Eating insects can be a part of the solution to our planet’s growing food and climate crises. Throughout our history humans around the world have consumed these protein and nutrient-rich creatures. This hasn't been widely adopted as part of modern West...
The centuries-old abacus once a common tool in many countries has now been abandoned around the world. But in Japan thousands of students are still taught proficiency on the abacus. Advocates argue that sliding the beads up and down with your fingers and...
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In the Divine Comedy Dante goes down the circles of Hell meeting the world’s most illustrious sinners. 700 years after his death this series explores the contemporary meaning of the seven cardinal sins. This episode is on sloth. Lazy people have been ...
In the era of Jeff Bezos Bill Gates Wall Street and big tech it is hard to fathom a more prosperous time in human history. However many believe Mansa Musa’s wealth outdoes that of all modern billionaires. Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the...
Historian Simon Schama explores how a phrase very similar to the term ‘fake news’ was co-opted by the Jacobin government in France to silence any ‘enemies of the people’. Those ‘enemies’ were foreigners like English writer Mary Wollstonecraft w...
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Scientists say they have found 'strong evidence' for the existence of a new force of nature. They have found that sub-atomic particles called muons are not behaving in the way predicted by the current theory of sub-atomic physics. There are four funda...
The phrase 'the Mozart effect' was coined in 1991 and a subsequent study describing how listening to classical music somehow improves the brain sparked real media and public interest. But is it correct and what has research discovered since? Script and ...
As a young woman Ieva Lesinska was faced with an agonising choice: Betray her father or leave her mother friends and homeland of Latvia behind forever. A film has now been made about her experience called: 'My Father the Spy.' Video by: Caitlin Snedd...
In the Divine Comedy Dante goes down the circles of Hell meeting the world’s most illustrious sinners. 700 years after his death this series explores the contemporary meaning of the seven cardinal sins. The second episode explores gluttony. From Freud...
In 2011 Japan was hit by a giant 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggering a massive tsunami. Along the north-east coast dozens of towns and villages were engulfed by the wave. The disaster triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant 250km north ...
Divya Kakran was sent to the wrestling pit in her neighborhood as a punishment for skipping school. But to her parents' surprise she took to the sport and drew attention for her strength and quick reflexes. Soon she was beating boys - a feat that made h...
Nostalgia once thought of as a brain disease is actually a healing neurological mechanism elicited in times of distress. A neurologist and a psychologist discuss what makes us nostalgic and how nostalgia though associated with pain is actually good for ...
Tonka beans have an intense flavour that chefs and food manufacturers have enthusiastically embraced. There’s just one problem – it contains a chemical that could in large enough doses kill you. Inspired by BBC Future's original article about the ton...
Picture the scene: Genetically engineered woolly mammoths roaming the Siberian Arctic as part of a prehistoric ecosystem re-established after over 10 000 years. And all in the name of fighting climate change. The team behind Pleistocene Park believe that ...
In 1957 a massive nuclear accident took place at the top secret Mayak nuclear station in the Soviet Union. At the time it was the largest nuclear disaster in history. So why has no one heard of it? Despite its size Soviet authorities managed to keep th...
In US history Paul Revere is celebrated as the lone hero alerting Americans of the impending arrival of British troops before the critical battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary war. But is this really true? The BBC sets out to e...
Given the devastating global economic impact of the pandemic it isn't surprising that interest in the idea of a universal basic income is spreading. Countries around the world from Finland to Kenya are trialing experiments in providing people with a gu...
The dazzling construction of golden resin gifted to Russian Tsar Peter the Great was looted by German troops in the 1940s. It was never seen again and after numerous searches from international teams its fate remains a mystery. Video by Irina Sedunova
In the Divine Comedy Dante goes down the circles of Hell meeting the world’s most illustrious sinners. 700 years after his death this series explores the contemporary meaning of the seven cardinal sins. The first episode explores lust. Looking at its ...
Muthulakshmi Reddy fought patriarchy and discrimination to become India's first woman lawmaker. She also became the first woman to study medicine in an all-male college. She set up many charitable institutes more than 100 years ago and they continue to se...
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A defected North Korean journalist regularly calls a faceless contact to reveal inside information from one of the world's most secretive countries. Watch the full documentary on BBC Select.
The idea of slowing down the ageing process and living healthier more productive lives is hugely appealing. It’s led to a growing trend for people looking to take control of their own biology optimising their bodies and minds through ‘biohacking’. ...
Humans have been making use of seaweed for over 45 000 years but only now are we starting to learn more about the incredible abilities of this ancient organism and the ingenious ways it can help us secure the future of our planet. Video by Kirsty B Carte...
Robert Capa and Gerda Taro the most iconic couple in the history of war photography were not actually who they claimed to be. The Jewish immigrants who met in Paris after fleeing persecution created fake identities to break into the competitive French p...
The way we live our lives is dependent on virtual and online activity. Some view the idea that our personal information online is being exploited and used for the benefit of big tech companies as 'data colonialism'. If historical colonialism seized land...