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The procession of ships in the Suez canal for its opening. Illustration from the magazine “The Illustrated London News, volume LV, November 18, 1869. DEA / BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/Getty Images

The toll and toil it took to cleave the Suez Canal through the Egyptian desert

Prior to the mid-19th century, the Isthmus of Suez – the 125km strip of land that lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – was a quiet spot.
As the U.K. leaves the European Union, what awaits Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images

Britain is about to leave the EU – what’s next?

People who support Brexit want different results from the UK's departure from the EU – and they can't all get what they want.
Miners working at Bersham Colliery near Wrexham in Wales, 1960. The National Archives UK/Flickr

Inequality now extends to people’s DNA

People who moved away from Britain's coal-mining areas have genetic profiles linked to higher educational attainment and better health than those who stayed.

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