Editor's note

The athletics community is still digesting Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge’s world record run in the Berlin Marathon. Michael Joyner considers what it will take for Kipchoge or any other athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours.

And, taking things at a slower pace, Ruth Simbao describes why the Chale Wote street art festival in Accra, Ghana, is best experienced by walking. 

Natasha Joseph

Science & Technology Editor

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Why Kipchoge’s spectacular Berlin run sets the stage for faster marathons

Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic

Under the right conditions marathons could be run in under two hours.

Igniting public space at the Chale Wote street art festival in Accra

Ruth Simbao, Rhodes University

Walking is crucial during the Chale Wote festival as most activities happen on the street.

Marijuana use in South Africa: what next after landmark court ruling?

Anine Kriegler, University of Cape Town

The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.

Should all Nobel Prizes be canceled for a year?

Brian Keating, University of California San Diego

This year's Nobel Prize for literature was nixed because of a sex scandal. Other Nobels have neglected key contributors. Should all prizes be cancelled while criteria for winning is reassessed?

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AI could help drones ride air currents like birds

Nicholas Martin, Northumbria University, Newcastle

New research shows how smart aircraft can learn to use updrafts of warm air to stay in the sky.

Deciphering how memory works in the brain – at the level of individual cells

Andrej Bicanski, UCL

A new study offers an explanation as to how we remember events by forming mental images.