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India’s pollution today is as deadly as the black smog that covered Britain during the Industrial Revolution

India’s pollution today is as deadly as the black smog that covered Britain during the Industrial Revolution

The health hazards of atmospheric pollution have become a major concern in Britain and around the world. Much less is known about its effects in…
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is more likely to benefit your health than harm it

Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is more likely to benefit your health than harm it

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee—about three or four cups a day—is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This…
Foreign parliaments must do more to help the embattled Rohingya

Foreign parliaments must do more to help the embattled Rohingya

As the pope made a high profile visit to Myanmar in late November, attention turned to how to help the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who…
Depression, pressure, and hype: The terrifying reality of IIT placement season

Depression, pressure, and hype: The terrifying reality of IIT placement season

The annual ritual of placements is about to kick off in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Rohan Gupta is glad he is not…
It wasn’t long ago that North and South Korea tried to make peace. What went wrong?

It wasn’t long ago that North and South Korea tried to make peace. What went wrong?

With tension on the Korean peninsula higher than it’s been for years, fears are surging on all sides that a full-blown conflict is nearer than…
Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years. Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek…
Boys can’t be boys. Here’s how to fix India’s toxic masculinity problem

Boys can’t be boys. Here’s how to fix India’s toxic masculinity problem

Every day, we hear of horrible atrocities that have taken place against girls and women in India. This is despite the fact that as a…
The battle to make French a “gender-neutral language” is emphasizing the country’s inherent sexism

The battle to make French a “gender-neutral language” is emphasizing the country’s inherent sexism

That the French language remains so central to the culture here wouldn’t surprise most people outside the country. Still, having two teenagers in French middle…
Everyone in the world should be taxed based on their energy footprint

Everyone in the world should be taxed based on their energy footprint

Technological advances and historically unprecedented income inequalities have raised living standards while enabling a new global elite to enjoy lifestyles more lavish in energy consumption…
The rich culinary history of Christmas in India

The rich culinary history of Christmas in India

Fatima de Silva Gracias remembers the years when the weeks leading up to Christmas would mean helping her mother prepare sweets and cakes from scratch…
A psychologist’s toolkit for coping with holiday conflict and anxiety

A psychologist’s toolkit for coping with holiday conflict and anxiety

Every holiday season, families and friends convene to share affection, kindness and experience. In the ideal holiday atmosphere, one often depicted in commercials and media,…
Is Facebook playing a part in the Rohingya genocide?

Is Facebook playing a part in the Rohingya genocide?

New technology can have profound impacts on society in ways never intended. The radio carried codes during the First World War, but later became a…
There’s a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry

There’s a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry

When it comes to texting, the period gets a lot of attention. People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark…

Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind as coal

Just six years ago, more than 40% of Britain’s electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is just 7%. Yet if the story…
“Assault and battery” in the delivery room: The disturbing trend of obstetric violence

“Assault and battery” in the delivery room: The disturbing trend of obstetric violence

Kimberly Turbin wasn’t expecting childbirth to be a pleasant experience, but she wasn’t expecting it to be a nightmare either. On May 4th 2013, she…
An Indian artist is turning women’s sexuality, health, and farts into Instagram art

An Indian artist is turning women’s sexuality, health, and farts into Instagram art

Tired of the sanitised, filtered, and happy depictions of the everyday lives of her friends and family on social media, Kaviya wanted to talk about…
Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier. The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us…
The discovery of stone tools in India suggests humans may have left Africa earlier than we thought

The discovery of stone tools in India suggests humans may have left Africa earlier than we thought

We are all children of Africa. As members of the hominin species Homo sapiens, you and I are the product of millions of years of…
People with depression are more likely to say certain words

People with depression are more likely to say certain words

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in…
Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and…