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Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival
Medical scan
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Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival

Can our immune systems help us fight cancer? Have unions finally cracked the tech sector? And is 90s house music making a comeback?
24 Jun 2022
DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks
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DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks

Should we take steps to guard our genetic security? Is wind power overpriced? And why are so many of us turning off the news
17 Jun 2022
Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat
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Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat

Has Scotland’s minimum drink price failed? Has Jordan reached a tipping point for women’s rights? And will seaside towns be abandoned to the waves?
10 Jun 2022
Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback
Online gambling
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Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback

Why are strict new gambling laws in doubt? Can activists justify flying to an environmental conference? And is Top Gun: Maverick leading a celluloid r…
3 Jun 2022
Quitting China, social age checks and dental deserts
Chinese tourism
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Quitting China, social age checks and dental deserts

Why has AirBnB given up on China? Are social networks finally taking age limits seriously? And why is it so hard to find a dentist?
27 May 2022
SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights
Ambulances parked outside an NHS hospital in London.
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SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights

Are we closer to understanding sudden infant death syndrome? Has a Trump-appointed judge given hope to trans Americans? And do too many British police…
20 May 2022
Polygamy, fish protests and tipping
Indian protestors shout anti-government slogans during a protest against rape in New Delhi on January 2, 2013.The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said that they would not rest until her
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Polygamy, fish protests and tipping

Why is India changing its marriage laws? What led French and British fishermen to join forces? And who really benefits from the tips we leave?
13 May 2022

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Home-working pay cuts, Taiwan and Cinderella
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Home-working pay cuts, Taiwan and Cinderella

Should people who work from home earn 20% less? Is Taiwan at risk of a Chinese invasion? And what does the failure of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest pro…
6 May 2022
Liberal democracy, medical sexism and football integrity
New Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob
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Liberal democracy, medical sexism and football integrity

What does an election in Slovenia tell us about populism in Europe? Why is the government appointing a HRT tsar? And is it too late to save the nation…
29 Apr 2022
Terrorist threats, space debris and natural history
Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service celebrate the defeat of Islamic State in Mosul
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Terrorist threats, space debris and natural history

Why has Islamic State launched a new ‘global offensive’? Is the US right to ban anti-satellite missile tests? And does the UK need a natural history G…
22 Apr 2022
Schools, births and children’s appetites
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 30: Pupils at Putney Park School sit down for their lunch on September 30, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)
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Schools, births and children’s appetites

Do private schools make pupils happier? Is the NHS still failing British mothers? And when do we learn to be carnivores?
15 Apr 2022
Sri Lanka, second homes and Siri
Sri Lankan troops
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Sri Lanka, second homes and Siri

Is Sri Lanka’s latest crisis a warning for the rest of the world? Are second-home owners facing a revolt in Cornwall? And why do most digital assistan…
8 Apr 2022
Afghanistan, Florida and Northern Ireland
Taliban fighters
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Afghanistan, Florida and Northern Ireland

Can the World Bank set the Taliban straight? Why is Florida saying ‘don’t say gay’? And what can we learn from the last trials of the Troubles?
1 Apr 2022
The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, Child Q and school uniforms
Reindeer safari in Lapland
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The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, Child Q and school uniforms

What makes a country happy? Why are the police strip-searching children? And do school uniforms have a future?
25 Mar 2022
Wheels or doors, Russian losses and speaking pig
Pigs
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Wheels or doors, Russian losses and speaking pig

What makes a social media post go viral? What does the war in Ukraine mean for pensions? And can an algorithm understand a pig’s emotions?
18 Mar 2022
Far-right spying, sport sanctions and petrol poison
A 2017 Alternative for Germany conference in Hanover
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Far-right spying, sport sanctions and petrol poison

Why is Germany spying on an elected political party? Is football waking up to sportwashing? And has lead made us all less intelligent?
11 Mar 2022
Birds, podcasts and painless nostalgia
Birds on a car
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Birds, podcasts and painless nostalgia

