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Citizens Advice discuss meter safeguard tariff

Citizens Advice has welcomed plans from the energy regulator Ofgem to extend the prepayment meter safeguard tariff to 1 million households receiving the Warm Home Discount, saving them £120 a […]

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Underpaid, overworked and drowning in debt: you wonder why young people are voting again?

Paul Whiteley, University of Essex; Harold D Clarke, University of Texas at Dallas, and Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent The 2017 general election was highly unusual as far as the […]

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It’s World Smile Day – who knew?

It’s World Smile Day today, Friday 6th October. It seems most people don’t know this as unfortunately, only 28% attempt to smile at someone at least once a day, despite 63% […]

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Sexual identity figures released

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released figures about sexual identity from 2016. This is interesting for there has been a shift, especially among younger people who are now […]

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David Bowie, a latter-day Romantic, was a modern-day Lord Byron

Jean-Luc via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Emily Bernhard Jackson, University of Exeter Before he died in January 2016, David Bowie was universally regarded as one of the seminal rock stars […]

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Why you really should start your Christmas shopping now

Ding dong merrily on high, the Christmas tills are ringing. Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University It has begun. Shops are – already – starting to put out their Christmas […]

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Yup, we moan a lot about the weather

This comes from Tetley Tea’s PR people…no time to write around it, but might be of interest wholesale. The average Brit spends 104 hours, almost five full days each year (that’s […]

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Twitter’s new 280-character limit trial is a risky strategy

tanuha2001/shutterstock Julia Gillen, Lancaster University Social media site Twitter is trialling longer, 280-character limits to help users “easily express themselves”. At first glance this announcement might seem like nothing but […]

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What happens when a bird strikes a plane?

Keeping its distance. Sudpoth Sirirattanasakul/Shutterstock Davide Crivelli, Cardiff University In bowling, a strike is the best shot you can make. In aviation jargon, however, a strike happens when a bird […]

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‘Wear red, get noticed’ – and other subtle psychological ways colour affects us

Red makes a big impact, studies show. Twinsterphoto/shutterstock Geoff Beattie, Edge Hill University I notice that my office is mainly colourless, or perhaps more accurately insipid in colour, a dull […]

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