Illegal work practices 'far too common' says study

About one in 20 workers does not get paid holidays, while one in 10 does not get a payslip, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation think tank.It found workers over the age of 65 are most likely to not have…

'Patchy' help for students' mental health

Universities should be bound by law to meet the mental-health needs of their students, an ex-health minister says.Information gathered by Sir Norman Lamb's office reveals a "complex and fragmented" picture of mental-health…

General Motors faces strike by almost 50,000 staff

Almost 50,000 General Motors workers have been called out on strike after America's biggest carmaker failed to reach a pay and conditions deal with the United Auto Workers union (UAW)."We do not take this lightly. This…

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

Further investigation suggests she may actually have a point While Kenyan politicians discussed possible amendments to safety protocols on commercial flights this week, one delivered an impassioned plea. Not about how to thwart terrorism or…

Thomas Cook 'racing to finalise rescue deal'

Thomas Cook has said it is "focused on completing" a rescue deal amid reports that some lenders could vote against the terms of the agreement.The troubled travel firm is understood to be in last minute negotiations with…

The $8bn braces firm boosted by the selfie trend

In the age of the selfie, smiles are paramount. Now American company SmileDirectClub has set out to profit.SmileDirectClub sells mail-order teeth aligners - a type of clear, plastic braces that the firm has turned into…

Drone strikes hit Saudi oil and gas production

Media playback is unsupported on your device Saudi Arabia has cut oil and gas production following drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by state-owned company Aramco.Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman…

Facebook removes altered Conservative advert

Facebook has removed a Conservative Party advert which misrepresented a BBC News story.The ad carried a BBC logo and headline saying "£14 billion pound cash boost for schools" - despite the story it linked to putting the…

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019

This year's theme was 'habits' and they were baaaaad The Annals of Improbable Research held its annual award-giving ceremony – the Ig Nobel Prize – on Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, and the entries were as worthy as ever. Host…

Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains

Mine's a pint of oolong, please, love Researchers from the National University of Singapore have found that drinking tea regularly really is good for you, especially your brain. They say they have also discovered why. Previous studies on tea-drinking…

700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run

Star-spangled luxury EV trips the light fantastic In the same week that the motoring industry discovered the Tesla Model 3 was the UK's third most popular car purchase, Mercedes-Benz unveiled an electric supercar at the Frankfurt Motor Show…

Now that's what we're Tolkien about: You need one storage system to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

A gentle guide to designing a single source of truth in your organization Backgrounder One of the tech industry’s longest running quests is developing the notion of a single source of truth within organizations. That is, no matter who or…

MIT boffins turn black up to 11 with carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.96% of light

It's like, how much more black could this be and the answer is none. None more black Carbon nanotubes have peculiar properties. Not only do they have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any known substance they can also absorb the most light,…

The hobbyists competing to make AI human

This weekend Steve Worswick will be pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human, attempting to fool a panel of judges into thinking they are chatting to another person while really they will be talking to a chatbot.But…

Historic towns to benefit from £95m boost named

Historic English shopping centres will benefit from a £95m regeneration fund, the government has said.In all, 69 towns and cities will receive money, with projects aimed at turning disused buildings into shops, houses…

OK, peons, we'll obey the law and let you talk about politics and pay packets, says Google

Reaches agreement with US government over Labor rights Google has agreed to settle two complaints filed with the National Labor Relations Board by former employees who claim the company fired them from engaging in lawfully protected workplace…

Has the US flotation bubble burst?

One of the most hotly anticipated stock market listings of the year - the flotation of office property rental firm WeWork - is now in doubt. The uncertainty comes after the firm was reported to be facing pressure from its…

‘No one asks new dads how they’re feeling at work’

Dave Edwards says his son was born screaming and didn't stop for 12 months. It was a tough introduction to parenting for the 33-year-old who spent those early days at home on paternity leave. Severely sleep deprived,…

Malwarebytes back to square one as appeals court rules blocking rival antivirus maker isn't on

Section 230 has legal eagles split over censorship Malwarebytes will have to head back to court to justify a decision to block its rival’s antivirus services after an appeals court threw out the security shop's legal justification. On Thursday,…

Pawnbroker shuts shops as it seeks lifeline

Customers of a High Street pawnbroker are being left in the dark after branches were closed and calls unanswered.A&B Pawnbrokers (Albemarle & Bond) and Herbert Brown stores have closed their doors, while its website says…

Whoa, bot wars: As cybercrooks add more AI to their arsenal, the goodies will have to too

The future is automated, says Trend Micro bod Infosec techies should prepare to both fend off AI attacks and welcome the technology into their armoury of tools, reckons Trend Micro's director of cybercrime research. The security world is standing…

Consumer ransomware insurance? You could be painting a target on us all for avaricious crims

D'ya hear that, cybercrooks? $50k up for grabs. Fire, theft, flood – and now cyber attack. Customers of a Californian biz offering payouts of up to $50,000 in case your cat videos get Wannacry’d but experts worry it could make the…

Tut – you wait a lifetime for an interstellar object and then two come at once

Boffins spot a possible follow up to 'Oumuamua ESA scientists are studying an object that has all the hallmarks of being another entity from outside our Solar System, making it the second to be spotted after 2017's cigar-shaped interstellar…

Wall Street analyst slashes HP Inc's share rating amid mounting worries over printer supplies declines

Supplies no longer HP Ink's licence to, er, print money A respected Wall Street analyst has downgraded HP Inc's share rating on the back of worries that its PC division won't be able to sustain the growth numbers it has been banking, which paper…

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour

Brewed with ice cream ... and no meat at all! Beer o'clock starts at 4pm today at Leeds-based North Brewing Co's tap room where it will be launching a sour beer that "pushes the boundaries of taste, flavour and colour". Forget your hoity-toity…

New Scottish headquarters for whisky firm

Whisky distiller Chivas Brothers has opened a new Scottish headquarters in Glasgow as part of a £500m investment. The French-owned company is extending its bottling plant in Dumbarton, ahead of closing one in Paisley.The…

WeWork founder Adam Neumann's voting power curbed

Office space company WeWork says it is changing its corporate structure in a bid to allay investor fears that have put its stock market debut in doubt.Its parent firm, the We Company, said it was reducing the voting power…

Pound climbs to highest level since July

The pound has hit its highest level against the dollar since July amid hopes a no-deal Brexit can be avoided.Sterling jumped more than 1% on Friday to over $1.24 against the dollar, its highest level in seven weeks. The…

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment

Blokes left in legal limbo amid electronic records audit Two men hired to assess a court record system's computer security were arrested Wednesday – after they were caught physically sneaking into a courthouse. According to the Des Moines…

Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

Bug-hunter says Cupertino won't even pay $1 reward for security hole Video Apple's very latest version of iOS appears to have the same sort of lock-screen bypass that plagued previous versions of the iThing firmware. Researcher Jose Rodriguez…