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These are the suburbs where househunters are getting discounts

When it comes to real estate prices, the only way isn’t always up. There are places across the country where homes sell for less than their advertised price, but savvy househunters need to know where to look. Vendor discounting is the magical percentage between the original asking price of a property for sale by private treaty and the eventual sale Read More

Primary schools accused of ‘social segregation’ by rejecting poorer pupils in favour of children from richer homes

Places at church schools are highly competitive Getty Primary schools in England have been accused of “social segregation” after a report showed more than 1,500 schools were turning away disadvantaged pupils in favour of children from higher-income families. A report from the Sutton Trust found some of the most popular primary schools – particularly faith schools – had complicated oversubscription criteria that actively Read More

Embryos with defective cells ‘can still develop healthily’

“Abnormal cells not a sure sign of baby defects,” reports The Telegraph following the publication of a study on the development of healthy embryos. Embryos containing cells with an abnormal number of chromosomes can still develop into healthy babies, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge. Embryo cells with too many or too few chromosomes can give rise to Read More

Residents and development breathe new life into coastal suburb Labrador

RESIDING in the northern corridor of the Gold Coast, Labrador is fast becoming a paradise for residents seeking an affordable and central suburb that is still within arms’ reach of the beach. Younger families are coming in, attracted to the Broadwater views along with one of the best parks on the Gold Coast — Harley park. While the suburb is Read More

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

“Women who take HRT drugs soon after going through menopause are ‘less likely to suffer heart disease’,” the Daily Mail reports. A new study found that early adopters ofhormone replacement therapy (HRT) might slow their progression towardatherosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries) which can increase the risk ofheart disease, heart attacks or strokes. However, the study in question did not follow Read More

One in four primary schools is full or over capacity

Forecasts show that 295,000 more primary-age pupils will be enrolled in schools by 2020 Monkey Business Images/REX/Shutterstock Labour Party MPs have criticised the government’s “failed approach to planning for school places” as a “broken system”, amid claims that one in four primary schools is now full or over-capacity. Statistics from the Department for Education suggest that around 23 per cent of Read More

BRICS universities join grad programming

A network of universities has been formed with the aim of establishing joint graduate programmes across universities in BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. L-R: Victor Koksharov, Rector of Ural Federal University, Russia; Aline Schleicher, Ministry of Education, Brazil; Diane Parker, Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa; Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Ministry of Human Resource Read More

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won’t prevent heart disease

“Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart,” the Daily Mail reports. An analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils. The original study was conducted from 1968 to 1973 in six US psychiatric state hospitals and a nursing home. People were randomly assigned to Read More

Thyssenkrupp wants active role in any steel mergers

Germany’s biggest steelmaker Thyssenkrupp wants to play a role in any consolidation of the European steel market, which is afflicted by excess production capacity and a weak demand outlook, its chief executive said. “We have clearly said that we consider a consolidation as a sensible and proper step towards a solution. And if such solutions are possible we will play Read More racks up more Silicon Valley funding

Following an investment of $60m just two months ago, global accommodation booking site,, has received another injection of Silicon Valley funds from capital venture firm Breyer Capital. Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying mass communication. In her spare time, she Read More