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“Knowledge is information that we get to admire. But what about that which we have yet to acquire?” Have you heard George's podcast? Listen now on @BBCSounds  👉

🎮 Composers Winifred Phillips@winphillips ) and Jessica Curry@jessicacurry2 ) reveal the secret tricks of writing music for video games - including why it helps if you're not actually that great at playing them....

How did the loss of the last Alabama pigtoe mussel lead to the discovery of a shipwreck from 1860 with a tale to tell?

“The ideal woman, in other words, is always optimizing” Jia Tolentino on the pressures women are under to present the very best version of themselves.

🛫 If you pay to offset carbon for your flight, what are you getting for your money?

📦 Are you possessed by your possessions? @claudiahammond  explores the psychology of ownership

"I couldn't talk to anyone about it." Five women share the story of their abortion, some of them for the first time

🐶 Explore the deep and meaningful relationship between small pooches and their 18th-century owners - from the Duchess of Devonshire to Frederick the Great! A little history of the lapdog, from Dr Seán Williams@WiggishHistory )

Malawi's most famous comedian @DalisoChaponda  looks at the relationship between the UK and Africa

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Harriet Tubman, born into slavery, will replace slave-owner Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill:

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"Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomena." Mexico hail: Ice 1.5m thick carpets Mexico's Guadalajara:

We are desperately sad to announce that Jeremy Hardy, mainstay of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and The News Quiz, and one of the funniest people around, has died of cancer aged 57. Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved him.

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"Many times I've wanted to reveal that I'm a lifelong anorexic and dysmorphic. I never have. I always thought of it as a filthy secret, because I'm northern, I'm male and because I'm working class." Christopher Eccleston: 'I'm a lifelong body-hater'

Why do some people become addicts and not others? @DrGaborMate  says addiction is a response to emotional pain

"A library card is a powerful weapon to change lives. With it, we learn how to value what we have, to mourn what we have lost and to dream of what we might become." @valmcdermid  discusses the importance of public libraries.

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