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  • Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    For many expectant parents, experiencing a miscarriage – whether it occurs early or late in pregnancy – can be devastating. Statistical evidence suggests that one in three or four pregnancies results in a miscarriage. The American College of...

  • Sharks reel in fans in Eastern Mediterranean winter waters

    Sharks reel in fans in Eastern Mediterranean winter waters

    The wind was blowing, clouds blocked the sun and the sea was choppy and cold, but Hagai Mayer and his two friends didn't care. They wanted to see the sharks. Every winter, as sea temperatures drop, sharks seeking warmer waters head to a northern...

  • 'Paradise on Earth': Ghost of North Korea propaganda still haunts

    'Paradise on Earth': Ghost of North Korea propaganda still haunts

    Harunori Kojima still remembers the hot tears of joy that warmed his face against the sleet as he watched two Soviet ships set sail in December 1959 from Japan's Niigata port. Destination: North Korea, which lured nearly 100,000 Koreans from Japan...

  • Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    A nurses' strike in Portugal which brought non-essential operations to a standstill for nearly three weeks over demands for higher pay ended on Wednesday after a union called it off, the government said. Operating theatres reopened fully in 10...

  • Facebook needs regulation – here's why it should be done by algorithms

    Facebook needs regulation – here's why it should be done by algorithms

    Facebook has been likened to a “digital gangster” by a critical parliamentary report into disinformation and fake news. One witness in the 18-month inquiry into the way digital platforms have transformed the flow of information describes the...

  • Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday. Without screening...

  • British consumers discard 680 million items of clothing a year

    British consumers discard 680 million items of clothing a year

    Clothing in Britain is increasingly characterised by a high volume/low value approach to business. Judging by past precedent, consumers will discard some 680m items of clothing when they spring clean their wardrobes this year. Replacements are...

  • Brexit: journalists must now focus on policy not personalities

    Brexit: journalists must now focus on policy not personalities

    Seven MPs leaving the Labour party was always going to dominate the news cycle but, given that the UK currently stands to exit the EU without a deal, political journalists should be wary about getting sucked into ongoing speculation about further...

  • Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring. Here are some of the most commonly shared myths that can be...

  • Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that...

  • Making cities more walkable: how other people influence our journeys

    Making cities more walkable: how other people influence our journeys

    Cities around the world are changing to become more “walkable”. As more and more people move to cities, the benefits of encouraging people to walk are clear. Aside from making the urban environment more pleasant, safer and less polluted, improving...

  • What happens to the natural world if all the insects disappear?

    What happens to the natural world if all the insects disappear?

    There are an awful lot of insects. It’s hard to say exactly how many because 80% haven’t yet been described by taxonomists, but there are probably about 5.5 million species. Put that number together with other kinds of animals with exoskeletons...

  • 'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the...

  • A child’s right to family

    A child’s right to family

    There is a saying which goes: “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving”. So what about the love that foster carers give to children who are not their own from birth, asks Joanne Cocks. Just stop for a...

  • Interior design of the future will seem like magic

    Interior design of the future will seem like magic

      Imagine a house where the walls change colour depending on your mood, or your tablecloth changes shape when you’re having a dinner party. A house where every item, from your cushions to your lampshades, interact with you. This might sound like...

  • Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

    Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

    A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when he was 30, forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the...

  • Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has been officially pronounced dead. Its amazingly successful mission lasted nearly 15 years, well beyond its initial three-month goal. Opportunity provided the first proof that water once existed on Mars and...

  • 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    Scientists said Monday they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease.  Influenza epidemics,...

  • Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    The evidence against chemical pesticides is mounting. An estimated 7m people are at risk from exposure to pesticides globally, while a million a year suffer or die from pesticide associated diseases. And that says nothing of the damage they are...

  • Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation. But with the possible exception of quinine –...