Rembrandt and Saskia: a love story for the ages

In 2019, exhibitions across the Netherlands will mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. And at their heart lie the portraits of his wife, charting their short, doomed marriage

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Keep on running with this smart sport tech

Five of the best aids for athletes, from sophisticated monitors and tracking apps to shoes that promise to boost your performance

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Sri Lanka, the land of the disappeared​ – a photo essay​

Moises Saman’s latest work captures the terrible aftermath of the country’s civil war among its Tamil minority

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Akram Khan: Xenos review – a work of defining greatness

Sadler’s Wells, London
Khan’s final solo performance, as an Indian ex-soldier reliving the horror of the trenches, is a dazzling test of endurance

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‘Painting is a high-wire act’: Olivia Laing on sitting for the artist Chantal Joffe

While being painted, author Olivia Laing pens her own portrait of Chantal Joffe and hears why painting is like hairdressing

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The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla review – funny and fascinating

This tale about a British-Asian family tackles trauma and intergenerational relationships with wit and wisdom

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Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen: ‘We are each our own worst critic’

The clinical psychologist’s new book studies the negative effects and benefits of social anxiety in the age of social media

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Cancer, Clare and me: actor Greg Wise on the death of his sister

A year after the death of his beloved sister, Wise talks about caring for Clare in her last days, and the blog, now a book, they wrote together

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Pad Man review – one man’s life-affirming crusade for women

The tale of one man’s mission to bring sanitary towels to millions in India gets the Bollywood treatment

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Book clinic: recommended literary page-turners

This week, our expert suggests a selection of books to rekindle the joy of reading in even the most battle-hardened litterateur

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The search for the perfect painkiller

Millions of Americans are hooked on painkillers – thousands die as a result. Scientists are striving to design a new, safer generation of opioids

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Pyeongchang 2018: welcome to the future…

In the first of a new series on ideas and advances in science, nature and tech, we look at the innovations coming to this year’s Winter Olympics

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How to get the best out of exercise

Conflicting theories on how to maximise exercise would stretch anyone to the limit. As New Year fitness plans begin in earnest, here’s a scientific response to some frequently asked questions

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Sophie Scott: ‘Laughter works as a behaviourally contagious phenomenon’

The neuroscientist giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures on doing standup comedy and why rats laugh

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