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Teachers as 'guides': inside the UK’s first Montessori secondary school

One student is completing a project on the rise of the emoji in modern culture. Another is making notes on the incubation of duck eggs, in anticipation of a hatching the next day. Others are outside in the garden, tending to basil, which will later be sold in a local shop.<p>This is an usual place to …

Education

How women are pushing back against rape culture in South Africa

South Africa's sexual offense statistics are alarming. A high-profile court case sparked a national debate about rape culture as well as the …

Review into Hugh Papik's death calls for cultural training for health care workers

An investigation into the death of an Aklavik elder who died of a stroke after being mistaken for drunk is recommending the Northwest Territories …

Five rangers die in grim month for wildlife protectors

Rangers lost their lives in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and India<p>Five wildlife rangers and three other men working in wildlife protection have lost their lives in four separate countries in the past month, highlighting the numerous hazards rangers and their colleagues face in …

Wildlife

Superbugs which pose greatest threat to humanity identified by World Health Organisation

Superbugs which cause sepsis, pneumonia, and salmonella will soon be resistant to antibiotics, the World Health Organisation has warned as it called on governments to stop relying on pharmaceutical companies to solve the crisis.<p>Health officials have drawn up a list of 12 types of bacteria which …

Microbiology

Intelligent Machines are Teaching Themselves Quantum Physics

Machine learning could lead to unprecedented advances in quantum physics.<p>Last year, Google's DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol at Go, a strategy game like chess, but orders of magnitude more complicated. The win was a remarkable step forward for the field of artificial intelligence, but it got Roger …

Health care is not a business, but a service to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY — A nation’s health-care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said.<p>“If there is a …

Modern manners: Beyonce and the politics of pregnancy announcements

Being rude about Beyoncé is like being rude about the Pope. Tricky. One has to tread with the lightest of feet. ‘Queen Bey unveils pregnancy photos,’ screamed the internet when the singer announced she was expecting twins on her website with an, um, unusual set of photographs. A good four or five …

Thousands go online for therapy. But does it work?

Counselling apps and videochats cut queues, but some critics voice ethical fears<p>Faced with joining a desperately long NHS waiting list, Joe Rackham opted for online counselling instead. “I just felt that I couldn’t wait any longer – I was motivated and ready to deal with my issues and quite liked …

Mental Health

Fake news is 'killing people's minds', says Apple boss Tim Cook

Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech.<p>Cook also called for governments to lead information campaigns to …

Donald Trump

Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for unmasking his mistress

NICE, France (AFP) - An adulterous businessman in southern France is seeking damages of up to 45 million euros (S$68 million) from Uber over his …

France

Attack of the drones: sport’s next big buzz

They have been responsible for innumerable deaths in the Middle East during the last decade and, if Amazon has its way, will deliver millions of toasters, gift sets and novels in the future. But recently drones have begun to fulfil a less utilitarian kind of role: competition in the nascent world …

Drones

Church faces new split over attitude to gay relationships

Attempts to uphold traditional teaching on marriage likely to provoke dissent<p>The Church of England is facing a fresh crisis over its stance on gay relationships following unprecedented criticism by a group of leading retired bishops over its failure to provide leadership on the issue, and its …

LGBTQI

Twitter announces new measures to tackle abuse and harassment

Twitter announced on Tuesday that it was expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, including stopping banned users from creating new accounts and a new “safe search” feature.<p>In July, Twitter banned the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of the rightwing …

Internet

Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source

Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group “generally unreliable”.<p>The move is highly unusual for the online encyclopaedia, which rarely puts in place a blanket ban on publications and which still …

Journalism

Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from artificial intelligence? Think again

In the battle for the 21st century workplace, computers are winning. And the odds of us puny humans making a comeback are not very good.<p>A January 2017 report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that roughly half of today’s work activities could be automated by 2055, give or take 20 years. …

Artificial Intelligence