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King Kong in Hong Kong: giant ape fossil was found in a 1930s apothecary

Gigantopithecus weighed half a tonne, perhaps stood more than three metres tall and was a strict vegetarian. Colin Barras finds out what we have learned about the great ape in the 80 years since a German scientist stumbled on the fossil in a Chinese medicine store in Hong Kong

18 Jun 2016 - 10:47PM

Gigantopithecus weighed half a tonne, perhaps stood more than three metres tall and was a strict vegetarian. Colin Barras finds out what we have learned about the great ape in the 80 years since a German scientist stumbled on the fossil in a Chinese medicine store in Hong Kong

King Kong in Hong Kong: giant ape fossil was found in a 1930s apothecary
Does your pet care about you? Probably not. Here's why

Caroline Williams investigates just how intelligent, entertaining and empathetic our 'best friends' can be.

9 Jan 2016 - 11:04PM

Caroline Williams investigates just how intelligent, entertaining and empathetic our 'best friends' can be.

Does your pet care about you? Probably not. Here's why
How China, the 'world's largest polluter', is taking on climate change

Peering through the murk of time and statistics in the wake of the Paris climate change summit, Deborah Seligsohn assesses the strides China has taken to clean its air and asks whether the country really deserves the title of "world's largest polluter".

19 Dec 2015 - 8:55PM

Peering through the murk of time and statistics in the wake of the Paris climate change summit, Deborah Seligsohn assesses the strides China has taken to clean its air and asks whether the country really deserves the title of "world's largest polluter".

How China, the 'world's largest polluter', is taking on climate change
The five types of boredom, why they might be good for us, and a test for boredom

Evolution has burdened both man and beast with a sense of boredom, but for what purpose? Caroline Williams examines the causes and kinds of our ennui.

26 Sep 2015 - 10:51PM

Evolution has burdened both man and beast with a sense of boredom, but for what purpose? Caroline Williams examines the causes and kinds of our ennui.

The five types of boredom, why they might be good for us, and a test for boredom
How having children robs parents of their happiness

Recent studies suggest parenthood worsens our health, finances and careers, writes Georgia Grimmond.

19 Sep 2015 - 11:08PM

Recent studies suggest parenthood worsens our health, finances and careers, writes Georgia Grimmond.

How having children robs parents of their happiness
33 reasons why mankind isn't acting to stem global warming

Most of us realise how devastating climate change is likely to be, yet do very little to slow the process. Robert Gifford taps into mankind's primal tendencies to explain our potentially life-threatening inertia.

15 Aug 2015 - 11:37PM

Most of us realise how devastating climate change is likely to be, yet do very little to slow the process. Robert Gifford taps into mankind's primal tendencies to explain our potentially life-threatening inertia.

33 reasons why mankind isn't acting to stem global warming
Beliefs – why do we have them and how did we get them?

Believe it or not, many of the most important things we hold to be true are not the product of fact and reason. Graham Lawton explains.

27 Apr 2015 - 10:18AM

Believe it or not, many of the most important things we hold to be true are not the product of fact and reason. Graham Lawton explains.

Beliefs – why do we have them and how did we get them?
Hoard mentality: what possesses us to possess?

The seeds of materialism were sown millions of years ago, writes Alison George, as she traces the history of our passion for possession.

12 Apr 2014 - 11:18PM

The seeds of materialism were sown millions of years ago, writes Alison George, as she traces the history of our passion for possession.

Hoard mentality: what possesses us to possess?
A great waste

The many economical and ecological benefits to using human excrement and urine as fertiliser are not to be sniffed at. Fred Pearce gets to grips with a sorely underused resource.

4 May 2013 - 10:01PM

The many economical and ecological benefits to using human excrement and urine as fertiliser are not to be sniffed at. Fred Pearce gets to grips with a sorely underused resource.

A great waste
Mind over grey matter

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Absolutely. As David Robson discovers, age does not necessarily wither our ability to learn.

8 Jun 2013 - 10:46PM

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Absolutely. As David Robson discovers, age does not necessarily wither our ability to learn.

Mind over grey matter
Sitting target: How long periods of inactivity slash years off your life

New research suggests that even if you spend an hour at the gym every day, long periods of inactivity - be it at your desk or in front of a television screen - can significantly shorten your life span, writes Richard Lovett.

12 Aug 2013 - 11:02AM

New research suggests that even if you spend an hour at the gym every day, long periods of inactivity - be it at your desk or in front of a television screen - can significantly shorten your life span, writes Richard Lovett.

Sitting target: How long periods of inactivity slash years off your life