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A wife less ordinary

Women in urban China are better educated and wealthier than a generation ago. But, as Roseann Lake discovers, their success often counts against them in the marriage market

Of mice and men

The players are celebrities, the fans are fanatical and someone, hopefully, is going to get very rich. Simon Parkin meets the people trying to turn competitive video-gaming into a professional sport

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

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

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

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