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Why the New Yorker blocked UK website readers from its Lucy Letby story – an expert explains How a British military march became the distinctive sound of American graduations UN rights office urges Sri Lanka to reveal fate of the disappeared World Should Rally to Halt Unfolding Atrocities in Darfur It’s a mistake to dismiss Bridgerton as fluffy period drama How newborn chicks are helping to settle a centuries-old debate about cognition and our senses Extreme heatwaves in south and south-east Asia are a sign of things to come Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt Co-op Live: Manchester’s new concert venue was hit by delays, but a false start need not mean it’s blighted forever ‘They call us the fatherless ones’: the trauma of families devastated by the infected blood scandal will last for generations Infected blood scandal – what you need to know UK ‘taking back control’ of its borders risks rolling back human rights protections Enduring Legacy of Photojournalist Killed in Central African Republic The king’s first portrait – understanding the image Charles wants to project for his reign Cramming for an exam isn’t the best way to learn – but if you have to do it, here’s how The joy of birdwatching: research shows it can improve mental health and foster a sense of wellbeing Bridgerton is back and still frothy, but developing a more grown-up attitude – what you should see and read this week Why gymgoers should be wary of using testosterone supplements to boost their gains The UK has surged to become one of the biggest exporters in the world – but this isn’t all good news Kenya’s flood evictions may violate the law - scholar Britain’s abortion laws are still in the Victorian era, and women are the collateral damage College sports fandom shows how a shared goal can bring people together I served as a college president for nearly two decades – I know choosing the right commencement speaker can be fraught with risks Newsrooms are experimenting with generative AI, warts and all Bats in Colorado face fight against deadly fungus that causes white-nose syndrome Modi’s anti-Muslim rhetoric taps into Hindu replacement fears that trace back to colonial India History says tariffs rarely work, but Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EVs could defy the trend What is pasteurization? A dairy expert explains how it protects against foodborne illness, including avian flu Some states’ populations are very much like the US overall – including 5 key states in the 2024 presidential election Georgians rally against controversial ‘foreign agents’ bill – it’s the latest chapter in the country’s long history of political protest Attempted assassination of Slovak prime minister follows country’s slide into political polarization Beijing is walking a fine line between support for Russia and not angering the west too much Why it’s a mistake to dismiss Bridgerton as fluffy period drama Greece: Respect Fair Trial Rights of Pylos Shipwreck Survivors Kanaky New Caledonia: French authorities must uphold rights of the Indigenous Kanak people amid unrest Greece: Trial of Pylos shipwreck survivors must not be a shield in the investigation of the alleged responsibilities of the Greek authorities’ Tea is a daily delight for Bangladeshis, yet plantation workers face immense hardships Türkiye: Discriminatory restrictions and violence against Pride protesters must not be repeated Jordan: Authorities must stop forcible deportation of two detained refugees to Syria Can you control your image? Gina Rinehart, King Charles and ‘moral portraits’ Rugby league in Perth and Papua New Guinea? Here’s what could be next for the NRL Threatened species have declined 2% a year since 2000. Nature positive? Far from it. Tunisia: Deepening Civil Society Crackdown Bridgerton is a progressive fantasy about the past. Do romance readers care about its historical accuracy? Want to be buried on your own land, at sea or in a forest? A guide to unconventional send-offs Homo Pentecostus: on queer intimacies, religion, ancestry and the human need for connection After 180 years, new clues are revealing just how general anaesthesia works in the brain Nuclear subs are coming to Australia. Now the Coalition wants reactors, too. We’re not ready for it Menopause can bring increased cholesterol levels and other heart risks. Here’s why and what to do about it Cameras reveal wombat burrows can be safe havens after fire and waterholes after rain ChatGPT is now better than ever at faking human emotion and behaviour There’s $110 million for Indigenous education in the budget. But where’s the evidence it will work? The budget has earmarked $8.6 million for live music. Is it enough to save the flailing industry? Delays in western aid have put Ukraine in a perilous position Why do American rappers see Drake as not Black enough? Cancer drug pollution is a growing global concern Out with the old: Blue- and white- collar job labels aren’t cutting it anymore Rights expert condemns death of Palestinian doctor in Israeli custody, urges independent inquiry