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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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…