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Education

Education department challenged over support for One Britain One Nation Day

Yesterday at 23:30 PM, via The Guardian

Attempt to enlist schoolchildren in day celebrating British values criticised on social media

The government has been criticised on social media after supporting a campaign encouraging schoolchildren to commemorate “One Britain One Nation” day on Friday.

A tweet from the Department for Education said it was encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate the day and featured a link to...

Education

The Guardian view on dog-whistle Tories: culture wars in the classroom | Editorial

Yesterday at 19:59 PM, via The Guardian

MPs ought to be embarrassed by a stunt designed to whip up animosity without addressing real problems of inequality and disadvantage

The chairman of parliament’s education select committee has produced a report designed not to illuminate a problem but divert attention from it. Conservative MP Robert Halfon and his colleagues think that “white working-class” pupils have fallen behind...

Science/Tech

Facebook’s First Oculus Ads Partner Is Already Retreating

Today at 01:40 AM, via Slashdot

Mark Zuckerberg’s ongoing quest to turn every Facebook property into ad-riddled real estate hit a snag this week when the only virtual reality game that publicly offered to onboard Oculus’s VR ads (rightfully) backed down. Gizmodo reports: Originally, Facebook set out to test its first iteration of VR ads in Blaston, a $10 multiplayer title for the Oculus Quest that was created by the prolific...

Science/Tech

Makeup fails to solve mystery of why jumping spiders have back stripes

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Scientists were surprised by results of painting eyeliner on shells of jumping spiders to change their appearance

Researchers have come up with an ingenious way to test the theory that male jumping spiders have evolved colourful stripes to ward off predators – they have put makeup on them.

Unlike the females of the species, the male Habronattus pyrrithrix come in vivid hues to attract mates....

Science/Tech

India Orders Antitrust Investigation Against Google Over Smart TV Market

Today at 01:00 AM, via Slashdot

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into allegations that Google has abused the dominant position of Android in the country’s smart TV market. From a report: The news comes hours after the European Union opened a formal antitrust investigation into allegations that Google abuses its leading role in the advertising-technology sector. In its initial review, the Competition...

Health

Covid’s Delta Variant: What We Know

Yesterday at 23:28 PM, via New York Times

The variant is gaining traction worldwide. But vaccines are driving down coronavirus case numbers in the U.S., and it’s unclear whether Delta will reverse that trend.