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Twitter can predict rates of heart disease

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that they can use Twitter to accurately predict rates of heart disease in specific areas. Coronary heart disease (where arteries become clogged with fatty plaque, making it harder for blood to move around the body) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Risk factors include stress, a…

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The Week in Hashtags: #OscarsSoWhite, #RupertsFault, #SexualOrientation, #MyDayOnAPlate

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From the Academy and Rupert Murdoch to health bores and January bandwagon-jumpers, pretty much everybody has been taken down a few pegs by the internet this week. #OscarsSoWhite The Oscars nominations list was announced on Thursday, and it was a great day – to be a white man. For everyone else, not so much. The…

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Psychologists say Twitter, Instagram, and email relax us… but Facebook doesn’t

Diane Shipley Feeling good, Trending, Wellbeing 1 Comment

Social media’s been blamed for everything from riots to loneliness to Ched Evans not being able to get a new football contract (no, really, I’m crying on the inside). The Oxford Dictionary added #FOMO as proof that Instagram makes us feel like we never do anything fun anymore, and if you aren’t complaining about having…

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The week in hashtags: #DryJanuary, #UnitedWithIvy, #ShadesofRevlon, #RealLiveTransAdult

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It's the first week of the year, and the internet's already been busy... #DryJanuary It's January, had you noticed? And because no month is ever just a month anymore, the arrival of 2015 has also brought with it Dry January, #Veganuary, #EatClean and a whole basketful of other opportunities for self-denial, self-improvement – and, let's…

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The Bank of England will use Twitter and Facebook to set interest rates

Diane Shipley Tech 2 Comments

The Bank of England has traditionally used past trends to monitor the state of the economy, setting interest rates accordingly. But now, as Engadget reports, it’s going to be using tools that are a little more up-to-date, factoring social media into its equations. A new team will start using the internet, specifically search terms, Twitter,…

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More replies, fewer photos of sky: my social media resolutions for 2015

Lauren Bravo Feeling good, Fun, Premium, Trending Leave a Comment

Because these are slightly easier than giving up cheese. I will take one photo of the sky a week, maximum I daren't look it up for fear it's something ominous to do with climate change, but I SWEAR the sky is more beautiful these days than it used to be. Or perhaps I'm just more boring these…

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How not to be a knob on social media at Christmas

Lauren Bravo Feeling good, Fun, Premium, Trending 2 Comments

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, every creature was tweeting – via touchscreen or mouse... Social media has entrenched itself in Christmas as firmly as sprouts or Michael Bublè, but that doesn't mean it always comes in peace. Here are the most common festive pitfalls to avoid being the knob everyone unfollows…

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The week in hashtags: #BlackLivesMatter, #TheSunLogic, #OstentatiousBreastfeeding, #Love

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Twitter was angry for a lot of good reasons this week – and funny for plenty more too. Tag along with our round-up of the week's trends.   #BlackLivesMatter, #CrimingWhileWhite Only a week after the outcome of the Michael Brown case sparked anger and disbelief across Twitter, another grand jury decision – this time not to…

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Meet the Funniest Woman on Twitter: @Peachesanscream #ShinyShinyAwards

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It's fair to say that all three finalists for Funniest Woman on Twitter 2014 are ridiculously, jealousy-inducingly funny, and you should follow all of them immediately. We genuinely couldn't choose between them, which is why we put this one in the hands of you, the readers, and more than half of you cast your votes for…

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Maggie Philbin wins Must-Follow Woman in Tech 2014 #ShinyShinyAwards

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With more than 30 years' experience as a science and technology journalist, older readers might remember Maggie from Swap Shop and Tomorrow's World. These days, she reports on science and tech for BBC productions including Bang Goes the Theory, Inside Out and Webwise. She's also founder and CEO of TeenTech, which helps young people and their parents understand…

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The week in hashtags: #MyHungerGames, #AMAs, #ImageFromRochester, #MyDressMyChoice

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This week, Twitter has been protesting economic and gender inequality, bad lunches and red carpet mistakes. Here's what you need to know. #MyHungerGames As everyone gears up for the release of Mockingjay: Part 1, the penultimate film in the $800 million-grossing Hunger Games franchise, US activists The Harry Potter Alliance have turned Suzanne Collins' fantasy story…

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Ten of the best #FeministHackerBarbie responses on Twitter

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

First, screenwriter, bestselling author and long-time blogger Pamela Ribon highlighted the fact that children's book 'Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer' not only doesn't teach kids what engineering involves, but promotes the message that women need a couple of dudes to hand for even the simplest task. (Genuine line from the text: '"I’m only…

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Sweet tweets: what got Twitter laughing in 2014

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Another year, another 200 billion tweets. How's a girl to sort the wheat from the chaff? For everything mildly amusing that happens in the world – no matter how minor – someone, somewhere, is tweeting about it. Nothing is too ridiculous: copyright issues over a selfie - taken by a monkey? Tick. Patronising woman on television…

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Using social media affects our work performance (probably)

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Hey! You’re not reading this when you should be working, are you? No, I didn’t think so. When you’re supposed to be working you’re probably on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram or Pinterest, right? Let’s face it; most of us have looked at social media once or twice during work hours. (Not me of course,…

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Parents are scared of their kids’ social media use

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A new survey from digital safety non-profit the Family Online Safety Institute has found that parents are more concerned about their children’s social media use than any other online activity. (Has no one told them about p-o-r-n? Or the dark web? Or Reddit?) Anyway, as The Guardian reports, the US-based organisation found that only 26%…

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The week in hashtags: #BeenRapedNeverReported, #Catcalling, #iStandSunday, #NaNoWriMo

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From raising awareness and hijacking hate to moustaches and writer's block, here are the biggest hashtags from the past week... #BeenRapedNeverReported One of the most powerful hashtags of late, #BeenRapedNeverReported was started on Thursday night by Antonia Zerbisias, a writer for the Toronto Star, as a defence of Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere, one of nine women…

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How to turn followers into IRL friendships (without it being horribly awkward)

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One third of 15 to 18-year-olds have met up with someone they met online in real life, according to a recent survey by BBC Newsbeat. It’s the kind of research probably intended to make parents shudder and double lock the front door, but for some of us a decade older (hello) and just as tech-crazed,…

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Could social media slow the spread of HIV?

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Social media could slow the spread of HIV, according to a digital analyst. Sean Young (not that one) from the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior presented his ideas in an article in the journal Trends in Microbiology. He says that people often share health and personal information freely on sites like Twitter, and that hospitals,…

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