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Top scientist hopes to wean us off alcohol with ‘intoxicating but harmless’ drug cocktail

Cancer incidence is set to increase by 70% globally between now and 2024, according to the World Health Organisation’s World Cancer Report published earlier this month. The report states that much of the increase will be down to lifestyle factors – not just smoking, but also physical inactivity and excessive consumption of…

The robots are coming. How many of us will prosper from the second machine age?

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Gavin Kelly, The Observer Whether it’s our humdrum reliance on supermarket self-service tills, Siri on our iPhones, the emergence of the drone as a weapon of choice or the impending arrival of the driverless car, intelligent machines are woven into our lives as never before.   It’s…

Police ignore Taser heart attack risk and keep firing at suspects’ chests

By Shiv Malik and Charlie Mole British police have fired Tasers hundreds of times at suspects’ chests despite explicit warnings from the weapon’s manufacturer not to do so because of the dangers of causing a cardiac arrest, the Guardian can reveal. Following the death last Wednesday of a man in Manchester after police hit him with a…

Should we all eat less meat?

MPs have reported that if Britons ate less meat, it would ease inflation and help the developing world. Jay Rayner and Charles Sercombe debate the issue Jay Rayner, Observer restaurant critic and broadcaster Let’s not pretend: I don’t have much of a fan base among vegans. I respect their views,…

Blacks more likely to be unemployed in the UK than in the U.S.

Black people in Britain are more likely to be unemployed than those in the United States, especially during recessions, with successive UK governments “failing to protect minority ethnic groups”, research reveals. A paper presented on Friday at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds shows that in the last…

Cannabis users find synthetic pot more harmful than natural weed

By Patrick Butler– Guardian/Mixmag survey results appear to back up concerns in the US media over risks associated with synthetic cannabis Synthetic cannabis is rated as more harmful than natural weed, and less likely to deliver pleasurable highs, according to one of the biggest surveys of current drug user experience…

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