Fashion designer Lagerfeld dead at 85

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Karl Lagerfeld once called himself “the Joan of Arc of design” Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85, in Paris. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures, and worked up until his death. Lagerfeld […]

UK employment hits another record high

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people in work in the UK has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million employed between October and December, the latest Office of National Statistics figures show. Unemployment was little-changed in the three-month period at 1.36 million. The jobless rate, remaining at 4%, is at its lowest […]

Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

Image copyright Reuters Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company builds 150,000 Honda Civics a year in Swindon, its only car factory in the EU. The decision comes just weeks after Nissan switched plans to build its X-Trail SUV from […]

Could hackers ‘brainjack’ your memories in future?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could technologies of the future allow hackers into precious corners of our minds? Imagine being able to scroll through your memories like an Instagram feed, reliving with vivid details your favourite life moments and backing up the dearest ones. Now imagine a dystopian version of the same future in […]

Sepsis: New rapid test ‘could save thousands of lives’

Image copyright University of Strathclyde Image caption A close-up of the test device A new rapid test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis has been developed by University of Strathclyde researchers, which they say could save thousands of lives. A microelectrode device analyses the patient’s blood, with results coming through in two-and-a-half minutes. Current diagnosis tests […]

How Brexit hit the pound in your pocket

Image copyright Getty Images The value of the pound has changed a lot over the past three years – making us all a little poorer. Back in December 2015, £1 would buy you about €1.40. Today it will get you nearer €1.14. It has suffered a similar fate against most major currencies, losing about 15% […]