Meet the dogs with OCD
Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive–compulsive disorders too?
Reinventing the toilet
Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone.
My déjà vu is so extreme I can’t tell what’s real any more
When a brain tumour left Pat Long with persistent déjà vu, he began to question the very nature of reality.
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.