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Ahead of the midterm elections, Facebook has been attempting to avoid a repeat of the controversy over democracy-damaging misinformation spread on its sites during the US 2016 presidential race. As part of this effort to better root out misleading and untrustworthy users, Facebook has been carrying out a series of...
WHO: Measles spreading in Europe due to dropping vaccination rates The World Health Organisation (WHO) is attributing the rise of measles in Europe to a drop in MMR vaccinations. The first half of 2018 saw a surge of reported measles cases across the continent. Over 41,000 individuals (children and adults) caught...
You might think that Instagram has hit peak saturation – surely everyone who wants to post pictures of their plates is doing it already? Nevertheless, this week the picture-sharing social network launched a new, lighter – #thinspo – version of their app in order to broaden their reach into...
Recycling has been hailed as the solution to the world’s waste problem for centuries. It saves money – it costs $30 per ton to recycle and $50 to send waste to a landfill – and protects the environment from the lasting effects of waste pollution. Enthusiasm for recycling has...
Experts disagree with WHO gaming addiction diagnosis An expert in biological psychology has criticised the World Health Organisation’s recent decision to class gaming addiction as a mental health disorder, arguing that the decision risks pathologising a hobby that the vast majority of people can enjoy harmlessly. In January this year, the...
Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May declared the UK’s housing market broken, and this year, the crisis continues. Housing is not being built fast enough to keep up with demand, and prices are surging way above income growth. Recent figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows just how...
The child migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border is intensifying, as the Trump administration remains reluctant to take responsibility for (or end) its policy of separating young children from their parents despite a fierce international outcry. Widespread condemnation of US President Trump has greeted the recent flood of pictures and...
Last winter, the “Beast from the East” (known in the Netherlands as the “Siberian bear” and in Sweden as “snow cannon”) brought a flurry of snow and heavy rain to the UK. It disrupted major transport routes, closed schools and was generally greeted with resentment by the majority of...
The ease with which information can be spread online is both a blessing and a curse. Technology has enabled and protected those speaking truth to power; it also empowers those too trigger-happy with the share button. Facebook drew a lot of heat in the days after Donald Trump’s shock election...
On Tuesday, the UN celebrated World Environmental Day by publishing a report on fighting the world’s growing plastic problem. In a year which began with the shocking news that plastic would outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050, the report was surprisingly optimistic. More than fifty nations are currently...