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Readers absorb less from Kindles than paper books, study finds

A study has found that people absorb ‘significantly’ less when reading books from a Kindle than when reading from their paper counterparts. As part of Europe-wide research examining the effects of digitisation on the reading experience, 50 readers were given the same 28-page short story by Elizabeth George and asked to read it – half of them using a Kindle, half on paper. They were …

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Sadie HaleReaders absorb less from Kindles than paper books, study finds
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Why do 40% of female engineers leave the profession?

Only 11% of engineers are women, and the problem isn’t just that girls have traditionally been encouraged into artistic, caring, and administrative careers rather than STEM ones. Women make up 20% of engineering students but a new study has found that of those women who obtain a degree, almost 40% either leave the profession quickly or never get started in …

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Diane ShipleyWhy do 40% of female engineers leave the profession?
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Light up: why bright workplaces make people happier

The more natural light office employees are exposed to, the better they sleep, the more active they are, and the happier they feel, according to a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Researchers spoke to 49 office workers, 22 of whom worked in rooms with windows. They also monitored how much light exposure, exercise and sleep …

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Diane ShipleyLight up: why bright workplaces make people happier
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This Crosley and Urban Outfitters UO X Crosley Sterling record player is STUNNING!

Crosley have made some lovely looking record players in the past, but this one could be its most stylish yet. Spotted by Retro2Go the UO X Crosley Sterling is a Dansette style player that spins vinyl at 33, 45 and 78rpm. It has removable legs, is housed in a faux leather-clad casing, and sports a handle for carrying around. The …

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Hayley MinnThis Crosley and Urban Outfitters UO X Crosley Sterling record player is STUNNING!
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7 ways to bring hotel luxury into your home: luxe lighting, tech TLC and fluffy robes

A good hotel room gives off an air of dignified calm – a great one is a really luxurious treat. Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, there’s something alluring about a quiet, ordered space and anonymous bedsheets, with the added bonus of knowing you’re not going to have to do the tidying up. So, how can we bring some …

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Laura Kidd7 ways to bring hotel luxury into your home: luxe lighting, tech TLC and fluffy robes
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Could this light-up jacket make cycling safer?

A new jacket is aimed at making cycling around London (and other cities) safer for women. Despite the stellar example set by Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott, and the fact that the 2012 Olympics inspired around 200,000 people to get on their bikes, men are still three times as likely as women to cycle, and travel four times further when …

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Diane ShipleyCould this light-up jacket make cycling safer?
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Smart home systems aren’t secure, says study

A future where our homes are connected to our smartphones, and all our appliances are hooked up to the internet of things, sounds exciting– think of the time you’ll save when your fridge can order its own groceries, or you can switch off your lights and put on the burglar alarm with a single swipe. But before these things can …

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Diane ShipleySmart home systems aren’t secure, says study
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Vocca makes lightbulbs voice-activated

Some inventions brighten your day. The team behind Vocca hopes they can make that literal. They’ve developed an adapter that gives you the ability to turn a lightbulb on or off simply by shouting at it. (I guess you could speak softly, but I like my inanimate objects obedient, thank you very much.) Their basic model allows you to screw …

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Diane ShipleyVocca makes lightbulbs voice-activated
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Self-driving cars coming to UK roads in 2015

The FBI might think they’re a menace, but the UK government doesn’t want to hear from naysayers and spoilsports: they’ve given the go-ahead for driverless cars on public roads by 2015. (Am I the only one whose mind immediately went to David Hasselhoff? Oh, I am? OK.) Keen to encourage investment cash innovation, business secretary Vince Cable has pledged £10 …

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Diane ShipleySelf-driving cars coming to UK roads in 2015
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OmieBox wants to revolutionise packed lunches

If you’ve got children, nieces and nephews, or are fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a dinner lady, you’ll know that soggy sandwiches and a Penguin just don’t cut it for lunch anymore. Kids today are eating sushi and quinoa before they can even say ‘sushi’ or ‘it’s pronounced “keen-wah, actually”’ and most schools, nurseries and afterschool activities frown on …

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Diane ShipleyOmieBox wants to revolutionise packed lunches
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Spinach could be the key to clean fuel

