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Alzheimer: Mystery of dying brain cells solved

About 55 million people live with dementia worldwide. New research into why brain cells die is enabling scientists to develop effective Alzheimer drugs.


OSIRIS-REx and Bennu: Sample return missions explained

After a 7-year round-trip, NASA's OSIRIS-REx will drop asteroid samples to Earth on September 24. We answer your questions.


Croatia's solar energy gets a citizen-led boost

Why is there so little solar energy in one of Europe's sunniest countries? Meet the Croatians battling old socialist stereotypes and government red tape to change that.


Brain implants make disabled walk but can't read thoughts

Brain implant devices could have a transformative impact on human health. Now Elon Musk's company Neuralink can test their implants in a human trial.


UN to start ratifying historic deal to protect high seas

While the high seas make up over 60% of the world's oceans, they have long drawn less attention than coastal waters. A UN treaty aims to change that by attempting to ensure the sustainable use of ocean biodiversity.


Toxic masculinity: 'Andrew Tate is a disaster- and a victim'

Big muscles, zero emotion, and women as sex objects: Toxic masculinity is copious on the internet. The men who propagate this violent ideology are also victims of it, explains researcher Michael Flood.


Rwanda: Activists want trans and intersex legal rights

Rwanda has a progressive posture towards LGBTQ issues, but human rights NGOs want more legal recognition and protection for transgender and intersex people to ensure they don’t suffer further discrimination and stigma.


Lithium: The Czech Republic's 'white gold' rush

Europe's biggest lithium deposit is located in the Czech Republic. The government in Prague recently outlined plans to boost the country's economy by mining and processing the resource. Not everyone is keen on the idea.


Researchers examine exercise as an anti-depressant

With Düsseldorf hosting the Invictus Games for wounded soldiers, there is discussion about the effects of exercise on people with mood disorders. Therapists and researchers say sports can help people overcome depression.


Morocco earthquake: What makes buildings resilient to the disaster?

Quakes kill few, but resulting building collapse kills many more. How do we keep people safe in their own homes?


What would it take to make aviation green in the EU?

Most Europeans have heard of "flight shaming," and now the EU hopes green jet fuel will be the answer to aviation emissions. The bloc has set ambitious production targets, but not everyone is sold.


Mini plug-in solar panels: Are they worth it?

Balcony solar systems are booming across Germany. Generating electricity can save money and get people interested in green energy, say experts. But do the systems pay off for everyone?


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