US & World

Florida shooting: West Point admits murdered hero

Image copyright BBC (supplied) Image caption Peter Wang was reportedly wearing his JROTC uniform when he died A reserves trainee who died helping other students escape a Florida school shooting has been posthumously accepted to a prestigious US military school. Peter Wang, 15, who was one of 17 killed in the 14 February attack, was […]

Health

Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Researchers have discovered the genetic cause of a rare blood vessel disorder that can trigger life-threatening bleeds and strokes. They believe targeted cancer drugs may be able to treat it, in patients like 13-year-old vlogger Nikki Christou. Scientists at University College London Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, who led the study, […]

Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Further fall in hospital mortality rates

Technology

Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

Image copyright Reuters Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the US government. The “Petro” is intended to bolster the country’s crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation and devaluation for years. Venezuela claims it is the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency. Critics say the move is […]

Russian bots debate US gun control laws

Replika app provides chats with dead friend

Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Science/Nature

Burn or bury

Image copyright PA Should we burn waste plastic – or bury it? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge. How can it recycle more of its own waste? And should it bury or burn the low-grade waste that it can’t recycle? We’re trying […]

Science/Nature

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to […]

Science/Nature

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Image copyright BBC BLUE PLANET II Image caption The issue in the UK has fired to the top of the political agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II series The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to […]