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Storm in a teacup over the humble nightie

A committee of village elders in southern India has banned women from wearing nighties during the day. Geeta Pandey has the story, illustrated by Priya Kuriyan. Published on BBC on [...]

The Middle East’s travelling storytellers

They keep the story of the Kurdish people alive, strengthening Kurdish unity by recognising its struggle through its history and legends, writes Rhiannon J Davies. Published on BBC [...]

Taiwan’s Rainbow village

When a 96-year-old former soldier learned that his village was going to be demolished 10 years ago, he picked up a brush and started painting – and he hasn’t stopped since, [...]

The Inter-Parliamentary Union: are they running the planet?

Apparently there's a rather unknown world government group that was established in 1889 and in operation since then; its background and implications are explained by Aaron Dykes in [...]

The insect apocalypse is here

Many people have noticed a decline in the insect population over recent years. What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? Brooke Jarvis explores the dire findings about the [...]

Rare white reindeer found in northern Norway

Sara Malm reports in The Daily Mail on December 3, 2018.

Virtual safari

Video of stunning wildlife photos from around the world, shown at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, USA. Published on BBC on November 26, [...]

So far oldest rock art discovered in Indonesia

Artwork discovered on the walls of a limestone cave in Borneo’s East Kalimantan province might just be the oldest figurative painting ever discovered, writes Andrew Masterson. [...]

Small boy upstages Pope Francis’ audience

Pope Francis' general audience featured a surprise guest appearance when a small boy ran onto the podium. All those who judged this spontaneous child, had to eat their words later. [...]

The Seed Mother

Rahibai Soma Popere lives in the tribal village Kombhalne, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Realizing that less and less of indigenous crops were growing and not longer available [...]

Tunnel of light thrills visitors

A bespoke tunnel of light created from more than 57,000 LEDs is providing festive cheer and selfie heaven to city visitors in Norwich, UK. Published on BBC on November 17, 2018.

Soundscape: The importance of sound and silence

Sound and silence have a direct, powerful influence on emotions. Here some hints how to establish life in healthy surroundings. Published in SOTT and on November 16, [...]

Mill Valley, California, blocks 5G cell tower implementation

Citing concerns of cancer and other health risks, the city has moved to block the installation of 5G cell phone technology, writes Matt Agorist. Published in New Thought Project on [...]

‘Talks’ about implanting UK employees with microchips creates alarm

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve [...]

The new ‘freedom’ and the tyranny of convenience

Freedom once meant something significant for mankind, writes Sir Julian Rose. Published on SOTT on November 5, 2018.

Way out there…

Being transported from our globe to space - way out there - and back into the human body with Google Earth video.

The mesmerizing power of Krakatau

During a dazzling recent eruption, Indonesia's Krakatau volcano creates its own lightning.

Pune, an Indian city with audacious attitude

Punekars, as residents of Pune are called, are considered high-handed across the region – often to the point of rudeness, writes Rathina Sankari. Published by BBC on October 29, [...]

Learning my mother tongue

Born and raised in Birmingham, Lola is both British and Nigerian. As the oldest daughter, she started the first generation of British-Nigerian in her family. But to what extent can [...]

Meet Hyperion

Scientists recently uncovered the largest known structure of the ancient universe, writes Doris Elin Salazarin Published on October 17, 2018.

The people vs the school system

Prince EA's poignant rap lyrics on the outdatedness of our schooling system.

Reclaiming Venice

Increased tourism is overwhelming Venice, Italy. Bruno Boelpaep's video shows the alarming trend that forces much of the native population to move away. Published on BBC on October [...]

Prehistoric art hints at lost Indian civilisation

The discovery of rock carvings believed to be tens of thousands of years old in India's western state of Maharashtra has greatly excited archaeologists who believe they hold clues [...]

Special words that don’t exist in English (yet)

September 30 is International Translation Day - on this occasion, the BBC published a video about some languages that have words and phrases that English speakers never knew they [...]

An ancient engineering feat harnesses the wind

Iran’s wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region’s harsh desert environment, writes Shervin Abdolhamidi on September 27 on BBC.

Hyderabad homes and pavements made from used plastic bags

Plastic waste is a serious problem not only in India but all over the globe. We encourage word to be spread far and wide about these two new inventions. Published by BBC on [...]

