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We grew up not knowing we were autistic

Some women with autism aren't diagnosed until adulthood - if ever. Here, a group of autistic women open up about their experiences.<p><b>Image subject to copyright</b>


100 Women: How Hollywood fails women on screen

<b>Hollywood is failing women when it comes to representing gender on screen, according to BBC analysis.</b><p>Fewer than half of the 89 films named best picture at the Oscars have passed a common measure of on-screen female representation known as the Bechdel Test.<p>A movie passes the Bechdel Test if there …

Darkest Hour

The playboy who got away with $242m – using ‘black magic’

<b>One day in August 1995 a man called Foutanga Babani Sissoko walked into the head office of the Dubai Islamic Bank and asked for a loan to buy a car. The manager agreed, and Sissoko invited him home for dinner. It was the prelude, writes the BBC's Brigitte Scheffer, to one of the most audacious</b> …

Robin Hood

The world’s most nutritious foods

After analysing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises.<p>Imagine the ideal food. One that contains all the nutrients necessary to meet, but not exceed, our daily nutrient …


Powerball winner sues for anonymity over $560m jackpot

<b>The winner of a $560 million (£400m) Powerball jackpot last month is suing state lottery officials in a bid to protect her anonymity.</b><p>The New Hampshire woman filed a civil complaint as Jane Doe, after making the "huge mistake" of signing the winning ticket without legal consultation.<p>State law says a …

New Hampshire

Charleroi: Ugliest city in the world?

Being labelled the ugliest place in the world felt like a blow to the Belgian city of Charleroi.<p>In fact it brought curious tourists and wealthy investors into the heart of the run down rust belt of Northern Europe.<p><i>Video produced by Rob Watts and Bruno Boelpaep.</i>


Cape Town water crisis: Residents urged to turn off toilet taps

<b>Residents in the South African city of Cape Town have been warned to "save water as if your life depends on it" to avoid the supply being shut off.</b><p>A severe drought has forced the city's municipality to limit consumption to 50 litres (11 gallons) per person per day.<p>Officials are urging people to …


Hebbar's Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire

<b>Quick, social media-friendly recipe videos have changed the way people approach cooking. The BBC spoke with Hebbar's Kitchen, an online platform that has adopted the format, with a focus on Indian audiences and vegetarian food.</b><p>These two-minute long videos, packaged like a mini cooking show, have …

Social Media

Samsung's The Wall makes massive, 146-inch modular TV a reality

Using a modular display technology Samsung calls MicroLED, The Wall is truly gigantic, and shipping this year. We took it all in at CES 2018.<p>"Micro"LED is kind of a misleading name, because this new TV technology from Samsung can create truly gigantic screens. The name of the TV itself, however, is …


Spectre and Meltdown: Details you need on those big chip flaws

Design flaws in processors from leading chipmakers could let attackers access sensitive information. How did this happen, and what's the fix?<p>Processors are vital to running all our computerized devices, even if we hardly ever think about them. That's why it's a big deal that they have major …

Information Security

Is there a perfect time to set goals?

Most people decide to make changes and set goals based on dates in the calendar. But some researchers argue there could be a more effective way.<p><i>Editor’s Note (December 21, 2017): Through to the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2017.</i><p>Are you putting …

University of Pennsylvania

Teen activist Autumn Peltier who scolded Trudeau to address UN

<b>At just 13 years old, Autumn Peltier has become an internationally known advocate for water protection, especially for Canada's indigenous people. What's next? The United Nations.</b><p>A year ago, Autumn found herself face-to-face with Justin Trudeau at the Assembly of First Nations' annual winter …


The man who can't face the internet

For someone who likes anonymity, it is no surprise that Jonathan Hirshon enjoys remote places such as northern Lapland<p>Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would be using facial recognition to let users know every time a photo of them had been uploaded to the site.<p>Such a feature would be …


Modern slavery: 'I had to eat the dog's food to survive'

<b>It was already late when Maria, alone in her room, thought about taking her own life by jumping from the seventh floor window. Her day at work, just on the other side of the door, had again started around dawn and only ended 15 hours later. She felt weak, having not eaten for two days.</b><p>Maria (not …

São Paulo
Ralph Lauren

The German town encrusted with diamonds

When people first settled Nördlingen, Germany, they thought they were living in a volcanic crater. But the unique landscape was formed by something otherworldly.<p>As I climbed the narrow staircase of the gothic church tower in Nördlingen, Germany, the worn stone steps appeared to glimmer in the …


The Italian village that takes after Scotland

In the tiny village of Gurro nestled high in the Italian mountains, hints of Scotland appear wherever you look.<p>Window supports are shaped like the Scottish flag. The women's traditional underskirt is patterned like tartan. The local dialect includes hundreds of words thought to be of Gaelic origin, …

United Kingdom

Is there an upside to having no social life?

