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Government drops scheme to stop people being wrongly stripped of their benefits because it is a ‘burden’

A “yellow card” scheme to cut the number of people pushed into poverty after being wrongly stripped of their benefits has been dumped.<p>The reform - …

DWP

News, sport and opinion from the Guardian's UK edition | The Guardian

Weekend<p>Last week Sweden passed a law making sex without mutual agreement rape. But in Britain, attempts to educate men about the issue have met resistance<p>For 65 years, the Soho restaurant has been the place where Labour lunches. But next month might see it shut<p>With husbands, sons and fathers dead …

Harvey Weinstein

Cruel Tory ruling on disabled benefits overturned in court - The People's News

My son lives in Cornwall and, aged 45, has been disabled since he was six months old after a vaccination precipitated Salaam epilepsy. In hospital, …

Grammar schools: Is selection good for social mobility?

<b>As the government reiterates its pledge to provide £50 million to expand existing grammar schools in England, Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has criticised the plans as "absurd". She said that the evidence was "clear they do nothing to improve social mobility".</b><p>The Department for …

Grammar

Government to give £50m to expand grammar schools despite concerns over funding crisis

The government has announced plans to hand over £50m to existing grammar schools to help create thousands of new places despite a funding crisis in …

United Kingdom

Most DWP Frontline Staff 'Say Universal Credit Should Be Scrapped'

Shock poll suggests misgivings among benefits officials.<p>HuffPost UK<p>Universal Credit has been beset by problems in its roll out.<p>Two-thirds of …

Universal Credit

30 mind-boggling optical illusions that will drive you crazy

In the past two years, the internet has given us The Dress, a photo of a mysterious missing leg, and this disorienting floor design.<p>If you're still hungry for more, INSIDER rounded up a mix of classic optical illusions, baffling viral photos, and mind-boggling designs that'll leave your head …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline: How to watch every MCU film and TV show in chronological order

Come <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> later this year and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have been rolling forward for exactly 10 years. As these movies …

No time for aliens: how the MoD tried to prove no one's out there

Report collating a decade of UFO sightings in 1990s was intended to protect ministry from more X-Files inspired requests<p>It was 1997, the 50th anniversary of the suspected flying saucer crash at Roswell in New Mexico, and the heyday of the paranormal mystery series The X-Files. The English-speaking …

Paranormal

Trump dictated note saying he was 'astonishingly' healthy, doctor says

A 2015 doctor’s note describing Donald Trump’s health as “astonishingly excellent” was dictated by Trump himself, according to the doctor who signed the note.<p>Trump made public the letter from Dr Harold Bornstein on the eve of the presidential primary contests to allay concerns about his fitness. …

Donald Trump

New form of DNA discovered inside living human cells

A new DNA structure inside human cells known as the “i-motif”, has been identified by scientists.<p>This form resembles a twisted “knot” of DNA, instead …

The great divide of our times is not left v right, but true v false

The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siege<p>There was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all sides …

Donald Trump

Plastic-eating enzyme accidentally created by scientists could help solve pollution crisis

Scientists have created a substance capable of “eating” plastic that could help tackle the world’s pollution problem.<p>The substance is based on an …

What is Britain eating? The ultra-processed truth about 10 of our bestselling foods

From Cherry Bakewells to Fray Bentos pies, do we really understand the cocktail of ingredients in our favourite brands? Nutritionists assess them – and just what they might mean for our health<p>As the saying goes: if your granny wouldn’t have recognised what’s in it, it’s probably not real food. Yet …

Nutrition

Spike Milligan at 100: Best jokes and one-liners from the 'Godfather of Alternative Comedy'

Legendary British sketch comic and writer Spike Milligan celebrates his 100th birthday next week.<p>Or, he would, if he weren’t dead.<p>Death was a …

Extra glass of wine a day 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say researchers<p>Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a …

Biomedicine

'Truly terrible' homeless crisis likely to get worse

A new report from housing charity Crisis says 78,000 households are in temporary accommodation, with that figure expected to rise to 100,000 in three …

Mum's fight after daughter takes own life when benefits cut

A mother said she "started screaming" when she realised her daughter had taken her own life.<p>Joy Dove said her daughter Jodey Whiting, from Stockton, who was a mother of nine, died when her benefits were stopped by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).<p>The DWP said: "Suicide is a very complex …

UFO spotted by US fighter jet pilots, new footage reveals

The video was filmed in 2004 and investigated as part of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It's not clear if the object was ever identified.<p>The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense programme was shut down in 2012.

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiome

Errors Plague The Benefits System – But If You're Seriously Ill, It's Even Worse

'You just feel it’s almost like you’re scrounging.'<p>Ryan Cowan for HuffPost UK<p>Gill Willis has received thousands of pounds from the DWP this year, but …

Mentally unwell woman has disability benefits stopped because assessor failed to turn up to home visit

A mentally ill woman has had her disability benefits stopped because her assessor failed to turn up to a home visit, leaving her unable to buy basic …

160,000 Children To Miss Out On Free School Meals Thanks To Universal Credit Plans

Some children currently receiving free lunches WILL miss out<p>PA Archive/PA Images<p>The Institute for Fiscal Studies claims 100,000 children will be …

Scientists discover 10,000 black holes hiding at centre of Milky Way

Scientists have found thousands of huge black holes lurking at the centre of our galaxy.<p>A new study reveals that about 10,000 of the giant black …

Scientists find that black holes at the centre of galaxies could be sending waves across the universe

Swirling black holes at the centre of the universe could be spewing out gravitational waves, according to a new study.<p>Researchers hailed a major …

The Milky Way is growing and will expand into neighbouring Andromeda

Already 100,000 light years in diameter, new research puts its rate of growth at about 500 metres per second.<p>But its merging with Andromeda will not …

Theresa May accused of breaking promise to champion poorest by failing to appoint social mobility adviser

Theresa May is accused today of breaking her promise to champion the life chances of people from poorer backgrounds, after the failure to appoint a …

Welfare payments that are 'lifelines' for people being ‘hacked away’, MPs warn

Welfare payments that serve as a “lifeline” for some people in the UK have been slashed in recent years, figures show, prompting MPs to warn that a …

People Shouldn't Have To 'Prove' They Have An Invisible Illness Or Disability

Paralympic athlete Sophia Warner said she had to 'publicly prove' she has cerebral palsy at an airport.<p>Being disabled or having a chronic illness is …

Academics want to speak to people who think they may have seen God

Academics are appealing to the public to share details of any experiences they had with God, aliens, ghosts and other entities after taking …