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Have Mosquitoes Killed Half the World?

Duration:
9 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 October 2013

Have mosquitoes been responsible for the death of half the people who have ever lived? Tim Harford assesses the claim. And he looks into a charity’s statistic that 96 elephants a day are being killed in Africa.

Plus, a return to the subject of left-handers – could it be true that they are more likely to be criminal masterminds?

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