News According to research, there is a strong link between financial issues and low mental well-being in people over 50

High levels of personal debt in Britain could be creating a health time bomb, according to research showing a strong link between financial problems and low mental well-being in older people.

Economic slumps are often followed by novels that are rich in words expressing emotional unhappiness

If the slump wasn't bad enough, stand by for the literary misery that's bound to follow

Scientists discover link between downturns and an increase in frequency of words of 'emotional malaise'

A research programme newly launched is looking at how neuroscience can best be used to improve standards in UK education system

Do teens who stay in bed longer learn better? A £6m neuroscience study will find out

Innovative programme aims to put Britain at the forefront of global education policy

Literacy and numeracy report: What the academics said

Professor Robert Coe, from Durham University:  “This seems to underline the view that improvements in GCSEs and some other examinations have had more to do with grade inflation than real sustained improvements over time.”

Breakthrough could revolutionise treatment of blood pressure

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Discovery will help patients who do not respond well to various treatments

Hungry bumblebees travel more than a mile to find food

Honey, I’m just popping out for some pollen. I may bee some time...

Insect forced to travel more than a mile to find food, study finds

'Predatory' 13-year-olds: we've heard this one before

Where does this shocking language of "predatory" behaviour come from? Are such ideas just the "inappropriate" words of one individual (to cite the Crown Prosecution Service)? History indicates otherwise. So-called "rape myths" and "victim-blaming" of this kind have long roots. We need to look at the past to understand the nature of concerns about "predatory", "sexually experienced" and physically mature girls. By understanding the history of such ideas, we may be able to put an end to their use.

Lindsey Russell who has landed a role as a Blue Peter presenter after triumphing in a nationwide talent hunt with current hosts Barney Harwood (right) and Helen Skelton (left).

New Blue Peter presenter appointed by CBBC viewers

TV newcomer Lindsey Russell landed a role as a Blue Peter presenter today after triumphing in a nationwide talent hunt.

Drinking a small glass of wine every day while pregnant may do no harm to the brain development of babies in the womb

Pregnant women told moderate drinking will not harm the baby

Drinking a small glass of wine every day while pregnant may do no harm to the brain development of babies in the womb, a new study suggests.

Letters: Full signature list

This is the full list of signatures to accompany the 'Gove will bury pupils in rules..' Letters page for Wednesday 20 March 2013

The Education Secretary, Michael Gover

100 academics savage Education Secretary Michael Gove for 'conveyor-belt curriculum' for schools

Leading figures from universities warn new curriculum promotes 'rote learning without understanding' and demands 'too much too young'

Why aren't languages a more popular choice at university?

It seems as if languages are not a popular choice of course at university nowadays. Once upon a time, learning a language and studying its literature was considered a solid choice of degree, but now there's a perception that they might be a bit of a waste of time.

Professor Martin Siegert, the mission’s principal investigator

Scientists halt quest for 'lost world' under Antarctic ice

Lack of hot water and fuel force British team to abandon £8m search for life in sub-glacial lake

According to the report, schools 'add less value' in areas where there are more career options besides teaching

Pupils in affluent areas 'get lower grades because of teachers' pay' deals

National salary scales mean some schools cannot attract quality staff, say researchers

Leading article: Regional pay is about more than equality

Evidence that GCSE results are suffering, should urge teachers to rethink their opposition

Over-60s put off seeing GP

People in their 60s are ignoring signs of ill health because they fear being dismissed as hypochondriacs or believe medical problems are a by-product of ageing.

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