The facts about commuting

The word commuter derives from early days of rail travel in US cities such as New York and Chicago, where, in the 1840s, residents of the suburbs were offered a reduced or ‘commuted’ fare into the city. Nowadays, it’s…
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DNA data storage

It holds the secrets to our personal genetic makeup, and if techies have their way it could soon hold all our digital information too. Tech giant Microsoft is investing heavily in DNA as the newest…
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UEFA’s eco footprint

The 2016 Euros is the largest European football tournament so far, with 24 teams (up from 16) competing for the trophy. It’s expected to have the highest attendance in history with 2.5m fans packing into…
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Renewable energy landmarks

New ways of providing energy to light and heat our homes are rarely out of the news. One of the key areas of development is renewable energy, and how to meet the increasingly challenging international…
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Don’t flush it!

Every one of us will produce enough urine each year to fill two bathtubs — some 135 gallons. But instead of flushing it down the toilet, why not do something more useful with it? And…
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Turn into a tree when you die

We all like to do our bit for the environment while we’re alive, be it buying organic food, using low energy light bulbs or recycling wherever possible. But what about when we die? ‘Ashes to…
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The reality of shared parental leave

Shared parental leave was introduced just over a year ago with great fanfare. But the reality has turned into a bit of a damp squib, with less than 1% of parents taking up the option…
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Marathon power

Forget wind and water, the new way to create power is human motion. This weekend sees some 38,000 runners take part in the London Marathon and according to research from the Royal Society of Chemistry…
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Can a new baby inspire a new you?

Having a new baby changes your life completely, and for many mums inspires a re-evaluation. Do you want to return to work? Go back to your old role or find a new one? Set up…
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