Entertainment

Tinchy Stryder gives blood to raise sickle cell awareness

[ad_1] Tinchy Stryder has shared his experience of giving blood for the first time with BBC Radio 5 Live, in the hope of encouraging more people to donate.The rapper has close friends and family members with sickle cell disease.People with sickle cell have misshapen blood cells which do not carry oxygen efficiently around the body. This can cause extreme pain and life-threatening infections. Blood transfusions help to reduce and prevent
Science/Nature

How should we deal with a large-scale chemical attack?

[ad_1] Scientists at Loughborough University have developed means of quickly testing possible victims of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear disaster or attack.The tests include breath and saliva analysis and drones that can measure toxic fumes or radiation in the air.The research is part of a European Union-funded project called TOXI-Triage involving 19 teams across the EU.The BBC's Security Correspondent Frank Gardner tried out the tests.Video by Claire Read. [ad_2]
Health

Costa Coffee advert banned for criticising avocado breakfasts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An advert for Costa Coffee has been banned for urging customers to buy a bacon roll rather than avocados.The radio ad featured a voiceover which said there was "a great deal on ripen-at-home avocados" but they will only "be ready to eat for about 10 minutes then they'll go off".The voice told people to choose the "better deal" of a roll or egg muffin.Two listeners
Health

Processed meat ‘linked to breast cancer’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Regularly eating foods like bacon and sausages may raise the risk of breast cancer, according to researchers. A review of studies found women who ate high levels of processed meat had a 9% increased risk of the cancer compared with those who ate little of it. The study backs up previous findings of the World Health Organization, which says processed meats cause cancer. Experts recommend
Business

Gold, rabbits and crypto: Venezuela’s strange economic plans

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Venezuela has revamped its currency to try to stem rampant inflation For years, Venezuela has been in the headlines for its economic woes, including chronic shortages of food and medicine.Inflation may hit the one million per cent mark this year and 2.3 million people have fled the country, becoming economic refugees.The government of Nicolas Maduro has responded with a raft of policies -
Business

The Swedish wasteland that’s now a sustainability star

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Can Hammarby Sjöstad really offer a template for green urban living? Stockholm is home to one of the world's most famous eco-neighbourhoods, Hammarby Sjöstad. But does it really offer a template for green urban living that can be replicated in other fast-growing cities?A stellar waterfront location, futuristic glass-fronted apartments and pockets of green parkland and flowering reeds everywhere you look. Hammarby Sjöstad's aesthetics
Technology

Would you want an AI version of yourself?

[ad_1] An artificial intelligence (AI) version of US President Donald Trump which can tweet and interact like him has been developed.It is based on data from the president’s interviews, speeches and tweets.The company behind the project now wants everyone to be able to have their own personalised AI which they claim can help make decisions.“Maybe you can frame it as a very, extremely good friend for yourself, who knows you
Technology

GP at Hand’s smartphone doctor ads ruled misleading

[ad_1] Image copyright yuoak Adverts for a smartphone GP service that promised NHS doctor appointments "in minutes" have been ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority.The service offers a symptom-checker and free GP consultations via videolink on smartphones.The ASA received complaints that the ads did not say users would first have to leave their GP, and registration could take up to three weeks.GP at Hand said it thought the process
US & World

Should a university teach a killer?

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anders Bering Breivik killed 77 people in a terror attack. Does he still have the right to be be a student? How should a university treat an application from a mass murderer?This was the question facing the University of Oslo, when Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik applied from prison to take its political science degree.In July 2011, Breivik had killed 77 people in
Entertainment

Flog It! axed as part of BBC One daytime shake-up

[ad_1] Image caption Paul Martin has been hosting Flog It! since 2002 The BBC's long-running antiques programme Flog It! has been cancelled after 17 years.It is being removed as part of a shake-up to "modernise" BBC One's daytime schedule, the corporation said, making room for six new shows.The programme, presented by Paul Martin, sees people have their antique items valued by experts before getting the option to sell them at
UK News

Westminster attack: Unarmed officer tried to ‘tackle’ Masood

[ad_1] Image copyright Met Police/Social Media Image caption Clockwise from top left: PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes, Andreea Cristea and Kurt Cochran all lost their lives An unarmed police officer has told an inquest about trying to "rugby tackle" the Westminster attacker as he brandished two knives outside the Houses of Parliament. PC Nick Carlisle was posted on the gates on March 22 last year when Khalid Masood
Entertainment

Trinidad writer Ingrid Persaud wins BBC short story award

[ad_1] Image copyright Jaryd Niles-Morris Image caption Ingrid Persuad has won the 13th BBC National Short Story Award Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud has won the 13th BBC National Short Story Award for her story The Sweet Sop.It tells the story of a young Trinidadian man who reconnects with his absent father thanks to a shared love of chocolate.Judge and former winner K J Orr described it as "tender and ebullient,
Business

Tesla production hits all time high

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prices for the Model 3 start below Tesla's SUV and sports car, in a bid to attract a bigger pool of buyers Tesla has said it produced a record number of vehicles in the most recent quarter, beating back doubts about the firm's ability to boost manufacturing.The electric carmaker said it made more than 80,000 vehicles, including more than 53,000 of the Model 3
UK News

The women standing up for science

[ad_1] The female winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics has said a senior scientist's comments that physics was "invented and built by men" were "silly". But what do other women in science think?Dr Donna Strickland became the first woman in 55 years to win the award shortly after the remarks by Prof Alessandro Strumia, who worked for European nuclear research centre Cern, emerged. He has now been suspended from
US & World

Trump: ‘Scary and difficult time for young men’ in US

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: "Somebody could accuse you of something and you're automatically guilty."President Donald Trump has told reporters that it is a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US.Mr Trump's remarks came as he reiterated his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is currently facing sexual misconduct allegations by several women.A vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh has been
Science/Nature

Hayabusa 2: Japan probe to send lander to asteroid

[ad_1] Image copyright DLR Image caption Artwork: Hayabusa-2 should release Mascot in the early hours of Wednesday Japan's space agency (Jaxa) is about to send a 10kg lander to the surface of an asteroid.The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will release the German-French Mascot lander onto the asteroid 162173 Ryugu on Wednesday.Mascot will then analyse the asteroid's surface properties, including its mineral composition and magnetic field.Hayabusa-2 reached the asteroid Ryugu in June this
UK News

Man killed by window falling from London apartment block

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Police said it believed the man "was hit by something falling" from a tower block on Albert Embankment A man has died after being hit by a window that fell from a luxury block of flats in central London.The victim was struck at about 10:40 BST outside the Corniche apartments on Albert Embankment.He was pronounced dead by emergency crews called to the scene. The
Politics

Civil partnerships: Law to change for mixed-sex couples

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan are looking forward to setting a dateAll couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, Theresa May has announced.The move, which follows a Supreme Court ruling, will give mixed-sex couples and their families the option of greater security, the government said.And it will address the