US & World

Michael Kovrig: Canadian ex-diplomat ‘held in China’

Image copyright International Crisis GroupImage caption The International Crisis Group says it is working for Mr Kovrig’s release A former Canadian diplomat has reportedly been detained in China and his current employer says it is working for his “prompt and safe release”. The International Crisis Group said it was “aware of reports” of Michael Kovrig’s […]

Health

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, […]

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Muckamore Abbey seclusion room was ‘dark dungeon’

Technology

Brexit: More than £100K spent on Facebook and other ads for May’s deal

Image copyright Reuters The government spent almost £100,000 on Facebook adverts promoting Theresa May’s Brexit deal before calling off a Commons vote on it, figures released by the US social media giant reveal. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded it a “waste of public money” in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The overall spend on […]

Seven things to watch as Google’s CEO appears before Congress hearing

‘Outdated’ IT and old computers found in Welsh schools

Apple denies iPhone sales ban in China

Science/Nature

Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Macron says he is ‘partly responsible’ for the ‘insufficient response’ to the yellow vest protests As President Macron caved into the yellow vest fuel tax protests, President Trump was triumphant. The French humiliation showed people rejected the sort of carbon taxes supported by the UN’s climate […]

Science/Nature

East Antarctica’s glaciers are stirring

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCatherine Walker: “East Antarctica has generally been regarded as boring to scientists looking for change” Nasa says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica. The region has long been considered stable and unaffected by some of the […]

Science/Nature

‘Surprise’ Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor

Image copyright Georgia Institute of TechnologyImage caption The tsunami came ashore within three minutes of the quake Scientists are getting closer to understanding the tsunami that struck Palu in Indonesia in September. Damaging waves rushed ashore after a Magnitude 7.8 quake, but researchers said at the time that they were surprised by their size. Now, […]