The lure of the lakes: Writer Tamara Hinson finds Windermere as spellbinding as ever

When I was aged eight, my parents took me on holiday to Windermere. Minutes after arriving at our lakeside campsite, I scrambled on to my lilo and set sail. Unfortunately, a gusty breeze immediately buffeted me towards a row of fishermen. I remember crashing backwards through their fishing lines, staring up at angry anglers wondering … Read more The lure of the lakes: Writer Tamara Hinson finds Windermere as spellbinding as ever

Adorable moment an Australian farmer finds a possum in her kitchen cupboard and offers a biscuit

Adorable moment a farmer finds a wild possum in her cupboard and offers the tiny marsupial an iconic Australian biscuit to munch on A farmer opened her kitchen cupboard to find a very adorable and gallant guest She offered the brushtail possum an Arrowroot biscuit on her farm in Australia The polite possum took the … Read more Adorable moment an Australian farmer finds a possum in her kitchen cupboard and offers a biscuit

People are more likely to follow Covid-19 restrictions if their FRIENDS do, study finds

Leading by example: People are more likely to follow Covid-19 restrictions like handwashing and social distancing if their friends and family do, study finds People were asked how much they and their friends followed restrictions Results revealed that people didn’t simply follow the rules if they felt vulnerable Instead, people followed guidelines when their friends … Read more People are more likely to follow Covid-19 restrictions if their FRIENDS do, study finds

South African Covid mutation poses ‘re-infection risk’ which could overpower vaccines, study finds

The South African coronavirus mutation poses a ‘significant re-infection risk’ and could overpower vaccines, new research has found. The strains discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil all have mutations of a spike protein, which enables the virus to latch onto human cells and therefore plays a key role in driving infections. But it is one … Read more South African Covid mutation poses ‘re-infection risk’ which could overpower vaccines, study finds

Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

As well as sending cats crazy, catnip helps our feline friends repel mosquitoes, according to a new study by Japanese experts.  Both catnip, a common herb, and the even more potent silver vine are known to elicit euphoric responses in cats. Cat owners use the dry leaves of these plants to give joy to their … Read more Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

Chatting spreads Covid-19 more than COUGHING, study finds

Chatting spreads Covid-19 more than COUGHING: Half-a-minute talk without a face mask can pose greater risk of coronavirus infection than a brief cough, study finds Study found talking can pose a greater risk of Covid infection than coughing  Speaking without a face mask for 30 seconds poses a greater risk of spread  University of Cambridge and … Read more Chatting spreads Covid-19 more than COUGHING, study finds

Half an hour of stretching is more effective at reducing blood pressure than a walk, study finds 

People with high blood pressure are better off having a stretch at home rather than going out for a walk if they want to lower their blood pressure, study finds. University of Saskatchewan researchers had a group of 40 high blood pressure sufferers split into two groups – one did stretching and one did walking.  … Read more Half an hour of stretching is more effective at reducing blood pressure than a walk, study finds 

Behaviour: Hunter-gatherer humans mirror mammals and birds living in the same areas, study finds 

Human hunter-gatherers find food, reproduce, share parenting responsibilities and organise social groups in ways that mirror local birds and mammals, a study found. Researchers from the UK and Germany analysed data on the behaviours of foraging human and local animal populations from 339 locations across the globe. They found that for nearly all behaviours analysed, humans … Read more Behaviour: Hunter-gatherer humans mirror mammals and birds living in the same areas, study finds 

Nasa finds there are far fewer galaxies than first thought

Nasa finds there are far fewer galaxies than first thought, with numbers in the billions rather than trillions Previous estimates suggestsed there were around two trillion galaxies But new data from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft suggests this isn’t the case Instead, Nasa now estimates that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies By Shivali Best … Read more Nasa finds there are far fewer galaxies than first thought

Pfizer coronavirus jab has stopped 50% of infections – NOT just symptoms – Israeli study finds

Initial studies of data from Israel’s vaccination drive suggest that the first dose of the Pfizer jab curbs coronavirus infections by up to 50 percent after 14 days.  The news offers a ray of hope to the rest of the world as initial studies point to the vaccine not only stopping symptoms, but cutting the … Read more Pfizer coronavirus jab has stopped 50% of infections – NOT just symptoms – Israeli study finds