Tennessee students build robotic hand for new classmate

Starting at a new school this year, 15-year-old Sergio Peralta had all the typical teenage reasons to be nervous. He was also trying to keep a secret: a hand that was not fully formed. “In the first days of school, I honestly felt like hiding my hand,” he told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.Continue reading “Tennessee students build robotic hand for new classmate”

First black history statues return to Brixton

Three statues thought to be the first sculptures depicting black British people on display in England are set to return to Brixton station later. The life-size bronze figures, called Platforms Piece, were first installed on the platform in 1986 before being removed in 2016 for refurbishment. Created by Kevin Atherton, it depicts three Brixton residentsContinue reading “First black history statues return to Brixton”

CES 2023: Sony unveils controller for disabled gamers

Sony has teamed up with accessibility experts to announce a PlayStation 5 controller for disabled gamers. Project Leonardo is a “highly customisable kit” of different buttons, triggers and sticks that lets players create a set-up that suits their needs. Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller, released in 2018, sells for £74.99 at its UK store – though extraContinue reading “CES 2023: Sony unveils controller for disabled gamers”

Takeaway owner offers free pizzas to everyone in Edinburgh

A takeaway owner is offering to give everyone in Edinburgh a free pizza over the next month as an act of kindness. Marc Wilkinson, 55, the owner of Pure Pizza in Morningside, said he had been planning a big altruistic act to help people struggling with the cost of living crisis. He said it wouldContinue reading “Takeaway owner offers free pizzas to everyone in Edinburgh”

Google opens its first UK centre making tech for disabled people

If you design technology with disabled people in mind, you design technology better for everyone. This was the sentiment from Google as it opened its first UK research and development centre dedicated to making tech to help people with disabilities. The Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People andContinue reading “Google opens its first UK centre making tech for disabled people”

Leeds: Boy, 11, beats Hawking’s Mensa score

An 11-year-old boy from Leeds has scored the highest possible Mensa test score for under 18s. Yusuf achieved 162 on the test, which is more than the late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking, who is believed to have achieved 160. He said he had taken the quiz after friends at school had commented onContinue reading “Leeds: Boy, 11, beats Hawking’s Mensa score”

Tower Hamlets: Children stop play space from being dismantled

Children in east London rushed out of their homes to stop a “safer streets” blockade being ripped out by the council. Parents gathering outside Chisenhale Primary School in Bow say they were given little notice of the “pop-up playground” being removed. The standoff resulted in a temporary victory for the families who want the zoneContinue reading “Tower Hamlets: Children stop play space from being dismantled”

The four-year-old boy with incredible maths skills

A toddler from West Dunbartonshire has stunned family and friends with his extraordinary maths and language skills. Four-year-old Jamie Mohr, from Old Kilpatrick, can count in six languages and knows 17 times tables. Jamie was born 12 weeks premature and spent 11 weeks in intensive care. Doctors said his survival was unlikely. His mother LorraineContinue reading “The four-year-old boy with incredible maths skills”

Lego: Disabled Sussex girl says new toys are amazing

A disabled girl who wrote to Lego asking for better representation in their toys said a new figure with a limb difference was “amazing”. Eight-year-old Sofia from Sussex was born without a left hand, and said she felt unrepresented by the toys. The firm is releasing a new range of toys featuring diverse characters, andContinue reading “Lego: Disabled Sussex girl says new toys are amazing”

The Bradford wrestling church mixing sermons with suplexes

Sandwiched between the glass-fronted Science and Media Museum and the Alhambra Theatre, you’d be forgiven for missing Fountains Church among Bradford’s better-known landmarks. But on Thursday nights, the Church of England venue fills Glydegate Square with the sounds of spandex-clad wrestlers being slammed onto canvas and cheers of delight from those assembled in the mostContinue reading “The Bradford wrestling church mixing sermons with suplexes”