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‘Hope’ isn’t mere wishful thinking – it’s a valuable tool we can put to work in a crisis

alinabuphoto/Shutterstock Christian van Nieuwerburgh, University of East London The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world has prompted job losses and business closures, and an increase in stress and anxiety as lockdowns separate people from their friends and families. It’s become clear that we are struggling to maintain our mental health as […]

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Mayflower 400: the science of sailing across the ocean in 1620

Jonathan Ridley, Solent University It is July 1620 in Southampton, England. Arriving into port is the Speedwell, a ship carrying a small religious group from the Netherlands. Anchored just off of the west quay of the town is the Mayflower, a larger ship with more passengers aboard, which is loading […]

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A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

Paul Haskell-Dowland, Author provided Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O’Shea, Edith Cowan University Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret […]

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Citizens Advice on evictions as ban comes to an end

The ban on evictions comes to an end this weekend, and new figures from Citizens Advice suggest that concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home. The number of people seeking help from Citizens Advice about issues to do with private rented properties increased by 43% […]

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Money for social care sector in which 19,384 died of Covid-related illness Mar-Jun

About time, too, you may say. Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds extra funding to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect residents and staff throughout winter. The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra […]

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Does wearing glasses protect you from coronavirus?

As a myopic I find this fascinating, but am not taking it too seriously …   paulaphoto/Shutterstock Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth Researchers in China have found that people who wear glasses appear to be at lower risk of catching COVID-19. The authors of the study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, […]

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Redundancy? Check your rights …

This week marks the cut-off point for companies to launch consultations if they want to make 100 or more workers redundant before the furlough scheme ends. Citizens Advice, which is helping someone every two minutes with one-to-one redundancy advice, is urging workers to check their rights are being protected. The […]

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Robots to be introduced in UK care homes to allay loneliness – that’s inhuman

Fay Bound Alberti, University of York Some UK care homes are to deploy robots in an attempt to allay loneliness and boost mental health. The wheeled machines will “initiate rudimentary conversations, play residents’ favourite music, teach them languages, and offer practical help, including medicine reminders”. They are being introduced after […]

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Alcohol and your brain: study finds even moderate drinking is damaging

Even drinking fewer than 14 units of alcohol a week was damaging. ELEVATE/ Pexels, CC BY Tony Rao, King’s College London It’s a well-known fact that drinking too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health, including damaging your liver. But how much is too much? For conditions […]

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New research helps to differentiate Covid treatments

People who are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 can be divided into four distinct groups, according to data from the world’s largest study of patients with the disease. Researchers identified the groups using clinical information and tests carried out upon arrival at hospital to predict the patients’ risk of death […]

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