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This new electronic ‘nose’ could sniff out disease

British scientists have invented an electronic ‘nose’ to sniff out potentially deadly bacteria. Clostridium difficile (often known as C. diff) is an infection that causes abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, weight loss and a fever, and can be fatal: 1646 people in England and Wales died from it in 2012. It's commonly contracted in hospital and…

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Diane ShipleyThis new electronic ‘nose’ could sniff out disease
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Wine only protects your heart if you exercise, says study

Most of us have heard/celebrated the news that wine is good for heart health. But it turns out that it only works if you exercise too. Scientists started publishing research showing a link between drinking a glass or two of wine and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease in the early 90s. Several studies have…

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Diane ShipleyWine only protects your heart if you exercise, says study

How NOT to get motivated: Eight of the worst songs to run to #RunningWeek

Chucking together a running playlist on the fly can be dangerous. Pumped up and eager to get moving, you throw a few favourite songs on a list, load it up and go. But not every song – no matter how much you love it – is good to run to. Here are the eight most-regretted additions…

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Holly BrockwellHow NOT to get motivated: Eight of the worst songs to run to #RunningWeek
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Scientists can turn bad memories into good ones (kind of)

Weirdly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Men in Black might not have been that far off the mark with their memory-wiping devices. We’re not quite there yet, but while we wait, scientists have discovered a way to change bad memories into good ones. They were particularly interested in place-specific memories, as we store…

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Diane ShipleyScientists can turn bad memories into good ones (kind of)
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Eight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to #RunningWeek

Running brings all kinds of rewards – from providing time to listen to your favourite songs to preventing disease. But like everything else, it's even more worthwhile if you can add some fun tech to the mix. There are some great gadgets and wearables on the market already, but here are some we'll see over the…

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Diane ShipleyEight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to #RunningWeek
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10 best Youtube channels to get you motivated and fit #RunningWeek

We all know how hard it can be to actually take that first step to actually leave your house, get outside and run or exercise generally. The gym can often feel so far away, and it’s easy to lack motivation, especially on a cold, wet day, when all you want to do is curl up…

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Hayley Minn10 best Youtube channels to get you motivated and fit #RunningWeek
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Runners rejoice! Seven scientifically-proven reasons running is good for you #RunningWeek

We all know that running makes you fitter, is good for the heart, and can put you in a better mood. But you might not be aware of all of the physical and emotional advantages of heading out for a run. Even scientists don't know it all: they're discovering new benefits all the time that…

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Diane ShipleyRunners rejoice! Seven scientifically-proven reasons running is good for you #RunningWeek
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The best Pinterest boards for running tips, gear & motivation #RunningWeek

The hardest part of running is taking the first step. We all know that exercise endorphins are there to make us feel great, and if you're already a runner you'll also know that even a short jog can vastly improve your day. But goodness me, isn't that comfy duvet appealing in the morning, and aren't you so tired…

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Laura KiddThe best Pinterest boards for running tips, gear & motivation #RunningWeek
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shinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek

Here at shinyshiny I get the opportunity to speak to inspiring people from the worlds of tech, design and fitness on a daily basis. But the interview today holds a very special place in my heart because it's with a blogger I've followed, admired and learned a hell of a lot from over the past few years,…

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Becca Caddyshinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek
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The women who paved the way: the inspiring women who run #RunningWeek

What better motivation to get you out of bed and into your trainers than remembering all the great women who broke down boundaries, smashed preconceptions and crossed the finish line before us? In just five decades we’ve gone from a time when doctors didn’t think women were capable of long distance running, to female athletes…

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Lauren BravoThe women who paved the way: the inspiring women who run #RunningWeek
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The BiliCam app can test babies for jaundice

Doctors and engineers from the University of Washington have developed an app that can test babies for jaundice. Jaundice, which causes skin to turn yellow, happens when someone has a build-up of bilirubin, a chemical that’s normally broken down by the liver. It’s common in newborns and usually clears up within a couple of weeks.…

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Diane ShipleyThe BiliCam app can test babies for jaundice

The 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair

Garages across the nation are crammed to the rafters with dusty dumbbells, ex-exercise bikes and untrodden treadmills, testament to the spirit being willing but the flesh being lazy. It's no surprise, then, that quick-fix fads offering gym bodies without the actual effort have made millions for their inventors. We're all guilty of watching those celeb-laden infomercials,…

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Holly BrockwellThe 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair
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shinyshiny speaks to The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running’s Julie ‘Fatty’ Creffield on why being overweight isn’t an excuse to not run #RunningWeek

Known online as ‘Fatty’, Julie Creffield isn’t your typical, skinny, runner. In 2003, weighing almost 20 stone, a work colleague convinced Julie to take part in a 3k fun run, but was unable to complete it, having done no training. She was in her early twenties, unable to run for more than 30 seconds at…

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny speaks to The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running’s Julie ‘Fatty’ Creffield on why being overweight isn’t an excuse to not run #RunningWeek
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek

In case you missed part one, we're rounding up the top sports bras, whether you like to pound some serious pavement, or are more of a treadmill tourist. Read on, and make wobbling while you run a thing of the past... Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra A fave of serious runners, this promises to reduce…

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek

When you're running (or jogging, or even just walking briskly for some of us, let's face it), a good sports bra is essential if you don't want to cause yourself both temporary discomfort and long-term damage. Luckily, we're living in a time of some of the most advanced, well-designed sports bras known to woman. Here…

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek
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Brazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina

A juice company called do bem is the first brand in Brazil to launch its own wearable, the do bem maquina. Yep, even non-tech companies are making wearables now. And you know what? It looks pretty damn good. According to PSFK, the natural juice brand teamed up with a New York-based agency called Huge to create the…

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Becca CaddyBrazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina
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The link between music and exercise: shinyshiny talks to Jennie Batten about the best songs to run to #RunningWeek

While music tends to be too personal to make generalisations, it's long been known that there's a scientific basis for songs that can help improve your performance when you're running. If you've ever felt yourself lagging at a party, and then your favourite song comes on and you suddenly find yourself with bags of energy,…

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Sadie HaleThe link between music and exercise: shinyshiny talks to Jennie Batten about the best songs to run to #RunningWeek
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Welcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women

Over the next week, the shinyshiny team will be exploring all things running, workouts and getting active. We'll help you choose the right running shoes, bras and accessories for you, explore the merging of fashion and fitness, provide you with some much-needed Pinterest and YouTube-related motivation, take a look at some of the best (and worst!)…

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Becca CaddyWelcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women