ShinyShiny round up: Fingertip sweat to power medical sensors

Small biofuel cells can harvest enough energy from the sweat on a person’s fingertips to power wearable medical sensors that track health and nutrition – and because our fingertips are one of the sweatiest parts of the body, the sensors could be powered all day. Lu Yin at the University of California, San Diego, and…

Top 40 excuses not to exercise revealed

Millions of adults have a 'fairweather' approach to fitness - with rain and cold temperatures among the top reasons for not taking regular exercise. The top 40 excuses for not working out also include finishing work too late, already having other plans and being hungover. Food clearly has an impact with one in 10 of…

World data suggests TikTok is most popular social app, claims study

TikTok may have the crown as the most downloaded social media app globally during the pandemic, but new research by comparethemarket.com reveals that Facebook is still Brits’ favourite platform – and that only one in 10 (11%) favour the video-based app. Following data revealing the top eight downloaded apps over the pandemic, comparethemarket.com polled UK social media…

Interview: Lynne Oldham, Chief People Officer, Zoom

As people slowly return to their offices after the Covid-19 pandemic, Chris Price talks to Lynne Oldham, Chief People Officer at Zoom about the future of the video conferencing software...   Do you think the shift to home working is permanent or will we see demand for services like Zoom fall with people returning to the office…

‘Don’t get your knickers in a twist’, voted favourite British phrase

Researchers polled 2,000 adults to find out the most popular dialect sayings with 'Don't get your knickers in a twist' topping the list. Other beloved phrases include ‘a curtain twitcher’ – ‘a nosey person’, ‘it’s a dreich day’ – ‘a miserable day’ and ‘having a blether’ – ‘a chat’ or ‘a gossip’. But there are…

ShinyShiny roundup: Legal right for repairs introduced

Washing machines, TVs and fridges will be cheaper to own under a new legal right for repairs, the government says. From Thursday, manufacturers will have to make spares available to consumers, with the aim of extending the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, it said. Higher energy standards this year will also knock…

6 in 10 Brits think alien invasion is inevitable

Six in 10 Brits think an alien invasion is inevitable and 80 per cent have a plan to deal with it, according to research. The study of 2,000 adults revealed the hilarious things they'd do if aliens paid us a visit - including hiding under the bed, pretending to be out, or simply panicking. Other…

The Many Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal

When it comes to hair removal, you have so many different options to choose from, from waxing and shaving to plucking and hair removal cream. However, one option you should certainly consider is laser hair removal treatment. Read on to discover the benefits you can expect from the best laser hair removal. There are so…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Scientists develop Covid-detecting mask

Scientists have developed a prototype face mask that can diagnose whether its wearer has COVID-19 within 90 minutes. The tiny, disposable sensors designed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard could potentially be adapted to detect other pathogens in the future. The key technology is in the sensor which is based on…

3 in 4 would leave hotel room if they discovered dirty sheets

A quarter of travellers would be put off a hotel within ‘seconds’ if the cleanliness was not up to scratch — with dirty bedsheets, a grimy bathroom and bad smells the top gripes. A study of 2,000 adults found three quarters would leave a hotel or B&B if they found dirty bedsheets waiting for them, while 71…