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Debunking diet myths: how to lose weight and keep it off in 2018

Debunking diet myths: how to lose weight and keep it off in 2018

If you are planning on starting the New Year with a resolution to shed those surplus pounds, you are not alone. Eating healthier and losing weight are two of the most popular New Year resolutions. There is no quick fix to losing those extra pounds though, so if you’re thinking about going on a highly […]

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Read this before you go sales shopping: the environmental costs of fast fashion

Read this before you go sales shopping: the environmental costs of fast fashion

Patsy Perry, University of Manchester It’s tough to love our clothes and keep wearing them for longer when we are faced with a tempting array of newness on offer in the shops. But before you head out into the January sales for those irresistible deals, spare a thought for the impact of fast fashion on […]

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4 ways to (try) and cure your hangover

4 ways to (try) and cure your hangover

The diary is chock-a-block with Christmas and New Year parties, family get-togethers, and nights on the tiles with friends. That can only mean one thing – the dreaded hangover. We’ve all been there, right? That last round of tequila shots sounded like a mighty fine idea, but now it’s the morning after the night before […]

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How to stick to your resolutions this New Year

How to stick to your resolutions this New Year

Every January without fail, millions of us swear allegiance to the gym. Less than 30 days later and our trainers are already screaming neglect from yet another New Year’s resolution going down the pan. So just why are we so bad at sticking to our January promises? “Our resolutions go back to the new year, […]

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Diet myths debunked for 2018

Diet myths debunked for 2018

If you are planning on starting the New Year with a resolution to shed those surplus pounds, you are not alone. Eating healthier and losing weight are two of the most popular New Year resolutions. There is no quick fix to losing those extra pounds though, so if you’re thinking about going on a highly […]

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Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Bill Buchanan OBE, Edinburgh Napier University Nothing comes for free, especially online. Websites and apps that don’t charge you for their services are often collecting your data or bombarding you with advertising. Now some sites have found a new way to make money from you: using your computer to generate virtual currencies. Several video streaming […]

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Why most of us lean to the right when we kiss

Why most of us lean to the right when we kiss

Michael J. Proulx, University of Bath; A.K.M. Rezaul Karim, University of Dhaka, and Alexandra A. de Sousa, Bath Spa University Your brain is an organ of two halves – the left side and the right side. And there are many brain functions, such as language skills or which hand you write with, which are organised […]

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A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout

A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout

Trevor George, King’s College London Brussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour and familiarity of the small green vegetable. To others, they are an object of derision and disgust. Whatever you think of them, millions of sprouts will be sold, cooked, and either eaten or pushed to the side […]

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35 years ago the ‘worst video game ever’ was released – are these 5 any better?

35 years ago the ‘worst video game ever’ was released – are these 5 any better?

Craig Weightman, Staffordshire University Rumour has it there is a site somewhere in New Mexico where you could once find definitive proof of ET. This hallowed ground is not Area 51 but a former landfill site that until recently contained truckloads of unsold cartridges of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, the video game that spectacularly bombed […]

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Obesity is linked to where you live – would regulating fast food outlets change this?

Obesity is linked to where you live – would regulating fast food outlets change this?

Matthew Hobbs, Leeds Beckett University The type of neighbourhood you live in predicts how likely you are to be obese, our latest research shows. And it’s a bit more complicated than some might assume. Obesity is associated with a range of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and some cancers, so finding […]

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What type of milk is best? The answer is follow your tastebuds

What type of milk is best? The answer is follow your tastebuds

Margo E Barker, Sheffield Hallam University and Cecile Morris, Sheffield Hallam University Milk had a rather bad press in the 1970s and 1980s. In the UK, for example, there has been a marked decline in milk consumption from about 2,700ml per person per week in the early 1970s to 1,400ml per person per week in […]

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The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

Leszek Kobusinski/Shutterstock.com Adam Taylor, Lancaster University ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive discomfort from overeating. But for a few unfortunate individuals, Christmas is like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. […]

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

It’s finally here. After weeks of glitz and glamour, the final of Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing takes place this weekend. Strictly aficionados will have no doubt been glued to the show throughout its latest run. But what if you’re only in it for the extravagant and extended show that is the final? Here’s […]

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Just one single workout could save your life

Just one single workout could save your life

Dick Thijssen, Liverpool John Moores University There is plenty of evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, but when do the benefits of exercise start to pay off? You might think that it’s after a few weeks – or even months – once you’ve lost some weight and […]

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Offering vouchers to breastfeed improves breastfeeding rates

Offering vouchers to breastfeed improves breastfeeding rates

Clare Relton, Queen Mary University of London and Mary Renfrew, University of Dundee Human breast milk is perfectly constituted for human babies. Not only does it provide balanced nutrition tailored to each baby’s needs, it also strengthens the immune system through a combination of ingredients including antibodies, hormones, vitamins and carbohydrates. Yet breastfeeding rates are […]

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EU law expert: how binding is the Brexit ‘deal’?

