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…

Brits more concerned about environment since pandemic, claims survey

New research on environmental sustainability reveals a marked increase in consumer passion for the environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with 85% of people across the globe now willing to take personal action to combat environmental and sustainability issues. According to the research commissioned by Mastercard, over two in five Brits (44%) are…

2 in 3 Brits want more sustainable lifestyle following lockdown

New research released today by Auto Trader reveals that nearly two thirds (63%) of Brits are embracing their inner eco-warrior and focusing on leading a more sustainable lifestyle, as a result of the pandemic. As part of this lockdown-inspired eco-enthusiasm, one in five Brits (21%) is planning to stop fuelling around with petrol and diesel…

Top 40 lockdown frustrations – bad weather tops list

The 'first world' problems plaguing Brits during the pandemic include bad weather when you want to go out for a walk and glasses fogging up while wearing a mask. A study of 2,000 adults found many gripes are now influenced by having to work from home, particularly those with kids before the schools were reopened.…

New cough-monitoring app could detect Covid-19

An AI-powered cough-monitoring app that provides health insights and can potentially detect COVID-19 has launched on both Android and iOS platforms. Called Hyfe, the app uses specialised acoustic artificial intelligence algorithms to analyse users’ coughs, with individual markers including volume and regularity helping people identify any underlying illnesses. These markers can be used to detect…

ShinyShiny daily round up: Mini goes vegan, ESA calls for disabled astronauts

One of the most iconic British car brands is going vegan. Mini, which is now owned by BMW, has announced that it is to cease offering leather interiors in all new models. It has replaced the leather with recycled fabric and an underlining that’s 70 percent recycled. “We don’t need leather any more in the…

Top 50 things we won’t do after COVID-19 pandemic is over

Millions of adults believe they will never again share a drink, snog a stranger - or try on someone else's glasses, once the pandemic is finally over. A study of 2,000 adults found that eight in 10 will consciously try not to share items with other people, while 73 per cent will now always maintain…

7 in 10 Brits enjoy ‘me-time’ during pandemic

Brits have learned to give themselves more 'me-time' during the pandemic, with watching a film and decluttering the house among the top ways to unwind. Research polling 2,000 adults found 72 per cent regularly manage to enjoy some alone time, with soaking in suds, taking a nap and listening to music also popular ways to…

WW teams up with Uber Eats for range of ‘fakeaway’ dishes

To help the nation battle the bulge, WW (formerly Weight Watchers) has created a new range of ‘fakeaway’ dishes which can be ordered through Uber Eats. Among the options available on the menu are chicken tandoori skewers and a vegan mushroom and spinach curry - both of which are ‘ZeroPoint’ to those following the blue…

Top Tech Tips for helping get through Blue Monday

As 2021 dawns, many of us were hoping for a brighter year than 2020. But in reality, we're still a long way from socialising in real life, with this year's Blue Monday (so-called because it's widely considered the most depressing day of the year) poised to be the toughest yet... Research from cybersecurity company Kaspersky…