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Old banger v diesel: Which is the most toxic?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:54:52 GMT

Tom de Castella bet that his petrol-fuelled old banger was cleaner than his dad's 2009 diesel. The test showed some new cars are worse than either.

Can we teach robots ethics?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:46:16 GMT

We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching.

Baby loss: 'People sharing stories is the biggest comfort'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:16:28 GMT

Stillbirths are rarely spoken about. But insights from those who have navigated the heartbreaking experience can help parents come to terms with their grief.

The UK city where sex work is banned, but hasn't stopped

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:30:38 GMT

Hull is the UK's only city to have banned sex workers from its red light district. The council says the policy is working. An ex-sex worker disagrees.

The Viking therapy club

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 00:23:05 GMT

Hundreds gather in Wolin, Poland, to recreate Viking culture and take part in fierce, competitive battles. For a significant number, it’s a way of escaping their past - a past scarred by violence.

The making of a male midwife

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:46:34 GMT

When a teenage boy in Birmingham said he wanted to become a midwife, he found himself swimming against the tide.

Why don't I want to have sex with the man I love?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:21:03 GMT

At first Stacey thought she wasn't normal, then she thought she might be ill. Finally she discovered she was actually asexual.

The daydream that never stops

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:15:59 GMT

When does living in a fantasy world become a problem?

I should be home-schooled, but I spent 10 months on Xbox

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:35:30 GMT

After Mohammed was excluded for bad behaviour, he was home-schooled - but it didn't work out.

My work as a prostitute led me to oppose decriminalisation

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 01:16:22 GMT

Sabrinna Valisce worked as a prostitute for 25 years and long campaigned for decriminalisation. Now she describes herself as an "abolitionist".

Will my anorexia stop me going to university?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:25:45 GMT

Every time Maya eats, she has to run off the calories - she's been ill for two years, but now she wants to go to university.

Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:31:21 GMT

It was one of the world's most opulent railway stations. Then it fell into disrepair. Now the building is showing new signs of life.

'We're scared of our adopted son'

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 02:24:26 GMT

One couple says more need to be done to help parents struggling with children who exhibit violent behaviour.

The island where people eat puffins

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:05:07 GMT

In a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of the seabird is a reminder of home.

It took me 20 years to talk about my childhood

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:44:52 GMT

Claudio Yanez didn't talk about the terrible things that happened to him as a child in care, but eventually he decided it was time to confront his past.

Andy Murray: Tennis women make the same sacrifices as men

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:47:39 GMT

Andy Murray says he never set out to be a spokesperson for women's equality, but for BBC 100 Women, he writes about his hopes for a level playing field.

The island people with a climate change escape plan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:27:41 GMT

The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.

The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:02:24 GMT

How the East German secret police caught a young man who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War.

My life on a plate

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:59:28 GMT

The revealing stories food bank meals tell

A 'goodbye kiss' to Cassini

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:23:37 GMT

Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen

Starting from scratch in Uganda

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:11:40 GMT

Uganda took in more refugees than any other country last year and provided them all with land. But they have to clear it and build a home themselves.

100 Women: ‘I dye my hair brown to be taken more seriously at work’

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:54:28 GMT

A Silicon Valley CEO reveals her secret to getting ahead in business - darkening her blonde hair, wearing glasses and dressing in loose-fitting clothes.

The Liverpool app that sidesteps the banks

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:46 GMT

Israeli company Colu has launched a digital currency in Liverpool, which is only open to locally-owned and run businesses.

100 Women: 'I didn't mean to plead guilty'

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:41:31 GMT

As part of BBC 100 Women, one former inmate in Sierra Leone explains how she ended up in prison partly because she couldn't read.

I wish I'd told my son he could start again after dropping out

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:41:00 GMT

When Zoe's son went to university he stopped answering calls and eventually dropped out. A year later he was dead.

My brother’s killer is now my friend

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:15:44 GMT

Denise Taylor spent more than a decade trying to get her brother's killer out of prison.

How one girl's illness changed what a nation eats

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:20:13 GMT

How one child's illness led to a revolution in Dutch farming and dramatically reduced the use of antibiotic drugs.

G4S: 'What I saw when I went undercover'

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:33:50 GMT

Callum, 21, is a whistleblower. This is the story of how he exposed violence and abuse at an immigration detention centre.

I was a neo-Nazi. Then I fell in love with a black woman

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:42:16 GMT

She was a violent white supremacist. But an encounter in prison changed Angela King's life forever.

How the demand for sand is killing rivers

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:46:35 GMT

Demand for sand in Kenya is driving the illegal sand harvesting industry, causing loss of ecosystems and even deaths.

My partner vanished without warning. I had to find him

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:08:41 GMT

Kirsty and Zack had just celebrated the birth of their son when Zack vanished. Kirsty was determined to track him down.

Inside the bridal store for refugees

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:33:54 GMT

Meet the woman who dresses refugee brides

Why I became a jihadist poetry critic

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:43:44 GMT

Osama bin Laden, like other jihadists, wrote poems. These might not win any literary prizes, but Elisabeth Kendall believes they could help fight extremism.

