Scientists in Portsmouth have discovered a new species of a brain-altering parasite in shrimps.Read the full story ›
Bosses at the Atomic weapons establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will meet with the union Prospect later to discuss plans to cut hundreds of jobs.
It was announced on Thursday that five hundred posts at AWE will be lost in a bid to streamline operations. It's the first meeting since the announcement was made.
The shock decision to cut 500 jobs at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire is more about private companies making bigger profits than cutting public services to repay the country's debts.
That's the conclusion of the independent Nuclear Information Service pressure group. It says a partnership should be set up between local councils, trade unions, and the Ministry of Defence to plan ways of diversifying work at AWE. It claims jobs could be protected without building new nuclear weapons. Trade unions are meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.
The threat of the giant hogweed - a plant that can blister, burn, and blind - is being taken seriously, say authorities in the south east.
Along riverbanks, like the Medway in Kent, they've been spraying and cutting back the plant, which can reach fifteen feet high.
But despite their efforts, it's spreading elsewhere - and at an alarming rate. And with its spread, comes the warning from plant experts and environmentalists, that the weed is dangerous. And unless efforts to eradicate it are redoubled, more people will be injured.
Abigail Bracken reports on the hogweed menace.
A disaster waiting to happen. That's what a judge said, today, as he sentenced the manager of a fruit farm - to 2 and a half years in prison - for the manslaughter of two of his workers.
Scott Cain and Ashley Clark - both in their 20's - died after entering an apple store on the Blackmoor estate near Liss. The room was starved of oxygen to keep the fruit fresh - and they should have been using breathing apparatus.
Instead they held their breath, a method they nicknamed scuba diving. Their manager - 57 year old Andrew Stocker - encouraged this - ignoring health and safety regulations. Andrew Pate has been speaking to the families of the men who died.
A large swathe of woodland in Kent, is under threat from a deadly Asian wasp. The insect has come over to the UK for the first time ever and laid its eggs in the buds of sweet chestnut trees in Farningham Wood. The Forestry Commission has begun felling trees to stop the threat spreading to other parts of the country. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Councillor Matthew Dickins from Sevenoaks District Council and Matthew Woodcock from the Forestry Commission.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra has visited a charity in Sussex which has carried out more than eight million sight-saving operations across the world.
Sightsavers is trying to raise awareness of how to prevent and cure blindness in developing countries. Derek Johnson reports.
The mother of a student from Brighton who died after taking the then legal high 'GBL' has welcomed the news that the government has banned 500 more new drugs.
Maryon Stewart launched her high profile campaign calling for tougher measures to combat the use of legal highs after her 21-year-old daughter Hester died in 2009.
The bereaved mother founded the Angelus Foundation which works to raise awareness of the potential dangers of so-called legal highs.
"We expect the law to impact very significantly on the high street trade. The open sale of NPS has led to dangerous experimentation with many young people being badly affected by their unpredictable effects and some ending up in hospital.
"Sadly, too many have paid the ultimate price from taking these risky substances and this change will go a long way to stop further deaths."
So-called legal highs are set to be banned en masse. But what are they, and why is this drastic move necessary?Read the full story ›
The new Psychoactive Substances Bill creates a blanket ban on the sale of legal highs, with up to 7 years in jail for selling them.Read the full story ›