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Scientists Have Created Living Concrete That Repairs Itself

Self-healing buildings.<p>Most people would admit that concrete's not the most exciting concept, but concrete with added bacteria that repairs itself …

Jo Cox killed by 'well of hatred', says Jeremy Corbyn

Jo Cox was killed by a “well of hatred”, Jeremy Corbyn has said in an emotional tribute to the Labour MP in her constituency town of Birstall in West Yorkshire.<p>The Labour leader, appearing alongside David Cameron, also announced that parliament would be recalled on Monday to pay tribute to Cox “on …

Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot and stabbed as husband urges people to 'fight against the hate' that killed her

• Latest news and devlopments on Jo Cox murder - Click here<br>• Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot in Birstall, Leeds<br>• Suspected attacker named locally as Thomas Mair<br>• Husband urges people to 'fight against the hatred that killed her'<br>• An MP who devoted her life to British democracy<br>• Her death was a senseless …

Politicians condemn 60% foreign ownership of London skyscraper

John Prescott, who approved UK’s tallest residential building, speaks out after Guardian reveals a quarter of flats in it are held by offshore firms<p>The former Labour deputy prime minister John Prescott has attacked the buy-up of almost two-thirds of the UK’s tallest residential building by foreign …

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If atheists do have values, what are they?

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have no religion, he observes, some believers are saying that atheism is also a sort of faith. Though an atheist, he is not of the Dick Dawkins school, and so does not respond with …

Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding

Academia’s war on women is real. Even though women outnumber men both in college enrollment and graduation rates, colleges aren’t exactly bending over backwards to accommodate them. From skyrocketing costs resulting in women taking out more loans—and incurring more debt—than men to the complicity …

Fidel Castro gives rare speech saying he's nearing the end

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech Tuesday to the Communist Party that he put in power a …

Brexit is necessary to protect NHS from TTIP, says David Owen

The NHS will be at risk of further privatisation if Britain stays in the EU because of the major trade deal being negotiated with the US, David Owen will say on Wednesday.<p>Lord Owen, who was health secretary for Labour in the mid-1970s before co-founding the SDP, said it would be impossible to take …

Whatever the fallout from Panama, the rich will continue to go offshore 

Forgive me if I can’t summon up the required levels of foaming indignation about the fact that rich people and Third World despots hide their loot in offshore tax havens.<p>Certainly the 11  million documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm will provide everyone with weeks or months of entertainment …

US stocks edge mostly lower in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging mostly lower in early trading as the market extends a slump into a third day.<p>Energy stocks bucked the downward trend and moved higher Wednesday as the price of oil rose 3 percent. Chevron rose almost 1 percent.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 37 points, …

Panama Papers: offshore firm set up by Cameron's father was moved to Ireland in year son became PM

David Cameron was forced to issue a statement on Tuesday detailing his family's personal tax arrangements amid growing international scandal surrounding the Panama Papers leak.<p>Mr Cameron took the unusual step of insisting that neither he, his wife or children receive any benefit from an offshore …

Cruz, Sanders emerge victorious in Wisconsin primaries

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz stormed to a commanding victory in Wisconsin Tuesday, denting front-runner Donald Trump's chances of capturing the GOP nomination before the party's convention. Democrat Bernie Sanders triumphed over Hillary Clinton but still faces a mathematically difficult …

David Cameron claims victory in battle with EU over migrant arrival rules

No 10 says that UK pressure has stopped scrapping of the Dublin regulation, which states refugees must claim asylum in the first country they arrive in<p>David Cameron will claim on Wednesday that Britain has won a battle in the EU that will prevent more asylum seekers from travelling to the UK and …

Junior doctors begin fourth strike in contract dispute

More than 5,000 operations rearranged and NHS boss says hospitals face a difficult period as medics walk out for 48 hours<p>NHS bosses have said the latest strike by junior doctors, under way from 8am on Wednesday, will make life difficult for hospitals, which have had to cancel more than 5,000 …

British drug smuggler: 'I might have had a lot of blood on my hands'

After her release from jail in Peru, Michaella McCollum says her actions could potentially have killed people, but she is not a bad person<p>A drug smuggler released from prison in Peru has admitted she might have had “a lot of blood on her hands” if she had managed to transport cocaine to …

Support for leaving EU likely to be overstated in polls, analysis suggests

One of the only major pollsters to correctly call the UK general election in 2015 says that problems still remain in the way polls are being done<p>Telephone polls that show a double-digit lead for those who want to remain in the European Union are most likely to accurately reflect the thinking of the …

Emerald Life looks to address LGBT insurance concerns

Firm will launch home, life, wedding and pet insurance products aimed at the gay and lesbian community<p>An insurance provider which has unveiled products specially aimed at the LGBT community has said that gay people often feel ignored when buying financial services.<p>Emerald Life, based in London, …

Steel shrivels while Britain’s balance of payments crisis grows

The publication of the worst figures since the war should set alarm bells ringing. This is the deficit the austerity chancellor should have been concerned about<p>A record balance of payments deficit of £96.2bn (5.2% of GDP) for 2015, and £32.7bn (7% of GDP) for the fourth quarter alone – both higher …

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UK would struggle to negotiate EU exit in two years, warns O'Donnell

If Britain votes to leave the EU it would be “highly unlikely” exit terms could be negotiated within the required two years, according to the former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell.<p>“I’m in that camp that doesn’t think we can do it in two years,” O’Donnell told the BBC. He called the idea of …

Bow Down to Beyoncé's All-Female Drum Line From the Super Bowl

"OK, ladies, now let's get in formation."<p>Last night's Super Bowl halftime show (and Super Bowl broadcast, TBH) did not truly take off until Beyoncé arrived with her troop. As The Cut notes, her backup included an all-female drum line, which made everything else in the 12-minute spectacle an …