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The good news about plastic waste

vchal/Shutterstock.com Deirdre McKay, Keele University Waste plastics contaminate our food, water and air. Many are calling for a global ban on single-use plastics because throwing them “away” often means into […]

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The forgotten scientist who paved the way for the discovery of DNA’s structure

J. Michael Creeth. University of Nottingham. Stephen Harding, University of Nottingham When James Michael Creeth finished adding acid to the sample of DNA taken from a calf’s thymus gland, he […]

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Murder on the Orient Express: why go to see remake when we know how it ends?

21st Century Fox Andrew Dix, Loughborough University For the distinguished crime novelist PD James, Agatha Christie’s distinctive contribution to the genre lies not in thematic complexity nor stylistic prowess, but […]

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The secret to a happy marriage is…retirement

It’s official, the secret to a happy marriage is retirement, according to new research. A new study of retired Brits has revealed that over two-thirds of couples in their golden […]

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Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

Music and work don’t always mix. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Nick Perham, Cardiff Metropolitan University Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on […]

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Big Ben to chime for Remembrance

As part of the nation’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, Big Ben will chime at 11 o’clock on Sunday 12 November, live on BBC One. The Remembrance Sunday chimes are a key […]

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Know your floriography

Most of us love flowers, yet only 7 per cent of people consider the true meaning of the flowers they’re sending. Bloom & Wild surveyed 2,500 people and found 42 per […]

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Christmas in November

When Christmas starts too early, it does my head in. The petrol station was already putting Christmas decorations up this morning – well, it is November, I suppose. Halloween, and […]

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Cutting back on sugar this Christmas

I know, we are ridiculously talking about Christmas. Already. Must be the colder weather and the shorter days having an impact. People are already shopping for it! Dentists are concerned […]

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Here’s what we think Alzheimer’s does to the brain

Subject dear to my heart as my Dad has it. Shutterstock Anna Cranston, University of Aberdeen Around 50m people worldwide are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. And with rapidly ageing […]

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