Türkiye: Kurdish Politicians Convicted in Unjust Mass Trial FIFA: Publish Robust Rights Framework for 2026 World Cup Japan: Press Saudi Arabia on Human Rights How Black teachers lost when civil rights won in Brown v. Board At the heart of the budget is the sad truth the economy is weak. That’s one reason inflation will fall Clean energy slump – why Australia’s renewables revolution is behind schedule, and how to fix it Friday essay: ‘me against you’ – Jon Ronson investigates the perpetual outrage of the culture wars We mapped a lost branch of the Nile River – which may be the key to a longstanding mystery of the pyramids If I’m diagnosed with one cancer, am I likely to get another? Denser housing can be greener too – here’s how NZ can build better for biodiversity A silent Trump with eyes closed and a convicted liar on the stand − 2 experienced observers of Trump’s criminal trial discuss what stands out Gaza: what ceasefire negotiations tell us about how each side judges its progress in the war Robert Fico: why the attempted assassination of Slovakian prime minister could fuel the information war between Russia and Europe Let It Be: rerelease of 1970 Beatles film reveals how the history of popular music is written Proposed sex education guidance in England goes against evidence and may well lead to harm Gaza update: why neither ceasefire talks nor the Rafah offensive appear to be working Natalie Elphicke defection: Keir Starmer risks feeding the perception that politics is ‘all just a bit of a game’ Joe Biden has raised tariffs on Chinese imports – but this ploy to win votes may spark a trade war Why so many animals have a third eyelid, including our pets – yet humans don’t Floods in south Brazil have displaced 600,000 – here’s why this region is likely to see ever more extreme rain in future Are we really about to talk to whales? Unlocking the body’s defences: understanding immunotherapy Gordon Brown wants £3 billion for the ‘austerity generation’. But the UK needs a more enduring solution A different way to address student encampments Google blocks access to pro-democracy protest song in Hong Kong after court ruling College students in Austin, Texas, have dwelled in windowless rooms for years − here’s why the city finally decided to ban them Humans have been altering nature for thousands of years – to shape a sustainable future, it’s important to understand that deep history Plant-based meat alternatives are trying to exit the culture wars – an impossible task? Preying on white fears worked for Georgia’s Lester Maddox in the ’60s − and is working there for Donald Trump today You should call House members ‘representatives,’ because that’s what they are − not ‘congressmen’ or ‘congresswomen’ Biden’s labor report card: Historian gives ‘Union Joe’ a higher grade than any president since FDR ‘Don’t Say Gay’ rules and book bans might have felt familiar in medieval Europe − but queer themes in literature survived nonetheless Who is Robert Fico? Slovakia’s controversial prime minister in stable but serious condition after assassination attempt Grattan on Friday: Peter Dutton’s alternative – lower migration, more homes, and a populist swipe at billionaires Bridgerton season three – all the usual froth, but a more mature edge as Regency fears of spinsterhood explored Chad hepatitis E outbreak: how the dangerous liver disease spreads and how it can be treated TikTok in Kenya: the government wants to restrict it, but my study shows it can be useful and empowering Angola’s untold history: archive project explores LGBTIQ+ lives and struggles Rwanda: Human Rights Watch Researcher Barred Tunisia: Repressive crackdown on civil society organizations following months of escalating violence against migrants and refugees Turkey joins the ranks of countries considering a foreign agent law Peter Dutton pledges to drastically slash migration in bid to free up 100,000 homes over five years Assisted dying: Canada grapples with plans to extend euthanasia to people suffering solely from mental illness From silent dialogues to vivid memories – here’s how the science of inner experience could transform gaming It’s time to give Labor’s first term a scorecard – have we actually seen any transformative vision? Climate change is linked to worsening brain diseases – new study Head of Amnesty International to make first regional visit to South Asia PrEP was earmarked $26m in the budget. What is it? Will it stop me getting HIV? Cumberland Council’s book ban has been overturned, but what is really happening in Australian libraries? Thailand: State-backed digital violence used to silence women and LGBTI activists Popeyes battle shows how big businesses protect their trademarks – even when they have no plans to come to NZ Risk of ‘genetic discrimination’ by insurance companies is ruining people’s trust in vital medical science Why is New Caledonia on fire? According to local women, the deadly riots are about more than voting rights Alice Munro followed the back roads of stories, mapping routes home to southwestern Ontario Sports are supposed to be for all – but new research reveals just