generate electricity.

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Barber Institute, BirminghamFrom mammoth fossils to a civet’s anal glands, these drawings of the natural world prove how modern nature photography can be traced back to the pioneering work of Galileo

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“In this age of communication… who can be free from influence, — preconception? But — it all depends upon what one does with this cross-fertilization: — is it digested, or does it bring indigestion?”

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“Time seems to have stopped in a wild summer world of long, long ago.”

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used by NASA in its mars missions and with a breadth of various applications in architecture and design, aerogel looks set to be the material of the future. 

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Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger — and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. “Your anger exists in you … because it offered your ancestors, both human and nonhuman, an evolutionary advantage,” he says. “[It's] a powerful and healthy force in your life.”

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With a boom in museums, galleries, fairs and the art market, the Chinese capital is firing all creative cylinders. We dive into the city’s art scene

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The Norwich-based writer and designer talks us through his new historical study of a particularly cheerful moment in graphic design history.

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The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a doomsday bug that could wipe out humanity — and suggests that it's time to take this danger seriously.

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The South Korean illustrator talks us through her latest publication, exploring the unnoticed movements in quiet landscapes.

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The iconic penthouse of Richard Neutra’s 1932 home is now a kit you can buy online.

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“In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical 'therapy' to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.”

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You use your brain's executive function every day — it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function — and how you can use it to break bad habits and achieve your goals.

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The Turner prize nominee on socially engaged art and why his family is part of his new Art Night show

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