Monthly Archives: May 2017

The DNA detective

Image copyright MARTIN SPAVEN Image caption Julie Bell has no genetics background but has an extensive knowledge of how to analyse data A man left abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet 61 years ago has tracked down his…

Tax plastic drinking straws, firm says

Image copyright Getty Images A waste disposal firm has stepped into the row over hard-to-recycle products by demanding a tax on plastic drinking straws. The firm, BusinessWaste.co.uk, says manufacturers should revert to old-style paper straws, which biodegrade. Plastic straws were…

Reproductive rebels

Image copyright Getty Images The contraceptive pill had profound social consequences. Everyone agrees with that. In fact, that was the point. Margaret Sanger, the birth control activist who urged scientists to develop it, wanted to liberate women sexually and socially,…