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21st century life

Mining disasters and rescues

Harmony Gold praised its rescue team on Sunday evening, after it completed a 12-hour rescue mission to bring to the surface 486 mineworkers trapped 2.3km underground by a fire at Kusasalethu Gold mine. What causes these accidents?

Body parts up for adoption

"Adopting" a poisoned liver or an amputated leg may seem macabre, but it's an innovative way to fund essential medical education.

Is it wrong to not want kids?

As world population swells to 7.3 billion, more people are choosing to go "child-free" - but still feel criticised by "breeders", they say.

World Toilet Day is no joke

Imagine this: you are stricken with acute, severe diarrhoea in a public place. The catch: there is no toilet.

High-protein diet not green

The high-protein diet craze is bad news for the environment. Learn how to make greener dietary choices, yet still pack in plenty of protein.

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20 head lice myths debunked

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live in human hair. They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact. Check out this infographic to learn more.

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Is your diet causing gout?

Suffering from gout? There's a lot you can do to prevent this horribly painful condition. Start by cutting out these 14 foods.