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Stave off the cost of living crisis by growing your own herbs, say Chelsea Flower Show designers

Growing herbs to improve boring food due to shortages might sound like a wartime measure. But Chelsea Flower Show designers say gardeners should learn from their wartime grandparents as the cost of living crisis bites.


The perfect amount of sleep to keep middle-aged brains healthy, revealed

Sleep, Shakespeare informs us, is a remedy that “relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt minds”. It's no secret that many of us struggle to get the recommended amount of sleep.


Mystery of how to say Dippy’s name is finally solved: focus on the docus

It is an issue that continues to divide the world of palaeontology. How should the dinosaur genus "diplodocus" be pronounced?


Scientists discover why people with autism may literally see the world differently

Autism may be driven by unusually wired visual circuits in the brain which make babies literally see the world differently, scientists believe.


Tired of cleaning up after the kids? Dyson robots could give you a hand soon

The days of cleaning up after the kids could be over as Dyson is developing a household robot that can tidy away toys and find crisps down the back of the sofa. By 2030, Dyson robots could be completing everyday chores, such as washing up dishes,…


Why the Tyrannosaurus Rex had such a voracious appetite

Tyrannosaurus Rex has traditionally been portrayed as a cold-blooded killer. But now scientists have found the world’s most infamous predator was actually warm to hot-blooded, and it would have made the species far more menacing.


PlusWord: Play new crossword puzzle daily

Brainteasing puzzles and crosswords have existed for years in various forms - from the decades-old game of Bulls and Cows, via the Mastermind board game of the 1970s, through to the recent Wordle craze. All have at their heart a simple code-breaking…


You’re more likely to overspend when using mobile payments like Apple Pay

People who use Apple Pay and other mobile payment systems are a third more likely to overspend, a study has found.  The ease and convenience of accessing one’s funds without the need to use cash or a card makes it disconcertingly easy to whip out a…


Adele producer: Poor children have ‘no hope’ of breaking into music industry

Britain risks losing the next potential Paul McCartney or David Bowie because it is too expensive for many children to get a foothold in the music industry, a superstar record producer has warned.


First ever human trial confirms magic mushrooms are safe to treat mental health patients

A psychedelic chemical found in magic mushrooms is safe to give to people in small doses, early research suggests.  The findings from King’s College London are based on a trial which gave 60 people psilocybin in either a 10 or 25 milligram dose.


Crispr mini: new genetic editing technology could cure hereditary diseases including Parkinsons

A genetic “Swiss army knife” has been created which could treat incurable hereditary diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia and Parkinson’s. The technology is an improvement on the ground-breaking Crispr gene-editing procedure first…


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