Villagers in Xinjiang are taken  to cotton farms, sometimes hundreds of miles away. They pick the crop that ends up in Chinese clothing factories. Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

The order from Chinese officials was blunt and urgent. Villagers from Muslim minorities should be pushed into jobs, willing or not. Quotas would be se(...)

What used to be frozen is now thawing and is doing so remarkably quickly

Anyone considering a trip to Lapland and a chance to visit Santa’s headquarters this autumn? The elves and reindeer await you, but there is one ingred(...)

Exercising in the morning is more effective than post-3pm workouts for losing weight, a new US study has found. Photograph: iStock

People who exercise in the morning seem to lose more weight than people completing the same workouts later in the day, according to a new study of wor(...)

Experts said they do not know if this is a natural blip or long-term global warming that is finally catching up with the South Pole. Photograph: iStock

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern conti(...)

A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision-making, indoor air may matter more than we have realised. Photograph: iStock

You’re holed up with colleagues in a meeting room for two hours, hashing out a plan. Risks are weighed, decisions are made. Then, as you emerge, you r(...)

Actor, writer and director Jonah Hill in December 2018. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ

Who knows where the time goes? It’s been close to a decade since I last met Jonah Hill. In 2010, he and Russell Brand – then still a plausible film st(...)

Having a good lie-in at the weekend might not make up for sleep loss during the working week, research suggests. Scientists have previously found tha(...)

If a running shoe made you 25 per cent faster, would it be fair to wear it in a race? What about 10 per cent? Or 2 per cent? The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%(...)

Donald Trump made public the 2015 letter from Dr Bornstein in response to media pressure for him to produce medical records. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A 2015 doctor’s note describing US president Donald Trump’s health as “astonishingly excellent” was dictated, it turns out, by Mr Trump himself, accor(...)

Houston-based Orion Span’s Aurora Station is planned as a 35-by-14-foot module, or roughly the interior volume of a Gulfstream G550 private jet.

Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), an astronaut’s life is typically work, exercise, rest, repeat. But what if your chance of having the rig(...)

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