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Eight podcasts to get between your ears this year

The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.
Gifted children can benefit from being grouped together in specialist schools or classes. from www.shutterstock.com

Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Failing to provide an appropriate education for students who are gifted increases the risk of mental health issues, boredom, frustration, and behavioural problems.
Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Bots without borders: how anonymous accounts hijack political debate

Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
Eight US states plus the District of Columbia have legalised cannabis, in conflict with US federal law. Steve Diapola/Reuters

What does Donald Trump think about drugs?

The next American administration will have to choose between following Barack Obama's reform course or relaunching the war on drugs, nationally and internationally.
Fighting drug cartels and counterinsurgencies to get US aid has been a deadly job for Colombia’s military. Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

Is the US really ready to end its drug war?

Will America end its aggressive counter-narcotics strategy, which has battered Latin America for four decades?
Food tattoos run the gamut of knuckle tattoos to cake mixers. Peter Woodman/Flickr

Kitchen ink: foodies, chefs and tattoos

From images of knives to cupcakes, foodies are increasingly etching their identity on their skin. And for chefs, tattoos are markers of non-conformity, self promotion and resilience, as a new book testifies.
Scurvy was common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables. from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is scurvy and is it making a comeback?

Scurvy is a historical disease caused by severe and chronic deficiency of vitamin C. Its recent reemergence is a poor reflection of the nation's diet.
Mexico often detains Central Americans before they reach the US border, including children, like Kendri Hernandez, 3 (L) and Andri Yovani, 2. Carlos Jasso/Reuters

How the US is outsourcing border enforcement to Mexico

Beyond the challenges posed by President-elect Trump, Mexico has its own issues with border security, 3,000 kilometres to the south.

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