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Learning is for life, says new alternative education project

7 hours 35 min ago
Greta Rossi left her career in mainstream higher education to start Akasha Innovation, where a new venture aims to help young people build a better future for themselves and generations to come

World’s largest paper mill destroys plantations to protect peatlands

Wed, 02/09/2015 - 06:00
Asia Pulp and Paper Group, one of the largest paper mills in the world, is closing its plantations in a bid to protect rainforest and peatlands. Could this unusual move set a new precedent in the paper business?

Ensuring our collective future: security for the rich depends on security for all

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 06:00
The world’s wealthiest individuals spend a considerable sum on personal security, but as Matt Mellen asks, would they feel the need to if we lived in more equal times?

Five ways ordinary people are helping refugees in Calais

Thu, 27/08/2015 - 14:33
As the humanitarian crisis in Calais grows, the media is increasingly dominated with tales of savagery and menace in the refugee camps. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth, say the many ordinary UK citizens who are taking positive action

Walking Water pilgrimage to address global water crisis

Thu, 27/08/2015 - 05:00
In 2011 Geoff Dalglish gave up all his worldly possessions to walk more than 10,000 miles and spread a message of treading lightly on the Earth. Here, he talks about his latest quest: a three year long water conservation pilgrimage starting next month

Problem solving through sleep

Wed, 26/08/2015 - 09:04
Have you been told that you sleep too much? As well as giving the mind and body precious down-time, sleeping can also help us solve problems, according to new research

Breaking bread with the Dusty Knuckle bakery

Tue, 25/08/2015 - 06:00
A new social enterprise bakery in east London is revitalising both the local area and the employment prospects of many young people

The rhino relocation programme thwarting poachers

Mon, 24/08/2015 - 11:39
Poachers have driven rhino numbers dangerously low, but new initiative Rhinos Without Borders aims to boost the population and provide a safer haven for those at risk

Neuron imaging developments could provide valuable insight into human brain

Fri, 21/08/2015 - 06:00
Our understanding of the human brain has long been hampered by our inability to observe its activity in detail, but now scientists have developed advanced imaging techniques that could unlock our understanding of brain behaviour

Five innovative projects promoting menstrual hygiene around the world

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 06:00
Menstrual hygiene continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing women in developing countries. Here, Thorsten Kiefer looks at five innovative programmes around the globe that aim to raise awareness

Rewilding project aims to return iconic Scottish estate to its wild roots

Wed, 19/08/2015 - 08:34
An ambitious new project at the Alladale estate is allowing tourists to experience a rewilding project in action. Environmentalist Matt Mellen heads to Scotland to witness the transformation and is inspired at what it might herald for the future of Britain’s wilderness

Malaria less prevalent in strong communities, study finds

Tue, 18/08/2015 - 06:00
Close-knit communities have a significant advantage when it comes to tackling malaria, according to new findings which could be applicable to malaria prevention activities around the world

Could mindfulness make teens more resilient?

Mon, 17/08/2015 - 06:00
A new study on mindfulness aims to find out how it can boost teenagers’ mental health

Good Business: Jake Noel-Storr, InsightSTEM

Fri, 14/08/2015 - 09:12
Non-profit organisation InsightSTEM provides a host of explorative learning techniques to help people become more comfortable with science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and not a text book in sight

Review: At Home With Vanley Burke

Thu, 13/08/2015 - 09:28
Ikon Gallery in Birmingham have launched one of their most ambitious projects to date, transporting the entire contents of photographer Vanley Burke’s Nechells flat into the gallery space and inviting everyone to explore

Five inspiring stories for International Youth Day

Wed, 12/08/2015 - 12:40
Today is the fifteenth International Youth Day – a United Nations initiative to raise awareness of youth issues worldwide. To mark the day we've rounded up five of our favourite stories about inspirational young people

The internet of things – improving safety, healthcare and the environment

Tue, 11/08/2015 - 16:49
“Potentially the biggest business opportunity in the history of mankind” – this is how one IT engineer describes the internet of things. With up to 30 billion connected ‘things’ likely to be in use by 2020, how will it adjust our economic and social landscape?

Philosophy programme in UK schools benefits wellbeing and grades

Fri, 07/08/2015 - 06:00
It may not be a big surprise to learn that children who learn philosophical thinking are more confident and patient, but philosophy lessons can also improve reading and maths skills

How spare baggage capacity could help charities

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 06:00
A team of students has developed a prototype system that allows frequent flyers to fill their spare luggage capacity on planes with products that charities need

Global HIV treatment goal reached ahead of schedule

Wed, 05/08/2015 - 06:00
The goal to get HIV treatment to 15 million people by the end of 2015 has already been met, says the UN