How we interact with our surroundings and how they affect our health. Includes climate change, exercise, nutrition and urban planning.
The next step in saving the planet: E O Wilson and Sean Carroll in conversation
To save our planet’s biodiversity – something that’s essential for our survival as a species – could biologists worldwide be united behind a single common purpose?
The cost of pure water
Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates.
How a bee sting saved my life: poison as medicine
Science for the people!
In the 1970s, radical scientists thought they could change the world – if they could change science first. As told to Alice Bell.
Where there’s smoke
A haze has periodically wafted over South-east Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.
Death in the Outback
Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord between very different cultures. Georgina Kenyon discovers the story of one young woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since.
Colour to dye for
The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it? Rebecca Guenard finds out.
Building healthier hospitals
Can the way hospitals are designed improve the experiences of staff and visitors, and even the recovery of patients? Lucy Maddox finds out.
Inside the green schools revolution
How can we design better, ‘living’ classrooms that will not only improve the lives of teachers and students, but also have less of an impact on the environment?
Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?
Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock.
Insects in the City: Can cities save our bees?
Away from intensive agriculture and sheltered from the effects of climate change, our cities may be the refuges that bees and other pollinating insects need to survive. Barry J Gibb explores.