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Over 70s and those with underlying health conditions advised against cruise ship travel

From the Government: British nationals aged 70 and over, and those with underlying health conditions such as chronic diseases and diabetes, have been advised not to travel on cruise ships in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new advice is based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer and follows […]

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Population update from ONS

The population of the UK in mid-2018 was estimated to be 66,436,000. The UK population grew by 0.6% between mid-2017 and mid-2018, the same rate of growth as in the previous year; growth in the years to mid-2017 and mid-2018 was slower than in any year since mid-2004. In the […]

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In Rabbit Awareness Week, vaccination is urged

June 1–9 is Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW), an annual campaign raising awareness around the welfare needs of pet rabbits in the UK and Ireland. Rabbit Awareness Week is organised by Burgess Pet Care and supported by the UK’s largest animal welfare organisations and charities. This year’s campaign is urging rabbit […]

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Marie Kondo: a psychologist assesses the KonMari method of tidying

Netflix Chris Stiff, Keele University Have your friends recently begun obsessively folding their t-shirts, or explaining how they have got rid of a book that no longer “brings them joy”? If so, they’ve probably been caught up in the new craze from lifestyle guru and “tidying consultant” Marie Kondo. Kondo’s […]

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Should you hide negative emotions from children?

Sharing is good. altanaka/Shuttestock John Lambie, Anglia Ruskin University From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear […]

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Frida Kahlo to Rihanna: there’s a reason eye-catching brows are front and centre

Frida Kahlo: self-portrait with Bonito. Irina via Flickr, CC BY-SA Niamh Thornton, University of Liverpool Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is the subject of a major exhibition at London’s V&A museum, which has been running since July and tells the story of her life through more than 200 artefacts and clothing. […]

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Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world

Shutterstock Daniel Brown, Nottingham Trent University Millions of people will have the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse – an event popularly known in the media as a “blood moon” – on Friday July 27. Visible for most of the world – only North America and Greenland are expected to […]

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Wimbledon: why Federer is the greatest on grass and Rafa Nadal is the king of clay

Shutterstock Chelsea Starbuck, University of Salford Tennis fans could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu. For the first time since 2012, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer sit atop the world rankings, confounding their critics and continuing to defy age and injury. In a season apparently taken from […]

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The mystery of how babies experience pain

Crying may not tell the whole story. Maesse Photography Laura Jones, UCL Before the 1980s, clinicians actually performed surgery on newborns without giving them anaesthetics or pain medications. This wasn’t because they thought babies were completely incapable of feeling pain. But they didn’t know how much pain the newborns could […]

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Are men cleaner than women?

It has been revealed that men are ‘officially’ cleaner than women but when women do take to the cubicle, they spend far too long in there! With 70% of men showering daily compared to just 57% of women customers surveyed, Leon Maclean from luxury steam shower company Insignia said: “The […]

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