Editor's note

A sure way to annoy someone with strongly held left-wing views is to compare them to someone with strongly held right-wing views. The same, of course, applies in reverse. But new findings suggest people at the two ends of the political spectrum could have more in common than they realise. While their views may differ radically, their cognitive profiles are similar. This research builds on work to suggest that a certain type of mind lies behind dogmatic opinions. And as one of the study's authors, Leor Zmigrod, suggests, understanding this cognitive common ground could help us build bridges in these divisive times.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is raging on. But there's another massive threat to people's health in the country: a measles outbreak that's left more than 3000 people dead. Jeremy Rossman and Matthew Badham explore this far less publicised outbreak.

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

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EPA/Justin Lane

The partisan brain: cognitive study suggests people on the left and right are more similar than they think

Leor Zmigrod, University of Cambridge

A particular type of mind could be more susceptible to political partisanship, on either side of the traditionally defined political spectrum.

A health team begins to disinfect a clinic in Ngongolio, Beni, DRC. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA

Over 3,000 killed by deadly virus in Democratic Republic of the Congo this year – and it’s not Ebola

Jeremy Rossman, University of Kent; Matthew Badham, University of Kent

Two deadly viruses are ravaging the DRC. Why are we only hearing about one of them?

Environment + Energy

The good, the bad and the ugly: the nations leading and failing on climate action

Bill Hare, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Ahead of the UN climate summit, we take stock of the world's best and worst performers on climate action - including some surprise success stories.

Climate explained: how much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made?

Mark New, University of Cape Town

More and more evidence has accumulated which shows that changes in global and regional climate over the last 50 years are almost entirely due to human influence.

Health + Medicine

Dams increase the risk of malaria. Here’s why

Solomon Kibret, University of California, Irvine

Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

Ana Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis University

Anti-vaccine info online might have foreign roots and political aims.

En español

Por qué nos gustan unas palabras más que otras

Carmen Álvarez-Mayo, University of York

¿Por qué algunos sonidos nos resultan agradables, mientras que otros provocan asco? Aprender un nuevo idioma puede ayudarnos a descubrirlo.

Hacia un uso más prudente y responsable de los antibióticos en ganadería

Ana Hurtado

El uso excesivo e inadecuado de los antibióticos, tanto en medicina humana como veterinaria, favorece la aparición y diseminación de bacterias resistentes.