How do we leave a message for a million years from now?
People whose sickness is linked to certain buildings fear being labelled as mentally ill, while scientists seek evidence that their condition is real.
As the first global treaty on mercury finally comes into force, what have we really learned from the Minamata mercury disaster?
Exploring the real-life and literary figures who fell.
Falls kill over 420,000 people every year. So why don't we know more about how to fall better? Neil Steinberg investigates.
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? Charlotte Huff finds out.
A mysterious kidney disease is striking down labourers across the world and climate change is making it worse.
Lengthening daylight isn’t necessarily good news where mental health is concerned.
How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters? And what might this teach us about the relationship between our moods and sunlight? By Linda Geddes.
When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates. Ian Birrell learns about the tragic consequences.
What's it really like inside an Alpine radon clinic?
Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.
Burning peatlands may be the cause of South-east Asia’s haze, but who’s to blame?
A haze has periodically wafted over Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the pollution remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.
How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and physically?
Exploring how design can improve the lives of people with dementia.
How can we move away from mental health clinics that are dark, sad and scary?
Can the way hospitals are designed improve the experiences of staff and visitors, and even the recovery of patients? Lucy Maddox finds out.
A visual history of school design.
Researching the microbial communities of indoor spaces.
The controversy over using formaldehyde in buildings.
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?
As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career studying chimpanzee behaviour, her animal welfare activism, and accusations of plagiarism in her latest book.
Images from a day with an asbestos removal company.
The history of the town Asbestos, told through the eyes of the Jeffrey Mine.
A photographic history of asbestos in the 20th century.
Why is asbestos still killing people? Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.