Take a break, Kale: this is a job for the original gross-tasting super-healthy green veg. Yep, Popeye’s old favourite, Spinach, is being studied for its ability to turn sunlight into a clean, efficient fuel. An international group of physicists led by Petra Fromme, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Arizona State University, is experimenting with spinach to find out …

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Diane ShipleySpinach could be the key to clean fuel
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Like to bike? Map your route with this app

A new app aimed at providing accurate information on the best cycle routes around the world promises to be every pedal-pusher’s best friend. The no-nonsense CycleMap app is the brainchild of Olivier Carbonneau, who together with David Boudreault decided to create a single, free smartphone app for cyclists after Carbonneau realised that the .pdf cycle maps available for his hometown of Quebec City …

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Sadie HaleLike to bike? Map your route with this app
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8 affordable ways to decorate your home with Instagram

Instagram keeps getting better and better. What with the improved editing controls in the latest update, Kimye’s wedding photo splash and more than 75 million photos uploaded daily, it continues to be the reigning image sharing app of choice. As its popularity has grown, options for turning your favourite Instagram photos into tangible items to decorate your home have increased. It’s sad …

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Laura Kidd8 affordable ways to decorate your home with Instagram
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Made.com launches Unboxed, a ‘social showroom’ for nosey parkers

If you’re an interior design voyeur connoisseur, Made has just made your dreams come true with its new tool, Unboxed, which the company describes as a ‘social showroom’. The next best thing to rolling up to a fabulously glam person’s house, sneaking through the dog flap, and snapping phone pics of their decor, it also comes with far less chance …

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Diane ShipleyMade.com launches Unboxed, a ‘social showroom’ for nosey parkers
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The brilliant camping stove that boils water and charges your phone at the same time

The days of flat phone batteries on camping trips are over, thanks to the BioLite CampStove. Not only does it boil water like a regular camping stove, but it simultaneously enables you to charge any USB-compatible phone. The nifty little device is any minimalist camper’s dream: it’s conveniently small, self-contained and simple to use. It comes with a double-ended USB cable and firelighters …

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Sadie HaleThe brilliant camping stove that boils water and charges your phone at the same time
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You can rent a bike wherever you go with Spinlister

Bicycles can be rented in thousands of cities across the world from someone just like you, as a result of peer-to-peer sharing website Spinlister. With a similar vibe to popular short-term lodger site Airbnb, Spinlister also allows you to rent surfboards, skis and snowboarding equipment from regular folk in over 100 different countries. The web design is intuitive, simple to …

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Sadie HaleYou can rent a bike wherever you go with Spinlister
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Top 10 wall decals to refresh your living space

Our homes are a visual representation of our personality, for better or for worse, but there’s always something trying to get in the way of true expression – landlords, partners, or the fear of messing it up. Unless you attended art school, chances are you’re not 100% sure what colours go together and while there are some impressively crafty people out there sharing …

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Laura KiddTop 10 wall decals to refresh your living space
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This (fake) Coelux window recreates sunlight from different places around the globe

There’s been a lot of press in recent months about the smart light bulbs we can now use to fill our homes with everything from warm, ambient lighting to vivid flashing colours all with a touch of a button (or a swipe of our phones). But we love this slightly different twist from window manufacturer Coelux. The innovative company is …

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Becca CaddyThis (fake) Coelux window recreates sunlight from different places around the globe
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5 things you need to know about Google Nest

With Apple announcing its HomeKit connected home initiative earlier this month, it was only a matter of time before Google responded with its own plans for one of its latest acquisitions, Nest. But what exactly is Google Nest and how could it change your life?  1) GOOGLE WANT TO CONTROL YOUR HOME Google bought Nest earlier for this year for …

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Chris Price5 things you need to know about Google Nest
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Eat cake (and more): introducing Dr Oetker’s edible cupcake case

There are spotted ones, sparkly ones, intricate and elaborate ones – but until now, there’s never been an edible cupcake case. Designed by German baked goods brand Dr Oetker, these sweet-tasting, edible cupcake cases simplify the baking and eating processes. Now you can make, bake and eat your creations all in the same wrapper! The cases are super-convenient as they’re …

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Sadie HaleEat cake (and more): introducing Dr Oetker’s edible cupcake case