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Does literature help or hinder the fight for equality?

Today, the concept of human rights is being dangerously undermined. Does literature offer us a way back from the brink?

By Lyndsey Stonebridge
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Mind, Body & Life
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Staying in is the new going out

Laurie Taylor embraces the joys of domestic quiescence.

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Science & Technology
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Period pains: how the menstrual taboo is being challenged

Social taboos over menstruation cause undue shame to millions of women – but it is finally being understood as a human rights issue.

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Culture
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In a word: global

Michael Rosen's column on language and its uses.

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Culture
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Through the hard times and the good

We might not realise it, but our image of modern Britain owes a debt to the propaganda arm of empire.

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Rationalism, Atheism & Humanism
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Book review: To Be A Machine

Mark O'Connell's study of transhumanism is a portrait of a movement that believes death is our disgrace and technology our redeemer.

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Human Rights & Ethics
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Does literature help or hinder the fight for equality?

Today, the concept of human rights is being dangerously undermined. Does literature offer us a way back from the brink?

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Science & Technology
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Fighting the flu, a breakthrough on HIV treatment, and the uses of carbon

Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Three scientists talk through big recent developments in their fields.

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Ideas
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What makes maths beautiful?

For an experienced mathematician, the greatest equations are beautiful as well as useful. Can the rest of us see what they see?

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Science & Technology
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Primordial black holes and an unprecedented discovery

Is it possible that we have witnessed the merger of two massive black holes?

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