Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime in Britain

Teenage knife crime is a tabloid obsession, blamed on feral youth running riot in our cities. But the reality is much more complex and we cannot save lives if we do not understand it On Monday 24 January, shortly after 3pm, the regular din of children turning out of the Capital Academy secondary school in … Read more

Why dissecting the brain only gives us half its story | Daniel Glaser

Studying the brain in action is better than slicing it up if you want to understand how it works, says Daniel Glaser News that a man captured and killed the UKs rarest butterfly reminds us how much biology relies on Wordsworths famous line, murdering to dissect. The obsessive collector appreciates the butterflys beauty by killing … Read more

Italy’s Five Star Movement blamed for surge in measles cases

Italian health official makes accusation against populist party, which proposed anti-vaccination law in 2015 An Italian health official has blamed an alarming rise in measles cases on the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), which has campaigned on an anti-vaccination platform and has repeated discredited links between vaccinations and autism. According to the health ministry, more … Read more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on transgender row: ‘I have nothing to apologise for’

Novelist and feminist has attracted criticism for her comments on trans women, but says hostility of backlash serves to close up debate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian novelist and feminist, has condemned a language orthodoxy on the political left after Half of a Yellow Sun plunged into a row about identity politics when she suggested … Read more

To defeat terrorists we have to get insidetheir minds | Nicholas Searle

We must steer away from ill-informed rhetoric. Knowing terrorists life stories can be key to countering their warped justification for taking up arms Our collective consciousness, impelled by populist media, sees terrorists as demons driven by inhuman urges and hellish objectives, and ignores the fact that terrorists are just people. Were urged to respond as … Read more

‘Grey wall of China’: the town at the frontline of a looming ageing crisis

In Rudong, where a third of the population is over 60, a university for older people is one solution to a changing demographic It has been dubbed the grey wall of China, a demographic shift so big you can almost see it from space. The worlds most populous country is getting old. Plummeting birthrates, the … Read more

Reports of antisemitic incidents increase to record levels in UK

Rise in incidents is blamed on factors including Labour party antisemitism row and rise in xenophobia after Brexit vote The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose by more than a third to record levels in 2016, according to data released by the Community Security Trust. The CST, which monitors antisemitism and provides security … Read more

London squatters occupying 15m mansion in standoff with bailiffs

Activists barricaded inside Belgravia building owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko after dawn raid Squatters occupying a 15m mansion in Londons exclusive Belgravia neighbourhood are engaged in standoff with bailiffs sent to evict them in a dawn raid on Wednesday morning. About 30 squatters, including several anarchist activists, barricaded themselves inside the five-storey house in … Read more

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