The tobacco farmers chasing a sweeter crop

Seven years ago, a group of Greek farmers stopped growing tobacco and switched to a trendy alternative to sugar – stevia. They made the change after being persuaded by a mechanical engineer called Christos Stamatis, who wanted to emulate the success of six California tobacco growers who had also started to cultivate the stevia plant….

Australia fires: Smoke turns New Zealand skies ‘eerie’ yellow

Smoke from huge bushfires in Australia is drifting as far as New Zealand, 2,000km (1,200 miles) away, leading to haze and a burnt smell in the air. Australia is grappling with a bushfire crisis fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of drought. The smoke first reached New Zealand’s South Island on 31 December, turning skies…

Healthy snacks to pack your kids in the new year

If your child is the one who brings her untouched lunch home every day, surprise her with these healthy snacks for kids at school. Nothing makes me feel more like I have my life together than those weeks when our fridge is stocked with our favorite healthy snacks for kids to bring to school. A…

Are your friends bad for your health?

A t the start of a new year, lots of people will resolve to make a healthy lifestyle change. Many find resolutions like cutting back on unhealthy snacks or taking part in a weekend fitness class easier when friends and family are making the same changes. However, not all decisions affecting our health are intentional,…

Google Health’s AI can spot breast cancer missed by human eyes

One in eight women will get breast cancer at some point. More accurate diagnostic tools are sorely needed. A diagnosis of breast cancer is news no one wants to hear, but if it does come, you want it to be accurate. Unfortunately the current primary method of detection via mammogram — a scan of the…

4 health myths that need to disappear in 2020

It’s one thing to believe in something entirely harmless. But health myths often aren’t harmless: they can trick you out of your money, or even worse, cause you and others physical harm. Here are some health myths we need to stop believing in. It’s time. Vaccines cause autism Let’s just get this one out of…

Facebook removes false HIV-prevention ads after LGBTQ+ outcry

The ads, which were on Facebook for months before the company acted, contained false claims about side effects of anti-HIV drugs Facebook has quietly removed false and misleading ads about HIV-prevention medications after months of pressure from LGBTQ+ and health organizations. Fifty organizations including Glaad and PrEP4All started a public campaign in December, arguing that…

Thousands of children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting

Critics say children are being given police records for behaviour they do not fully understand More than 6,000 children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting offences in the past three years, including more than 300 of primary school age, the Guardian has learned. Figures disclosed by 27 police forces in England and…

‘This is the farming of the future’: the rise of hydroponic food labs

Needing no soil or sun, an underground farm in Liverpool challenges traditional methods Beautifully arranged rows of bok choi, parsley, tarragon and basil alongside dozens of variety of lettuce grow together in harmony under the pink glow of an LED light in a former sugar factory.Water infused with nutrients trickles on to the green towers,…