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Queen Elizabeth II has died

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Culture
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at age 96 on September 8th, 2022.  She died peacefully at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer. …

Plastic eating enzyme breaks down waste

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EnvironmentTechnology
Researchers have created an enzyme that can break down plastics, that typically take centuries to degrade, in hours or days depending on the material.  The discovery could help solve one…

What’s behind K-pop and Korean film takeover?

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CultureLifestyle
South Korean entertainment media has reached global success by providing easy access to content, approachable characters, likeable idols, and hyper-modern and glitzy production. South Korea has a population of only…

Nature can Boost Health of People in Cities

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EnvironmentHealthLifestyle
Your local city park may improve your health, according to a new study in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’.  Researchers combined decades of public health research with…

Tidal Turbine Starts Generating Clean Energy

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EnvironmentTechnology
Renewable technology company Orbital Marine Power has launched the world’s most powerful tidal turbine off the coast of Orkney in Scotland.  Named ‘O2’, the 74-meter-long, 680 metric ton device will…

EU Proposes Mandatory USB-C on all Devices

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Level A2+ to C1
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90-120 mins
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EnvironmentTechnology
The European Commission has announced plans to force electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices.  “Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices.  With more…

Caffeine isn’t good at Fighting Sleep Deprivation

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HealthLifestyle
Researchers assessed how effective caffeine was in counteracting the negative effects of sleep deprivation on cognition.  As it turns out, caffeine can only get you so far.

‘Sky Pool’ Opens over London Streets

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TechnologyLifestyle
Are you afraid of heights?  Embassy Gardens, a London development, has opened what is being called the world’s first Sky Pool.  The completely transparent swimming pool has been built between…

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