Editor's note

After 20 years, Google has become a ubiquitous part of our lives: planning our journeys, managing our diaries, answering our most difficult questions. But Benjamin Curtis argues that the internet giant has become more than just an indispensable tool and is now a literal extension of our minds – and that this has some worrying implications.

According to maths, you can cut a ball into several pieces and reassemble them into two new balls, each the same size as the original. It may seem impossible now, but Alexei Vernitski argues that weird maths theories like this offer clues to solving the problems we’ll encounter in the future, once our understanding has caught up.

Given the near constant discussion around the way that Muslim women dress, some in the West might assume a moral duty to “save” these women from their religion. But, as Ayla Göl writes, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, focusing on religion as the cause of Muslim women’s repression is to ignore the clear political agendas that are holding them back, and which can be seen in countries with very different religious approaches.

Stephen Harris

Commissioning + Science Editor

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Google at 20: how a search engine became a literal extension of our mind

Benjamin Curtis, Nottingham Trent University

We're now so reliant on Google's services they are now a part of us, raising some deeply troubling questions.

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How maths can help us answer questions we haven’t thought of yet

Alexei Vernitski, University of Essex

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." To understand the universe, we need more Mad Hatter mathematicians.


Islamophobia is preventing the empowerment of Muslim women repressed by political agendas

Ayla Göl, Aberystwyth University

From Turkey to Saudi Arabia, Muslim women are battling for their rights - but religion is not at fault.



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    Mark Honigsbaum, City, University of London

    For nearly 50 years academic and popular writers ignored the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. A hundred years later, historians can't get enough of it.

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