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Microwaves ‘could be as bad for environment as cars’

Microwaves ‘could be as bad for environment as cars’

Microwave ovens could be as bad for the environment as cars, suggests new research. The use of microwaves across the European Union (EU) alone emits as much carbon dioxide as nearly SEVEN MILLION cars, according to the study. University of Manchester researchers conducted the first ever comprehensive study of the environmental impacts of microwaves, considering […]

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Kiri episode two: Tobi goes in search of the truth as Miriam cracks

Kiri episode two: Tobi goes in search of the truth as Miriam cracks

*Spoilers up to and including episode two of Kiri* One of the best things about Jack Thorne’s Kiri so far has been its ability to keep us guessing. But if there’s one thing that’s certain in this intriguing four-part mini-series, it’s that the mystery of what happened to nine-year-old Kiri Akindele – and why – is […]

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In pictures: snow sweeps across Scotland and the north of England

In pictures: snow sweeps across Scotland and the north of England

Large parts of Scotland and northern England have been hit by snow yesterday and this morning. The unpredictable weather has caused major disruption across the country, but that hasn’t stopped amateur photographers from getting outdoors and sharing snowy scenes on Twitter and Instagram. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh The Scottish capital received several dustings of snow yesterday. […]

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Revealed: The UK’s burglary claims hotspots

Revealed: The UK’s burglary claims hotspots

The UK areas most prone to burglary insurance claims have been revealed, according to new research. Guildford is the UK’s top burglary claims hotspot, according to MoneySuperMarket’s annual Burglary Claims Tracker, which analysed over two million home insurance quotes run on its website over the last two years. The Surrey town, which didn’t feature at […]

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5 apps that will help you save money

5 apps that will help you save money

January is traditionally a month for money-saving resolutions, with many people forced to tighten the purse strings after going gung-ho with the plastic over Christmas and New Year. Indeed, according to new figures from National Debtline, almost eight million people are predicted to finish January behind with their finances, thanks to the festive spending frenzy. […]

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Reports of fake Sainsbury’s vouchers in circulation

Reports of fake Sainsbury’s vouchers in circulation

Shoppers are being advised to be wary of fake emails pretending to be from Sainsbury’s after a rise in reports of fake gift vouchers sent on behalf of the supermarket. The emails state that the recipient has been overcharged on a recent trip to Sainsbury’s and to compensate are offering a free gift card. By […]

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QUIZ: The big bird count – how many can you spot in your garden?

QUIZ: The big bird count – how many can you spot in your garden?

Whether you can spot a robin, a pigeon or a jackdaw, whatever birds you can see in your garden, keep track of your findings this January and join the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. “The birds we see in our garden are often the first experience we have with nature – whether it’s a flock of […]

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Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst

Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst

Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow and Julien Amat, University of Glasgow The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total of 664 hospital admissions and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported since the beginning of winter 2017. The British media have blamed “Aussie flu” for the outbreak. […]

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Comment: nationalising Britain’s railways is the only way to fix chronic problems

Comment: nationalising Britain’s railways is the only way to fix chronic problems

John Stittle, University of Essex Just who exactly supports the UK’s privatised railway industry? It’s certainly not passengers, taxpayers, railway employees or increasingly many politicians. The state-owned British Rail was privatised over several years starting in 1995. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was politically astute enough to avoid privatising this industry. But her successor, John Major, […]

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Porn in the UK – what is legal and what were last year’s trends?

Porn in the UK – what is legal and what were last year’s trends?

Samantha Pegg, Nottingham Trent University The year has begun with Pornhub’s, now traditional, “Year in Review”, which details trends in the popular pornography site’s traffic. This includes a breakdown of what users have been viewing over the past 12 months – and, as usual, makes for some interesting reading. The first clear message is that […]

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