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Ocean plastic: clean it up, but avoid the mistakes of global climate policy

Fotos593 / shutterstock Malcolm David Hudson, University of Southampton In early December 2017 the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi announced a resolution on marine litter and microplastics. The move […]

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Three ways to avoid being lonely this Christmas

SeventyFour/Shutterstock.com Andrea Wigfield, University of Sheffield and Sarah Alden, University of Sheffield As the population ages and growing numbers of people are living alone, loneliness is emerging as a major […]

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Oh, Christmas tree…

With around £2.3 billion each year being spent on Christmas trees and decorations, it’s clear that the Christmas tree is still very much a mainstay in British culture during the […]

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Lessons from the Beeching cuts in reviving Britain’s railways

shutterstock.com Andrew Edwards, Bangor University More than 50 years ago the Beeching Report was published, spelling the end of hundreds of miles of British railway lines and stations. Pretty much […]

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Austerity is linked to increased deaths – the data is clear

Thabo Jaiyesimi/Shutterstock James Bentham, University of Kent A recent BMJ study showed that government cuts in England have caused extra deaths compared with trends before 2010. But how reliable are […]

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Regular bedtimes stop children getting ‘jet lag’

Shutterstock Yvonne Kelly, UCL What happens in the early years of a person’s life has a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers – many […]

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Disabled to ‘reap rewards’ of having a job

In a lovely end to November, the government has announced plans to get more disabled people back in work. 1 million more by 2027 is the government aim. ‘Improving lives: […]

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How websites watch your every move and ignore privacy settings

A yet to be fully-caffeinated person browses the web. Shutterstock Yijun Yu, The Open University Hundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and […]

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The psychology of Black Friday – how pride and regret influence spending

Hopefully, Black Friday will soon be over and we can all feel ever so slightly less bored by the consumerist jamboree. Meanwhile, here’s how it works… shutterstock.com Shalini Vohra, Sheffield […]

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Tax plastic takeaway boxes: the scourge of the oceans

Shutterstock/wk1003mike Claire Gwinnett, Staffordshire University That takeaway box that was in your hands for 10 minutes on Friday night could be in the ocean forever. Single use plastics are a […]

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