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Cats and dogs: are they the superbug risk everyone has overlooked?

Cats and dogs: are they the superbug risk everyone has overlooked?

Matt Smith, Glasgow Caledonian University We’re all well aware of the growing threat of superbugs. There are plenty warnings about how we encourage these antibiotic-resistant bacteria by either overusing antibiotics or not finishing a prescribed course of treatment. But while this has hopefully made people more cautious about misusing these drugs, few probably give it […]

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Where the UK’s Brexit plan (and Customs Bill) leave Northern Ireland

Where the UK’s Brexit plan (and Customs Bill) leave Northern Ireland

Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast and David Phinnemore, Queen’s University Belfast The status of the Irish border after Brexit is the most complicated and contested part of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The UK government insists the issue can only be addressed in the formulation of a new UK-EU relationship. To this end, its […]

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This is why rodent and wasp numbers are on the rise

This is why rodent and wasp numbers are on the rise

The unusually warm weather has seen an influx in the number of pests, with the return of the heatwave now providing the perfect conditions for not only rodents such as rats and mice to thrive, but wasps too. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has recently seen an increase in the number of call-outs in […]

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Here’s what you should do if you see an animal being abused

Here’s what you should do if you see an animal being abused

From neglect to physical abuse, the RSPCA is urging anyone who witnesses animal cruelty to report the crime immediately. The appeal comes after a woman was spotted repeatedly punching a cat in Sunderland last week, driving the animal welfare charity to appeal for public information to help identify her. Last year the government announced that […]

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Why Virgin TV customers will lose 10 channels this weekend

Why Virgin TV customers will lose 10 channels this weekend

Virgin TV subscribers will lose 10 popular channels this weekend, including Dave, Gold, and Drama. From Sunday (22 July), all of UKTV’s channels will be absent from the service, following a fallout over on-demand content. That means shows such as Taskmaster, John Bishop in Conversation and Death in Paradise will be unavailable. Why are they […]

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Is Baby One More Time the most iconic pop hit of the last 35 years?

Is Baby One More Time the most iconic pop hit of the last 35 years?

Britney Spears’ hit single Baby One More Time has been named the best song of the last 35 years. The singer’s break-out track was voted the best song over the years of the Now albums, which launched in 1983. The number one single was also named best Now song of the 1990s, while Spears was […]

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Foreign Office warns Brits over the dangers of ‘balconing’ in Spain

Foreign Office warns Brits over the dangers of ‘balconing’ in Spain

More than 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year, and although most visits are trouble-free, the Foreign Office is now warning visitors about the risk of ‘balconing’. What is ‘balconing’? ‘Balconing’ involves the act of jumping into into a swimming pool from a hotel or apartment balcony, or falling from height whilst climbing from one […]

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David Walliams guest-edits The Beano’s 80th birthday issue

David Walliams guest-edits The Beano’s 80th birthday issue

David Walliams is to guest edit and feature in the Beano, as the comic celebrates its 80th birthday. The comedian – also a successful children’s author – will star alongside Dennis The Menace, The Bash Street Kids and Minnie The Minx, along with a new comic strip featuring his characters from The World’s Worst Children. Walliams has also […]

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Doctor Who trailer: here’s what we learned about Jodie Whittaker’s debut

Doctor Who trailer: here’s what we learned about Jodie Whittaker’s debut

It’s San Diego Comic-Con at the moment, which means that news from the world of geek culture is dropping thick and fast. One of the first big reveals from the American convention was the release of a brand new trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut. Here’s everything we learned about her upcoming appearance as […]

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Baby positioners still sold by retailers including Boots and Amazon despite suffocation warning after 12 baby deaths

Baby positioners still sold by retailers including Boots and Amazon despite suffocation warning after 12 baby deaths

By Claudia Tanner Retailers are still selling baby sleep positioners in the UK despite repeated, strong warnings from a health watchdog that they can cause suffocation. They are available from eBay, Boots, and Amazon despite these types of products having been linked to the deaths of 12 infants in the US. eBay has now again […]

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