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Can’t face running? Have a hot bath or a sauna – research shows they offer some similar benefits

Charles James Steward, Coventry University

Using hot baths or saunas shouldn't be considered as a substitute for exercise. But they can mimic some of the health benefits.


Garden bird feeders are boosting blue tit numbers – but leaving other species hungry

Jack Shutt, Manchester Metropolitan University

Eating bird food was also linked to a nearly four-fold increase in their breeding densities.

Could music provide an unlikely source of inspiration for improving human relationships with forests? Paul Jones / UOW Media

The guitar industry’s hidden environmental problem — and the people trying to fix it

Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong; Andrew Warren, University of Wollongong

Following scandals over illegal logging, and with an appetite for rare, old-growth wood, the guitar industry is rethinking its environmental footprint. Australian companies are leading the way.

A Eurasian beaver swimming in Devon’s River Otter catchment, UK. Nick Upton/Alamy Stock Photo

Rewilding: four tips to let nature thrive

Sophie Wynne-Jones, Bangor University; Ian Convery, University of Cumbria; Steve Carver, University of Leeds

By studying where rewilding has worked well around the world, we've worked out the dos and don'ts.

President Ndaw, centre, as Vice-President Goïta (in uniform) looks on, during his inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020. Michele Cattani/AFP

Inside Mali’s coup within a coup

Boubacar Haidara, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?

Thorn in Lukashenko’s side: Roman Protasevich arrested at a rally in Minsk, March 2017. EPA-EFE/Tatyana Zenkovich

Roman Protasevich: dissident Belarus journalist whose defiance enraged Europe’s last dictator

Jennifer Mathers, Aberystwyth University

Fears grow for the young dissident journalist after he was taken off a Ryanair flight.


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