A third of adults have fallen out with someone after misreading text messages

A third of adults have fallen out with someone after misreading text messages, according to research. A study of 2,000 adults found four in 10 can spend ‘hours’ puzzling over someone’s wording or tone in a text - trying to work out if they are actually annoyed or only joking. And one in five have wrongly assumed someone was in a mood with them, because they got the tone of a message completely wrong.

Millions of coffee-lovers won’t allow anyone else to make them a brew

Millions of coffee lovers won’t allow anyone else to make them a brew - in case they over-steep the coffee, use tap water, or add too much milk. A study of 2,000 adults found just under half would rather go thirsty and tired than let someone else make their coffee as they like it “just so”. It emerged 27 per cent are concerned others would make their drink too watery, one quarter worry it will be too strong and 14 per cent are fussy about the size of the mug.

Staycation Brits share favourite foreign foods they try to replicate on UK hols

Millions of Brits replicate their favourite foreign meals - while on staycation. A survey of 2,000 adults found more than two fifths who holidayed in the UK have tried to produce French cheese boards and Mediterranean feasts with family and friends. Nearly one in five (18 per cent) have tried to recreate an authentic Greek salad while holidaying on home soil and a third attempted the same with pasta.

Millions of schoolchildren are unable to swim - because it's too expensive

More than a fifth (21 percent) of those parents with kids who can't swim revealed their little ones struggle because they're afraid of the water - while one in five (19 percent) admitted they simply can’t afford to pay for their children to have private lessons. The study commissioned by Slazenger swimwear with LYCRA XTRA LIFETM fibre found that 16 percent admit school swimming lessons are the only time their kids get in the pool.

Top 30 most stressful situations in life include dates and work presentations

First dates, work presentations and making phone calls to strangers are among the top 30 most stressful situations in life, according to research. A study of 2,000 UK adults found deadlines for work, bumping into an ex-partner and forgetting something important, are other things which cause unnecessary distress. But running late to something like an appointment or a meeting proved to be more traumatic than having a job interview. Almost three quarters will avoid stressful situations (72 per c

Snoring has 'serious impact' on relationships and has led to break ups

Millions of snorers have been forced to sleep in a separate room to their partner, delayed moving in together or have even been dumped because of their noisy sleep habit. A study revealed 83% of Brits either snore or live with someone who does, with men more likely to be to blame for the noise (52%) than women (30%). More than a quarter regularly face kicks under the covers from their partner in a bid to get them to stop snoring, while 13% said it had led to rows with their other half. But on

Top 50 green hacks Brits use from shorter showers to reusing teabags

Shorter showers, reusing teabags and renting children's toys are among the top 50 hacks Brits are adopting to be green, according to a study. Research among 2,000 adults revealed 94 per cent are making an effort to be eco-friendly by doing things like installing solar panels, using energy-efficient light bulbs and carpooling. Collecting rainwater for plants, making wax wraps and turning ripe fruits into jams are among the more unusual methods.

Life's Top 50 'little victories' from being served first at bar to finding cash

Getting into fresh bedding at the end of the day, receiving a surprise pay rise at work and being served first at the bar are among life's top 50 'little victories', according to a poll. Finding money down the back of the sofa, arriving at a packed car park just as someone leaves and leaving work early also made the list. Other 'punch the air' moments include getting the washing in before it starts to rain and when two chocolates fall out of the vending machine when you only paid for one. Alm

Picturing the political imagination

It may be the age of the selfie, but Nepal has around 6 000 photography studios left across the country. ‘Many people would find (this) surprising as the assumption is that mobile photography has swept them away. (But) they’re tenaciously hanging on,’ said Professor Christopher Pinney from University College London, UK. He recently spent four months in Nepal exploring what we can learn about people’s political imagination...

Eco espresso and upcycled inks set to make coffee greener

Globally, more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. At a rate of around 2.64 cups per person per day, Finland takes the crown as the world’s largest per capita consumer of coffee. However, the traditional steam-pressure coffee machines you see in coffee shops have barely evolved since their early development in Italy around the start of the 20th century...

Science fiction and folk medicine inspire novel wound dressings

According to trade association MedTech Europe, around 4 million people in the EU develop non-healing wounds each year. These are most commonly bedsores or diabetic ulcers, and the problem is likely to become worse as lower birth rates and higher life expectancy means the European population is getting older. Dr Carsten Mahrenholz from German company COLDPLASMATECH says that physicians tend to just re-dress chronic wounds as they are very hard to heal....

Coding and tech skills help refugees and low-income communities to succeed

It’s part of an approach known as social innovation – grassroots projects that propose new responses to solve particular societal problems in order to increase people’s wellbeing. Like countless people around the world, Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe (a technology website) was moved by the desperate plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping warzones into Europe in 2015.

Television adverts are about to get personal

Imagine watching an episode of the hit television series Sex and the City when a stylish dress worn by actress Sarah Jessica Parker catches your attention. At the press of a button, a series of adverts pop up alongside what you’re watching to show where you can get to know the designer and buy similar items instantly. It is an experience that may soon be coming to a small screen near you following an EU-funded project called TOUCHVIE...

Innovation should be a school subject - Commissioner Navracsics

‘Education can be a decisive force, an engine in the socialisation of young scientists,’ he said. ‘It is important to have the institutions to support those young kids who have the aspiration to become a scientist.’ He was speaking at the annual European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) conference, held in Budapest, Hungary, on 16 and 17 October, which aimed to discuss the direction of innovation in Europe.

Astronomers discover ring around dwarf planet Haumea

It's the first time a ring structure has been identified around an object beyond Neptune. Haumea, which was officially discovered in 2005, has an unusual egg-shaped structure, which it gets from having such a high rate of spin. This stretches it out, making it more oblong than spherical. It is one of five recognised dwarf planets, along with Ceres, Pluto, Eris and Makemake.
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