Do you use predictive text? Chances are it’s not saving you time – and could even be slowing you down

ImYanis/Shutterstock Typing is one of the most common things we do on our mobile phones. A recent survey suggests that millenials spend 48 minutes each day texting, while boomers spend 30 minutes. Since the advent of mobile phones, the way we text has changed. We’ve seen the introduction of autocorrect,…

Curious Kids: what are the rings around planets made of?

The planet Saturn. viktorov.pro/Shutterstock What are the rings around planets made of? – Vihan, aged five, Chennai, India Lots of us are familiar with pictures of the planet Saturn and its unmistakable ring. In fact, Saturn doesn’t have just one ring – if you look through a telescope, you will…

Extinction Rebellion announces plans for April 2022: ‘The COP process has failed, it’s up to all of us now’

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:+447986671716 / +447561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #RebelforLife**Watch our post-COP video here: https://xrb.link/Z06n7T7N** Extinction Rebellion UK responds to the failure of the COP process with plans to mobilise two million in the UK towards mass civil disobedience, with the first major campaign of civil resistance taking place in April 2022.  The COP process…

WE WILL NOT BE BYSTANDERS: More than 100 people break National Highway’s injunction on Lambeth Bridge

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:+447986671716 / +447561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #RebelforLife BREAKING: This afternoon, over a hundred people have sat down on Lambeth Bridge to break the National Highways super injunction in solidarity with the at least 34 people who have broken these injunctions so far, 9…

A pandemic of armchair experts: how we decide who and what to believe

We appear to live in an age of misinformation. Certain broadcasters and social media celebrities openly promote fake facts or misrepresentations of science and data to their audience, many of whom do not seem to care whether they are right or wrong, as long as they are hearing what they…

Bringing the metaverse to life: how I built a virtual reality for my students — and what I’ve learnt along the way

Author provided We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the metaverse – a vision for the internet which uses technology like virtual and augmented reality to integrate real and digital worlds. With Facebook changing its name to Meta to focus on this space, and other big tech companies like Microsoft…

Dogs and TV: here’s what we know about how they respond

Sq lim / Unsplash, CC BY-SA On the face of it, a recently launched TV channel dedicated to dogs seems, well, barking mad. But our pets often spend long periods of time home alone, and providing some form of enrichment and stimulation can be very beneficial to dogs and their…

Making vaccination compulsory for NHS frontline workers likely to make patients suffer

Prostock-studio/Shutterstock The NHS has been struggling for years with chronic underfunding and staff shortages. COVID has only made matters worse. Health Secretary Sajid Javid is now warning that NHS waiting lists for non-emergency operations and procedures could grow to 13 million up from 5.3 million in July 2021 while increasing…

Most common passwords of 2021: here’s what to do if yours makes the list

Thomas Andreas/Shutterstock If you use “123456”, “password” or “qwerty” as a password, you’re probably aware that you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers. But you’re also not alone – these are three of the top ten most common passwords around the world, according to a new report. In partnership with independent…

Five ways to cut down on food waste – and why it matters

Too much food is thrown away. There are things you can do to help. Shutterstock When people think about ways to help the environment, encourage biodiversity and decrease greenhouse gases, they don’t usually think about the impact of food waste. And yet food waste is responsible for up to 10%…

‘You can’t imprison a flood, you can’t bankrupt a fire’: Highway 9 sentenced to prison

Beginning on Tuesday morning, nine people from Insulate Britain faced trial at the High Court for breaking the injunction on the M25. This morning, all nine were sentenced to prison for between two and six months, with the prosecution arguing for excessive costs to each individual, the final amount of…

Trauma and transformation – a psychologist on why difficult experiences can radically change us

Pexels/victor freitas It’s human instinct to avoid suffering and try to make life as comfortable and easy as possible. But paradoxically, a great deal of research has shown that suffering and trauma can have positive long-term effects. Many people who go through intense trauma, for example, become deeper and stronger…

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