David Barrett-Watson

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Earthwatch: The earth moved (a little)

Just over a week ago teacups started to rattle across southwest Britain, when a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the Bristol Channel. In the UK such a quake is newsworthy: magnitude four quakes occur roughly once every three or four years. Magnitude fives meanwhile, occur approximately every twenty …

Environment: News & features

Computers in the car: court decision on iPhone maps adds to confusion over what drivers can do

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The law has spoken: you can’t use your cell phone when driving unless it’s hands-free, except in cases where you want to look …

Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and …

5 Ways Exercise Impacts Your Brain

<b>2. It improves your memory:</b> Getting your heart rate up improves blood flow to the brain, which helps boost memory and overall brain function. In one study that looked at brain structure pre- and post-workout, researchers found increases in brain volume in a number of areas after participants got …

The Easiest Way to Meditate

I worked recently with a client who said he hated to meditate, and it hit me: have we been making meditation too difficult?<p>To meditate is simply to focus the mind or to think deeply. Meditation can be the intentional letting go of all thoughts or the purposeful attention on a thought, like a prayer …

Meditation

The people who eat pizza every day

<b>In any given day, more than 40 million Americans will eat pizza. It is considered the most popular meal in the world, and definitely one of the favourites in the US.</b><p>The love for this food is such that the Department of Agriculture recently released a report on the levels of consumption. It …

Nutrition

The Eating Disorder I Was Too Ashamed to Talk About

I struggled with anorexia in high school. I tried in vain many times to recover on my own, but when it became obvious to doctors and therapists that I needed more help than my outpatient team could provide, I went to an inpatient treatment center the summer before my senior year.<p>I wish that with …

Mental Health

Broadmoor Hospital: Inside a Victorian 'lunatic asylum'

It is 150 years since Broadmoor Hospital opened its doors to patients of both sexes who were deemed mentally unfit to be tried in criminal courts. Now a new hospital is being built next door, with plans to redevelop some of the original Victorian buildings.<p>Take a look back at what life in the …

Mental Health

Social care - with chicken bhuna and pilau rice

<b>An informal Twitter campaign has led to social care workers and users all over the UK getting together for a curry.</b><p>"Love curry? Love social care? You are in!" This friendly though unlikely-sounding invitation greets you at the top of the website of the Social Care Curry Club, which brings hundreds …

Social Work

Energy firms told to return £400m from closed accounts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1056000/1056748_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522688047_e4350a9a6a941fa661efbb5acf8d296e<p><b>The "big six" energy firms have been told to hand back more than £400m owed to customers.</b><p>Credit left in customer accounts when people and …

Customers

Google keeps an ever-closer eye on non-Play Store apps

Google is taking additional steps with Verify Apps to protect Android users from potentially malicious non-Play Store apps, even after they've been installed.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Android owners who use apps installed from outside of the Play Store will soon find their devices just a smidge safer, as …

Android News

Exclusive: Inside Google's Quest To Bring Polar Bears To You

Every fall, polar bears migrate to the shores of the Hudson Bay and wait, a little longer each year, for the ice to refreeze. Street View collected imagery from their journey across the tundra. Here's why that's important.<p>Two hundred yards from the Churchill Airport in Manitoba, Canada, John Gunter …

Global Warming

Bobby Flay's Tips for Building the Perfect Burger

From patty size and fat content to "crunchification," Bobby Flay's advice on cooking the perfect hamburger<p><i>For a guy so obsessed with flavor, Bobby Flay is remarkably restrained when it comes to burgers: He likes ’em beefy, juicy, and crunchy. Here’s what he tells his line cooks at his 18 Bobby’s</i> …

Cooking

The Problem With All That Craft Beer We're Drinking

Our newfound love for craft beer may make cause a shortage in what we need to make it.<p><i>UPDATE: Hops prices are now soaring. Great. –Eds.</i><p><b>Sound the alarms!</b> It's not just Velveeta and Sriracha facing possible supply shortages. Currently, a world hops shortage also seems imminent. Then again, with the …

Craft Beer