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Diet myths debunked for 2018

Diet myths debunked for 2018

If you are planning on starting the New Year with a resolution to shed those surplus pounds, you are not alone. Eating healthier and losing weight are two of the most popular New Year resolutions. There is no quick fix to losing those extra pounds though, so if you’re thinking about going on a highly […]

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Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Bill Buchanan OBE, Edinburgh Napier University Nothing comes for free, especially online. Websites and apps that don’t charge you for their services are often collecting your data or bombarding you with advertising. Now some sites have found a new way to make money from you: using your computer to generate virtual currencies. Several video streaming […]

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Why most of us lean to the right when we kiss

Why most of us lean to the right when we kiss

Michael J. Proulx, University of Bath; A.K.M. Rezaul Karim, University of Dhaka, and Alexandra A. de Sousa, Bath Spa University Your brain is an organ of two halves – the left side and the right side. And there are many brain functions, such as language skills or which hand you write with, which are organised […]

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A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout

A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout

Trevor George, King’s College London Brussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour and familiarity of the small green vegetable. To others, they are an object of derision and disgust. Whatever you think of them, millions of sprouts will be sold, cooked, and either eaten or pushed to the side […]

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35 years ago the ‘worst video game ever’ was released – are these 5 any better?

35 years ago the ‘worst video game ever’ was released – are these 5 any better?

Craig Weightman, Staffordshire University Rumour has it there is a site somewhere in New Mexico where you could once find definitive proof of ET. This hallowed ground is not Area 51 but a former landfill site that until recently contained truckloads of unsold cartridges of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, the video game that spectacularly bombed […]

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Obesity is linked to where you live – would regulating fast food outlets change this?

Obesity is linked to where you live – would regulating fast food outlets change this?

Matthew Hobbs, Leeds Beckett University The type of neighbourhood you live in predicts how likely you are to be obese, our latest research shows. And it’s a bit more complicated than some might assume. Obesity is associated with a range of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and some cancers, so finding […]

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What type of milk is best? The answer is follow your tastebuds

What type of milk is best? The answer is follow your tastebuds

Margo E Barker, Sheffield Hallam University and Cecile Morris, Sheffield Hallam University Milk had a rather bad press in the 1970s and 1980s. In the UK, for example, there has been a marked decline in milk consumption from about 2,700ml per person per week in the early 1970s to 1,400ml per person per week in […]

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The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

Leszek Kobusinski/Shutterstock.com Adam Taylor, Lancaster University ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive discomfort from overeating. But for a few unfortunate individuals, Christmas is like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. […]

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final: everything you need to know

It’s finally here. After weeks of glitz and glamour, the final of Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing takes place this weekend. Strictly aficionados will have no doubt been glued to the show throughout its latest run. But what if you’re only in it for the extravagant and extended show that is the final? Here’s […]

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Just one single workout could save your life

Just one single workout could save your life

Dick Thijssen, Liverpool John Moores University There is plenty of evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, but when do the benefits of exercise start to pay off? You might think that it’s after a few weeks – or even months – once you’ve lost some weight and […]

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