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Petrol prices steadily creep up

From the RAC: March saw the fifth straight month of petrol and diesel price increases at UK forecourts, with prices up another 2.7p and 2.4p respectively and both fuels now costing the same as they did in February 2020, according to new data from RAC Fuel Watch. With the average […]

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Audio cassettes: despite being ‘a bit rubbish’, sales have doubled during the pandemic – here’s why

It’s not just old cassettes that are selling: the current crop of pop musicians are shifting their music on tapes, too. BOOCYS/Shutterstock Iain Taylor, Birmingham City University Described by some as “Europe’s biggest tech show”, the Berlin Radio Show has long been famous for exhibiting the next big thing in […]

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Google’s scrapping third-party cookies – but invasive targeted advertising will live on

Ink Drop/Shutterstock Eerke Boiten, De Montfort University Google has announced plans to stop using tracking cookies on its Chrome browser by 2022, replacing them with a group profiling system in a move the company says will plot “a course towards a more privacy-friendly web”. The change is significant. Chrome commands […]

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How the world ran out of semiconductors

Hamza Mudassir, Cambridge Judge Business School There’s a global shortage in semiconductors, and it’s becoming increasingly serious. The US is currently reviewing its supply of the technology, following a landmark executive order from President Joe Biden. The president also pledged US$37 billion (£26 billion) to cover the short-term costs of […]

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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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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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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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British people are really missing the pub – here’s why

View Apart/Shutterstock Thomas Thurnell-Read, Loughborough University The events of the past year have had a devastating impact on the hospitality sector in the UK. At the forefront of lockdown’s sacrifices for many is the closure of an institution that is a cornerstone of british culture – the pub. An estimated […]

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COVID stamp duty holiday reveals big problems in the housing market

Michael Ball, University of Reading The UK housing market has been affected by the pandemic, but in ways that were not anticipated at the outset. Initially, forecasters thought that the sharp reduction in economic activity could lead to a housing market crash. That didn’t happen. Parts of the market have […]

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How to rebrand a fish so that it sounds tastier

Megrim sole…or Cornish sole? Iakov Filimonov / shutterstock Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University British fishermen have decided to rename two of their biggest exports as they turn to local markets to overcome some Brexit-related difficulties with shipping products abroad. What used to be known as the megrim sole and spider […]

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