how few LGBTQI+ people play sport Investigating social media harm is a good idea, but parliament is about to see how complicated it is to fix Popeye’s battle shows how big businesses protect their trademarks – even when they have no plans to come to NZ Thailand: ‘Swap Mart’ Targets Foreign Dissidents, Refugees Floating robots reveal just how much airborne dust fertilises the Southern Ocean – a key climate ‘shock absorber’ Like being ‘slapped’ or ‘kicked’: judicial bullying is a problem in Australian courtrooms Stirring films made the Snowy scheme a nationbuilding project. Could the troubled Snowy 2.0 do the same? What Honda’s big electric vehicle announcement in Ontario really means Choice and control: what can the ACCC do to stop NDIS price gouging and reduce costs? What is allyship? A brief history, present and future Postcolonial prophet or advocate of ‘barbaric justice’? A new take on the life and times of influential revolutionary writer Frantz Fanon Cancer is increasingly survivable – but it shouldn’t depend on your ability to ‘wrangle’ the health system Why cheap renewables are stalling The brain might also have a microbiome – what you need to know How supermarkets are changing their branding to make you think they’re cheaper Latest inflation figures are good news – even if they give a lot of people heartburn Peru Chooses Bigotry in Medical Services No Justice for Crackdown in Tajikistan’s Autonomous Region Two Years On New commission sheds light on how diaspora communities are impacted by foreign interference Climate change is a new hurdle for children’s physical activity levels in Canada UN rights chief, independent experts denounce Georgia’s new ‘foreign agents’ law Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa. Traditional institutions can help restore its importance Leopard DNA study in South Africa traces ancestry to ice age – and will guide conservation How to buy a good pair of sunglasses Fossil captures starfish splitting itself in two – showing this has been happening for 155 million years Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think Seagrass meadows are rapidly expanding near inhabited islands in Maldives – here’s why Ukraine war: why the Russian army is still using morse code more than a century after its invention The Karate Kid at 40: why the film’s lasting appeal stems from a simplistic stereotyping of the ‘mysterious east’ French prison break: violent scenes are a symptom of authorities’ struggle with organised crime Swipe right or left? How dating apps are impacting modern masculinity Have smartphones killed the art of conversation? Sunscreen won’t stop you making vitamin D – here’s what you should know How ‘ethical influencers’ engage their audiences about saving the planet Israel’s assault on Rafah risks making victory against Hamas more elusive UK/USA: Long lasting damage to global media freedom as Julian Assange back in UK court ahead of possible extradition to USA How the manosphere found its way into the Black community Term limits aren’t the answer An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects Viruses are doing mysterious things everywhere – AI can help researchers understand what they’re up to in the oceans and in your gut Florence Nightingale overcame the limits set on proper Victorian women – and brought modern science and statistics to nursing Gurdwaras, mosques, temples and churches: how faith groups are reviving England’s old cinemas People with disabilities have sex too – so why do some doctors think otherwise? Shardlake review – a gripping Tudor mystery that explores what fuelled the dissolution of the monasteries It’s OK to mow in May − the best way to help pollinators is by adding native plants 5 thoughts for new college grads seeking to find the right balance between meaningful work and making money Why banks consider renewable energy to be a riskier investment than fossil fuels Gambia: Landmark Swiss Conviction of Ex-Official Guinea: Victims of unlawful use of force still waiting for healthcare and justice Politics with Michelle Grattan: Budget fight looms on Future Made in Australia tax breaks Four ways EU laws affect the daily lives of European citizens today Funding might change, but Job-ready Graduates stays for now. What does the budget fine print say about higher education? Difficult work arrangements force many women to stop breastfeeding early. Here’s how to prevent this The budget couldn’t include every ‘good idea’ but not boosting JobSeeker and the Youth Allowance were obvious misses How companies calculate their carbon footprints World leaders fail to act as Israeli invasion of Rafah worsens humanitarian catastrophe Two-thirds of us support banning pet cats from roaming. A ban would save millions of native animals – and billions of dollars Symphonie of the Bicycle: on the desire to be great, and the desire to live a life with great meaning Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here? The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management Mozambique: Child Soldiers Used in Raid on Northern Town For a ‘future made in Australia’, we need more innovation and diverse people in science and tech A Glimpse into El Salvador's ‘state of exception’ New Zealanders have had their say on climate adaptation: here’s where we agree and disagree Israel’s invasion of Rafah will not eliminate Hamas or end the war. So, what is Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan? ‘Westralia shall be free!’ How Western Australia’s secessionists stoked British fears the Empire was at risk Curious Kids: why is blood red? Cheaper medicines and a new approach for mental health care. Will the budget make us healthier? Space junk comes to life in Ceridwen Dovey’s aching and profound tales of fallen astronauts Mass forced displacement in Gaza highlights urgent need for Israel to uphold Palestinians’ right to return From Barbie to Thomas the Tank Engine: How entertainment brands are adapting to Generation Alpha Green industry yes, conservation no: a budget for people, not for nature A student’s visa has been cancelled for links to ‘weapons of mass destruction’. What’s going on with Australian research security? From Bridgerton to Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes is the queen of romance. Here’s how she gets our hearts pounding I’m pregnant. Do I need a multivitamin? Students with dyslexia face challenges transitioning to the workplace, but with support they can thrive The 2023 Sir Paul Curran award for academic journalism goes to Barbara Sahakian Protecting wildlife begins with understanding how best to counter wildlife crimes Thai Youth Activist Dies in Custody Victims of Vietnam’s Formosa Toxic Spill Deserve Justice Summer 2023 was northern hemisphere’s hottest for 2,000 years, tree rings show Taylor Swift has got the 1830s all wrong Solar storms that caused pretty auroras can create havoc with technology — here’s how Asylum chaos triggers fresh tensions over how to manage Ireland’s post-Brexit border Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity Why is whooping cough surging in the UK? Falling vaccination rates may be the answer Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments Drake-Kendrick Lamar feud: What does the law say about defamatory lyrics? Cardiac rehab is a proven but underused therapy in women, but tailored resources aim to change that Weather risk can move markets months in advance: Stock traders pay attention to these 2 long-range climate forecasts Electing human rights for the Dominican Republic Yemenis struggle with unauthorized reselling of phone numbers Money from trees: What of Guyana's Indigenous people and their rights — and do they benefit from the carbon trade? A Glimpse into El Salvador's ’state of exception‘ Why do the aurora look better through a camera? And how do you spot a fake image? Q&A with an astrophotographer Chinese nationalist groups are launching cyber-attacks – often against the wishes of the government Wildfire smoke is back – fires burning across Canada are already triggering US air quality alerts in the Midwest and Plains Meet Paris’ black dandies, the Sapeurs Ghana’s forests are being wiped out: what’s behind this and why attempts to stop it aren’t working Over 26 million South Africans get a social grant. Fear of losing the payment used to be a reason to vote for the ANC, but no longer – study Thailand: Tragic death of detained activist must be ‘wake-up call’ Georgia: Dark day as parliament bulldozes adoption of repressive “foreign influence” bill Wars cause widespread pollution and environmental damage − here’s how to address it in peace accords By not lip-syncing Amy Winehouse’s songs, actress Marisa Abela confronts impossible expectations in ‘Back to Black’ Rap ‘beef’ as public spectacle is a dangerous game that artists rarely win Vatican conference on ‘climate resilience’ is the latest in a long line of environment initiatives by Pope Francis and the Catholic Church – 5 essential reads Asian Jewish Americans have a double reason to celebrate their heritage in May Why do religious teens engage in less risky behavior? A psychologist explains Iron fuels immune cells – and it could make asthma worse ‘Noise’ in the machine: Human differences in judgment lead to problems for AI Haitians looking to escape violence and chaos face hostility in neighboring Dominican Republic Confusion over how pregnancy dates are measured is widespread – and makes for uninformed debate over abortion limits Gabon: post-coup dialogue has mapped out path to democracy – now military leaders must act Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon Expressionists: Kandinsky, Münter and the Blue Rider review – a great selection of paintings let down by modern interpretations Exams: seven tips for coping with revision stress Navel gazing: checking your belly button can tell you a lot about your health Low testosterone in men associated with an early death – new study How German media attention idealises female Ukrainian refugees “I come from the world of technology where there are very few women” Did the president of North Macedonia violate an international agreement? David McBride goes to prison – and Australian democracy takes a hit Chalmers