Why do we care about Jack the Ripper?

The opening of a controversial new museum about the 19th century murders demonstrates the changing meanings of the Ripper myth

Society

How to draw a star

The woman behind astronaut Chris Hadfield’s new cartoon series “It’s Not Rocket Science” shares her inspiration from classic science animation

Film & Music
Science

Little Malcolm: The cult classic that never was

David Halliwell’s play about politics, sex and corduroy is getting a much needed revival

Film & Music

Podcast: Helen Scales

Acclaimed marine biologist Helen Scales discusses the secret life and curious afterlife of seashells

Podcast

Who are the Twitter joke thieves?

As the social network starts to clamp down on plagiarism, we asked why people think it's OK to steal other people's gags

Society

Artificial intelligence: all too human?

It's not the robots we have to worry about. It's ourselves

Science

Greece: where are we now?

The banks have reopened, but Greek bailout numbers may not add up

World

North Korea with oil: inside Turkmenistan's propaganda machine

Gold statues and macho stunts are all the rage for Turkmenistan's dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Little Atoms reports from one of the world's most secretive states

World

What happened when I went on Press TV

Conspiracists, cranks and has beens are part of an attempt to forge a new reality

World

Anthony Beevor: Ardennes 1944

We talk to the renowned historian Anthony Beevor about his new book Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble

Podcast

The Little Atoms guide to news report Greek myth references

Haven't had the benefit of a classical education? Baffled by the endless talk of legends in coverage of the Greece crisis? We're here to help

Words

Poetry has a plagiarism problem

An internet sleuth has uncovered a murky world of stolen lines and rhymes, raising big questions about identity and authenticity

Words

The psychedelic drug that could explain our belief in life after death

Scientists have discovered DMT, the Class A hallucinogenic, naturally occurs in the body, and may contain clues about what happens when we die, and why people see fairies

Science

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