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Is this the perfect formula for a viral video?

The internet knows no bounds when it comes to strange videos. We saw the Evolution of Dance, the falling grape lady and the panda sneeze uploaded during the early years of YouTube, while later contributions include the infamous wedding entrance dance, Dove’s ‘evolution’ video and the five-second-long dramatic chipmunk. But many of the most popular videos of all time seem to feature cats or babies - apparently they just …

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Sadie HaleIs this the perfect formula for a viral video?
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Is this fur real? Cat Video Festival comes to Vienna

You would be forgiven for thinking the world has gone barking (meowing?) mad, but this is really happening: a Cat Video Festival celebrating the best in online feline sensations gets underway tonight in Vienna. The Festival will feature an evening’s worth of the best cat videos, showing the animals ‘in everyday life, sports, music videos, and of course their special field: ignoring humans.’  Attracting children …

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Sadie HaleIs this fur real? Cat Video Festival comes to Vienna
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The five best places in London to work and kill time: Ziferblat, Yumchaa, Park Theatre

Sometimes a quick pitstop is all you need, and London is eternally well-equipped for those. But what about the occasions you have work to focus on, or time to kill, and home just isn’t an option? There’s a lot of chat about ‘coffices’ being the future of urban working, but not every café is up to the job of being …

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Lauren BravoThe five best places in London to work and kill time: Ziferblat, Yumchaa, Park Theatre
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shinyshiny went to V Festival with Pringles

This weekend, in conjunction with Pringles, we went to V Festival, and can safely say we had an amazing time, with Justin Timberlake definitely being a highlight. Arriving at the Pringles village on the Saturday, along with fellow blogs, It’s a LDN Thing and 1883 magazine, we were able to test out the Pringles party speaker straight away, which had …

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny went to V Festival with Pringles
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Smartphones will make statues talk

Usually, if you talk to statues, you’ll be met with a, er, stony silence. But from tomorrow, certain statues in London and Manchester will talk back. And you won’t even need to take hallucinogens first. Public performance company Sing London has teamed up with specialist museum-guide developer Antenna Lab to give voice to 35 iconic figures, thanks to funding from …

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Diane ShipleySmartphones will make statues talk
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10 annoying photo trends that need to be stopped, including ring selfies and yoga posers #PhotoWeek

There’s no shame in being an amateur photographer: smartphone cameras are so much better than they used to be, it would be stupid to waste them. But as much as I enjoy scrolling through the photos of my closest online acquaintances, or seeing what our oversharing-est celebs are up to on Instagram, there are some shots that should never have …

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Diane Shipley10 annoying photo trends that need to be stopped, including ring selfies and yoga posers #PhotoWeek
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10 places you should photograph at least once #PhotoWeek: Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Tower of Pisa

Yesterday we had a list of 10 places in the UK that you should photograph at least once, and it got us thinking ‘What else should people be photographing in their lifetimes?’ With that in mind, we decided to list ten places across the planet that everyone should visit and immortalise on camera. 1. Eiffel Tower, Paris Image credit NonOmnisMoriar …

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Tom Pritchard10 places you should photograph at least once #PhotoWeek: Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Tower of Pisa
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Be fake to seem real on social media, says study

You can barely move on the internet for people emphasising the importance of authenticity. But it turns out that, in order to be perceived as keeping it real online, you have to be a huge fake. Yep, we’re all there because we want people to talk to and to like us, but apparently we get really offended if it actually …

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Diane ShipleyBe fake to seem real on social media, says study
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New exhibition suggests selfies are ruining culture

We’ve already touched on some of the problems with selfies: snapping them during funerals and plane crashes is insensitive, and if a monkey takes one with your camera, you could find yourself in a real copyright quandary. But some people think that at their worst, selfies are more than self-centred and a little irritating. They think they’re turning us into …

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Diane ShipleyNew exhibition suggests selfies are ruining culture
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UK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy

Forget emails and phone calls – parents can now communicate with their children via a toy. After a Kickstarter project which reached its fundraising target easily, Toymail has been successful in the States and launches in the UK today. It’s described as ‘a combination of voicemail and email, only infinitely more accessible, interactive and fun’. It works by recording a voice …

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Sadie HaleUK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy
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10 celebrities you need to follow on Instagram #PhotoWeek

We all know that Instagram can be so addictive, using photos to get a glimpse into the lives of complete strangers, and nine out of 10 times making you extremely jealous that you’re not eating that massive burger and chips. sitting on a beach or sipping on those gorgeous looking cocktails – and that’s just the non-celebrities. The celebrity-owned Instagram …

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Hayley Minn10 celebrities you need to follow on Instagram #PhotoWeek
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Could being happy make people nicer to the environment?

