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REDMAYNE'S FORENSIC METHOD

One is a world-famous cosmologist with a severe degenerative disease. The other is an able-bodied young actor with no science credentials. So how did Eddie Redmayne turn himself into Stephen Hawking? Clemency Burton-Hill follows him through the process read more »
  • URBAN GEOLOGY

    You don't need to set off on a field trip to find stones that are older than the human race. Helen Gordon goes walking with geologists in London and Naples and adjusts her watch to deep time read more »
  • THE HAZE BLOCKS THE VIEW

    Photo Essay: after four decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar is taking faltering steps towards democracy. Simon Willis spoke to the photographer Matthias Messmer about capturing a country with a complicated present and a murky future read more »
  • MISSING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

    Every month, hundreds in north Africa and the Middle East leave by boat to seek new lives in Europe. But many vanish without trace. Caroline Moorehead meets the mothers of the disappeared read more »
  • MADAME BOVARY, C'EST...?

    Flaubert’s ageless anti-heroine is back in two new films. But who was she? Julie Kavanagh sets out to establish which of the women in Flaubert's life was the real Emma Bovary read more »
  • THE GODFATHER OF GRAPHENE

    When Andre Geim discovered graphene, he went from winning the Ig Nobel prize to the Nobel. Giles Whittell meets the quirky Russian physicist who may be the new James Watt read more »
  • JEAN OF ARK

    Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier read more »