Ellen Pasternack

Ellen Pasternack is a writer and research on biology and culture.

When will XL Bully defenders admit that genes matter?

It’s not a good time to be an American XL Bully. The breed, an extra-large pitbull variant, has been blamed for a threefold rise in fatal dog attacks in the UK; after a series of high-profile maulings, bullies have today been added to the list of breeds restricted under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Incidents involving the dogs have been met

How to fix Britain’s childcare problem

Childcare in the UK is among the most expensive in Europe. A full-time nursery place for a child under five costs in the region of £14,000 per year; if there are multiple children, this easily rises to an amount that means women would be paying to go back to work after maternity leave. The result: