Is it ethical to raise a royal baby in captivity? | Stewart Lee | Opinion

Royal babies are baked to order, like lucky pies, to provide gurgling distractions in times of crisis. Last week, the world’s scientists agreed we have 12 years to limit the worst climate change damage or face mass extinction. Within days, as floods washed away the villages of the Aude valley and their delicious French wines, …

Cyberchondria and cyberhoarding: is internet fuelling new conditions? | Society

The internet could be fuelling a rise in new conditions such as cyberchondria and cyberhoarding, experts have warned. While researchers say most internet use is benign, it can lead some people to develop problems. Now experts are calling for more research to understand the range of problems that exist, who might be at risk, and …

Weight Watchers plans tech rebrand to take on wellness industry | Life and style

Weight Watchers will from next month ditch its name and rebrand as “WW” as it takes on competition from fitness trackers and phone apps and attempts to remould itself as a lifestyle tech brand. Behind the relaunch is concern that the long-term effectiveness of diet plans is on the wane, while health and wellness are …

NHS suffering worst ever staff and cash crisis, figures show | Society

The NHS’s staffing and financial problems are the worst they have ever been, official health service figures show. The number of vacancies across the NHS in England has hit a record high while NHS bosses have disclosed for the first time the service’s underlying deficit built up over recent years – £4.3bn. At the end …

‘They just wanted to silence her’: the dark side of gay stan culture | Music

Ahead of Britney Spears’ record-breaking show at Brighton Pride this year, Aaron Hussey noticed a fellow fan wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Spears’ nervous breakdown: the 2007 incident when, head shaved, she attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella. “I think he thought he was being funny,” Hussey says. “He wasn’t.” “Brightney …

Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice in abuse scandal | World news

Pope Francis has said the church must be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice” as the issue of sexual and institutional abuse continued to dominate his fraught two-day trip to Ireland. Speaking at the Marian shrine in Knock in the west of Ireland, the pope begged for forgiveness for the “scandal …

America’s hottest export? Sperm | Science

Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos. In 2016 Rasmussen, then …

The people left behind by Philippines’ brutal war on drugs – photo essay | Global development

Teenage widow Jasmine Durana dries off her 18-month-old daughter, Hazel, after a morning bath, before preparing a fire to make breakfast. Plastic jerrycans hang on the rafters behind her in the one-room slum dwelling she shares with her parents, two brothers and younger sister. The single mother, who saved for a month to pay for …

Why YouTubers are feeling the burn | Technology

When Lucy Moon sat down with her therapist to discuss why she was feeling so low, she was on top of the world. A burgeoning career as a YouTuber was in mid-bloom: her subscriber count – an important metric on the site, and a sign of a creator’s popularity – was booming, and offers of …

‘It’s horrifically painful’: the disabled women forced into unnecessary surgery | Society

Fi Anderson has, over the years, developed what she calls “pee math”. Through trial and error, she has learned that the only way she can be out of the house from 9am to 5pm without needing the toilet is to limit her fluid intake to one and a half child-size cups per day. It has …