is bitten by the giveaway bug in a budget that contains good news for almost everyone Relief on energy bills for all in a federal budget that bets on lower inflation Budget 2024: Chalmers fights inflation, will it be enough for a rate cut? View from The Hill: What the Reserve Bank thinks of Chalmers’ budget will be nearly as important as the voters’ opinion Lesbian Women Set on Fire in Argentina Morocco: Criminalization of abortion has devastating impact on the rights of women and girls Longer appointments are just the start of tackling the gender pain gap. Here are 4 more things we can do Dealing with ‘unknowns’ flying in high-conflict Haiti Gaza: Israelis Attacking Known Aid Worker Locations Why people self-injure: ‘You have no other voice – and no one would listen anyway’ ‘Who brings a laptop with her to the hospital to give birth?’ – Leslie Jamison interrogates motherhood, ambition and divorce Influence, authority and power: how elite women played a crucial role in the Italian Wars of the 16th century An NRL player died at training due to exertional heat stroke. What is it and what should coaches and athletes know? Why are auroras so hard to predict? And when can we expect more? Some say the Treaty of Waitangi divides NZ – a new survey suggests the opposite is true Guilty Verdict in High-Profile Kazakhstan Domestic Violence and Murder Case Nigeria: Shell must be held fully accountable for human rights harms before being allowed to sell its Niger Delta business Want to be an influencer? Our research shows what you need to know first Caitlin Cronenberg’s ‘Humane’: Dystopian satire questions ecological disaster and compassion Long Island, Colm Tóibín’s sequel to Brooklyn, is a tale of love misdirected, misunderstood and misjudged Many new mums struggle, but NZ’s postnatal services often fail to address maternal mental health – new study Is it wrong to have a romantic type based on race? Yes – it’s a form of racism we rarely speak about 1968 was an inflection point for the US. Is another one coming in 2024? Our research shows children produce better pieces of writing by hand. But they need keyboard skills too AI can make up songs now, but who owns the copyright? The answer is complicated Scrapping the waste export levy threatens Australia’s emerging lithium battery recycling industry 154 million lives saved in 50 years: 5 charts on the global success of vaccines World News in Brief: Children in eastern DR Congo, Iran death sentence, support for Haiti Honduras: The state must guarantee truth, justice and reparation for the family of Berta Cáceres How big food companies can do more to create healthier food environments A promising new study could lead to a reduction in symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Pelvic health problems are a common experience for women – our research shows why many don’t get the help they need How do we reduce pesticide use while empowering farmers? A more nuanced approach could help Most crime has fallen by 90% in 30 years – so why does the public think it’s increased? The language of self-injury: what I’ve learned from interviewing hundreds of people who harm themselves Want to be an influencer? Our research shows what here’s what you need to know first Mexican government failing to provide decent jobs for vulnerable youth – leaving the door open to cartel recruitment Christianity is changing in South Africa as pentecostal and indigenous churches grow – what’s behind the trend Tanzania’s political parties have few women in leadership and candidate lists: some solutions Wildlife traffickers carried on their illegal trade during COVID lockdown – what legal traders can learn from their resilience Surrey, B.C., shows the rest of Canada what not to do when breaking away from the RCMP Chad: Political Transition Ends with Déby’s Election Italy: Ruling on scandal of discriminatory housing policies against Roma must finally spur authorities into action Georgia: Police violence intensifies as parliament approves ‘foreign influence’ bill Thirsty in paradise: Water crises are a growing problem across the Caribbean islands Why do people hate people? The price of rebuilding Ukraine goes up each day − but shirking the bill will cost even more Mary McLeod Bethune, known as the ‘First Lady of Negro America,’ also sought to unify the African diaspora Binge drinking is a growing public health crisis − a neurobiologist explains how research on alcohol use disorder has shifted ‘Dancing’ raisins − a simple kitchen experiment reveals how objects can extract energy from their environment and come to life Jim Chalmers’ third budget will have a surplus of $9.3 billion for this financial year International Booker prize 2024: six expert reviews of the shortlisted books The metaverse could change our religious experiences, and create new ones Philippines’ Marcos Forms Toothless Rights ‘Super Body’ Stressful life events can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s Most people still think barristers need to sound posh, our research shows – but accent discrimination serves no one Reddit’s share price has held since it went