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Blood test which picks up sleep deprivation on horizon 

Sleep is essential children’s health and educational attainment, and too little in later life is associated with negative health outcomes, such as heart disease and diabetes. The team studied 111 healthy children and adolescents from eight European countries – Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Hungary and Sweden. Based on self-reporting, the children were classed …

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Examiners accused of being ‘politically correct’ as penalties for ‘offensive’ material double

Exam markers have been accused of being “politically correct”, as figures show as the number of pupils penalised for “offensive” material has doubled in a year. This year, 450 students were disciplined for including “inappropriate, offensive or obscene material” in their GCSEs or A-level exam scripts or coursework, up from 225 in 2018.   The …

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Everton and Arsenal on standby as Napoli president negotiates terms with sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti  

Arsenal are likely to want to sound out Ancelotti, but he is not currently rated among the frontrunners to replace Unai Emery, who has spoken with Everton since his sacking. Former players Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira are still rated as the favourites for the permanent Arsenal post, but Ancelotti’s availability could yet change things. …

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Playing in a brass band can help people overcome depression and anxiety

“There are so many bands out there and many are crying out for players, that you could be out every day of the week playing with some band. “This in turn will lead to great social interaction with people of similar musical interests.” Dr Michael Bonsor, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music, said: …

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Northampton Saints vs Leinster, Champions Cup: live score and updates

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of this third round, pool one game between Northampton Saints and Leinster from Franklin’s Gardens. We could be in for an absolute cracker. Saints sit at the top of the Premiership and, under head coach Chris Boyd with Sam Vesty looking after their attacking strategy, are in sublime …

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the Christmas gifts every fan wants under their tree

You’ve bought the books, stayed up until the wee hours of Monday mornings inhaling the final season and, looking towards the Thrones-less year to come, you’re finally starting to feel the loss of Game of Thrones. For fans in post-series mourning (hello, friends), Game of Thrones merchandise is an obvious choice to pad out a Christmas list and hold on to …

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Stranded strike passengers can make claims for hotel costs, South Western Railway confirms

The strikes began after talks between RMT and SWR broke down last week, over whether human guards should operate the opening and closing of train doors. As the strike got underway passengers complained of “dangerously overcrowded” carriages and “scrums” ensuing as commuters struggled to board trains. One passenger, Rachel Lonergan, tweeted SWR to say: “The …

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live score and latest updates from day three in Hamilton

Good evening and welcome to coverage of the early start of day three of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Seddon Park.  England are up against it after losing two late wickets last night. Dom Sibley and Joe Denly were the two wickets to fall leaving Rory Burns and Joe Root at …

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How did Black Friday get its name? The history behind the biggest sales event of the year

Today, Black Friday is the USA’s biggest shopping event of the year, when many shops cut their prices on a range of products, in order to boost profits and officially kick off the festive season.   The US sales phenomenon Sales in November were popular in the US before the Philadelphia police officers coined the term Black Friday. The department store Macy’s was the …

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World’s most advanced ‘social robot’ hosts Bingo lessons in British care home

The world’s most advanced ‘social robot’ is hosting Bingo lessons in a British care home to improve the happiness and wellbeing of residents.  The robot, named Stevie, who was designed by a team from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently in Reflections day centre in Camborne, Cornwall as part of a study. During his two …

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