Why did a flock of blackbirds plunge to their death? Are big-money deals changing the podcast landscape? And can nostalgia alleviate physical pain?
4 Mar 2022
Medals, lizards and vibe shifts
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Medals, lizards and vibe shifts

Why did a US-born athlete choose to compete for China? How do lizards shed their tales? And are we ready for a vibe shift?
25 Feb 2022
Truckers, sewage and Friends in China
Freedom Convoy protesters driving from British Columbia to Ottawa
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Truckers, sewage and Friends in China

Why has Canada declared a national emergency? What can we do to clean up Britain’s rivers? And what did Ross and Rachel do to upset Beijing?
18 Feb 2022
Football violence, military trauma and potato milk
Police and England fans on Wembley Way ahead of the Euro 2020 final
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Football violence, military trauma and potato milk

Why are hooligans back in the headlines? Are our soldiers being failed by their employer? And is the humble potato the next superfood?
11 Feb 2022
French symbols, pay rises and spring
Muslim women laughing
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French symbols, pay rises and spring

Is France about to take an illiberal turn? Is it a bad thing if we all earn more? And is winter coming to a premature end?
4 Feb 2022
Religious tolerance, trans treatment and police misogyny
The star of David
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Religious tolerance, trans treatment and police misogyny

Is the Arab world re-embracing its Jews? Are the rights of LGBTQ+ people under threat? And do the police have a misogyny problem?
28 Jan 2022
Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst
Stockmarket prices
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Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst

Do investors have more power than they realise? Is Bosnia on the verge of breaking up? And who will choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury?
21 Jan 2022
Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals
A pig
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Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals

Should we be breeding more porcine organ donors? Will students lose the right to rate their university lecturers? And will football ever really come h…
14 Jan 2022
Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs
Star-gazing
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Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs

What will the James Webb Telescope accomplish? Why is the NHS sending people to comedy courses? And are drugs laws about to change in the British capi…
7 Jan 2022
Technopessimism, population and a new world order
Joe Biden
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Technopessimism, population and a new world order

Has the US given up on policing the world? Should we worry about a falling population? And is social media really a threat to democracy?
31 Dec 2021
Lost citizenship, wasted jabs and alarming doorbells
Priti Patel
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Lost citizenship, wasted jabs and alarming doorbells

Are some British citizens more equal than others? Why are governments throwing away Covid vaccines? And will even our doorbells turn against us?
17 Dec 2021
Child soldiers, gender disparity and saving techno
A child soldier
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Child soldiers, gender disparity and saving techno

Why are more child soldiers being recruited? What can be done to close the gender pay gap? And would Unesco status kill the cool of Berlin’s club scen…
10 Dec 2021
Investments Unwrapped: Watches that stand the test of time
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Investments Unwrapped: Watches that stand the test of time

Olly Mann talks to Silas Walton, founder of luxury marketplace A Collected Man, about investing in watches
7 Dec 2021
Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye
Koh Samui, Thailand
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Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye

Why is Thailand betting big on crypto-currency? Will Barbados benefit from being a republic? And what can we expect from the next generation of prosth…
3 Dec 2021
Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV
Vladimir Putin
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Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV

Will a dead moose bring down a Russian opposition leader? Who is smuggling refrigerants into the UK? And how did an Argentinian woman rid herself of H…
26 Nov 2021
Investments Unwrapped: The classic car market
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Investments Unwrapped: The classic car market

Olly Mann talks to Ashley Winston about the cars that might put you on the road to riches
23 Nov 2021
Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment
Succession: a ‘toxic joy’
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Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment

Do we need a new model for business leaders? How has Jordan’s football team reignited the gender debate? And has China silenced an Olympian?
19 Nov 2021
The VP, GPs and refugees
US Vice President Kamala Harris
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The VP, GPs and refugees

Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refu…
12 Nov 2021
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