public, but the firm’s unique structure could be its undoing Billions are spent on educational technology, but we don’t know if it works Paris, Texas at 40: how Ry Cooder’s soul-stirring soundtrack tells a tale of heartache and redemption Why climate change is making parasitic diseases harder to predict Italy: Ruling on scandal of discriminatory housing policies against Roma must finally spur authorities into action Young voters share their expectations ahead of South African elections Egypt: Halt crackdown on people voicing concerns over economic crisis Boycotts, protests, harassment: Eurovision’s future is on the line after its most controversial year yet NZ’s big chill was an early winter warning: power should be subsidised for struggling households It’s so hard to see a doctor right now. What are my options? What is the process of an athlete being ‘medically retired’ due to concussion? Iraq: Looming Camp Closures in Kurdistan What causes the different colours of the aurora? An expert explains the electric rainbow How a long-lost fish species was brought back to Bendigo A minute’s silence is fine but when it comes to violence against women, being quiet isn’t enough ‘A budget for mums and middle Australia’: Jim Chalmers UK Football Regulator Should Not Give Abusers Blank Check China: Overseas students face harassment and surveillance in campaign of transnational repression Where did money come from? AI-assisted writing is quietly booming in academic journals. Here’s why that’s OK Too many Australians aren’t getting a flu vaccine. Why, and what can we do about it? 15,000 squares, 500 hours, 19 months: how I used embroidery to make sense of Australia’s catastrophic fires More desalination is coming to Australia’s driest states – but super-salty outflows could trash ecosystems and fisheries Gender Queer was the last book an Australian council tried to ban. It’s still being appealed in federal court What is it about Gaza? Wars are raging around the world, so why are young people so passionate about this one? Can university protest camps be removed? What does the law say? Nigerian students who stammer face barriers and stigmatization in schools “A budget for mums and middle Australia’: Jim Chalmers Historic Haida Nation agreement shows the world how to uphold Indigenous rights Divorce rates are falling: Are Canadians too poor to break up? Professional sport commissioners are fighting to preserve league integrity amid gambling scandals Canada is falling behind its peers in terms of living standards — can it catch up? Representing Gaza: Artists are using social media-based comics as resources and resistance Madagascar’s ancient baobab forests are being restored by communities – with a little help from AI Malawi’s school kids are using tablets to improve their reading and maths skills Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Africa: disturbing new trends are driving up the numbers Why do some trees lose their leaves and others don’t? The Conversation’s Curious Kids podcast Indigenous women are most affected by domestic violence but have struggled to be heard. It’s time we listened With Pause, US Joins Other States Stopping Arms Transfers to Israel UN expert raises alarm over unfair treatment of pro-Palestinian student protesters in US Germany: British-Palestinian Doctor Denied Schengen Entry Love is the driving force behind the cries, the marches and the search for our disappeared loved ones A jacket, a coin, a letter − relics of Omaha Beach battle tell the story of D-Day 80 years later Lassa fever case in Paris: what you need to know Mexico’s criminal gangs stir up political violence ahead of election season AI system can predict the structures of life’s molecules with stunning accuracy – helping to solve one of biology’s biggest problems I’ve spent decades overseeing relief operations around the world, and here’s what’s going wrong in Gaza National Gallery 200: Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo’s Mary Magdalene is a powerful piece of storytelling Did a worm really eat part of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s brain? Apple’s ‘crush’ advert annoys people across the generations – that’s why it misfired The fossils being formed today will show how humankind disrupted life on Earth Gaza campus protests: what are students’ free speech rights and what can universities do? Why you should never take nutrition advice from a centenarian Baby Reindeer: fans will always go sleuthing so real people must be better protected Cement is a big carbon emitter and quality is costly: a civil engineer explains What should you do if you can’t pay your rent or mortgage? National Gallery 200: an intriguing Victorian painting of the gallery by a little-known artist The UN has a ‘list of shame’ for those who harm children in war – but who is missing? Nostalgia hasn’t always been a tool for manipulating our emotions – it was once a medical condition Small but mighty, plankton are some of the most powerful creatures on Earth Bird flu detected in Colorado dairy cattle − a vet explains the risks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus