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Science

The ugly duckling of health and social reform

Image: Christian Bardenhorst Over 60s have always made up a significant minority of the prison population, but are now the ‘fastest growing’ demographic in custody, said Nigel Newcomen, Prisons and Probation ombudsman, in his annual report. The implications of this, for the way health (and social care) is delivered in the prison service, are often slightly […]

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Environment Science Science

What are microbeads and why could they be banned?

Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced plans to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products by the end of 2017, in line with regulations already put in place by the American and Canadian governments. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to a variety […]

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Environment Science Science

How Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’ will combat climate change

The ‘Great Green Wall’ was planned to be a 9 mile wide streak of trees, running through the 11 countries that touch the Southern border of the Sahara’s Sahel desert. In some countries, namely Senegal and Burkina Faso, planting has already begun, says Elvis Paul Tangam, the African Union Commissioner who is heading the project. […]

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Comedy Fringe

Review: The Wimps Show

There’s no shortage of improvised comedy at the Fringe, but this may well be some of the most amusing, and consistently well executed. Their premise is simple: 3 ‘players’ on stage take suggestions from the audience as a basic platform for completely improvised scenarios. The resulting sketches are often absurd, but that only adds to […]

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Fringe Music

Jambouree – BBC Castle Stage

“We’re going to funk your socks off” said Mischa Stevens, bass guitarist, huskily into the mic as Jambouree began their Monday evening set on the BBC Castle stage. They’re a regular fixture of Edinburgh’s up and coming jazz scene, but the boys have had an impressive summer: playing at some big name festivals like The […]

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Science Science

The EU Referendum: a “disaster” for British science?

There has been considerable debate surrounding the upcoming EU referendum, and around which choice would be the most successful politically, socially, and economically. However a newer argument has emerged: concern about the impact of Brexit on British science. Alongside 150 fellows of the Royal Society, Stephen Hawking has signed an open letter declaring that leaving […]

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Environment Science

Despite rising living costs, price of oil remains affordable

Oil prices are at their lowest point since the 90s, having dropped to $26.21 a barrel in February. This contrasts with a decade of relative stability in oil prices, with an average cost of $100 per barrel, before the global oil market fell sharply by 70 per cent in June 2014. On the ground, gasoline […]

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Science

Children with depressed parents more likely to be fussy eaters

Image: nvainio (Flickr) It is well accepted that a parent’s eating habits can profoundly affect those of their children. However, new research would suggest that an adult’s mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, can adversely affect their child’s attitude to food. ‘Fussy’ eating is identified as a selective, but consistent, rejection of certain food […]