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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

Death of a Biohacker

People who knew Aaron Traywick, the biohacker who died last month at a spa in Washington, D.C., were initially suspicious about the circumstances of his death.<p>David Ishee, a researcher for Mr. Traywick’s company, Ascendance Biomedical, said his first thought upon hearing that Mr. Traywick’s body …

FDA

How to Delete Yourself From the Internet

You may think your internet usage is completely private, but any time you access a website, sign up for an account, purchase a product, post a message, or browse search engine results, you’re sharing something about yourself. If you find this troubling, you may want to learn more about how you can …

Privacy

Earth Shatters Climate Record, Sending Planet Toward 'Worst Case Scenario'

April was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures.”<p>April 2018 was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures” …

Climate Change

Comedian Faces Criticism After Controversial Remarks At D.C. Gala

<b>Updated on Monday at 12:09 p.m. ET</b><p>President Trump's absence for the second year in a row from the annual White House Correspondents' dinner may end up being the least controversial thing about Saturday night's gathering of the White House press corps.<p>Chatter online among journalists and some in the …

Donald Trump

New LED streetlights may double cancer risk, new research warns

Britain’s new generation of street lights risk dramatically increasing rates of breast and prostate cancer, according to a new study.<p>Scientists have warned officials to consider limiting the roll-out of LED (light-emitting diode) lights after an investigation indicated a “strong link” between the …

Cancer

Why you should read China's vast, 18th century novel, Dream of the Red Chamber

<i>In our series, Guide to the classics, experts explain key works of literature.</i><p>When asked to explain the significance and pleasure of the Chinese …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'

More than 30,000 slum residents have been forced to the ‘critically polluted’ area of Mahul as the city clears land around a water pipeline and plans a bike lane to stop residents moving back<p>Away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, a sense of intense gloom pervades Mahul. The former fishing …

India

Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

The big prizes go to books on war, terror, cancer and extinction, feeding our morbid curiosity about the gruesome ways in which things can go wrong. But there is an underappreciated genre of books that recount the facts of progress. These improvements are not as photogenic as the bursting bombs and …

Books

If the elite ever cared about the have-nots, that didn’t last long

The knee-jerk denigration of Brexit and Trump was bad enough, but now it is being intellectualised<p>Ten days or so ago, on the great sunlit upland of empathy and rational debate that is Twitter, the science writer Ben Goldacre drew his followers’ attention to an image posted by someone else. “Brexit …

TED Talks

A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR

“There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”<p>When Josiah Zayner watched a biotech CEO drop his pants at a biohacking conference and inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, he realized things had gone off the rails.<p>Zayner is no stranger to stunts in …

Does the Illuminati control the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea

If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people whose investigative toolkit consists entirely of Google and a lively imagination.<p>The most recent would-be …

Conspiracies

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind's evolutionary journey

<b>Let’s go back to the beginning. When did we and our ape cousins part ways?</b><br>Scientists are still working on an exact date – or even a date to within a million years. Like many of the big questions in human evolution, the answer itself has evolved over the past few decades as new discoveries, …

Humanity

Dutton’s dark victory

It’s a fine December morning in the northern Canberra suburb of Belconnen, and in the cafe opposite the Department of Home Affairs a crowd watches …

Australia

Natural painkiller nasal spray could replace addictive opioids, trial indicates

Risk of overdose could be far lower, say researchers, as fundraising for human clinical trials begins<p>A nasal spray that delivers a natural painkiller to the brain could transform the lives of patients by replacing the dangerous and addictive prescription opioids that have wreaked havoc in the US …

Medicine

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

The aim of the campaign against the Mueller investigation and the FBI is clear: Obstructing justice.<p>The FBI issued an extraordinary statement on Wednesday, pushing back on the release of a partisan congressional memo alleging the bureau used improper evidence to obtain legal permission to surveil a …

Donald Trump

5 things Trump's attempted firing of Robert Mueller teaches us

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, only to be talked out of doing so when White House general counsel Don McGahn refused to follow through because he disagreed with the President's reasoning, a source told CNN Thursday night.<p>That's a …

Donald Trump

Heavy security as Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens in Indian cinemas

Rumours that film features love scene between queen and her Muslim conqueror leads to blanket security at premieres<p>The Bollywood epic Padmaavat has opened in cinemas across India under blanket security after months of fierce protests.<p>The film crew has been attacked, sets have been vandalised, …

India

If a woman has these 14 qualities never let her go, scientists say

People in long term relationships will someday get to the point where they need to ask themselves: Is this really the person I want to spend the rest …

University of Michigan

Scientists Counted All The Protein Molecules in a Cell And The Answer Really Is 42

This is so perfect.<p>Biologists have served up the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything.<p>That answer, as you may know, …

Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript pieced together and deciphered

Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century after their discovery, an Israeli university has said.<p>The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been …

Archaeology

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

Imperial College London

For Trump, this time bankruptcy won't get him out of a mess

<b>(CNN) —</b> "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," the saying goes. But in Donald Trump's case, that expression could be amended to: "When the going gets tough, Trump files for bankruptcy" -- at least with respect to his ventures that hit especially hard times.<p>So, given that history, is …

Donald Trump

The wider cost of Australia’s housing affordability crisis | Judith Brett

Seventy-five years ago, at 9.15 pm on Friday, 22 May 1942, following a program of “plantation melodies”, Robert Menzies made his 15-minute broadcast …

Housing

Mike Pence visits Middle East but US role as peace broker may be over

Under Trump, relations between the Palestinian leadership and Washington have soured – and Pence’s trip is expected to confirm the enmity<p>It’s not the trip to the Holy Land that Mike Pence might have imagined. For a start, the US vice-president – an evangelical Christian – is no longer welcome in …

Israel

Donald Trump’s Fake News Mistake

After more than two weeks of buildup, my fellow press critic Donald Trump finally tweeted a link to his Fake News Awards. The awards, which he deemed important, were selected to single out “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media” for proper scorn.<p>But Trump’s list of 11 winners (or …

Donald Trump

Feeling lonely? Meet the people who suffered extreme isolation – then found happiness

Steve talks in a way that makes you want him to keep talking. His warm humour immediately puts you at ease, which makes it difficult to process what he is describing: a period in his late 20s, about two decades ago, when loneliness felt so engulfing he could barely speak. He craved the company of …

Mental Health

Neuroscientists Have Followed a Thought as It Moves Through The Brain

We didn't think it was possible.<p>A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in unprecedented …

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point?

Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of land vertebrate vanished for good. Even insects suffered a mass extinction – the only time before or since. Entire …

Biodiversity