It makes sense that if people are happier, they’re more likely to be kind to other people, but feeling good could well make us nicer to the environment, too. That’s according to psychologist Miriam Tatzel from Empire State College, who gave a presentation on the links between mental wellbeing, consumerism and environmentalism at the American Psychological Association‘s annual convention, based …

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Diane ShipleyCould being happy make people nicer to the environment?
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Tortoises can use touchscreens, too

Not only can monkeys and elephants take selfies, but tortoises can use touchscreens – which officially makes the animal kingdom more tech-savvy than many of my relatives. Researchers from the University of Lincoln ran an experiment with red-footed tortoises to find out how their brains organise and retain information. They placed a tablet on the floor and then rewarded the …

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Diane ShipleyTortoises can use touchscreens, too
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Your snacks could be spying on you

Not to worry you, but it may never be possible to have a private conversation again. Turns out, anyone with a mobile phone camera and a crisp packet or a glass of water (or pretty much anything else) could potentially work out what you’re saying – even through glass. As Mashable reports, a research team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

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Diane ShipleyYour snacks could be spying on you
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Could online procrastination actually improve productivity?

Next time you have a huge work deadline, you should probably open up Twitter or Facebook. No, really. According to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, taking breaks to click around the internet can improve productivity. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with professionals from a range of industries, 62% of whom were women. They found that workers go online …

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Diane ShipleyCould online procrastination actually improve productivity?
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Is a women-only Ghostbusters on the way?

Who you gonna call? Well, Sandra Bullock would be good. Kristen Wiig could certainly kick ghost butt. And Melissa McCarthy is a no-brainer. Paul Feig, director of smash lady-centric comedies Bridesmaids and The Heat (plus, fact fans, once a minor character on Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is apparently in talks to revitalise the 30-year old dude-dominated franchise, this time with …

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Diane ShipleyIs a women-only Ghostbusters on the way?
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Cute Overload #6: This baby monkey needs a bath!

STOP EVERYTHING! For today’s Cute Overload, we’re obsessing over this  video of a baby monkey having a bath. We always knew baby monkeys were adorable, looking like little baby humans and all, but seeing one have a bath, while clinging on to a human hand just warms our cockles. Then the whole towel drying bit is another story! Just look …

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Hayley MinnCute Overload #6: This baby monkey needs a bath!
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Colour-changing ice cream is now a reality

After hearing about glow-in-the-dark ice cream, breast milk ice cream, crocodile egg ice cream and of course, Viagra ice cream, I didn’t think there were any more ways for frozen milk to surprise us. Of course, I was wrong. A Spanish scientist has now invented colour-changing ice cream. As PSFK reports, Manuel Linares, a physicist from Catalonia, says that his …

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Diane ShipleyColour-changing ice cream is now a reality
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Other people’s brainwaves can predict what we want to watch

Scientists have known for a long time that certain areas of our brains light up when we’re enjoying what we’re watching. But researchers from the City College of New York and Georgia Tech wanted to find out if they could use the reactions of a small group of people to predict how millions more would react to TV shows and …

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Diane ShipleyOther people’s brainwaves can predict what we want to watch
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Science can predict which selfies we’ll like best

We’d always thought that, despite this photo app-heavy era, it’s possible to make real connections online that aren’t defined by how people look. Turns out, we’re idealistic fools and human beings are depressingly superficial. Psychologists from the University of York conducted a new study to find out whether they could predict how their subjects would judge others, based on a …

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Diane ShipleyScience can predict which selfies we’ll like best