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Iraq's Yazidi women: 'Islamic State murdered our husbands. Now we're alone'

It’s spring in Iraq and the early afternoon sun beats down on Khanke, a small town in the country’s Kurdish region. A single straight road divides the residents’ concrete homes from a barren cluster of tents, where almost 3,000 displaced Yazidis live.<p>Among them are the widows and children of the …

Patriarchal

7 amazing elephant facts you need to know

Elephants are the world’s largest land mammals – and, aside from the great apes: humans, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans – the most …

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires album due for September release

Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp, Slash and other rock musicians feature on the album of 12 cover songs and two original tracks<p>Those of you eagerly anticipating the results of a two-year musical collaboration between Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry need wait no longer. Hollywood …

Vampires

The surgeon's cut: what do doctors listen to in the operating theatre?

A new study has suggested that background music may not be beneficial for surgeons. From ZZ Top to Kanye, medical professionals reveal the sounds they play when you’re under the knife – and what it does to their performance<p>Ramon Tahmasseb<p><i>Orthopaedic surgeon at King’s College hospital, London</i><br>If I …

Physiology

Ultrasound Restores Memory To Mice With Alzheimer’s

Fight back the plaque<p>Using ultrasound waves targeted at the brain, a team of Australian researchers has restored memory to mice with Alzheimer’s disease.<p>More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes memory loss, behavioral changes, confusion, and …