Geography

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

The rise of the smartphone coincides with a shift in youth psychological well-being<p>This article first appeared at<p>As someone who researches …

Demographics

We are a long way from an informed debate on drugs

In prisons, on our poorest housing schemes, even in the archetypal leafy suburbs of Britain, the war on drugs has long been lost. According to the …

Human Geography

UK posts first July budget surplus since 2002 as tax receipts rise

Britain posted its first July budget surplus in 15 years last month as payments of self-assessed income tax poured in.<p>Revenue exceeded spending by …

Human Geography

New Analysis of This Moon Rock Says Our Satellite Doesn't Actually Have Water Inside

Omg 😱<p>Scientists have re-analysed fragments of a Moon rock brought back in 1972, and say that its composition reveals our planet's satellite really …

Geology

Lidl overtakes Waitrose as UK's seventh biggest supermarket

Lidl has overtaken Waitrose as the nation’s seventh biggest supermarket after proving a hit with family shoppers, new figures show.<p>Lidl increased its market share to a record 5.2pc in the 12 weeks to August 14, according to research from Kantar Worldpanel.<p>The discount retailer has gained 0.7 …

Human Geography

New Report Asserts the Earth’s Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion by 2050

Billions and Billions<p>The Population Reference Bureau has issued their 2017 World Population Data Sheet, and it asserts that the global population …

Population

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world<p>A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory.<p>Paraquat, a pesticide so …

Physical Geography

Step inside the Smithsonian Museum's incredibly organised hidden collection rooms

The museum's bird collection, in the department of vertebrate zoology, is the third-largest in the world. More than 640,000 specimens are housed …

Paleontology

Ancient Earth's hot interior created 'graveyard' of continental slabs

Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth's surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually …

Geology

British public finances in the black for the first time in 15 years

Philip Hammond was handed a surprise boost today when it emerged that the Government unexpectedly balanced its books in July for the first time in 15 …

Human Geography

Policymakers warned official savings statistics are not moving with the times

Policymakers are in danger of being duped into thinking UK households have stopped saving and embarked on a debt-fuelled spending spree, Britain's …

Human Geography

Mum 'cut in half by hospital lift' after giving birth to third child

The 26-year-old had just given birth to her third child and was being transferred to a different floor when the tragedy happened.

Population

UK public finances expected to improve in July - business live

Tax receipts set to help government borrowing figures, with CBI industrial trends and German confidence survey also due

Human Geography

TL;DR: This Attention Economy Needs Work...

I once tried to watch Andy Warhol’s <i>Empire</i> (1964) for as long as I could. I lasted maybe twenty minutes. The whole eight-hour film is a single shot of …

Psychogeography

Lagos: The megacity set to triple by 2050

Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, reaching 2.5 billion people.<p>On a continent where nearly two-thirds of the population are already under 25, this vast new baby boom could do one of two things - either provide a huge workforce to transform African economies and lift millions out of …

Mega Cities

The World Food Programme taps into mobile to tackle world hunger

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is tapping into social and mobile technology to tackle world hunger in a new way — launching a camera and photo-sharing …

Digital Media

A Thorny Debate in Plate Tectonics May Finally Be Resolved

Scientists believe they’ve answered: How deep is a continental plate?<p>“In the grand scheme of things, plate tectonics is a young theory,” says Brian Savage, a seismologist at the University of Rhode Island. “The plate-tectonic theory is 50 or 60 years old. That’s not old. I always tell my students …

Geology

This Is How Similar Generation Z Will Be to Millennials

A different generation is entering the workforce, but they will share many similarities to Millennials. Here are nine similarities between Generation Z and Millennials.<p>Just when you thought you had figured out the Millennials in your organization, a new generation is knocking at your door. …

Demographics

Women Are A Huge Reason Why Trump's Poll Numbers Are So Bad

Women are more enthusiastic than men about the idea of a Trump impeachment, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. Nearly half of women — 47 percent — believe President Trump should be impeached, compared with 32 percent of men.<p>Not only that, but women are a big reason why his …

Pew Research Center

Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people?

The widening gap in youth mortality between the developed and developing world is down to traffic accidents, violence and disease, a new analysis shows<p>Violence, preventable diseases and traffic accidents are to blame for a widening of the youth mortality gap between the developed and developing …

Public Health

The city that won't stop growing - BBC News

The city that<br>won't stop growing<p>How can Lagos cope with its spiralling population?<p>By Alastair Leithead<br>21 August 2017<p>The lagoon metropolis<p>A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.<p>This man-made mist that clings …

Lagos State

The immigrant hordes are already here! Or not.

Hide your wife, hide your husband, hide your child! The immigrant hordes are already here!<p>Or so lots of Americans believe — making it easier for politicians and fringe “alt-right” white-supremacist groups to seize on these fears and exploit them for political gain.<p>The share of people in the United …

Pew Research Center

Formidable fauna

<b>A new exhibition looming at Otago Museum is a matter of life and death, writes Shane Gilchrist.</b><p>Once upon a time, more than 250 million years ago, …

Paleontology

Child labor: The inconvenient truth behind India’s growth story

<b>NEW DELHI —</b> Seventy years ago last week, India gained independence. The country has since created one of the world’s largest economies. But despite its wealth, 33 million children from ages 5 to 18 are working — and almost one third of this group are under 15 according to Save the Children India, …

Population

Clues for inflation, productivity could be revealed in reports out this week

Inflation is driving the national economic conversation. And economists will comb through this week's upcoming data releases particularly for trending signs on price directions.<p>Despite the kerfuffle in President Trump's souring relationship with Corporate America, the consensus still points to the …

Economy

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Human interference in the deep sea could already be outpacing our basic understanding of how it functions.<p>As a result, without increased research and …

Population

UK current account deficit £18bn bigger in 2015 than previously thought says Office for National Statistics

The UK’s mammoth current account deficit was £18bn larger than previously thought, according to revisions to the national accounts released today by …

Human Geography

The Last London by Iain Sinclair review – compelling and perceptive

In an amusing volume that draws a line under his enduring fascination with London, Sinclair confirms his standing as a modern-day Pepys<p>If it really is to be Iain Sinclair’s final reflection on London’s “iteration of potentialities”, then <i>The Last London</i> is best seen as a career-spanning …

Psychogeography

Inside the World's Sizable Infrastructure Investment Gap

This is a key global economic challenge.<p>The world's emerging and developing economies face a sizeable gap in infrastructure investment. Though this …

Human Geography

Liberal or conservative, extreme politicians are more popular on Facebook

While this shouldn’t come as quite a shock, a new report from Pew Research does shed light on why, perhaps, American politics seems so overtly divisive online. The research organization crunched some numbers about members of Congress on Facebook and found that politicians <b>who were more ideologically</b> …

Pew Research Center