“Chinchillas lived in coffee jars” and 35 other odd things people believed when they were kids

We asked some people to tell us what strange things they thought were true when they were young. Here are the findings of our deeply scientific survey


How much is social science worth to the UK economy?

The UK election presents big questions that can only be understood through social sciences


Education is the key to soft power in the Gulf

The rise of Islamic State will give fresh impetus for the Gulf states to renew their social contracts


Five things that changed for the better when Portugal reformed its drug laws

After 15 years international experts consider Portuguese decriminalisation of drugs a success. What are the keys to this achievement?