Rheumatoid arthritis: Can cracking your knuckles cause future pain in joints?

RHEUMATOID arthritis pain can be debilitating with symptoms affecting joints in the body in a number of ways. It often starts in a person between the age of 40 and 50 years old, but unfortunately there is no cure. One myth is that cracking your knuckles and joints can lead to the condition happening in […]

Egg prices are enjoying a cracking rally ahead of Easter

Marijan Murat/AFP/Getty Images Egg prices in the US Midwest are soaring ahead of Easter, doubling over the past month. Analysts put the price surge down to strong pre-Easter demand and adverse weather conditions. Easter Sunday falls on April 1. US egg prices are soaring ahead of Easter, doubling over the past month. According to Bloomberg, citing […]

Cracking picks for the little reader: The best new books for children this Easter

– Steve Anton’s Unplugged will appeal to parents who worry about their children and computers PICTURE BOOKS Parents who worry about their children staring at screens all day will approve of Steve Antony’s UNPLUGGED (Hodder Children’s Books, £6.99). Blip spends most of her time plugged into her computer. But when there’s a power cut Blip […]

Sweden cracking down on Islamic schools that don’t support gender equality

Sweden is cracking down on schools that do not support gender equality, according to the country’s education minister. The initiative is part of the government’s overall plan to remove religious influence from schools in general. Gustav Fridolin said Sunday that he has launched an inquiry into tightening the regulation of independent religious schools, by stopping […]

‘Cracking’ bottles: WADA supplier Berlinger quits doping control kit business

Swiss company Berlinger Special AG, affiliated to WADA, has withdrawn from the doping control business. The move follows reports of the possible cracking of frozen bottles. “The Board of Directors of Berlinger Special AG has resolved that the company will cease production of its doping control kits in the medium term,” the company said on […]

Wanna limit global warming to 1.5°C? Get cracking

Enlarge / Coal: it’s not an option. (credit: Kym Farnik) One surprise in the international Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions was the addition of the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Nations have long stated that their aim was to avoid exceeding 2-degree warming (though they’ve largely failed to […]

The Chase viewers in turmoil over Bradley Walsh's BIG misunderstanding: “Cracking up”

Bradley Walsh‘s slip-up surprised viewers of ITV quiz show The Chase as they just couldn’t believe he had never heard of one very popular word. Player Christine stepped up to the plate to face today’s Chaser Shaun Wallace, but everyone got a bit more than bargained for when one question popped up. The question asked […]

The UK government wrote to 500 companies telling them to start paying their interns — and doubled its war chest for cracking down on unpaid work

Getty Images HMRC is targeting companies which advertise unpaid work. More than 500 were contacted since November, with plans for more. Genuine voluntary unpaid placements are legal, but any position with fixed hours and defined work must be compensated with hourly pay. Officials doubled the budget for tackling unpaid work, to £25 million. The British […]