Where have all the insects gone? I too remember the days that I had to scrub the dead insects from the windscreen of my father's car, which I was paid to wash every other week. Today, drivers spend less time scraping and scrubbing.

Review of Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Frank Trentmann, which was one of my favourite books of 2016.

Interesting essay about the work of the American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974), whose work includes the phenomenal Salk Institute in La Jolla, California and the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament House) in Dhaka,  Bangladesh.

Why Amazon is eating the world. And this is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise.

Listeners prefer new violins and are unable to distinguish between new and old Italian violins at better than chance levels.

Using homes as ATMs, not homebuying fervor, was more to blame for the housing crisis.

The amazing dinosaur found (accidentally) by miners in Canada. I look forward to visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum this July.

An interactive map of major sites around the world where fossils have been found.

The amazing world of the owl.

Cosmic inflation theory faces challenges. The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas.

The widespread and persistent myth that it is easier to multiply and divide with Hindu-Arabic numerals than with Roman ones.