Fuel duty frozen

Fuel prices have been creeping up again, and in Bude yesterday, diesel was 124.9 a litre. Down here, it is especially key. For two health related journeys yesterday, I drove over 100 miles, and I’m not alone. Following the announcement in yesterday’s Budget that fuel duty will continue to be […]

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Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness – here’s why

Short and long naps both have benefits. Rawpixel.com/ Shutterstock John Axelsson, Karolinska Institutet and Tina Sundelin, Stockholm University Some people swear by an afternoon nap – whether it’s to catch up on lost sleep or to help them feel more alert for the afternoon ahead. Even Boris Johnson supposedly favours […]

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I spoke to ‘minimalists’ to find out why they are giving up their personal possessions

NaksomritStudio / shutterstock Amber Martin-Woodhead, Coventry University I recently spoke to a man named Adam who told me that every object he owns could fit in one of Ikea’s famous shelving units. He owns two pairs of jeans and T-shirts in just three colours. He is so concerned with the […]

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Your genetics influence how resilient you are to cold temperatures – new research

People with this gene variant shivered less and had a higher core body temperature when exposed to cold water. Dudarev Mikhail/ Shutterstock Victoria Wyckelsma, Karolinska Institutet and Peter John Houweling, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Some people just aren’t bothered by the cold, no matter how low the temperature dips. And […]

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When men started to obsess over six-packs

The ideal male body assumed a new definition in the 19th century. Strongman Project, CC BY Conor Heffernan, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts The cultural obsession with six-pack abdominals shows no signs of abating. And if research into male body image is to be believed, […]

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E10 petrol is on its way

The Department for Transport has confirmed E10 petrol will be introduced at UK forecourts in September. The fuel, which consists of 90% unleaded petrol and 10% bioethanol, could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road. RAC fuel spokesman Simon […]

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