This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning
If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts?
How HIV became a matter of international security
Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too.
How VR could break America’s opioid addiction
Can virtual reality really soothe pain? Jo Marchant meets the doctors who say yes, and who hope this is a solution for the country consuming 80 per cent of the world’s opioid supply: the United States of America.
Why we need to start listening to insects
You may not think of the buzz and whine of insects as musical, but the distinctive pitch of mosquito wingbeats could tell us how to fight malaria.
The life-saving treatment that’s being thrown in the trash
Diagnosed with leukaemia in his early 40s, Chris Lihosit was saved by umbilical cord blood from three babies. But why is cord blood banking still the exception rather than the norm?
What does it mean to be human?
Gaia Vince discovers that analysing the genetics of ancient humans means changing ideas about our evolution.
Print your own body parts
For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world.
Virtually painless – how VR is making surgery simpler
Surgeons and their patients are finding that virtual reality can relieve the pain and stress of operations – and it’s safer and cheaper than sedatives.
How much does it hurt?
Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors measure it?