Editor's note

What have you done to advance your career prospects today? I know it’s early but you’ve really got to lean in if you want to make it to the top. At least, that’s what we’re told these days. But, according to Melissa Yoong, the idea that you can have it all if you just push hard enough is a neoliberal myth that is holding all of us back. By fetishising personal responsibility, are we actually just denying the prejudices so many of us face in our careers?

Much remains a mystery about life in North Korea, and the lives of women are no exception. Hyun-Joo Lim has interviewed North Korean defectors, and their stories shed new light on a brutal and patriarchal society.

If we consume more calories than we expend, then the difference is generally stored as body fat. A new study on the diets of mice has found that the high fat-low carb model – an enormously popular diet fad right now – may be counter productive. John Speakman explains.

You don’t even have to be connected to the internet to be at risk from hackers. Researchers have shown how even fax machines are vulnerable to attack. Keith Martin explains that this is just one of many surprising ways you can be hacked.

We don’t control the muscle of our heart – so what makes it keep beating? Adam Taylor responds to this thumping great question from Aarav, age nine. If you know a child who wants their questions answered by experts, read to the end of the article to find out how to make it happen.

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

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No more ‘leaning in’ – the neoliberal myth of the superhero businesswoman holds us all back

Melissa Yoong, University of Nottingham

Stop telling women they can have it all if they just work hard enough.

EPA/Franck Robichon

What North Korean defectors say about women’s lives under the Kim regime

Hyun-Joo Lim, Bournemouth University

Living as a woman in North Korea can be psychologically and physically gruelling.


It’s eating fat that makes you fat, new mouse study suggests

John Speakman, University of Aberdeen

If you want to remain lean, this study of mouse diets suggests your fat intake should make up just a fifth of your overall calorie intake.


Fax machines and coffee pots – the surprising ways you could be hacked

Keith Martin, Royal Holloway

Researchers used a fax machine that wasn't even connected to the internet to break into a computer network.


Curious Kids: how does our heart beat?

Adam Taylor, Lancaster University

We don't control our heart – it's an involuntary muscle – but special pacemaker cells help keep it ticking away.

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