‘They make claims to create tension’: Iran denies boats tried to intercept British oil

Another potential escalation between Iran and the western powers appeared to have been averted amid claims by US and UK officials on Thursday that three ships belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards sought “attempted to impede” a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian officials bluntly denied any such incident took place. Wednesday’s alleged incident in the Gulf follows […]

Sweet relief: How people refrain from snacking on tempting foods

It’s happened to most of us – we walk past a restaurant, cafe or bakery and something catches our attention. A delicious smell wafts out the door and our taste buds start tingling. With so much cheap and easily accessible food in the western world, it’s almost unavoidable. Sometimes we don’t even need to have seen or smelt a food […]


With the number of vegans in the UK soaring to more than 3.5m in the past few years, following a plant-based diet has never been more trendy. In January, scores of people attempted to follow a vegan diet for the first time as they took part in Veganuary, an annual event that raises awareness of the health and environmental benefits […]


Carrots help you to see in the dark, oranges are the best source of vitamin C and avoiding fruit in the evening are among the pieces of food advice we should ignore, a study claims. A poll of 2,000 adults suggests that many British people still believe a number of nutrition myths. Commissioned by the Love Fresh Berries campaign, a […]

Support for homeless McDonald’s worker shamed on Facebook

The photograph was shared on a local Facebook group, with a caption stating it was “just another reason… to leave Fayetteville”, along with an angry emoji. However, after it transpired the man was homeless and resting between working two shifts at the fast-food restaurant, the local community decided to offer support, rather than ridicule him. Local reporter Matt Johnson managed […]

Swearing good for people, says Ukrainian health minister

Whether for relief or to express frustration, swear words are a versatile part of language. In Ukraine, the acting health minister Ulana Suprun has suggested that swear words can be good for your health as the use of them can indicate strong relationships and “good emotional contact” between people. She was commenting in response to a proposed new law being […]

Space station mold survives high doses of ionizing radiation

The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem. Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem. New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the outside walls of spacecraft. Spores of the two most […]

Advance Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations will continue to bring scientific breakthroughs, in part, thanks to the vast amounts of data that new technologies have been collecting and is now available. In 2019, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will be embedded in the business platform creating and enabling smart business operations. In the Artificial Intelligence space, China is going to leave the […]

Porn pirating lawyer jailed for five years

John Steele co-founded a firm called Prenda Law that set up and ran the porn-trolling scheme. His Prenda partner Paul Hansmeier was jailed for 14 years in June for his role in the scam. Steele faced a sentence of more than 10 years but this was reduced because he co-operated with prosecutors.

17 Types of photography: Which niche is right for you?

The Walkie-Talkie app let two people who had accepted an invitation send and receive short audio messages. But Apple said it had been “made aware” of a flaw that “could allow somebody to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”. It has disabled the feature and apologised for the inconvenience. However, Apple said it was not aware of the Walkie-Talkie […]