Fidget spinners: toys for ‘the anxious age’
The small spinning gadgets are sweeping through classrooms across the globe (and then quickly getting banned). They are “hula-hoops for Generation Z”. What do toys tell us about ourselves?
Sesame Street launches new muppet with autism
Sesame Street’s newest resident, Julia, has a toy rabbit, orange hair, and autism. Her creators hope she will teach kids about the condition. What is it, and how should we think about it?
Beloved neuroscientist faces death head-on
Oliver Sacks has spent his life understanding neurological disorders, and as he faces death he talks of having a deeper grasp of living. Can we all experience this level of clarity?
Scientists claim humans have only four emotions
New research released this month shows that all human emotions can be reduced to just four basic facial expressions. Is our species less complex than we like to think?
Susan Boyle ‘relieved’ by Asperger’s diagnosis
A singer who shot to fame on a TV talent show has revealed she has felt ‘more relaxed’ since being diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. Why do such labels matter?
Autistic? Come work for us! says software firm
Most people with autism are capable of work and keen to find it, yet prejudice stands in their way. Now a German technology company wants to tap this neglected talent.
Epidemic spreads after hoax vaccine scare
Ten years ago, British newspapers caused a panic over the safety of the MMR vaccine. Now, thousands of teenagers – who went unvaccinated – could pay a terrible price.
Annual battle against flu gets shot in the arm
Scientists have successfully tested a new immune-boosting jab against all flu viruses. But will sceptics still refuse vaccination?