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The Pap smear isn’t used to diagnose cancer – but it could be

Doctors can find it hard to diagnose cervical cancer in young women because the same symptoms, such as bleeding between periods or after sex, are …

Cancer

Myanmar’s Rohingyas: victims of a democracy still under military sway

As the forced expulsion of the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar gathers pace and attracts increasing international condemnation, it’s clear that the …

Asia

Copying Bill Gates is a bad idea if you want to get rich

Bill Gates is a lot luckier than you might realise. He may be a very talented man who worked his way up from college dropout to the top spot on the …

Success

How Winnie the Pooh teaches us the importance of play

He is famous for his love of honey, and being a bear of “little brain”. So Winnie the Pooh might be a little surprised to find himself the subject of …

Books

Can cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin survive scrutiny from central banks?

The future of money looks very different in the world of cryptocurrencies. There is a growing consensus among businesses, investors and countries …

Bitcoin

How the UK can benefit from a free trade future after Brexit – even outside the single market

The benefits of free trade have been familiar to economists since Adam Smith. Trade encourages specialisation and leads to lower costs, higher …

Brexit

Why Florence is the perfect setting for Theresa May's big Brexit speech

Theresa May has chosen an inspirational setting, Florence, for her Brexit speech on September 22. The British prime minister is not known for her …

Brexit

Britain's new political tribes need something different from their parties

Political parties in the UK are currently entirely absorbed in one topic alone: Brexit. But there is something else that should be up for discussion. …

Brexit

Hurricanes, flood insurance and the dangers of ‘business as usual’

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it was reported that up to 80% of home damages were not insured. …

Insurance

University education makes you a better citizen

We often think about what young people can expect to gain from university, or what universities contribute to society. But it’s not often that we …

Education

Can the world's megacities survive the digital age?

Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or …

Innovation

London train bombing: Why is Europe seeing so many terrorist attacks?

The Sept. 15 terrorist bombing in a crowded London subway station – which injured at least 30 passengers but caused no deaths – was the latest in a …

Terrorism

'A virtual mum put me to bed': a view from the VR future of film

I’ve just got back from the Venice Film Festival, which for the first time showcased an exciting programme of genre defining virtual reality (VR) …

Virtual Reality

Brazil must protect its remaining 'uncontacted' indigenous Amazonians

In a remote corner of far-western Brazil lies the Vale do Javari, home to one of the greatest concentrations of isolated or entirely “uncontacted” …

Rights & Freedoms

300,000 women are missing from economics

Economics is an overwhelmingly male field; and the problem is not going away. Less than a third of economics students today are women. A pervasive …

Economics

Britain's unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support allowance – were left …

Basic Income

A game of drones: why some bees kill their queens

In a palace intrigue worthy of George R R Martin, a new study has shown that some bee workers are queenslayers who will rise up and kill their queen …

Biology

What now for the Liberal Democrats? It has to be the long game

The Liberal Democrats are in Bournemouth for their annual party conference and it seems a lifetime ago that they were part of a coalition government …

Referendums

Who should pay for damage associated with climate change – and who should be compensated?

Hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly floods across South Asia have once again raised the issue of climate justice.<p>The association between such …

Climate

How animals vote to make group decisions

Today we opt for ballot boxes but humans have used numerous ways of voting to have their say throughout history. However we’re not the only ones …

Bees

Colombia struggles to deliver justice in army 'cash-for-kills' scandal

As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There …

Armed Conflict

What we're hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini's final orbits

It was a proud but sad moment when NASA announced that mission control had lost the signal from the Cassini spacecraft on September 15. As it takes …

Magnetism

Tobacco-smoke residue that lingers in furniture, curtains and house dust can still be harmful

Mice exposed to household fabrics contaminated with third-hand tobacco smoke showed changes in biological markers of health after only one month, a …

Health

Monkey selfie case finally settled – but there are many similar animal rights battles to come

The furore that erupted when David Slater, a British wildlife photographer, released a “selfie” taken by a macaque monkey in 2015 has only just …

Apes

Children of convicts transported to Australia grew up taller than their peers in the UK

The children of convicts born in the Australian colonies grew up taller than they would have done if their parents had not been sent into exile, our …

Australia

Parsons Green: how police hunt attackers at large

The morning after an explosion on an underground train at Parsons Green station, Londoners got news that everyone had been waiting for – the police …

Terrorism

Parsons Green: how police hunt suspected attackers

The morning after an explosion on an underground train at Parsons Green station police said they had made a significant arrest in connection with the …

Terrorism

Newly discovered 6m-year-old Cretan footprints stolen – finder writes about how we must protect precious sites

There has been a lot of interest in our discovery of nearly-6m-year-old footprints on Crete, first reported by the The Conversation – suggesting that …

Scientific Research

Defence: can Britannia ride the waves in choppy European seas?

The UK government has attempted to outline its plan for defence and security after Brexit in the latest in a series of position papers aimed at …

Brexit

Merkel and Schulz must face up to Germany's blind spot on corporate corruption

Angela Merkel appears odds-on to return to power as Germans go to the polls on September 24, either in coalition with the liberal Free Democrats …

Germany