Rishi Sunak will officially become British prime minister today after being confirmed as the only viable candidate in the race to replace Liz Truss.

Sunak saw off a short-lived but frankly rather stressful comeback bid from Boris Johnson that the nation could probably have done without this weekend. It has, after all, been an exhausting few weeks watching the Conservative party convulse. If your head is spinning trying to keep up with all this chop and change, you are not alone, so Victoria Honeyman has put together a briefing that charts Sunak’s rapid and eventful rise.

The new prime minister is the second to take office in as many months without an election taking place. But he has a positive claim to fame, too – as the first ever non-white British prime minister. Amid all the drama of his arrival, it is worth taking a moment to celebrate this milestone. But the job will be tough and Sunak faces a very different economy to the one he left as chancellor.

Meanwhile, scientists have been trying to work out why manipulating light can induce psychedelic experiences and others have a radical proposal that has the potential to save the orangutan from extinction.

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Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: who is he and how did he end up with the top job in British politics?

Victoria Honeyman, University of Leeds

It has been a short but very eventful journey to the top for a man who has only been in parliament since 2015.

Rishi Sunak faces a very different economy to the one he left as chancellor – here’s what he must tackle as prime minister

Alan Shipman, The Open University

Rishi Sunak is taking over as UK prime minister from Liz Truss during very difficult economic times.

Manipulating light can induce psychedelic experiences – and scientists aren’t quite sure why

Matthew MacKisack, University of Exeter; Reshanne Reeder, Edge Hill University

Flickering light can make people see different colours and shapes or feel altered emotions or sense of time.

Orangutans: could ‘half-Earth’ conservation save the red ape?

Erik Meijaard, University of Kent; Serge Wich, Liverpool John Moores University

Setting aside half of Borneo would significantly reduce their decline, say experts.

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