For some kids school holidays mean hunger and isolation

Food glorious food – not for all children. pexels. Pamela L Graham, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Greta Defeyter, Northumbria University, Newcastle The school holidays, the best times of your life, right? Maybe not if you’re one of many families struggling to cope with the extra costs of food, activities and […]

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How dogs find new homes…this may surprise you!

A study by a dog rehoming website, involving twenty different breeds of dog, has found that when dogs move a particular facial muscle, humans react more positively and their chances of finding a new home increase. The study, conducted by on behalf of Direct Line Pet Insurance, also found: ● The […]

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Men, boys, and body image

On Monday, July 24 at 8.30 PM, BBC One’s Panorama will be looking into the subject of eating disorders and mental health among men. According to the BBC, an estimated 400,000 men and boys are affected by eating disorders including international rugby referee, Nigel Owens. In the show, Nigel Owens […]

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Want to develop ‘grit’? Take up surfing

Rhi Willmot, Author provided Rhi Willmot, Bangor University My friend, Joe Weghofer, is a keen surfer, so when he was told he’d never walk again, following a 20ft spine-shattering fall, it was just about the worst news he could have received. Yet, a month later, Joe managed to stand. A […]

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Lions and lambs: can you solve this classic game theory puzzle?

Shutterstock Amirlan Seksenbayev, Queen Mary University of London How many lions does it take to kill a lamb? The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Not, at least, according to game theory. Game theory is a branch of maths that studies and predicts decision-making. It often involves creating […]

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Helicopter or lawnmower? Modern parenting styles can get in the way of raising well-balanced children

Do you have to choose between independence and attachment? Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock Amy Brown, Swansea University When many middle-aged people think back to their childhood, they remember roaming the streets with their friends during long, hot summers. Our parents threw us out the door in the morning and instructed us not […]

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