Medicine doesn’t just have ‘conscientious objectors’ − there are ‘conscientious providers,’ too What are roads made of? A pavement materials engineer explains the science behind the asphalt you drive on Algorithms help people see and correct their biases, study shows Engineering mini human hearts to study pregnancy complications and birth defects Sports gambling creates a windfall, but raises questions of integrity – here are three lessons from historic sports-betting scandals How Jason Kelce built his personal brand and became a Philly legend Sudan’s descent into chaos sets stage for al-Qaida to make a return to historic stronghold How cannabis and psilocybin might help some of the 50 million Americans who are experiencing chronic pain Budget to pledge billions more in funds and fresh effort to tackle intractable housing crisis Four of the most consequential political defections in British history A new campaign wants to redefine the word ‘nature’ to include humans – here’s why this linguistic argument matters Stefan Simanowitz: There will only ever be one Mandela but there are many others around the world following in his footsteps Right wing victory in North Macedonia presidential and parliamentary elections How can we measure the size of Australia’s illegal cannabis market – and the billions in taxes that might flow from legalising it? High Court dismisses key challenge to indefinite immigration detention. What does it mean? A brief history of found footage video art – and where Macklemore’s Hind’s Hall fits in Sky-high vanity: constructing the world’s tallest buildings creates high emissions Germany: British Palestinian Doctor Denied Schengen Entry The Global Coalition for Language Rights: A space for language justice Floods and flooding ‘will be part of our lives,’ says Brazilian architect and urbanist Nepal: Systemic descent-based discrimination against Dalits needs urgent action – NEW REPORT Sleep wrinkles are real. Here’s how they leave their mark Wearable devices can now harvest our brain data. Australia needs urgent privacy reforms Confused or playing for time? 3 possible reasons NZ is taking so long to make a call on AUKUS Nigerian Journalist’s Detention Threatens Press Freedom Global: Plans to monitor worldwide biodiversity deal risk harming the rights of Indigenous Peoples Europe: Authorities must protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of Nakba Remembrance Day A sex scandal that’s boring the public − and a judge forced to keep Trump focused No more bad accents, stereotypes or cringe: why the rise of multilingual TV is good news for everyone Feral horses in Australia’s high country are damaging peatlands, decreasing carbon stores Yes, spending on health is growing, but new research shows we’re getting more for it Friday essay: our culture sees women’s bodies as faulty machines, but there are other birthing possibilities We looked at over 166,000 psychiatric records. Over half showed people were admitted against their will Women in rich countries are having fewer kids, or none at all. What’s going on? Andrew Tate’s extreme views about women are infiltrating Australian schools. We need a zero-tolerance response University campuses should be places of peacemaking, not venues for proxy wars Somalia urged to take ‘concrete action’ against officials who violate citizens’ rights Locals in Aruba protest unsustainable growth of hotel and tourism industry Divesting university endowments: Easier demanded than done Ottawa’s efforts to modernize regulations fail to prioritize public safety over profit Game changer: A labour group in Québec is pushing for a province-wide video game workers’ union Anti-Loitering Laws Will Not Help California Fight Human Trafficking Georgia: Authorities must address violent attacks against critics and bring perpetrators to justice Pet-owners: watch out for foxtail seed pods that can harm your dog or cat this summer Why US offshore wind power is struggling – the good, the bad and the opportunity Science journalism in South Africa: social media is helping connect with new readers African sci-fi: body hopping, artificial wombs and angry ghosts in a future Botswana Digging into the colonial roots of gardening Femicide: many countries around the world are making the killing of women a specific crime – here’s why it’s needed More than a third of urban Chinese live in sinking cities – here’s what they can do Swifts delayed by cold and wet springs face mounting problems as the climate changes New sickle cell disease drug approved for use in England – here’s how voxelotor works Why evolution often favours small animals and other organisms A new generation of Vietnamese migrants is protesting against their home government Raymond Briggs: new exhibition reveals bloomin’ brilliant life and work of much-loved cartoonist Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests Doing a job you find meaningful is great – until it consumes your life Sex headaches: a pain in the neck or something more sinister? Do you feel like you belong at work? 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