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Kipling's Jungle Book is seen by some as an allegory for white colonialism in India. But there's more to it than that, writes Kipling scholar.

Researchers have just explored the broader mental health and well-being of users of fitness and food intake monitoring tools.

Something to bear in mind this bank holiday weekend …

Meet "The Great Impostor", a rogue who convinced everyone he was a priest, professor and doctor. #longreads 

From mobile phones to artificial wombs: what a breathtakingly visionary set of predictions from a century ago can teach us about our attempts to forecast the future today. #longreads 

"Trump’s bid for Greenland isn’t without historical precedent. Denmark did sell some of its territory to the US in 1917, when the Danish West Indies became the US Virgin Islands."

Your next flight could be the single biggest contribution to global warming you make all year. Experts imagine how we might travel in future, without the 'flygskam'. #longreads 

"We urgently need to change the perception of the geologist so that we can train more geologists to drive down our reliance on fossil fuels."

A boy has not been born in nearly a decade in the tiny Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. What a story, right? Well, a statistician explains why the international press attention is due to statistical ignorance.

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you're still the same person after a drink.

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How Korean popstars #BTS  became a social force by fighting for social rights

Self-determination is legal under international law – it's hypocritical to argue otherwise for Catalonia

Gaming addiction listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization. Evidence shows that gaming addiction is best viewed as a coping mechanism associated with underlying problems such as anxiety or depression.

#BluePlanet2 academic consultants have a message – it's one that humanity cannot afford to ignore: Retweet this THREAD to sensitise more people about human impact on our marine life.

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How scientists know climate change is happening #ParisAgreement  (Please retweet.)

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I helped write the IPCC 1.5°C report. It doesn't mean we have 12 years to act, it means we have to act now.

Why we should be teaching scientific thinking rather than scientific facts #science  #edchat 

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"We've created a civilisation hell bent on destroying itself – I'm terrified." @JamesGDyke , Earth scientist, explains why radical changes to society are needed if we are to escape environmental disaster.

Fossil hunter Mary Anning didn't get the recognition she deserved during her lifetime. Now her home town wants to raise a statue in her honour.

Revealed: Low income families are actually set to be worse off #budget2015  #livingwage 

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