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14
Aug
09

How good are you at reading people’s faces?

_46205526_face1_glas_466Most people might think that looking at people’s faces is a great way of overcoming language barriers, but apparently, how you read them could depend on your cultural background.

A recent study has shown that Western and Asian cultures read facial expressions very differently. Continue reading ‘How good are you at reading people’s faces?’

10
Aug
09

Is the credit crunch reshaping our values?

credit crunchToday in Newshour’s meeting we were chatting about how and if the credit crunch has changed our lives? Is having less money changing our values and our behaviour? Are we becoming less materialistic and is it possible that the credit crunch could actually be good for us?
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05
Aug
09

Wee can save the environment

ToiletWater – as environmentalists are often reminding us – is fast becoming a precious commodity. Now a campaign from a Brazilian group is asking the public to take a very specific step to stop wastage.

The message is simple – urinating in the shower saves water. Continue reading ‘Wee can save the environment’

25
Jun
09

Return to Gaza

Cast your mind back six months….to late December. That’s when Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters began their fierce air assault on the Gaza Strip. Israel’s stated aim was to stop Hamas rocket attacks into southern Israel, and to – as it said – ‘change realities on the ground.’ The war lasted three weeks, and led to the deaths of more than a thousand Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

But what’s happened in the months since the conflict ended? How has it affected the people of Gaza? How much reconstruction has taken place? And has Israel achieved its war aims?
Continue reading ‘Return to Gaza’

09
Jun
09

A right to know?

_38703711_grumpy-babies300Pink for a girl – blue for a boy – are you pregnant and dying to know who’s inside? Now a new over-the counter kit can tell you, at just 10 weeks, the gender of your baby.  Makers say they won’t sell the kit in India or China, because of a national bias for boys

Continue reading ‘A right to know?’

24
Mar
09

Is direct action ever appropriate?

goodwinVandals have attacked the home of Sir Fred Goodwin, the former Royal Bank of Scotland boss. It’s been reported that a group angry about his record pension have claimed responsibility for the attack. In the UK, Sir Fred has become public enemy number one after refusing to return his massive pension pot, after his bank was bailed out by the tax payer.
Continue reading ‘Is direct action ever appropriate?’

04
Mar
09

What would you do with $125?

The Japanese have a fresh approach to tackling the economic crisis, they’re simply going to hand out cash. Every resident will get at least $125 to spend as they wish. We want to know what you’d do with the money? It’s a novel idea, but how will people respond? What would you buy? Would you splash the cash or save it for a rainy day?

28
Nov
08

Urban Warfare

Mumbai has come under attack. The city will never be the same.
Continue reading ‘Urban Warfare’

27
Nov
08

Egypt’s battle of the sexes

Egypt, by far the most populous country in the Arab world, is engaged in a fraught debate about relations between the sexes. The country has been transfixed by a wife swap scandal; recently police arrested hundreds of teens for what they said was “flirting” in the streets of Cairo; and last month, a man convicted of groping was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour. Continue reading ‘Egypt’s battle of the sexes’

13
Nov
08

Greatest singer of the rock era?

A new poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine asks musicians and music producers to vote for the best singer of the rock era. Today on Newshour we’ll be asking: So did they get it right? Who would you vote the greatest singer? We’d like to hear from you. So post your vote here or email us and we’ll try to play it on the programme later.




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