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Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?

Image copyright Getty Images Are the UK’s school strikes for climate change the moment that British youth finally wakes up to the “climate emergency”? It may not represent a paradigm shift just yet, but the speed and scale of this young person’s movement does make it feel more than a momentary splutter of impotent anger. Ever since the then 15-year-old ...

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Derry City: UK football club staying in Europe after Brexit

Image copyright PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty ImagesImage caption Derry’s UEFA Cup run of 2006 saw them take on French giants PSG. Post Brexit every away game will see them travel to Europe In the world of sport, Brexit, backstops and borders may not be foremost in the thoughts of fans. That sport and politics should not mix is after all, an oft ...

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Cheryl Grimmer: Murder charge in toddler’s 1970 disappearance dropped

Image copyright NSW PoliceImage caption Cheryl disappeared shortly after her family migrated to Australia Australian prosecutors have dropped their case against a man who had been accused of murdering a UK-born toddler almost 50 years ago. The disappearance of three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer from a New South Wales beach in 1970 is one of Australia’s longest-running mysteries. A man was arrested ...

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Brexit: Is there a 10-year-rule to sort out trade?

Image copyright Getty Images A number of obscure pieces of trade law have taken on near mythical status in the Brexit debate. One of them is Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt). Supporters of a no-deal Brexit say it would allow the UK to continue to trade with the EU without tariffs (taxes on goods ...

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Unconditional uni offers don’t make us lazy, say teenagers

Image copyright Social CommunicationsImage caption Harrison (right) is determined to keep working at the same level Harrison has his dream university place in the bag. The Leeds City College student is off to study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield in September, with an unconditional offer. No matter what the outcome of his BTec extended diploma, the place is ...

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Black pupils’ schooling ‘dumbed down over special needs’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Why are black pupils disproportionately identified as having a particular range special needs? Many black pupils in England are having their education dumbed down after being wrongly identified as having one of a range special needs, a study says. The study found black Caribbean pupils were twice as likely to be identified as having social, ...

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Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images The brain function of very late risers and “morning larks” during the hours of the working day is different, according to a study. Researchers scanned the brains of night owls with a bedtime of 02:30 and a wake time of 10:15, along with early risers. The tests – performed between 08:00 and 20:00 – found night ...

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The robot helping a seven-year-old boy go to school

A seven-year-old boy with leukaemia is using a robot to take part in lessons at school. Sam’s weak immune system means he can’t be in the classroom, so the AV1 robot acts as his eyes, ears, voice and hands. A new government funded initiative is aiming to help children with long-term illnesses to participate in school lessons from home. Sam’s ...

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