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.
What can disabled bodies teach us about sex, and why should we listen? Katharine Quarmby reports.
Neil Steinberg takes a journey through the past and present to explore what it’s like to look different.
What does it mean to be homesick in 2015, and does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.
Chrissie Giles on her generation’s climb to Peak Booze
Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience.
Neil Steinberg flies to Japan and finds a country and culture conflicted over cute.
Like many balding men, Rhodri Marsden has learned to accept losing his hair. But male stoicism and other coping strategies – from hats and wigs to dark humour – often mask deep distress, and even suicidal feelings. Will modern medicine ever find a ‘cure’ – or does the solution lie elsewhere?
Martha Henriques finds out what it’s like growing up intersex and meets the people fighting to improve intersex rights.
Millions of people across the world want to make their skin lighter – but the treatments they use can be dangerous. Mary-Rose Abraham meets beauticians, dermatologists and their clients to walk the line between aesthetic choice and racial prejudice.
Barry J Gibb reflects on seven people who embody the brain’s functions.
Exploring how a small change in your DNA sequence can make you a natural blonde.
Finding out what drives so many of us to colour our hair.
On the movement to help disabled women express their sexuality.
How can women with learning difficulties be empowered around relationships?
Why are some people turned on by disability?
Victor, 29, lives with benign facial tumours.
Jamie, 31, was disfigured by an accident involving fire.
Edward, 38, is missing his left eye and part of his face.
A young refugee’s account of homesickness.
A Warrant Officer’s account of homesickness.
Why are we so bad at telling researchers what we drink?
What do we know about the environmental impact of hair dye chemicals?
We sent photographer Samuel Bradley to Vienna to reimagine John Osborne’s year there.
Our expert panel discuss what was it like to live with disfigurements in years gone by, and how far has society come in terms of accepting people with disfigurements.
Exploring the subculture known for doll-like make-up, bonnets and petticoats.
Rhodri Marsden tries to untangle the genetic causes of male pattern baldness.
Organ donation can save lives, but are religious taboos potentially limiting the number of organs available?
This reading list accompanies our story on emerging sign languages.