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Hajj: how globalisation transformed the market for pilgrimage to Mecca

More than 2m Muslims are currently gathering in Mecca ahead of the annual Hajj, which begins on August 19. As long as they are fit and financially …

Saudi Arabia

The big BBQ debate: how best to fuel your outdoor feast

The smoky aroma of a barbecue is a familiar smell on warm sunny evenings around the world. In countries like Australia, the “barbie” is such an …

Cooking

Trump’s Space Force isn't as new or as dangerous as it seems

Donald Trump’s plans to create a “Space Force” have ruffled plenty of feathers and alarmed some commentators. Some argue it will merely cause a …

Space Force

Donald Trump’s Space Force isn't as new or as dangerous as it seems

Donald Trump’s plans to create a “Space Force” have ruffled plenty of feathers and alarmed some commentators. Some argue it will merely cause a …

Why there's been a boom in discovering new species despite a biodiversity crisis

Something of a boom in the discovery of new species is taking place right now. It is so significant that some say it is similar to the period of the …

Biodiversity

'Cwtch': what the most famous Welsh-English word reveals about global dialects

“What is your favourite dialect word?”<p>This was a question that I should really have anticipated, but it took me by surprise. I had just talked to a …

Linguistics

Indonesia earthquake: how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing

At the time of writing, 436 people have died following an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok. A further 2,500 people have been …

Natural Disasters

Madonna: pop's superlative shapeshifter turns 60 with style

One of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got it from – and I’m not sure I …

Britney Spears

Darwin's theory of evolution owes more to his garden than the Galápagos

It’s one of the greatest stories in science, right up there with Neil Armstrong’s small step on the moon and Jane Goodall’s overhaul of ideas on …

I went to see Pussy Riot – if they're serious protesters, I'm Sid Vicious

Many years after my first punk concert, when I met Pete Shelley and the other Buzzcocks at the old Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, I was excited at the …

Pussy Riot

Anaemia: why is it still affecting women?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, affecting both low- and high-income countries. Although it is an easy problem …

Pregnancy

What is nothing? Martin Rees Q&A

<i>Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it? In an interview with The</i> …

Physics

A-level results: should universities lower entry grades for disadvantaged students?

Students from less advantaged backgrounds are grossly underrepresented in Britain’s top universities. This underrepresentation of certain groups is …

Education

Wearing an ill-fitting bra isn't just uncomfortable, it's bad for your health

Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often …

Clothing

Pregnancy loss: how to find the right words to talk about it

Pregnancy loss can be an isolating experience for women and their families. The grief experienced may be intense, but the feelings of the bereaved …

Pregnancy

Why war evolved to be a man's game – and why that's only now changing

One pattern characterises every war that’s ever been fought. Frontline fighting in warfare is primarily and often almost exclusively a male activity. …

War

Climate models predict the world will be 'anomalously warm' until 2022

The next four years are going to be anomalously warm – even on top of regular climate change. That’s according to new research my colleague Sybren …

Climate Change

Cardiac screening saves footballers lives – but we can do more

Sudden cardiac death in young football players is a worrying phenomenon, and, according to our latest study, it is also more common than previously …

Medicine

It takes more than a house to make a home – and the UK is out of policy ideas on how to build more

What makes a home? A safe dwelling – a roof – is a good start, but it takes much more than bricks and mortar. Support for individuals and families, …

Housing

DRC may provide model for containing future Ebola outbreaks

When the Ebola virus struck West Africa in 2014, it resisted early attempts at control. It took more than two years to overcome, claiming more than …

Disease

How to cut queues at immigration – with maths

When going on holiday to a foreign country, there’s one part of the journey that everybody dreads: border control. Everyone has to have their …

Heathrow

Making sunlight liquid – a brief history of sunflowers

Fields of sunflowers are now a common – and beautiful – sight all over the world. They have inspired artists from Van Gogh to Klimt, and continue to …

North America

A-levels: how to stop stressing over exam results

Exams are an almost unavoidable part of young people’s lives – and, inevitably, some people perform better than others. But what is more important …

Self-help

Pakistani elections are flawed, but poor rural voters are taking control

Despite being dogged by allegations of electoral engineering and vote-rigging, this year’s hotly contested general election in Pakistan should be – …

Voting

Why universal basic income costs far less than you think

Want to get rid of poverty, lessen inequality and provide financial stability in a world of precarious work? Well, why not simply give everyone …

Income Inequality

Here's a mental health workout that's as simple as ABC

While we take physical workouts very seriously, there is much less said about the “workouts” that help us remain mentally agile and healthy. But just …

Mental Health

Boris Johnson: is there really a grand plan behind his burqa comments?

Seeing a grand plan for power behind Boris Johnson’s “calculated outburst” on what women should wear is perhaps understandable, but possibly also …

Great Britain

Wales's tourism problem is down to a disconnect with its own people

Wales is a country bursting with ancient culture and beautiful landscapes. It is home to a vibrant people, who are intensely proud of their heritage. …

Castles

Syria's White Helmets and the long history of attacking wartime humanitarians

The evacuation of 422 White Helmet volunteers from Syria seemingly marks the end of a daring five-year humanitarian mission in one of the world’s …

Middle East

How a Swiss bank was toppled by a financial scandal in Malaysia – and what can be learned from it

The world’s biggest financial scandal, over missing billions from Malaysian state-run development fund 1MDB, has left the country’s former prime …

Economic Development