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Countdown to liftoff? Carol Vorderman to work with astronauts

Carol Vorderman after passing her private pilot's licence test. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Bristol TV star Carol Vorderman has landed a job working alongside astronauts, promoting space science education.

The former Countdown maths wizard, who has a private pilot's licence, will sit on the board of directors for the Challenger Centre for Space Science Education.

The centre was set up to honour the legacy of the Challenger shuttle crew, who were killed in a tragic accident in 1986.

54-year-old Vorderman says she has always been fascinated by space - and her daughter wants to be an astronaut.

"I'm thrilled and honoured to have been voted onto the board of this amazing organisation and I and can't wait to get fully involved.

"To encourage children into science and engineering has been one of my passions for decades.

"The opportunities for children that the Challenger centres provide is excellent. Space holds a massive fascination for everyone, whatever age, whatever background."

– Carol Vorderman

Drinking in pregnancy 'harms I.Q.'

The current advice from the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence is for pregnant women not to drink during the first 3 months and then no more than one or two units a week.

But according to a new study carried out by Bristol University, drinking just one glass of wine a week during pregnancy can significantly reduce a child's IQ. Our Health Correspondent Rebecca Broxton has been finding out the implications.

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Research shows drinking affects unborn child

Researchers from the University of Bristol have published evidence to suggest drinking as little as one glass of wine a week while pregnant could affect the I.Q of the unborn child.

The collaborative study, between the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, showed that only children that have genes that make them vulnerable to alcohol were affected.