People worldwide are living longer, healthier lives. A new study of mortality patterns in humans, monkeys and apes suggests that the last few generations of humans have enjoyed the biggest life expectancy boost in primate history.
Modern life is killing children with the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer rising 40 percent in the past 16 years because of air pollution, pesticides, poor diets and radiation, scientists have warned.
Twenty-five years ago, the Midlands villages of Moira, Donisthorpe and Overseal in the UK overlooked a gruesome landscape. The communities were surrounded by opencast mines, old clay quarries, spoil heaps, derelict coal workings, polluted waterways and all the other ecological wreckage of heavy industry.
It was group discussion time at reSTART, a woodsy rehabilitation center about 30 miles outside Seattle, West Coast seaport city, US. Four residents sat around the living room and talked about their struggles with addiction, anxiously drumming their fingers on their legs and fidgeting with their shoelaces. One young man described dropping out of college to seek treatment for the crippling problem that brought them all here: Compulsive Internet use.
In the midst of growing Islamophobia in the US, artist Sandow Birk embarked on a nine-year project to transcribe and illustrate the entire Qur'an by hand. The result is more than 300 ink and gouache paintings depicting all 114 chapters as parables of contemporary American life.