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Do you really know?

You’ve heard about it, but do you really know it? In 3 minutes, we help you understand the true meaning behind the trends, concepts and acronyms that are making headlines. After listening, you will really know for sure.

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Could gamophobia be hurting your relationship?

Could gamophobia be hurting your relationship?

Committing to a romantic relationship is by its very nature a significant transition in a person’s life. And that can often be a source of stress or conflict between two partners. 

For example one partner might want to move in together, get married, or have a child, while the other simply won’t entertain the thought. For some people, fear of commitment is just a way to delay decisions. But for others, it’s a genuine, panic-inducing fear that’s known as gamophobia.

Where does gamophobia come from? Could you say that we're all a little...

Episode 10 June 2024 4m and 55s


How do I know when to end a friendship?

How do I know when to end a friendship?

Friendship is often said to be eternal, to withstand the test of time and distance. We expect friends to accept everything about us, but it's not always that simple. Just like any relationship, they can become complicated and sometimes toxic.

Not all friendships are always worth keeping, and certain signs can indicate when one is nearing its end. Friendships should be a source of joy, support, and personal growth. In a healthy friendship, both parties feel valued and respected.

What does constitute a healthy friendship? Are there certain criteria that give away when a friendship...

Episode 9 June 2024 4m and 34s


How often should I wash my hair?

How often should I wash my hair?

When it comes to washing our hair, many of us stick to a specific routine purely out of habit. It’s not uncommon for people to wash their hair with shampoo every day, which can actually have adverse effects.

At the end of the scale, you’ve got those who’ve embraced the no poo movement and don’t use shampoo at all. The trend really took off during Covid-19 lockdown, although there is still somewhat of a stigma about washing your hair too infrequently. We don’t necessarily stop to consider what is really the best option for...

Episode 9 June 2024 4m and 9s


What does general anesthesia do to the brain?

What does general anesthesia do to the brain?

Research published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia suggested that there are nearly 3 million general anesthesia procedures in the UK each year. 

You might already be aware that there are various different types of anesthesia: local, which numbs a small area of the body; regional, which numbs a larger part; and general, typically used for major or lengthy surgeries, where the patient is completely asleep. Today we’re going to be talking specifically about general anesthesia.

How exactly does it knock patients unconscious then? How does it affect the brain? Isn't it dangerous? In under 3 min...

Episode 8 June 2024 4m and 32s


What is the best way to soothe a crying baby?

What is the best way to soothe a crying baby?

Getting babies to sleep is big business, and a major source of stress for parents. There are many theories and methods: rock them, sing, let them cry it out. But now science has come to the rescue and we can finally put this question to bed. Hopefully. 

According to a study published in September 2022 in Current Biology, “approximately 20%–30% of infants cry excessively and exhibit sleep difficulties for no apparent reason” which of course can be exhausting for most people but can become more serious in some cases. As the study points out, it causes “parental stress and even trig...

Episode 8 June 2024 4m and 16s


Why should you be happy to see spiders in your home?

Why should you be happy to see spiders in your home?

What's your relationship with spiders like? Some people are pretty terrified of them, and for many their first reaction is to grab something to squash them with.

Most likely, encountering spiders at home is a regular occurrence, and they're actually more beneficial than you might think.

Aren’t they dangerous though? What are the benefits of having spiders in my home then? Why do they come into my house? In under 3 minutes, we answer your questions!

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Episode 7 June 2024 4m and 50s


How do you build up your brain power?

How do you build up your brain power?

Our brain, much like our muscles, benefits from its own form of exercise. Through dedicated training and stimulation, we can enhance our cognitive abilities, a testament to the remarkable phenomenon known as ‘neural plasticity’.

Neural plasticity is the brain’s remarkable ability to adapt and reorganise itself. According to the Foundation for Brain Research, when we encounter a new concept, our brain responds by forging fresh neural connections. With consistent practice, these connections grow stronger and more efficient, leading to improved performance.

What is Neural Plasticity? Can Intelligence Be Enhanced? What role does a healthy lifest...

Episode 6 June 2024 4m and 5s


What should I eat before going to bed?

What should I eat before going to bed?

No doubt you’ve realised that some types of food have a boosting effect, like eggs, oats and avocado for example. That’s because they contain tyrosine, an amino acid which is a precursor to dopamine, making them an ideal breakfast option. At the other end of the scale, some foods are better suited for preparing our bodies to go to sleep, by bringing on certain chemical reactions.

In terms of what not to do, it’s most important not to eat anything too rich, not to eat meals that are too large, and not to eat too cl...

Episode 6 June 2024 4m and 33s


Which clothes help us sleep best?

Which clothes help us sleep best?

Slipping into sleepwear is an essential part of most people’s nighttime routine. We often do it when we’re winding down from a busy day, and it means it’s time to relax and get ready for sleep. 

Whether you sleep in pyjamas, a nightgown, a t-shirt, or nothing at all, the goal is to avoid being too hot or too cold. You need to feel comfortable in loose-fitting clothes that don't constrict your body. That’s because sleepwear that is too tight can restrict blood circulation and cause numbness or tingling. Synthetic materials, wool, and lace can...

Episode 5 June 2024 4m and 36s


Which flights are most likely to be hit by turbulence?

Which flights are most likely to be hit by turbulence?

If you’re a nervous flyer thinking ahead to your next flight, you may have wondered whether it's possible to predict whether you'll encounter any turbulence.

Air travel has come under the spotlight in recent weeks, with a number of high profile incidents of flights being hit by turbulence, including one which saw a 71 year old British man in his seventies tragically die from a heart attack.

What causes turbulence? Where are the most turbulence-prone areas? Could turbulence get worse in the future? In under 3 minutes, we answer your questions!

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Episode 5 June 2024 4m and 58s

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