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Urbanisation might be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continent

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Temperamentally blessed

Just one in five people will be lucky enough to avoid mental health problems throughout their life. How do they do it?

Elizabeth Svoboda

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Living among humans favours fearless problem-solvers interested in new things. That's how city birds get smarter

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