Reflecting on recent science news stories and current events, authoritative thinkers unpack the implications for society. Naked Reflections is chaired by Ed Kessler, director of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

23 October 2020

A look at the long history of writing, from tablets to tablets...

14 October 2020

When a pathogen jumps from an animal to a human, bad things can happen...

07 October 2020

Placing fresh fruit at eye level by the supermarket check-out counts as a nudge. But is nudge theory really a euphemism...

30 September 2020

Should we reconcile our drive and ambition with a need for humility?

23 September 2020

What's the difference between a state and a nation? And should nationalism play a part in spurring scientific...

16 September 2020

Censorship seems to be as old as society itself. But why do we do it?

09 September 2020

Discrimination seems to be engrained in human nature. We explore the consequences and remedies...

02 September 2020

We're asking whether war is a natural part of human society?

26 August 2020

What makes our genetic ancestry so compelling?

19 August 2020

The COVID crisis has shone an unflattering light on the way we run things. Change is needed but it’s easier said than...

12 August 2020

Homelessness was rife until the COVID crisis. But will rough sleepers be forgotten again in the aftermath?

05 August 2020

Before the COVID crisis, many of us took certain freedoms for granted. Now we’re not so sure...

29 July 2020

Are we citizens of nowhere, or citizens of somewhere? And do we actually have to choose?

22 July 2020

The enduring legacy of the man whose theories changed science forever...

15 July 2020

Rubbish is a big problem. But what about our nuclear waste?

08 July 2020

Dementia is a cruel, relentless unraveling of memory that strikes many as they age...

01 July 2020

Artificial Intelligence is destined to play a big part in our lives. How might its development affect religious beliefs?

24 June 2020

In the absence of the Glastonbury Festival, we take time instead to contemplate the mysteries of music.

18 June 2020

Are we reaching a tipping point in our attitudes towards racial inequality?

10 June 2020

The age-old but newly-relevant topic of feeling alone in the time of COVID-19...

04 June 2020

It is not just COVID-19 that will change the face of our cities in the future...

27 May 2020

Playing God, or an act of altruism?

20 May 2020

When is it right to remember and when is it necessary to forget?

13 May 2020

How a stimulating challenge becomes a huge problem, or shyness becomes crippling...