In 2012 Felix Baumgartner ascended 39km into the stratosphere for a record-breaking space jump, but he would not have made it back to Earth alive without being protected by his pressure suit and helmet.
Now in its 20th year, the Wellcome Image Awards showcases some of the best science pictures using techniques ranging from microscopy and tractography, to the more traditional illustration and photography.
In this extract from the Wellcome Book Prize-shortlisted How To Survive A Plague, David France explores the ground-breaking collaboration between activists and researchers to contain the AIDS epidemic.
A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is helping more people in Kerala, India, to end their days at peace and at home. Jeremy Laurance meets the man leading the movement.
Millions of people are left dead or disabled by surgical complications each year when one simple piece of kit could have saved them. Jane Feinmann discovers how it has helped transform medicine in Mongolia.
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