Young highly sceptical of social mobility

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are highly sceptical about advancement being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission. It found many young adults expected to be worse off than previous generations and believed opportunities depended on social background rather than talent. The previous commissioners resigned over a lack of […]

Ex-minister Norman Lamb urges cannabis legalisation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorman Lamb: Prohibition has not worked in any part of the world A former health minister has called on MPs to legalise the possession and consumption of cannabis. Norman Lamb backed introducing regulation of its production, distribution and sale. But his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of […]

Cervical screening error: More women affected

Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence […]

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, […]

Laser pointers should be thrown away, say safety experts

Image copyright Getty Images Laser pointers can have “terrifying” consequences for children’s eyesight and should be thrown away, suggest safety experts. In the run-up to Christmas, Trading Standards officers are stressing such devices are not genuine toys. Since 2012, at least 47 children have suffered permanent eye damage as a result of lasers being shone […]

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the […]

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” […]

‘I was aged 24, and dead for five minutes’

Image caption Lora says doctors told her she was dead for five minutes More than 80,000 young people in the UK could be living with undiagnosed heart conditions, the British Heart Foundation has warned. If undetected, the consequences can be fatal. “My lips had started going blue, I’d stopped breathing, my heart had stopped,” Lora […]

2018: The Year in Dissonance

Wow! Take a screenshot! By now you’ve revisited some of the many acts of violence that plagued this year. Let’s pause to reflect. An Award for Revisiting Three Politics Stories! An Award for Seeing Three Cool Stories About Politics! The Super-Informed Reader of Politics Award An Honorary Ph.D. in Politics (A Very Cheap Award) Oh […]