Features

THE STORYSELLERS

The urge to tell stories has been with us for ever—but it still needs looking after. Tim de Lisle reports on three bright ideas that have become powerhouses of literacy and creativity read more »
  • WAR AND PEACE

    It is 100 years since the first world war broke out. Brian Harris's photo essay marks the anniversary by capturing the stillness and symbolism of the battlefields. He talks to Simon Willis  read more »
  • HOW TO ERADICATE A DISEASE

    A generation ago, guinea-worm disease was bringing misery to millions; now it is down to two cases a week. Tom Whipple talks to its nemesis, Donald Hopkins, who has already helped to see off smallpox read more »
  • THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST

    Photo Essay: vinyl records are like kisses—you never forget your first. Dean Belcher captures a formative relationship. Laura Barton asks the questions read more »
  • 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 »