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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where ambulances fear to tread: Life in Africa's largest informal settlement is rife with problems. Getting emergency care shouldn't be one of them, says...
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

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

Skeletons and closets: How one university reburied the dead

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

Big Tobacco faces landmark legal case over poverty wages

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Lawyers argue that while farming families toil over backbreaking work in desperate poverty, British American Tobacco is reaping the rewards. Even Dickens did not describe...
A pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

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

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This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South Africa. But still,...
In El HaLev’s trauma-informed self-defense classes, women practice fighting against “padded assailants.” The training is “part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence and boundary violations,” according to El HaLev’s website. (Din Aharoni / El HaLev)

Could self-defence classes help rape survivors overcome PTSD?

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When class is in session, would-be "attackers" lunge at women in mock muggings. For survivors, classes can be triggering... but that might be the...

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

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When this queer woman's activism put her at the centre of a village-ordered hit, a sex worker saved her life. Go behind their story...

Life on a hotter earth: Depression, drought & decolonising mental health

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As the climate crisis worsens, arid parts of South Africa are expected to get even hotter and even more water-scarce. In Australia, drought’s taken...

Cobras & cures: Why the world is running chronically low on snake antivenom

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Each year, millions will be bitten by venomous snakes and for many, antivenom will remain painfully out of reach. Discovering why is a tale...

The magistrate’s tail: How these pets are helping child rape victims get justice

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In court, comfort for the tiniest victims of sexual abuse can come from the unlikeliest of places. “All rise,” a voice declares as the...
From the Ganges to Ghana, drones are taking to the sky to deliver the medication we need to stay alive. (Zipline)

Drones, drugs, hackers & the future of healthcare?

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From the Ganges River to Ghana, drones are delivering vaccines, HIV tests and blood transfusions around the world and cutting waiting times for life-saving...

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

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When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries around the world...