EU law expert: how binding is the Brexit ‘deal’?

Steve Peers, University of Essex The question of whether the deal that broke the deadlock in Brexit talks is legally binding has been the subject of much discussion since the agreement was announced on December 8. Technically, the answer depends on whether you look at the question from the point of view of law or […]

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Film review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Matthew Turner ★★★★ Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a phenomenal, record-breaking hit in 2015, so it’s safe to say expectation is at an all-time high for the second film in the new trilogy. Happily, The Last Jedi is everything Star Wars fans are hoping for, a thrilling, action-packed space adventure that’s both laugh-out-loud […]

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Brexit negotiations phase two – here’s what happens next

Brexit negotiations phase two – here’s what happens next

Nieves Perez-Solorzano, University of Bristol The European Commission will advise the leaders of the 27 EU member states meeting at the European Council on December 15 to proceed with the second phase of Brexit negotiations. It judges there has been sufficient progress on the three key issues that it insisted should constitute the first phase […]

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How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

Beth Hewitt, University of Salford Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information – Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube. But in the […]

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‘Creepy’ instrument used for cervical smears is finally redesigned – by women

‘Creepy’ instrument used for cervical smears is finally redesigned – by women

Helen King, The Open University The vaginal speculum – that creepy looking metal device used to examine the vagina and cervix – has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century. But a team of female designers in San Francisco is looking to give the unfriendly implement a new design. In an interview with Wired, the […]

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How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

Philip Hancock, University of Essex and Melissa Tyler, University of Essex With the Christmas party season upon us, many will be dreading much more than simply the prospect of small talk over sausage rolls with their colleagues. Despite its clarion call for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, for many – women especially […]

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Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

“When you include those centrally funded and locally delivered projects, this government is spending more per head on transport in the northwest than we are in the southeast.” Chris Grayling, Sectary of State for Transport, 21 September 2017 There is a widely held view, fuelled by the media, that the north of England is hard […]

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Banning booze at World Cup 2018 won’t help curb violence — but fan parks will

Banning booze at World Cup 2018 won’t help curb violence — but fan parks will

Joel Rookwood, University of Central Lancashire Some of the biggest names in world football attended the glittering 2018 FIFA World Cup draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The red carpet event had all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood movie premier. One thing that the organisers would have wanted to brush under […]

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What is Britain First – the far-right group retweeted by Donald Trump?

What is Britain First – the far-right group retweeted by Donald Trump?

Chris Allen, University of Birmingham Donald Trump’s decision to retweet a number of videos originally posted by Jayda Fransen – the deputy leader of the far-right street movement Britain First – was as unfounded as it was unexpected. Retweeted without additional comment, the three videos purported to show a group of Muslims pushing a boy […]

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You don’t need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn’t flat – here’s the simple science

You don’t need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn’t flat – here’s the simple science

Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University Could 2,000 years of belief be wrong? Are we in fact living on a disc rather than a globe? One believer from the Flat Earth Society is determined to find out. “Mad” Mike Hughes is all set to build his own rocket to see for himself that the Earth is […]

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Budget 2017: The winners and losers

Budget 2017: The winners and losers

Winners First time buyers The new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) exemption for first-time buyers is worth up to £5,000 in cash terms for all those buying at or below £500,000. It applies to individuals completing on a property purchase on or after today. Also, the extension of the discount railcard for people aged up […]

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Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm

Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm

Robin Poole, University of Southampton Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This is important to know because around the world over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Earlier studies have […]

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Revealed: The tricks shops use to get you to spend more money

Revealed: The tricks shops use to get you to spend more money

Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University In the business of shops and selling, times are tough. Retail sales indicate that shops are are struggling to persuade customers to part with their cash. But there are some innovative methods which retailers are using to address the challenge of enticing and engaging consumers. And it’s not just about […]

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Bible expert says Greggs’ portrayal of Jesus as sausage roll actually echoes the Gospel of John

Bible expert says Greggs’ portrayal of Jesus as sausage roll actually echoes the Gospel of John

M J C Warren, University of Sheffield With more than 1,000 outlets across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, Greggs the baker is a national institution. It’s not uncommon for queues to form in some towns and cities as the daily doughnuts, cheese and onion pasties and steak bakes come out of the […]

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Everything you need to know about Children in Need 2017

Everything you need to know about Children in Need 2017

The BBC’s annual fundraising extravaganza is back. Children In Need returns tomorrow night for an evening of entertainment with celebrity guests and exclusive music and TV previews. Last year the fundraiser raised a huge £46.6 million for  projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK and this year will be raising […]

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