Government reveals plans for weekly food waste collections across England from 2023 

In a step towards cutting down on landfill waste, every household in England will receive weekly food waste collections by 2023, the UK government revealed today.  Under proposals unveiled by ministers, every English household will receive separate, weekly food waste collections, which will help stop the build-up of smelly waste that attracts flies and pests.  The development will bring an end to the so-called ‘postcode lottery’ – where different councils have their own rules of how waste is collected, meaning some parts of the nation get food waste collected regularly and…

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Is Twitter the new OnlyFans? Users can PAY their favorite accounts through new ‘Tip Jar’ feature

Twitter is introducing a new in-app payment feature that lets users pay their favorite tweeters – and some are calling the social media platform the ‘new OnlyFans.’ Called Tip Jar, users send money directly to their favorite accounts via Venmo, PayPal and other payment services, which is a similar model for the adult-only subscription platform. Unlike most social media sites, Twitter allows full nudity and since the Jack Dorsey-owned firm is not taking a cut of the funds given by users, many tweeters see it as a rival to OnlyFans…

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Microsoft reportedly shelves Windows 10X, its Chrome OS competitor – The Verge

Microsoft has been trying to build a lighter version of Windows for more than 10 years without success. The latest effort, Windows 10X, has reportedly now been shelved, in favor of improving Windows 10 instead. Petri reports that Windows 10X will no longer ship this year, and the OS will likely never arrive in its current form. Microsoft had originally been planning to deliver Windows 10X, a more lightweight and simplified version of Windows, alongside new dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo. That was before the pandemic hit, and Microsoft…

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Excessive buying and shopping can constitute a disorder, experts say

Excessive buying and shopping can be serious enough to constitute a disorder, an international team of psychologists and clinicians has confirmed.  The experts have built the first framework to diagnose the ‘debilitating condition’, which is called ‘compulsive buying-shopping disorder’ (CBSD).  People obsessed with shopping and spending may end up hoarding the things they buy without using them and ultimately end up in debt. It’s also thought sufferers use the act of buying as a way to improve their mood, as a form of treat or reward, much like some eating…

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Climate change: China emitted more greenhouse gases in 2019 than world’s developed nations together

China released a greater volume of greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere in 2019 than all of the world’s developed nations put together, a study has found. The eastern superpower has tripled its emission levels since the 1990s, crossing the 14 gigatons threshold for the first time ever in 2019. Emission estimates for 190 nations across the globe were calculated by experts from research firm Rhodium Group in tandem with Breakthrough Energy. The analysis considered six greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulphur hexafluoride.  Global emissions…

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Sharks Use Earth’s Magnetic Fields to Guide Them Like a Map – “It Really Is Mind Blowing” – SciTechDaily

Sea turtles are known for relying on magnetic signatures to find their way across thousands of miles to the very beaches where they hatched. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on May 6 have some of the first solid evidence that sharks also rely on magnetic fields for their long-distance forays across the sea. “It had been unresolved how sharks managed to successfully navigate during migration to targeted locations,” said Save Our Seas Foundation project leader Bryan Keller, also of Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. “This…

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The Yakuza Series Will Remain a Turn-Based RPG Series Going Forward – IGN – IGN

Ryu ga Gotoku Studios has officially announced Lost Judgment today, a sequel to its action-mystery 2018 title. For fans who miss Ryu ga Gotoku’s action-style, Judgment will be the franchise that carries that torch as Yakuza transitions into a turn-based RPG.In an interview with IGN ahead of today’s reveal Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa confirmed that Judgment will be Ryu ga Gotoku’s action series pillar, while Yakuza evolves into a turn-based RPG after the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. “That’s right,” the two producers confirmed when…

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PSA: you’ve only got a few more weeks to upload unlimited pictures to Google Photos for free – The Verge

Google Photos’ free, unlimited storage is going away on June 1st — which means that you’ve only got a few weeks left to upload all your pictures and videos before the company’s new 15GB cap kicks in. As the company had previously announced last fall, Google Photos’ beloved policy of allowing users to back up an unlimited number of “high quality” photos and videos will be ending next month, replaced by a 15GB limit before customers will have to pay for more storage space. But everyone gets to start fresh…

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Do you prefer city living? You might be a PSYCHOPATH

City-dwellers who prefer a bustling concrete jungle to the the tranquility and peace of the countryside score highly for psychopathic personality traits, a study shows. Scientists also found people who feel no connection with nature are more likely to have ‘dark’ personality traits. Being in and aroud nature has long been anecdotedly linked with improved mental health, and recent studies now back this up.  Mental health charity Mind says time in nature can ease the symptoms such as anxiety and depression.     City-dwellers who prefer a bustling concrete jungle to the…

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Worrying about jet lag could make it worse, study finds

If you’re about to go on a long-distance flight, don’t worry about getting jetlag if you want to swiftly adapt to a new time zone, a new study suggests.   In a sample of 90 people, experts in Germany found a link between concerns pre-flight over developing jetlag, and severity of the disorder post-flight after landing.   They call this a form of the ‘nocebo’ effect – a negative version of a placebo, where people are more likely to experience an adverse effect if they expect or are worried about it occurring. …

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