Dr Kent Berridge has swum against the tide of established thinking to map the brain mechanics of the reward system—the part of the brain that lights up on scans when people enjoy something, whether it’s cake, snogging, heroin or Facebook

How neuroscience is unlocking the secrets of desire

econ.trib.al
Get ready to compete, we tell our children. But life is a race that cannot be won. We investigate the phenomenon of high-pressure parenting

Middle-class parents need to chill out

econ.trib.al
Michelangelo may have been a genius, but he struggled with oil painting. Thankfully, his friend Sebastiano knew how to wield a paintbrush. A new exhibition puts their partnership in the spotlight

The greatest bromance of the Renaissance

econ.trib.al
The best upcoming festivals and exhibitions around the world, including the riskiest show yet from Britain’s most successful living artist

Five cultural events worth travelling for

econ.trib.al
By incorporating trees and shrubs into their designs for housing, architects in Milan and Vietnam are helping to reduce pollution and connect city-dwellers with nature

The architects turning apartment blocks into vertical forests

econ.trib.al
Every Wednesday afternoon Thailand's bureaucrats have to spend an hour and a half doing yoga or playing sport. The prime minister—who leads the workouts himself—says it will make the nation healthier, but is there an ulterior motive?

Compulsory exercise has killed a Thai civil servant

econ.trib.al
"Seduced by the romance, I had come box-ticking to the seventh continent, assuming the sheer act of getting there was enough to ensure some kind of sublime experience. It wasn't, until I walked near Elephant's Head..."

Antarctica: the world's coolest holiday destination

econ.trib.al
We round up the best new literary releases, including a novel that was banned by the Israeli government about a relationship between an Israeli student and a Palestinian artist

The books you need to read this spring

econ.trib.al
China has given much to the West: gunpowder, moveable type and dim sum. But its innovations in automobility have been less enthusiastically adopted. Will Lynk & Co succeed where others have failed?

Will this hyper-connected car get millennials driving?

econ.trib.al
The freedom of the open road has long appealed to men of a certain age. But instead of buying a sports car or motorbike, more and more are turning to long-distance cycling. The confessions of a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man in Lycra)

An increasing number of men are having affairs...with their bicycles

econ.trib.al
A new exhibition shows how idealistic architects reimagined Moscow after the revolution, and how Stalinism shattered modernist dreams

Architects in Stalin's Russia had to adapt or die

econ.trib.al
Can a perfume really be "legendary"? Is a pair of shoes really an "investment"?

Fashion should be fun. Stop taking it so seriously

econ.trib.al
We have been slow to recognise the link between light and health. But research suggests it looms as large in our well-being as sleep

Too little daylight may do damage to your health

econ.trib.al
Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front in France, is unlikely to win the presidential election. But she believes that her struggle is a long one

Marine Le Pen believes history is on her side

econ.trib.al
Snapchat Spectacles are a set of sunglasses with a built-in camera that can record video in ten-second bursts. Will they be able to avoid the kind of backlash triggered by Google Glass? From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Snapchat’s sunglasses are recording you

econ.trib.al
Snapchat Spectacles are a set of sunglasses with a built-in camera that can record video in ten-second bursts. Will they be able to avoid the kind of backlash triggered by Google Glass? From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Snapchat’s sunglasses are recording you

econ.trib.al
As Amazon's disappointing new series demonstrates, film-makers appear to have a spectacular lack of interest in what computer programming actually looks like

Why hacker clichés are a cyber crime

econ.trib.al
On the trail of phantom Chinese investments in Africa, our correspondent stumbled upon a cult

My journey to a Ugandan ghost town

econ.trib.al
In a run-down part of Cairo, a group of buildings have been daubed with seemingly random splodges of paint. From the right viewpoint, the patterns become a poem that celebrates the neighbourhood. We meet the street artists of the Middle East

Arabic calligraphy + western graffiti = calligraffiti

econ.trib.al