Art

Jessica Andrews wins Portico Prize for novel about female 'poetry and power'

Jessica Andrews wins Portico Prize for novel about female 'poetry and power'

Image caption Jessica Andrews: "Lots of young northern working-class women have said, 'That's like my life'". A debut novel exploring the "poetry and power" of the female experience has won a literary award that rewards the best books about the north of England. Saltwater by Jessica Andrews was named the winner of the £10,000 Portico Prize in Manchester on Thursday. Andrews' semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of a young woman who moves ... Full story

Education

Can AI Drive Education Forward?

Can AI Drive Education Forward?

Children together at modern school Getty. This week Bett, the education show that brings together over 800 education providers, takes center stage in London. Educators, developers, and ecosystem players come together to share what is new, connect and learn. Microsoft is the worldwide partner for Bett, but most platform providers and hardware vendors use the event to launch their latest devices and software solutions aimed at education. As in ... Full story

Economics

HS2 risks not priced in at the start, say auditors

HS2 risks not priced in at the start, say auditors

Image caption A proposed design for an HS2 train. No-one took full account of how complex and risky the HS2 high-speed rail project was likely to be, says the government spending watchdog. The Department for Transport (DfT) and HS2 Ltd did not allow for all uncertainties when estimating initial costs, said the National Audit Office. In 2015, HS2 was due to cost £56bn. Earlier this week, however, a leaked government-commissioned review suggested ... Full story

Entertainment

Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins

Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Tesco chief executive on getting rid of multi-wrap plastic use. Tesco is removing plastic wrapping from its multipack tins in an effort to cut down on waste. The supermarket giant says it will remove 350 million tonnes of plastic a year from the environment. Britain's biggest supermarket is working with the likes of Heinz and Green Giant to replace plastic-wrapped multipacks with ... Full story

Health

Coronavirus: Anxiety rises as Chinese city goes into lockdown

Coronavirus: Anxiety rises as Chinese city goes into lockdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The BBC's online health editor talks us through what we know about the virus. A sense of anxiety is growing in Wuhan as the Chinese city goes into lockdown in an effort to control the spread of a deadly virus which has left 17 dead. The authorities have suspended outbound planes and trains into the city, as well as buses, subways and ferries. Residents have been told not to leave the ... Full story

Law

Lawmakers Seek To Permanently Curtail NSA Surveillance Program

Lawmakers Seek To Permanently Curtail NSA Surveillance Program

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP ... [+] Photo/Patrick Semansky) ASSOCIATED PRESS. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is rolling out a sweeping proposal to curtail the intelligence community's authority to access citizens' phone records and conduct other forms of domestic surveillance. Led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the senators and representatives backing the Safeguarding Americans' Private ... Full story

Living

Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English – TechCrunch

Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English – TechCrunch

Wikipedia has surpassed a notable milestone today: The English version of the world’s largest online encyclopedia now has over six million articles. The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, Chief of Staff at Wikimedia, the non-profit organization that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia. The 6 millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner ... Full story

Politics

Spain death toll rises to 13 with four missing - BBC News

Spain death toll rises to 13 with four missing - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Wind, rain, flooding and snow batters parts of eastern Spain. A violent storm that has ravaged parts of Spain with heavy rain and violent winds has left at least 13 people dead. Spanish authorities said four people were still missing after Storm Gloria triggered floods and swept away roads. On Thursday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew over some of the worst hit eastern areas and ... Full story

Sport

Devoted football fans experience 'dangerous' levels of stress

Devoted football fans experience 'dangerous' levels of stress

Image caption Brazil fans were emotional following their country's defeat to Germany in 2014. Devoted football fans experience such intense levels of physical stress while watching their team they could be putting themselves at risk of a heart attack, research suggests. The Oxford study tested saliva from Brazilian fans during their historic loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup. It found levels of the hormone cortisol rocketed during the 7-1 ... Full story

Technology

Uber’s self-driving unit starts mapping Washington, D.C. ahead of testing – TechCrunch

Uber’s self-driving unit starts mapping Washington, D.C. ahead of testing – TechCrunch

Uber Advanced Technologies Group will start mapping Washington, D.C., ahead of plans to begin testing its self-driving vehicles in the city this year. Initially, there will be three Uber vehicles mapping the area, a company spokesperson said. These vehicles, which will be manually driven and have two trained employees inside, will collect sensor data using a top-mounted sensor wing equipped with cameras and a spinning lidar. The data will be ... Full story