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October 30, 2018 12:53 PM Budget spending hike 'a bit of a gamble' warns IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the Chancellor would be "thanking his lucky stars" that improved forecasts from the independent fiscal watchdog had delivered the additional firepower needed to deliver the boost - mainly focused on the NHS - without having to raise taxes. But the think-tank's director Paul Johnson warned that if this deteriorated 15

October 12, 2018 4:26 PM Royal Society of Biology reveals Photographer of the Year 2018

Striking images of a leopard gecko and intricately-patterned autumnal leaves have won the Royal Society of Biology's Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions. The theme of Patterns in Nature attracted entries exploring forms, sequences and structures in the natural world, with entries ranging from microscopic symmetries 54

October 6, 2018 10:45 AM Space warning as solar storm on DIRECT HIT with Earth TOMORROW

The event has just been upgraded from a G1 to a G2 class geomagnetic storm and could mess with spacecraft navigation, damage transformers, and wreak havoc with migrating birds’ sense of direction. Solar wind escaping from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere will travel through space to reach Earth tomorrow and build in intensity on October 8. A NASA observatory 12

October 4, 2018 4:00 PM Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds

A US town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town. Police in the northern Minnesota town of Gilbert say they have received reports of birds "flying into windows, cars and acting confused". The intoxicated state of the birds is due to berries fermenting ahead of time due to an earlier than usual 14

September 27, 2018 9:30 AM Ex On The Beach’s Matty B Admits He ‘Doesn’t Hold Grudges’ After That Awkward Kick-Off With Daisy Robins’ Ex Sam Ellerington

Last night’s episode of Ex On The Beach saw the singletons feeling a little bit confused as Matty B and new arrival Sam Ellerington - who is Daisy Robins’ ex - have a SERIOUSLY awkward kick-off about some comments made in a group chat back home, and whether or not a watch was fake. After slating each other over the table after Sam entered the villa 15

September 25, 2018 12:42 PM Ancient Egyptian ‘MAGIC SPELL’ finally DECODED

AN ANCIENT Egyptian message scrawled on a sheet of papyrus has finally been decoded as a magician’s spell for love. The papyrus features two birds - with French university lecturer now revealing the picture was a love spell. Korshi Dosoo, of Strasbourg University, said the papyrus was a Coptic Christian love message to be read out during a ceremony 15

September 13, 2018 11:00 AM Gallery: South Essex's unusual pets

Move aside cats and dogs, south Essex is home to a whole variety of pets. We appealed for your unusual friends, and you sent in hundreds of photos from snakes to spiders, fish to birds and were keen to show what great pets they make. Michaella Joslin-Cross, of Basildon, said: “I’ve been in love with reptiles my whole life but have owned reptiles and other 16

September 11, 2018 8:36 AM Man who got dog to attract women probably the last person who should own an animal

A MAN who bought a dog to attract attention from women is the last kind of person who should be looking after an animal, it has been confirmed. Tom Booker of Swindon bought his Jack Russell terrier dog as a puppy and says it was definitely worth the money he spent on it “because the birds love it”. Booker said, “The dog’s great and he was worth every 11

September 8, 2018 8:09 PM Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Anton Du Beke’s partners over the years

He has been partnered with a variety of stars over the years and experienced a varying degree of success. This year he will be hoping for glitterball glory with his celebrity partner Susannah Constantine. The dancer had a strong start in the first series, when he was partnered with soprano singer Lesley Garrett. Judges were particularly impressed by their 50

September 5, 2018 3:08 PM Angry Birds to host special event with Imagine Dragons

Angry Birds x Imagine Dragons will provide access to new challenges for a chance to win VIP passes, as well as a new concert location, rock-themed outfits suitable for the occasion and music from the band themselves. Angry Birds Match is one of the many spin-offs from the popular franchise, which features Hatchlings that were introduced in The Angry 49