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London’s Kew Gardens offers visitors chance to try mind-altering drugs

Kew Gardens is offering its customers the chance to try out mind-altering drugs as part of its 'Intoxication Season'. According to its website, the botanical paradise in south-west London will allow 'willing participants' to 'try an unusual plant', including cannabis, magic mushrooms, alcohol and coffee - although not all four at once, not least because each weekend…

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Sadie HaleLondon’s Kew Gardens offers visitors chance to try mind-altering drugs
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The rise of the wedding hashtag: do you REALLY need one?

Apparently 55 per cent of couples now have a dedicated wedding hashtag. That’s 55 per cent of couples surveyed by Mashable and The Knot, not 55 per cent of couples in the whole wide world – but still. Having leapt from only nine per cent in 2012, that’s a heck of an epidemic. And by…

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Lauren BravoThe rise of the wedding hashtag: do you REALLY need one?
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Dolphins are sensitive to magnets

Dolphins are sensitive to magnets, French researchers have found. Magnetoreception, or the ability to sense magnetic fields, has long been thought to be one of the ways that marine animals navigate, but there was little evidence that this was the case. So Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues from the Université de Rennes designed an experiment…

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Diane ShipleyDolphins are sensitive to magnets
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Ten of the most exciting, innovative, and purr-fect wearables for pets #WearablesWeek

When we talk about wearables, we're usually talking about tech for humans, from VR headsets to fitness trackers to Google Glass. So it might have slipped your notice that the demand for pet wearables is big. Huge. In fact, it's estimated that the market will be worth $2.5 billion by 2025. Pet wearables can do…

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Diane ShipleyTen of the most exciting, innovative, and purr-fect wearables for pets #WearablesWeek

Reviveaphone saved the world’s first iPhone 6 after it was dropped into a pitcher of beer!

Everyone knows that iPhones and liquid just don't get on, and, considering rain killed my iPhone 5c recently, leaving me phoneless for about a month, as it's the one thing that Apple won't fix for free, I, along with everyone else, I'm sure, was really hoping the iPhone 6 would be waterproof. Unfortunately, it's not,…

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Hayley MinnReviveaphone saved the world’s first iPhone 6 after it was dropped into a pitcher of beer!
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Eight old TV shows we’d like on Netflix NOW please

At first you think you will never reach Netflix saturation point. The bounty! The volume! The unexpected quantity of Jennifer Aniston films you’ve never seen! And yet, after a few months of blissful cohabitation there will eventually come a point where you find yourself having your first fight with the search box. ‘What do you…

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Lauren BravoEight old TV shows we’d like on Netflix NOW please
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Some dogs are natural pessimists, says study (aww)

Contrary to their reputation for being tail-wagging people-pleasers who are always up for a W-A-L-K, some dogs are apparently real pessimists. Dr Melissa Starling, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, and her team put together a trial where they taught dogs to associate two different sounds with whether they would…

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Diane ShipleySome dogs are natural pessimists, says study (aww)
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The 8 stages of finishing your favourite web series (or TV box set)

The rise of online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, means that everyone could fall victim to the addictive potential of web series. You no longer have to be a loser sat in on your own night after night force-feeding your TV DVDs from box set after box set. In fact, Netflix is an…

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Becca CaddyThe 8 stages of finishing your favourite web series (or TV box set)
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8 of the daftest, flashest, fashion-est phones ever made

Every so often, a tech company woos a fashion or lifestyle brand, and together they birth a branded phone. Sometimes these are prettier, pricier versions of their less-fashionable siblings – and sometimes they're the ugliest pieces of tech known to man. We've collected 8 of the most interesting examples, including the alleged inspiration for the iPhone and…

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Holly Brockwell8 of the daftest, flashest, fashion-est phones ever made
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Now China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane

A street in the Chinese city of Chongqing has designated a pavement lane for chatters, texters and tweeters (or Weibo-ers, more likely), according to Engadget. A local publication first flagged up the innovation, which has a sign announcing 'First mobile phone sidewalks in China'. And we probably shouldn't be surprised, given that China is now…

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Diane ShipleyNow China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane
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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

Ever looked at a friend of a friend’s Facebook profile, made a snap judgement about them, and then felt guilty because you can’t really tell what someone’s like without actually interacting with them? Well, it turns out you were right the first time. Researchers from the University of Kansas have found that looking at someone’s…

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Diane ShipleyYou should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study
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People in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)

Some of us (not me of course, I would never) have been known to let out our frustrations on Twitter from time to time with a crass well-placed swearword. Or two. Or three. In fact, Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Ed Manley from University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis were so curious about…

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Diane ShipleyPeople in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)
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This Game of Thrones language course will teach you to speak Dothraki

Winter is coming, and so is season five of Game of Thrones (eventually). If you’re not sure how to channel your inner Khaleesi in the meantime, how about picking up a little Dothraki? You’re no longer limited to fan-made YouTube videos now that Living Language has just announced a new in-depth course that takes learners…

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Diane ShipleyThis Game of Thrones language course will teach you to speak Dothraki
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Could we actually see a Supergirl TV show?

The next superhero to be getting a reboot could be female, for a change. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers Television wants to make a Supergirl TV show. They’ve apparently asked Ali Adler (who co-created The New Normal and wrote for Glee) to write a pilot script and Greg Berlanti (creator of Arrow and…

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Diane ShipleyCould we actually see a Supergirl TV show?
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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Lauren Bravo10 social network ideas that might just make us rich
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Marmosets can learn from movies, who knew?

Well, this is bananas. First tortoises were using iPads, now scientists say that marmosets can learn from movies, and they're not, er, monkeying around. (Sorry.) As New Scientist reports, researchers from the University of Vienna filmed a marmoset opening a plastic device to retrieve a treat in a lab setting. Then they took the video…

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Diane ShipleyMarmosets can learn from movies, who knew?
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Saying intelligence isn’t genetic makes us work harder, study says

You’re doing so well at work. Must be because you put in so much effort. Are you feeling more motivated or intelligent now? Most of us would be – however much we slack off in reality. That’s according to a new study from Michigan State University, at least. Researchers found that telling people that hard…

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Diane ShipleySaying intelligence isn’t genetic makes us work harder, study says
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Chinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen

It’s one thing making full use of a hashtag when you’re watching your favourite TV show (even people who don’t watch the Great British Bake Off were entertained by the initial reaction to #bingate). But it’s another going to see a movie and having other people’s opinions pop up on the screen while you’re trying…

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Diane ShipleyChinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen