The UK has just introduced plastic banknotes, almost 30 years after they were used for the first time in Australia.
We tend to take it for granted that our economy is a market economy. Mainstream economics is particularly committed to that idea.
Seven years ago, fatalities from opiates overtook fatalities due to road accidents in the US. Sadly, the same phenomenon is now playing out in England.
The body is able to maintain a stable core body temperature in a range of environments. This process – called thermoregulation – balances heat production and heat loss to the environment.
Researchers have found that when elderly people use an electric fan in extreme heat, instead of cooling them down, it actually raises their core body temperature and increases their heart rate.
The age at which children start school varies across the world. In Sweden, Denmark and Finland formal education starts at age seven, while in the UK, children often start as young as four.
At the Rio Olympics, American Ryan Lochte won gold as part of the US men’s 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay team. That medal, his 12th, made him the second most successful male Olympian swimmer of all time.
The 12 contestants about to duel by sourdoughs and shortbreads in series seven of The Great British Bake Off have now been unveiled by the BBC.
The British Labour Party can no longer afford to keep running away from immigration. Britain’s vote to leave the EU exposed a wide gap between most of the party’s members and leaders (who support complete freedom of movement) and many of its natural working-class voters (who do not).
In 1993, nine 300kW turbines were installed on the eastern pier at Blyth Harbour, near Newcastle on England’s east coast. One can question whether this really counted as an offshore wind farm, but it was the UK’s first tentative step towards building wind turbines at sea.