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.

25 November 2020

What does it take to make an effective peacemaker?

18 November 2020

The findings of the Woolf Institute’s Diversity Study of England and Wales 2020 were published this week...

11 November 2020

Is the way we mine the minerals for electric car batteries and mobile phones fair or responsible?

04 November 2020

Insights into acts of God, and how to prepare for them...

28 October 2020

The tough moral and ethical choices facing us as we struggle to deal with second wave of the COVID pandemic...

21 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?