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A statue of Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi, who was killed in 1957. K. Gituma/Wikimedia

Why Kenya’s Mau Mau gave up their fight

The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.
In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

Women in Arab countries find themselves torn between opportunity and tradition

In countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, it's now official policy that women should go to college and work outside the home. But cultural pressure to marry and have kids remains strong.
Examining the fossilised teeth of dinosaur species like Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus can reveal clues about their diets and place on the food chain. YuRi Photolife/Shutterstock

What we learned from dinosaur teeth in North Africa

Teeth can reveal a lot about diversity when they are reasonably well-preserved.
Within Iran’s lower classes, there is a highly conformist youth culture. Farzin Mahmoudzadeh

How Iran’s millennials are grappling with crippling US sanctions

Despite what you might see on the news, many of Iran's young people are far from rebellious. Instead, they have dealt with dwindling job prospects by conforming to a strict code of morality.
Traditional medicines sold at a South African market. Rebecca and William Beinart

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

In the 1950s, the African yam was exploited by drugs firm Boots to produce cortisone. But South Africans fought back against the plundering of a plant that they used for traditional healing.
Whether by biology or behavior, some people in the crowd will transmit coronavirus to more than the average number of others. AP Photo/Kin Cheung

What is a super spreader? An infectious disease expert explains

The novel coronavirus spreading outward from Wuhan, China, will get an assist from a subset of infected people who transmit it to many others.
A man wearing a face mask prays at Erawan shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 29, 2020. Thailand has five reported cases of coronavirus. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

Is the coronavirus outbreak as bad as SARS or the 2009 influenza pandemic? A biologist explains the clues

Scientists do not yet know the severity of the current coronavirus. A biologist who worked on the 2009 flu pandemic offers insights on that outbreak as well as the SARS outbreak.

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