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  • Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Is it better to spend £3 on a bacon sandwich or a pint of beer? Or to spend £2,000 on a holiday in the Seychelles rather than fix a leaky roof? As consumers we are usually very able to decide which option offers the better return on our investment...

  • Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Unfinished works of art have long had a poetic allure. Such works are attractive to us today, in part, because of the curiosity and sadness that inevitably accompany fragments. What have we lost? What might it have become? Perhaps more...

  • Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    A new DNA sequencing technique lets scientists track genetic errors in individual cancer cells. For the first time, they can reconstruct a tumour’s life history and understand how an error in a cell’s DNA led to the uncontrollable growth of a tumour.

  • World’s largest drum is in space

    World’s largest drum is in space

    Universities in the US have long wrangled over who owns the world’s largest drum. Unsubstantiated claims to the title have included the “Purdue Big Bass Drum” and “Big Bertha”, which interestingly was named after the German World War I cannon and...

  • Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer Helena Fone offers tips on how to be mindful behind the wheel. This is the ability to focus on the present when our mind tries to take us into the future, or the past, causing stress, anxiety and even...

  • A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    Loneliness affects people of all ages, young as much as old. It’s now seen as so serious it’s classified as a public health problem. It’s presented as an “epidemic” causing a wide range of health problems that threaten to cripple health...

  • Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    If you take an interest in ethical consumerism and plan to treat someone special this February 14, what dilemmas lie ahead? You might already be conscious of getting child labour and slave-free chocolate, a recycled card, even fair trade gold, and...

  • In eastern Syria, the infants of a dying IS 'caliphate'

    In eastern Syria, the infants of a dying IS 'caliphate'

    They were born in a "state" that no longer exists, most to fathers who are dead and mothers whose countries don't want them back. These are the children pouring out of Baghouz. Their grimy faces are the only ones visible in the sea of black veils...

  • Underground water could take over century to respond to climate change

    Underground water could take over century to respond to climate change

    Groundwater is the biggest store of accessible freshwater in the world, providing billions of people with water for drinking and crop irrigation. That’s all despite the fact that most will never see groundwater at its source – it’s stored...

  • Artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs

    Artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs

    For every person in the world who receives a cornea transplant, there are 69 others who still need one. That leaves about 12.5m people with limited sight because there aren’t enough eye donors. But what if we could grow new corneas in the...

  • Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

    Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

    More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the UN warned Tuesday, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels. In a bid to safeguard hearing, the World...

  • Change the way you wash your hair to help the environment

    Change the way you wash your hair to help the environment

    When you hear about businesses with a high environmental impact or activities with a high carbon footprint, you are probably more likely to imagine heavy machinery, engines and oil rather than hairdressing. Yet hairdressing, both as a sector and...

  • Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    If you’ve ever seen someone in a club on MDMA, it may not surprise you to hear it’s linked to a heightened ability to share other people’s feelings and emotions. Yet in our new study, we found that even when the effects have faded, mild MDMA users...

  • Adopt an olive tree... and breathe new life into Spanish village

    Adopt an olive tree... and breathe new life into Spanish village

    "They're over 500 years old," says Sira Plana proudly as she points to Oliete's olive groves, many of which are thriving now thanks to an adoption scheme that has prevented this northeastern Spanish village from dying out. For an annual fee of...

  • AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday. From the flu and asthma to...

  • Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast

    Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast

    Even under the most conservative climate change scenarios, sea levels 30cm higher than at present seem all but certain on much of the UK’s coast by the end of this century. Depending on emission scenarios, sea levels one metre higher than at...

  • Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Organisations offering services related to mental health need to be more approachable for younger people, according to the Richmond Foundation. The NGO, which provides community mental health services, said most mental health related issues tend...

  • Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Lara Sierra looks into a new way of treating patients that could save lives and cut millions off healthcare deficits worldwide. So why don’t we know more about it? Physicians who specialise in lifestyle medicine tend to abhor the title. It sounds...

  • The court’s calculator

    The court’s calculator

    A judgment delivered on January 10, 2019 in the names of Alfred Cuschieri v Mary Louise Refalo (577/10GM) Civil Court, First Hall is a significant one in the sense it may have very well reconceived the judicial approach to quantification of...

  • Emoji are becoming more inclusive, but not necessarily more representative

    Emoji are becoming more inclusive, but not necessarily more representative

    At least 230 new emoji, including different skin tones and genders, are due to be released this year. That’s a leap on 2018 when only 157 emoji were added to the Unicode Standard – the code used to support emoji on different platforms. In addition...