Issue 26: Villains
Who doesn’t love a good baddie in a story? They reveal the dark corners of our world and sometimes of ourselves. That’s where a scientific approach comes in, to help us sort out the misunderstood, the damaged and the downright villainous.
So listen to the solar flares cackle as you battle with sinister bacteria, duel with wicked policies, curse at your wretched plastic addiction, among other vile encounters.
Cover illustration by Will Tempest
The Russian Revolution of 1917 promised to bring a new, scientific approach to governing Russia. Twenty years later, scientists were detained in Sharashki – technical prisons where they were forced to work on weapons of war.
When it comes to the villains of science, it’s not necessarily the scientists themselves who fill that role. It’s often the tyrants in charge of them, or the people who apply their discoveries in society, or the diseases that are studied in the lab, or the environmental destruction that scientists work to undo. These are the villains of today’s episode.