The city that just can't stop growing

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:44:11 GMT

Thirty years from now the population of Nigeria will have doubled. How can Lagos - Africa's largest city - cope with its spiralling numbers?

Does the world need polymaths?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:53:56 GMT

Is there a role in today's world for the polymath - someone who knows a lot about a lot of things?

The brainwashed teens fleeing to Europe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:13:04 GMT

On the streets of Europe, we meet teenage boys trained by IS. Their testimony reveals wide-ranging plans to turn children into killers.

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:57:39 GMT

In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government.

'Upskirting': It happened to me

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:46:21 GMT

After Gina Martin took a stand against 'upskirting', we asked if readers had ever experienced it. They had.

Invasion of the jellyfish: Is it time to get frying?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:19:26 GMT

With jellyfish numbers increasing rapidly in the Mediterranean, one biologist says if we can't beat them we should eat them.

Me and my scar: It took me 45 years to love my body

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:11:38 GMT

Sylvia Mac spent most of her life trying to hide the scars which cover her body - the legacy of a childhood accident. But at the age of 48, she decided it was time to stop hiding.

The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:17:29 GMT

Legend has it that a group of Scots settled in the Italian Alps in 1525 and never left. Could it possibly be true?

Cam-girls: Inside the Romanian sexcam industry

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:47:43 GMT

In Romania, thousands of women work as "cam-girls", earning money by undressing and talking to clients on the other side of the world.

Upskirting - how one victim is fighting back

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:50:15 GMT

Gina Martin explains what happened after she had a photograph taken up her skirt without her consent.

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:16:39 GMT

A London mural of Hokusai's Great Wave was nearly destroyed when a drug lab exploded next door, but there are many more on walls around the world.

Feeling 1% more 'Elvis' in a little town in Germany

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:54:24 GMT

Bad Nauheim is very proud of its connection to the King of Rock of Roll.

Kenya election: The men of violence making a fresh start

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:18:25 GMT

Ten years after a contested election led to 1,500 deaths in Kenya, two perpetrators of that violence are trying to prevent a repetition.

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 01:18:23 GMT

Gordon Hartman realised there were no parks where his daughter Morgan, who is disabled, could play. So he decided to build one.

She rang me as bombs fell... Then she vanished

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:35:06 GMT

A mother pleaded for help from an air raid shelter. A BBC reporter then tried to track her down.

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:47:47 GMT

For the last 23 years, US diplomat Matthew Nimetz has been trying to resolve the dispute over Macedonia's name.

A country divided: How it affected me

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:38:01 GMT

Personal stories from the time when British colonial India became two new countries - India and Pakistan.

Beaten up for being gay

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 01:08:32 GMT

Six people affected by homophobic hate crimes share their stories.

Calling your husband by name for the first time

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:00 GMT

Millions of Indian women have never used their husband's name - it's a way of showing respect for him. But campaigners are now urging some of them to change their ways.

Did antidepressants help make this man a mass-murderer?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:37:21 GMT

Did the antidepressant sertraline help make Batman Killer James Holmes a mass-murderer?

The extraordinary life of a 91-year-old beauty queen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:05:38 GMT

Krystyna Farley is a pageant star in the US state of Connecticut, but her life was not always this glamorous.

Norway: The country where no salaries are secret

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:23:59 GMT

In Norway, anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid, and it rarely causes problems, writes Lars Bevanger.

Defeating 'the most dangerous threat'

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:43:19 GMT

Lt Jamie Robertson had just weeks to prepare Kurdish recruits to fight so-called Islamic State militants

The gardeners of Kabul

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:34:39 GMT

Mr and Mrs Omari braved bombs and gunfire to tend to their beloved garden.

The skills calculator closing the gender pay gap

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:13:22 GMT

How Iceland is trying to bridge its gender pay gap

Murdered by her stalker

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:27:20 GMT

Are the police failing to keep victims safe?

Separated from my family for 60 years

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:07:24 GMT

Mohamed came to Sheffield from Yemen in the 1960s and is desperate to be reunited with his family.

Why can mornings be so difficult?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:37:43 GMT

Like Minds: Why it can feel impossible to get out of bed.

The gardener of Kabul

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:34:05 GMT

Eighteen-year-old Hamidullah finds refuge in his garden amidst the daily dangers of living in Kabul.

'I want to get rid of my Polish accent'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:14:35 GMT

Kasha lives in the UK but has found some people are hostile because of her Polish accent.

Hell in a bottle: I survived an acid attack

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:20:59 GMT

Acid attacks are on the rise. BBC Stories meets four survivors who have suffered as a result of this growing trend.

Remembering anti-apartheid legend Steve Biko

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:40:20 GMT

The funeral of South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was held in September 1977.

Lele Tao: The 'online goddess' who earns $450k a year

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:46:57 GMT

24-year-old live streamer Lele Tao has one million fans, mostly young men. The first of a three-part series.

