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Child trafficking in India: 'It was only after a few years I realised I had been sold'

Anti-slavery activists say thousands of children are going missing from some of India’s remote tribal areas as human traffickers respond to a surge in demand for domestic child labour in booming urban districts.<p>Between 2011 and 2013, more than 10,500 children were registered as missing from the …

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Taking contraceptive pill for five years doubles risk of brain tumour, warn scientists

Female sex hormones used in the contraceptive pill may increase the risk of some cancer types, scientists think<p>Taking the pill for at least five years more than doubles the risk of developing a brain tumour, a study has shown.<p>Scientists say that hormonal contraception, particularly progestogen-only …

Laser-Blasted Metal Forms A Self-Cleaning Non-Stick Surface

The technique could make faster vehicles and improve sanitation in the developing world<p>Water, the key to life on our planet, can sometimes be one of our greatest enemies – especially when it comes to its interactions with metals. Air moisture triggers the formation of rust and corrosion on metal …

A Fresh View of the Moon’s Surface

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p><i>National Geographic’s Dan Vergano contributed reporting to this story, as well as writing and editing. If I could post it with a shared byline, I would!</i><p>The moon is Earth’s nearest celestial companion, but we don’t often see fresh views of the lunar surface.<p>More …