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Imagining a new China

Many Chinese parents are frustrated by the country’s rote-based curriculum. As Fiammetta Rocco discovered, the demand for creative education is transforming Beijing’s top contemporary art venue

Crafting a life

White-collar workers are fleeing their desks to become brewers, bakers and pickle-makers. Ryan Avent reckons the artisanal boom points to the modern economy’s failings, and maybe its future as well

In solitude what happiness?

Loneliness is silent, invisible and as deadly as a smoking habit. Maggie Fergusson seeks out those beside themselves at being by themselves

Mother of invention

Her children have made waves with fast cars and slow food. Maye Musk tells Natasha Loder how she produced a family of entrepreneurs

Signs and wonders

The world’s only living natural experiment in the creation of language has happened among the deaf in Nicaragua. As Dan Rosenheck discovered, it has fundamentally changed how linguists think about one of civilisation’s greatest mysteries

The art of gentling

At a state penitentiary in Arizona, prisoners are learning how to tame wild horses. As Haley Cohen found, these are also lessons for life – and for corrections policy

Table-top generals

Board games are back, thanks to the lessons their designers have learned from computer games. Tim Cross rolls the dice

The monster beneath

Everyone has heard of Vesuvius but the caldera of Campi Flegrei is a far more dangerous volcano. Helen Gordon travels to Naples to understand the enormous threat it poses

Can you really be addicted to sex?

When Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behaviour became public, he reportedly checked into rehab as a sex addict. But does sex addiction exist? As Emily Bobrow found, a growing number of therapists suspect the idea may do more harm than good

Europe’s heart of darkness

Migration, tribalism, drug-smuggling and nationalism – a continent’s problems reverberate through one small Greek town. Alexander Clapp travels to Aspropyrgos

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