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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far)

By looking at the real world around us, we're better equipped to understand ourselves.<p>While a great novel can be engaging, there's nothing quite like a true story—whether that story comes in the form of deep reporting, memoir, or personal essays. Nonfiction gives us the chance to look at the world …

Black Lives Matter

Police cuts hit London harder than other parts of UK, says Sadiq Khan

London was hit harder than any other part of the country by years of Conservative cuts to its police force, Sadiq Khan has claimed.<p>Citing new figures, the London mayor said that in 2010, when the Conservatives came to power nationally and started cutting government spending, the capital had 4.1 …

UK's role in rendition and torture of terrorism suspects – key findings

Two reports published by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee have found British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11.<p>Here are the key details from the reports:<p>• On 232 occasions UK intelligence officers were found to have …

Army called in to help tackle fire near Saddleworth Moor

About 100 soldiers have been sent in to tackle a blaze that continues to rage across three miles of moorland in Greater Manchester, after fire chiefs called for military assistance.<p>An RAF Chinook helicopter was also drafted in to tackle the fires, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday evening, …

England

UK population growth slows as EU jobseekers stay away after Brexit

The UK’s population is rising at its slowest rate for 13 years, according to the first official figures released since the Brexit vote.<p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were an estimated 66,040,229 people living in the country at the end of June 2017.<p>It is the first time the …

Extend Article 50 process as Parliament may not have enough time to sign off final Brexit deal, MPs warn

Theresa May may have to extend the Brexit process by pushing back the official exit day, and lengthening the transition period, a new report has …

50 great things to do in Britain that won’t cost you a penny

From moonlight to museums, birdsong to the Old Bailey, Kate Green and Giles Kime find 50 gloriously free things to celebrate in Britain.<p><b>Munro …

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce<p>Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.<p>With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants …

Japan

The 50 Best Life-Improving Things for Less Than $10 on Amazon Prime

A perfect list for if you have anywhere between $9.99 and $500 handy.<p>Solutions abound on Amazon. Sure, there are obvious solutions like getting a …

Voters want second Brexit referendum after £50,000,000,000 bill revealed

A new opinion poll revealed 50 percent of voters would want a second referendum on Brexit after it was revealed the UK’s divorce bill could be as …

Sophia the robot wants a baby and says family is 'really important'

<b>She's the first robot in the world to become a citizen of a country and now Sophia says she wants a baby.</b><p>A month after she made history in Saudi Arabia the humanoid robot has said family is "a really important thing".<p>Sophia isn't pre-programmed with answers, instead she uses machine learning and …

Saudi Arabia

UK workers facing no growth in earnings for the next 20 years

<b>British workers could face not seeing any wages growth for the next two decades, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has warned.</b><p>The depressing forecast …

Brexit: Leaked diplomatic dossier says Tory 'chaos' is undermining UK in talks

Internal chaos in Theresa May’s Government is seriously undermining the Brexit negotiations, according to a leaked internal report drawn up by the …

Inside the mechanical brain of the world’s first robot citizen

• A research platform for the team’s AI research. Sophia doesn’t have witty pre-written responses here, but can answer simple questions like “Who are you looking at?” or “Is the door open or shut?”<br>• A speech-reciting robot. Goertzel says that Sophia can be pre-loaded with text that it’ll speak, and …

Robotics

European parliament contradicts UK claim on deal on citizens' rights

Letter to both negotiating teams challenges assertion deal ‘within touching distance’ as it warns major issues need to be addressed<p>The British government’s claim that a deal on citizens’ rights is “within touching distance” is false and its offer this week of a streamlined application system for EU …

Snapchat's biggest redesign ever is planned for December 4 — here's how it will work

The biggest redesign in Snapchat's history is planned to debut on Monday, December 4, Business Insider has learned.<p>With the company seeking to kick-start stagnant user growth, CEO Evan Spiegel on Tuesday publicly said the app would be redesigned to make it "easier to use" but didn't specify when …

Social Media

3 dangerous ideas from Ray Kurzweil

Recently I interviewed my friend <b>Ray Kurzweil</b> at the Googleplex for a 90-minute (live) webinar on disruptive and dangerous ideas, a prelude to my fireside chat with Ray at Abundance 360 this January. (Watch the replay here.)<p>Ray is my friend and the Co-founder and Chancellor of Singularity …

Singularity

My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain

This summer, Gary Younge took a trip from Maine to Mississippi to find out what has brought the US to this point. From the forgotten poor to desperate addicts, their whiteness is all some of them have left – and that makes fertile ground for the far right<p>Jeff Baxter’s enduring memory, from …

True scale of UK slavery likely to involve ‘tens of thousands' of victims

Anti-trafficking commissioner Kevin Hyland says slavery far more prevalent than previous government estimates suggest, and that victims are being failed<p>The number of people living in slavery in the UK is likely to be considerably higher than the current estimate of 13,000, according to the …

This is what happens if there is no Brexit deal

Could we crash out of the EU without a deal?<p>The Brexit negotiations are deadlocked and time is running out to secure an agreement .<p>Some Brexiteers …

The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done | Alastair Campbell

The hard-liners in her party will howl with rage, but most of the country will welcome it if the prime minister is honest about Brexit’s awful consequences<p>As she tries to move the Brexit negotiations forward, how much better would Theresa May and the country feel if the speech she made to her party …

Great Britain

What they didn’t tell you about Brexit before the referendum

LONDON — The date of the U.K.’s Brexit referendum — June 23, 2016 — feels like a political lifetime ago. Not a day since has gone by in which the …

Brexit: Ministers fear collapse of talks 'within weeks' despite Theresa May's best efforts to kick-start process

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s government fears Brexit talks will break down unless the European Union (EU) gives ground at a key summit this week, …

Using Science and History to Unlock the Secrets of Bread

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Two years ago in Paris, Nathan Myhrvold wandered the Louvre on a mission, camera in hand, documenting every image of bread that he could find. “Sadly, art historians don’t catalog paintings by whether or not there’s bread in them,” he said.<p>So Mr. Myhrvold, the former chief …

Companion robots: What are the ethical implications of intimate human-machine relationships?

Machines are being used to streamline everything from cleaning to medicine, but can they help ease loneliness in an increasingly isolated …

Where Robots Are Doing Factory Jobs

Almost half are clustered in the Midwest and South.<p>Automation. Depending on the angle from which you’re looking at the crystal ball, it’s either an imminent wave of large-scale labor force devastation or a slower, more muted change that society will seemlessly absorb—and perhaps even enjoy.<p>A recent …

Brookings Institution

Half of UK girls are bullied on social media, says survey

Charity says girls face specific types of abuse and calls for more to be done to tackle sexism in online world<p>Almost half of all girls in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey of more than 1,000 young people. The poll also showed that 40% of …

Modern-day slavery is widespread in the UK | Letters

Modern-day slavery is found in every form of UK economic activity – food, clothing, social care, fishing, hotels, leisure, and construction, writes <b>Gary Craig</b><p>Three issues stand out from your coverage of the Nottingham slavery trials (Report, 12 August).<p>First, despite the increasing amount of …

Grenfell inquiry should shine a spotlight on UK’s housing issues | Letters

<b>Dr David Etherington</b> and <b>Melanie Henwood</b> respond to the Grenfell inquiry terms, <b>David Hickey</b> recalls the government response to Aberfan, and <b>Dr Stephen Battersby</b> makes the case for tackling rogue landlords<p>With reference to your report on the Grenfell inquiry terms of reference, it is crucial, as …