Unmissable Stories for the Curious-Minded

  • Golden Globes Highlights: Barbie received a new award for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement and Oppenheimer was the big winner. Lily Gladstone made history with Killers of the Flower Moon, being the first indigenous person to receive the Best Actress award. In her speech, which was partly delivered in her native Blackfoot language, she thanked Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘changing things.’
  • Postman Pat Vindicated: The British Post Office scandal, referred to as ‘one of the greatest miscarriages of justice’ by Rishi Sunak, will see over 900 Post Office branch managers compensated and their names cleared of theft or fraud. As a consequence of the Horizon IT scandal, the Government is considering removing the Post Office’s private prosecution powers, something that companies and individuals are entitled to under 6(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
  • Is Home-Schooling the Future? Approximately 125,000 to 180,000 children were home-schooled in the UK in 2023. The flexibility and opportunity to create a tailor-made learning programme for your child is gaining popularity amidst a historically rising rate of school absences. Labour has offered to tackle the problem with a compulsory national register for home-schooled children in England.
  • Online Radicalisation on the Rise: Since the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, there has been a reported 12-fold increase in hateful, anti-Semitic social media content, primarily from ‘youngsters.’
  • Do you have Neanderthal DNA? Owing to past interbreeding between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, these tell-tale signs could indicate the presence of Neanderthal DNA: nicotine dependency; red and/or thicker hair; fluctuations in your sleep-wake cycle; larger nose; worse tolerance to Covid-19; skin that’s more resistant to tanning.
  • 2024 is Heating Up: Scientists predict 2024 could breach the advised 1.5°C threshold in global warming. Here are some possible consequences: life-threatening global heatwaves; species extinction; decaying ecosystems that threaten the livelihood of 1 billion people.


That’s all from us this week. See you Next Friday!

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