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Questions over £40m spend on healthcare taxis

The taxis are being used as ambulances for non-emergencies and to get a patient home after an operation.

23/06/2024 BBC

Breaking both legs to get taller: The rise of cosmetic height surgery

The complicated and costly operation to lengthen a femur is nothing new, but it’s traditionally been relegated to people with bone disease or accident victims. Today, with YouTube channels dedicated to its effects and public figures like Rich…

23/06/2024 El País

Contemporary art in the concrete donut: The Hirshhorn turns 50

The national museum was born thanks to a collector’s donation of 12,000 works. An exhibition of its treasures celebrates the anniversary of its Washington D.C. location, an icon of Brutalist architecture

23/06/2024 El País

The battle for lithium: US and China fight over Argentina’s white gold

President Javier Milei is making the most of the global competition to ensure access to a mineral that is critical to making batteries for energy storage and EVs. Residents of boom towns wonder how long it will last

23/06/2024 El País

A simple recipe for onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, with salted plums

Onigiri is a ball of rice with something inside, similar to how a sandwich is two slices of bread with something in between

23/06/2024 The Independent

It's not as world-famous as ramen or sushi. But the humble onigiri is soul food in Japan

The word “onigiri” became part of the Oxford English Dictionary this year, proof that the humble sticky-rice ball and mainstay of Japanese food has entered the global lexicon. The rice balls are stuffed with a variety of fillings and typically…

23/06/2024 The Independent

When the cost of living bites, some things have to give – including the things you love

For Cathi Olivieri, giving up on music would be like giving up on life. To the 55-year-old professional classical musician, who plays and teaches viola and violin, having music in her life is “like an imperative that you have to obey”. But lately,…

23/06/2024 The Guardian

Why a 12-year-old took action against period poverty

A German girl organises a big contribution to a South African charity tackling period-poverty issues.

23/06/2024 BBC

Deaf woman's long road to Buckingham Palace speech

When Hafwen Clarke taught 500 people how to say thank you in sign language on the lawn of Buckingham Palace, it was the culmination of years spent spreading knowledge of signing to those around her.

22/06/2024 BBC

Kenya protests: Gen Z shows the power of digital activism - driving change from screens to the streets

This is a powerful moment for digital activism. The protests have seen significant participation from young Kenyans who are using digital media to organise and voice their opposition.

22/06/2024 The Conversation

New York’s Fat Beach Day gives plus-size people a space to be themselves

Fat Beach Day events are springing up across the US in an effort to fight back against fat-phobia, reclaim safe spaces for the community and honor plus-size culture.

22/06/2024 The Guardian

Popular theory claiming Easter Island’s population collapsed due to ‘ecocide’ is disproved

How modern archaeological research has rescued the reputation of the world’s most remote ancient civilisation

22/06/2024 The Independent

Research reveals toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ accumulate in testes

New research has found for the first time that PFAS “forever chemicals” accumulate in the testes, and the exposure probably affects children’s health.

22/06/2024 The Guardian

How to Exercise Safely During a Heat Wave

An expert in heat-related illnesses outlines the dos and don'ts for when you're exercising or working outside this summer.

22/06/2024 Wired

In the race for new energy strategies, why does home insulation always lag behind?

In the battle for Downing Street, only the most eyecatching political policies are given a chance to shine, and insulating Britain’s draughty homes seldom makes the grade.

22/06/2024 The Guardian

Coming out later in life was hard. But I’m the happiest I’ve ever been

Coming out is…complicated. I grew up in a very Catholic family. All through elementary, middle and high school, I never considered that I might be gay. That word was slung around playgrounds and hallways with derision. It was, at my young age, the…

22/06/2024 NPR

At 91, a Nigerian artist who reimagined the crucifixion gets a Smithsonian show

Bruce Onobrakpeya was unafraid to challenge the conventions of the art world — and was celebrated for it. This giant of African art is basking in the joy of his first Smithsonian solo exhibition.

22/06/2024 NPR

Could therapy horses be the solution to Britain’s prison crisis?

A rehabilitation programme is using ‘equine therapy’ to break the cycle of crime and ease overcrowding in prisons.

22/06/2024 Al Jazeera