Rebuilding a relationship between father and son

The ever-ongoing struggle between generations and the effort to understand each other shown here between father and son from Ghana. Published on BBC on December 16, 2017.

No such thing as stuck

Delayed orchestra launches into an impromptu airport gig.

Malana: a Himalayan village shrouded in myth

If you look beyond the hashish haze, you’ll find a treasure trove of legends, intrigue and unanswered questions, writes Mehk Chakraborty. Published on BBC on August 22, 2018.

Plogging Mumbaikars

Meet Mumbai's singing and dancing plogging club; these litter-picking joggers collect plastic waste in a Mumbai park.

Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

Samir S. Patel follows Matt Mikkelsen through the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington to record the 'uncontaminated' natural sounds of the dawn chorus (audio sample). Published in NPR on [...]

Hindu temple in Malaysia gets stunning paint job

... with the 272 steps leading up to the Batu Caves (a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor) painted in a dazzling array of colours. [...]

Talking about sex to my Punjabi mom

Sex still being a touchy and often even taboo subject in many cultures and religions to this day, a mother and daughter from the Punjab have the courage to ask each other various [...]

The body’s natural state is health, not disease, as we’ve been led to believe

"There is a reason for every disease state. It is the body’s attempt at restoring balance," writes Marco Torres. Published on Wake Up World, on July 31, 2018.

Millions of Hindu devotees walking across India

Every year, northern India is flooded with men and women in saffron clothes walking through the streets carrying pots suspended on a stick, reports the BBC on August 9, 2018.

Where’s the gap?

Millions of commuters descend on India's railway in Mumbai every day. A special feature of carriages solely dedicated to women, helps avoid male groping, which is still widespread [...]

Monsoon in Delhi

Just in time for the heatwave in Europe and elsewhere, a refreshing view: video taken recently at Osho Dham in New Delhi.

How to hide your house from Google street maps [Infographic]

Although street maps by satellite can be a very helpful thing, nobody wants their open entrance or garage visible to those who might plan an unannounced visit with questionable [...]

The death of Anthony Bourdain and the choice between mundane or spiritual suicide

Arjuna (John Hogue) writes about mundane and spiritual suicide on the occasion of Anthony Bourdain's demise. Excerpted from Part 1 of his essay published on on [...]

Mumbai slum gets colourful make-over

Khar Danda, a tiny fishing village in India’s bustling city of Mumbai, has had a major makeover. Published on BBC on July 16, 2018.

Ten ways to gain control over your chaotic inbox

To finally gain mastery over our inboxes, we have to deal with the root causes and not just the symptoms that frequently flare up, writes Paul Levy, University of Brighton, on BBC. [...]

Google allows 3rd-party app developers read your emails

Big brother alive and well. A new report throws a damper on their claims that they protect their users' privacy. Published in SOTT and RT on July 4, 2018.

It’s not a conspiracy theory – your phone is really watching and listening to you, research finds

If you've ever had the sneaking suspicion that your phone might be watching you, new research suggests you're not being paranoid. Published on SOTT and RT on July 4, 2018.

The Power of Determination

If we want transformation to happen, it can take place in a moment. Just one moment of will, of complete determination is enough. writes Naina in The Sentinel, Assam, on June 24, [...]

Playing the piano for a century

Colette Maze is a French pianist of classical music. In this video, she speaks on how much music matters to her (French with English subtitles).

The woman with an unspeakable name

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful old woman whose age is indeterminable and whose name is unspeakable, writes Mike Eveleigh on BBC on June 20, 2018.

How social media ruins your life

Jaron Lanier, Silicone Valley's ‘computer philosopher', explains why.

FB patents system that can use your phone’s mic to monitor TV habits

System would allow Facebook to identify what adults and children are watching based on ambient noise. Published in The Guardian on June 29, 2018.

More reasons why you should take a nap

Who doesn't know the feeling of an intense tiredness descending on one's body - for example just after lunch? The head droops slightly, the eyelids struggle to remain open and the [...]

Leaving India and the best shave in the world

Justin Rowlatt, frequently also featured on Osho News, looks back on his three years on assignment reporting for the BBC from South Asia and, in particular, India. Published on [...]