#QuarantineChronicles: The pen

This South African has been quarantined for weeks. He doesn’t mind spending time alone, but these days he finds himself more and more puzzled by people, their habits, and strangely their attitude towards pens.

#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan,...

A new kind of chemistry: Why science is rethinking the humble bed net

Disease-spreading mozzies may be getting wise to our best defences, but science is fighting back.
cerebral palsy

A parent’s place? Meet the women fighting for space at SA’s rural hospitals

Botched births and infections can leave many babies with a life-long inheritance: Cerebral palsy. Many will be dependent on caregivers for...

Something in the water: Did gas exploration poison this community?

Doctors in this country are saying an outbreak of mysterious deaths all have one thing in common: How close they are...

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

Government, international watchdogs, corporations all swear they're not the ones to blame for the gaping holes in the ground that swallow...

The long walk back to yourself: How this hospital revolutionised rural rehabilitation

Bhojana Mathunywa was attacked by four men for bag of tobacco. Now, slowly but surely, this team of rural therapists is helping him recover the everyday skills he lost. (Dylan Bush, Bhekisisa)

New temperatures are taking tropical diseases to new heights, like these once snow-capped villages

Manmaya Magar, 26, may be the first person to contract dengue fever in her village. Pete Pattisson, Guardian)

Crickets, beetles and moths. Eating them could help save the planet. But would you...

Farming insects requires less water than cattle rearing and they emit fewer greenhouse gases. Here’s why you should make them part...

Teletubbies and friends: Inside the bizarre science behind your child’s favourite show

What makes the world’s most successful children’s TV programmes so addictive – and so strange? Linda Geddes explores the research on...

Pollution, profits & the people in between: ‘I have farmed for over 20 years....

Meandering rivers and lush forests offered rich pickings for generations of farming and fishing communities. Then came the oil companies.

When ambulances wouldn’t respond to calls in this community, one woman started her own...

Where ambulances fear to tread: Life in Africa's largest informal settlement is rife with problems. Getting emergency care shouldn't be one...
Plural personalities: What life is like living with dissociative identity disorder. (David Brandon Geeting)

My many selves: How I learned to live with multiple personalities

For years, science battled to understand whether multiple personality disorder was real or not. Today, the condition is known as dissociative...

Skeletons and closets: How one university reburied the dead

In the 1920s, a Northern Cape farmer dug up some of the remains of previous workers — some of whom had...
A family working in Malawi’s tobacco fields.

Big Tobacco faces landmark legal case over poverty wages

Lawyers argue that while farming families toil over backbreaking work in desperate poverty, British American Tobacco is reaping the rewards.
A pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?

This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South...