What's so special about Eric?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:07:01 GMT

Eric is a therapy dog transforming lives in his community and helping Karen recover from a stroke.

My dad jokes about my first period

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:22:49 GMT

Comedian Gary Meikle is a single dad - when his daughter got her first period she turned to him.

The women who fed the UK in World War Two

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:23:15 GMT

During World War Two, women and girls volunteered for farm work to produce vital food supplies.

'It's OK to make mayonnaise while on your period'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:11:54 GMT

No more myths: Lahatra, a scoutmaster and science teacher, tells boys the truth about periods.

The first men to walk the Great Wall of China

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:01:59 GMT

Three friends finished their epic trek along the Great Wall of China in September 1985.

The wedding that broke centuries of tradition

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:37:25 GMT

In 1959, Japan's Crown Prince Akihito married a non-royal bride.

Bristol mum: 'I had to go without food so the children could eat'

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:11:40 GMT

Toni's children live below the poverty line, so summer lunch club is a lifeline.

'I was groomed and sexually abused by 30 or 40 men'

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:04:30 GMT

From the age of 13, 'Ben' was abused by older men but says he was ignored by the authorities.

'The greatest gift you can give is forgiveness': Growing up a sex worker’s daughter

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:21:29 GMT

Laal Batti Express explores how the daughters of Mumbai's red light district found power in forgiveness.

How PrEP changed Matt's life

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:27:59 GMT

How taking pre-exposure drugs revolutionised one gay man's relationship with sex.

Silk Road: Google search unmasked Dread Pirate Roberts

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:18:00 GMT

The man who beat the FBI to identify the mastermind of global online drugs market Silk Road.

Canvey Island is at high-risk of flooding. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater.

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:25:43 GMT

There are some parts of Essex which are low lying which are bordering close to the ocean. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater

The palace in India where time stood still

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:34:13 GMT

The Raja of Mahmudabad speaks to Witness about the effects of partition on his family

The birth of the water baby

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:04:10 GMT

In 1977 a state hospital near Paris began changing the way women gave birth.

The call centre for ex-gangsters

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:09:16 GMT

Chris, who spent years in a US prison, has restarted his life in Mexico in the most unexpected place

7 days quiz: What is Dolly's latest venture for kids?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:56:40 GMT

7 days quiz: It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?

7 days quiz: Which renowned thinker is connected to Victoria Beckham?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:14:27 GMT

7 days quiz: It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?

How 'MeToo' is exposing the scale of sexual abuse

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:50:32 GMT

Women and men are sharing personal stories to highlight the magnitude of sexual harassment

Who's 'allowed' to tell a black trans woman's story?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:56:26 GMT

A new film about transgender icon Marsha P Johnson started a debate about copyright and identity politics.

New Zealand town funds its own petrol station

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:18:44 GMT

Residents fed up with a two-hour drive to buy fuel decide to take matters into their own hands.

Japanese zoo mourns anime-loving celebrity penguin

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:28:53 GMT

Grape the penguin became an online star after he "fell in love" with a cardboard cut-out in his enclosure.

The female psychologist running Risley men's prison

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:45:49 GMT

When 44-year-old Pia Sinha became governor of Risley prison, she needed to adapt quickly to its overwhelmingly male culture.

Two days in an underwater cave running out of oxygen

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:16:13 GMT

Xisco Gràcia experienced a diver's worst nightmare after finding himself without oxygen in an underwater cave beneath Mallorca.

'I kept my daughter's body at home for three weeks'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:37:07 GMT

When her daughter died, Gilli Davidson wanted to keep her at home - the funeral director made that possible.

The National Front member who fell in love with Calais Jungle migrant

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:18:06 GMT

Béatrice Huret once delivered pamphlets for France's National Front, but then she met an Iranian migrant. After falling in love she helped him set off on a dangerous journey to the UK.

The secret photo stash of a young IS fighter

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:03:28 GMT

Three young IS militants lay dead on the banks of the river Tigris. Who were they and what were they doing in Iraq?

Eddie Maher: How I took my family on the run for 19 years

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:46:40 GMT

Eddie Maher went on the run after driving off with £1.2m in a Securicor van. Remarkably, he kept it up for 19 years taking a wife and children from one US city to another.

Fighting for equality in big-wave surfing

Sat, 06 May 2017 23:26:27 GMT

Female surfers were banned from taking part in a major surf competition. But a small group of determined women changed that.

Why do people swear?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:23:47 GMT

If you see the F-word spelled out with all four letters, are you more offended than when you read F with asterisks? And if so, why?

How do you build a runway over a motorway?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:32:58 GMT

Heathrow's third runway could involve planes taking off from a "ramp" over a motorway. How would this work, asks Harry Low.

What happens if you drink five litres of undiluted squash?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:49:39 GMT

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure at London Zoo drank five litres of blackcurrant squash before being tranquillised. What impact would this have had?