Plants found in ancient pills offer medicinal insight

Plants found in ancient pills offer medicinal insightDNA extracted from 2,000-year-old plants recovered from an Italian shipwreck could offer scientists the key to new medicines.
Carrots, parsley and wild onions were among the samples preserved in clay pills on board the merchant trading vessel that sank around 120 BC. It's believed the plants were used by doctors to treat intestinal disorders among the ship's crew.

Santa Cruz Wicca Community Celebrates Days of Fire, Fertility

Santa Cruz Wicca Community Celebrates Days of Fire, FertilityThe fire pit mirrored the circle created by the witches. Fire dancers enclosed the group while the beating of the drum echoed the witches’ chants as they sang praises to their god and goddess, welcoming them into the circle.

In a cave with Werner Herzog

In a cave with Werner HerzogDuring two brief periods a year, a few select paleontologists, geologists and other specialists receive special permission from the French government to pass through a vault-like door on a cliff above the Ardeche River in southwestern France. Once inside the Chauvet cave, they become members of an exclusive group — those who have witnessed, in three dimensions, the oldest known art in the world.

South African woman tells of spiritual healing temptation

South African woman tells of spiritual healing temptationShe is being initiated as a "sangoma" - one of South Africa's traditional spiritual healers, who still occupy a powerful position in society.
An estimated 70% of South Africans will visit a spiritual healer before seeking conventional medical help.
Lesego Mangwanyane is watching the ceremony. She is a young journalist from SAFM radio and is sceptical of the sangoma, but as the drum beats she begins to feel uneasy.

Vietnam: Between tradition and modernity

Vietnam: Between tradition and modernityBack in the mid-1990s I was on a gap year before university and had somehow ended up in mid-West America. Wandering through a neighbourhood in La Crosse, Wisconsin, I saw groups of women in brightly-coloured dresses tending to corn crops in their front gardens and washing their clothes in large buckets on their porches.