Intelligence

THE MAGIC OF THE GRAVITY ASSIST

The Music of Science: a spaceprobe passing a planet gets the cheapest of all possible lunches. Oliver Morton hitches a ride  read more »
  • FROM AI TO FUTURE CHOC

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks, Anthony Gardner chooses a festival which asks: "what might the world be like in decades to come?" read more »
  • A STICK THAT WON'T GO AWAY

    Built to Last: the boomerang is the opposite of throwaway design. Nicholas Shakespeare tries to catch its appeal read more »
  • PLAYERS WITH MORE TIME

    Reading the Game: the greatest sports stars often seem less hurried than the rest. But what does this mean exactly? Ed Smith stops the clock to find the answer read more »
  • WHAT'S THE BEST TIME OF DAY?

    The Big Question: are you happiest burning the midnight oil, or stealing a march on the world by rising at dawn? Or are the in-between moments the best of all? Ali Smith, Elif Shafak and five other writers give us a good time read more »
  • DEVOTED TO CHICKPEAS

    Lipsmacking: Abu Hassan serves only one dish—hummus. Samantha Weinberg joins the queue in Tel Aviv read more »
  • SALSIFY YOUR TASTEBUDS

    The Kitchen Dialogues: Christopher Hirst and Arnaud Schon make a tarte Tatin of root veg, served with a side of friendly dispute read more »