The world's biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science.
By Helen Briggs (BBC) The giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed. Known as Wallace’s giant bee, the insect is named after the British naturalist and explorer […]
With many species of birds, reptiles and fish depending on insects as their main food source, it's likely that these species may also be wiped out as a result.
By Matt McGrath (BBC) A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world. The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely […]
By Kayleen Devlin and Rob Brown (BBC) Almost half of 16-24s say they don’t use a condom when sleeping with someone for the first time. But why? Trying to avoid a potentially awkward conversation just before having sex might have something to do with it. But having ‘the condom chat’ is more important than ever, […]
It is not too late for the United Kingdom to learn from other EU member-states that with stricter labor market rules and better job training, there is nothing to fear from immigration.
By Denis MacShane (The American Prospect) [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the knottiest problems for British politicians struggling with Brexit is their insistence, as much by Labour as by the Conservatives, that Britain has to set up a giant new immigration bureaucracy to issue work and residence permits for any European citizen who is offered a job in Britain. […]
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts
By C.R., Economist Aug 30th 2018 IN EUROPE, a belief in witchcraft is widely associated with medieval superstition. But this is not quite accurate. Before the 15th century popes denied the existence of witchcraft and forbade the prosecution of anyone accused of practicing it. It was only after 1500 that churches reversed their position. Over […]
Fight clubs, neo-Nazi soccer hooligans, and motorcycle gangs serve as conduits for the Kremlin’s influence operations in Western countries.
By Michael Carpenter, The Atlantic Aug 29, 2018 Deep in the forests of Slovakia, former Russian Spetsnaz commandos trained young men from a right-wing paramilitary group called the Slovak Conscripts. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, some of these freshly-minted paramilitaries went to fight with Russian forces in eastern Ukraine while others stayed at […]
A UK court case could deliver improved employment rights for gig economy workers.
By Richard Trenhom, CNET Are Deliveroo riders employed by Deliveroo, or are they self-employed? It’s a question that plagues all gig economy companies, and the latest legal attempt to resolve the issue has swung slightly in the direction of workers. The UK’s High Court has ruled the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) can […]
Gary Smith is entitled to basic workers' rights, the UK Supreme Court ruled. The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine Mr Smith's action against Pimlico Plumbers as a worker, including a claim that he was unfairly dismissed.
By BBC A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers. Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years. Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers’ rights, the court ruled. The ruling will […]