Oldest man on Earth dies aged 113
Would you want to live until you were 113? As people mourn the death of the world’s oldest man, scientists are trying to unlock the secrets of long-life. Some say our diet holds the key.
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World Mental Health Day focuses on young people
How important is being happy? This Wednesday is World Mental Health Day. It is a special day when everyone gets to talk about how they feel. This year’s theme is “young people” — that’s you!
One year on, Fortnite still as popular as ever
Are video games good or bad for us? It has now been a year since Fortnite Battle Royale was released. Over 125 million people have played the game, but some fear...
One-fifth of meat contains unspecified DNA
Do we care too much about what’s in our food? Last year, more than one in five product tests found meat from an animal not on the label.
Google at 20: the site that rewired our brains
Has Google made the world a better place? The search engine is celebrating its 20th birthday. Google makes it easy to find out anything you want to know, but some say it is making us dumber.
Exposed: how toxic air reduces intelligence
How can we solve the air pollution crisis? A study has linked pollution to “huge” reductions in test scores. Worldwide, dirty air also leads to millions of early deaths every year.
NHS at 70: pride, panic and prescriptions
Can the NHS survive? On July 5, it will turn 70. Few Britons remember a time when it did not exist. Free health care remains very popular, but it is becoming harder than ever to provide.
Official! Gaming addiction is mental illness
Is “gaming addiction” really a disease? The World Health Organisation has declared that it is. Its decision could change the types of treatment offered to people who play too many games.
Fortnite craze can be good AND bad for you
Are video games bad for you? Survival game Fortnite has been downloaded well over 45 million times. Some parents and politicians fear that it could be doing their...
Row over cancer link to processed foods
Can factory-made food cause cancer? A study of over 100,000 people suggests that eating more ultra-processed food such as chicken nuggets and cake puts people at greater risk from cancer.
For lunch today: locusts, crickets and worms
Could eating insects save the human race? With the global population expanding fast, experts are worried the planet may run out of food. One good answer would be to eat more bugs...
Chinese robot passes national medical exams
Can artificial intelligence improve health care? A robot has stunned China by passing the country’s medical exam. This proves that machines are becoming better at being doctors.
Video games accused of creating a gambling habit
Are video games like casinos? Games such as ”Star Wars Battlefront II” let players spend real money on random rewards. Some say that kids who play them may as well be on the slot machines…
Deadly venom could cure cancer
Does nature give us the best medicine? Scientists are studying the deadly venom of a cone snail. It is venomous enough to kill a human in minutes, but it could also be used to cure diseases.
Scientists cure diseases before birth
Scientists have used an amazing new technology to edit the genes of a human embryo and cure it of a rare disease. But what if they learned to tweak our genes to make us faster or smarter?