For one month, Madeleine Dore declined all in-person activities with friends to see if it would make her more productive – with surprising results.<p><i>Editor’s Note (December 21, 2017): Through to the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2017.</i><p>The trick to …

Computer Science

Ugg: The battle over an iconic Australian boot

<b>In Australia, the name "ugg" is a generic term for sheepskin boots, often worn locally as slippers. In the US, it is a brand - and big business for one company. This has set off an intriguing legal battle, writes Julian Lorkin.</b><p>Tourists walking past Melbourne's famous Coop's Shot Tower mall are …


'Future city' to be built in Canada by Alphabet company

<b>Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet, is to build a digital city in Toronto.</b><p>It aims to turn a waterfront area into a working laboratory for a range of "smart" technology.<p>It is likely to feature fast wi-fi availability, millions of sensors, sustainable energy and autonomous cars.<p>…


Black but beautiful? 'It's not a compliment'

<b>Abeer Sinder is Saudi Arabia's first black beauty vlogger. But sometimes, she says, the compliments she receives aren't flattering.</b><p><i>Video journalist: Natalia Zuo, Fahima Abdulrahman and Mamdouh Akbiek</i><p><b>You can follow BBC Trending on Twitter</b> @BBCtrending<b>, and find us on</b> Facebook<b>. All our stories are at</b> …


What most bosses get wrong about millennials

The best leaders don’t go to great lengths to retain their top young employees – and it’s a strategy that leads to long-term success, writes Sydney Finkelstein.<p>Companies today are disappointing younger workers. Many have tried in superficial ways to make themselves attractive to millennials, for …

Ralph Lauren

Bags for life can pose food poisoning risk - Food Standards Agency

<b>Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning.</b><p>The Food Standards Agency says even if there is no leakage, packaging can harbour traces of harmful bacteria that can cause stomach bugs.<p>Shoppers should have separate …

Environmental Health

'I want to get rid of my Polish accent'

Kasha moved to the UK from Poland 27 years ago, but recently started to feel some people are hostile towards her because of the way she speaks.<p>She's decided she wants to get rid of her accent.<p><i>Kasha's story is featured in</i> Accents Speak Louder Than Words, <i>one of 12 short films commissioned for</i> Listen …

United Kingdom

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

<b>Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned.</b><p>Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood.<p>Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, …

Mental Health

The problem for the world’s most expensive spice

<b>The spice saffron, as well as being famously expensive, is packed with antioxidants. It is said to help combat depression and lower blood pressure, to soften your skin and hair and is essential in a broad range of dishes from Swedish buns to paella. So what's stopping it becoming as fashionable as</b> …

New Zealand

Cuckoo's Calling: What's JK Rowling's TV detective drama about?

<b>The first adaptation of JK Rowling's crime books, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, starts on Sunday on BBC One.</b><p>Here's all you need to know about Strike - The Cuckoo's Calling.<p>What's it about?<p>After a fashion model falls from the window of her apartment, her death is ruled to be suicide. …


Android creator's new phone is great, but is it Essential?

<b>"Every now and then I’ll start a company because no-one is walking through my door and pitching it to me,” Andy Rubin tells the group of reporters invited in for “not your typical tech launch”.</b><p>He says - and I agree with him - that people are bored with the "incremental updates" offered by Samsung …

Mobile Technology

Sydney tent city: Homeless people leave Martin Place after new laws

<b>Sydney's "tent city", which ignited debate about homelessness in Australia, has begun to be dismantled following the introduction of new laws.</b><p>Homeless people had been camping at Martin Place in central Sydney for more than six months.<p>State legislators argued the camp was unauthorised and …


The Maldives: Political turmoil threatens the 'island paradise'

<b>Are you dreaming of a holiday in the Maldives?</b><p>You may want to choose another fantasy destination after the British Foreign Office told tourists to be aware that some political demonstrations in the capital, Malé, have led to violence. It did add, though, that most trips there are trouble-free.<p>At …

Human Rights