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I don’t know about you, but I like my books to match the season I’m in. If it’s bitterly cold outside, I want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire and read a book where the characters experience the same chill, dark evenings, low sunsets, and snow as I do. I don’t want to share all the same things as the characters; we’re discussing horror books, after all. I’ll take the winter vibes without the persistent ghosts, and creepy creatures, and ax-murderers. …


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Let’s be honest; if 2020 was a drink, it would be unsweetened tea with no ice and a few lemon seeds stewing at the bottom. While on a personal level, 2020 was a gloomy year for most of us, it was a great year for space discoveries. Here’s what leading minds in astronomy discovered last year.

The Solar System


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We’d all like to believe that we are highly cognizant creatures grounded in reality. We see the world for what it really is, right? Our decisions are our own, right? Well, maybe not.

The framing effect is a type of cognitive bias in which your brain arrives at a decision based on how the information is presented (framed). Put simply, the framing effect refers to alternative ways of presenting objective information in a way that changes its perception.

The framing effect has been studied extensively in the fields of psychology and behavioral economics and is of particular interest in marketing…


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Our little blue planet has experienced five mass extinction events in its history, and scientists believe we are in the middle of the sixth.

The history of life on Earth is long and not particularly well documented. We largely rely on the fossil record to give us a picture of what life once existed on Earth, however, fossilization is a rare event. Most organisms will decompose quickly after death, leaving behind no trace. The only reason we find the number of fossils we do is because life has existed on Earth for approximately 3.5 …


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We’ve been promised that if we can crack nuclear fusion, it will change our lives for the better. There are promises of abundant energy and a new sustainable future. It’s the holy grail of clean power, they say. No doubt utilizing the stuff that powers stars will be a game-changer for the human race, but how soon can we expect this massive upgrade?

You’ve probably heard that we’re right on the cusp of nuclear fusion, it’s just around the corner, and certainly no more than 20 years away! Your children will live in a world where nuclear fusion is the…


Understanding different player personalities is key to maximizing the appeal of your game design

Do you get a rush when you discover a glitch for the first time? Or what about when you finally break into that hidden area on a map? You know the place. You can see it on the map, but it’s blocked with seemingly impenetrable mountains and invisible walls? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be an explorer.

As an explorer myself, I’m always excited by what’s hidden just beneath the surface in the games I play. I can still vividly remember the first time I glitched myself under the capital city of Stormwind in World…


‘The Burning Crusade’ Official Artwork

Classic World of Warcraft (WoW) has been a huge success since it launched in August 2019. It even managed to double the subscriber count for the game, which has been dwindling in recent years. However, since it’s launch, one question has been on fans’ minds; “what next?”.

Why Are We Asking “What Next?” Already?

It may seem strange that people are already focused on what’s coming next when Classic WoW still has two massive content phases yet to launch, but like most strange things, there’s a simple explanation just below the surface. WoW has changed considerably since it was launched in 2004. It’s changed so much that…


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In 2019 we are obsessed with productivity. Every time I open up Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Podcasts, YouTube, I’m hit with a video, a meme, an ad about how to become more productive. Toxic Productivity goes hand in hand with hustle culture and workaholism, where we’re told it’s good to exhaust ourselves on the road to greatness. Just keep on grinding, guys!

I’d like to take a look at some “inspirational” quotes I’ve seen on my travels and break down why I believe they are toxic.


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I was recently enjoying a casual lunch with my family and tucking into some baked camembert when I saw a notification pop up on my phone. Absentmindedly, I picked up my phone and fired a quick reply to the text I received. One family member admonished me for this — didn’t I know how rude it was to pick up my phone during lunch? Was I bored with their company? Why are millennials so addicted to our phones?

I immediately felt embarrassed, and you know what? I agreed with them. I wasn’t responding to an emergency that needed my immediate…


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The practice of egg collecting, otherwise known as ‘egging’ or the more mysterious sounding ‘oology’, is now illegal in many countries but that hasn’t stopped some determined hobbyists, even when it results in injury or prison time.

This issue was brought to my attention a few weeks ago when I visited a National Trust property in Derbyshire, called Hardwick Hall. It was a busy Saturday and scorching hot (by British standards at least). I’d finished my tour of the estate and was making my way to the exit when I spotted a police officer standing by a table with a…

Nancy Driver

Reader, writer, addicted to Wagamama. I write about things I enjoy - Science, technology, gaming, reading, culture.

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