Astronomer Dr Jason Pun of the Hong Kong University department of physics has been studying light pollution for nearly a decade. He says people often ask him if he’s crazy. “‘Hong Kong is supposed to be bright,’ they say. ‘Why are you even talking about light being some kind of pollution?’” This is a city that is famous for its nightscape: neon signs advertising market stalls, pawn shops and steakhouses; illuminated skyscrapers; swanky malls that stay open – and stay lit – well into the night. “When I walk at night around some of these commercial centres, it’s so bright you almost want to wear your sunglasses,” Pun says. Indeed, in our collective imaginations, cities are meant to be bright. But as studies begin to show that too much light can be detrimental to health, and fewer of us are able to see the stars when we look up, are cities getting too bright for our own good? Hong Kong isn’t alone in … [Read more...] about Urban light pollution: why we’re all living with permanent ‘mini jetlag’
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Cities may market themselves on being “24 hour” hubs, providing activities for their citizens around the clock – but is this what we want? What are the benefits and problems of a 24-hour city? How does the night-time economy impact the city and the wellbeing of its residents? Next year, for example, London will see the introduction of the “night tube” lines: how will this change the city? On Friday 24 October, we held a live discussion exploring the experience and impact of 24-hour cities. We assembled a panel of experts to answer your questions, including: Oliver Smith, lecturer at Plymouth University and author of Contemporary Adulthood and the Night-Time Economy Keith Foley, head of Night Tube Programme at London Underground William Straw, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and founder of The Urban Night project Andreina Seijas, Consultant for the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) at the Inter-American … [Read more...] about Q&A: Are 24-hour cities good for you?
Google has announced the results of its 2019 Year in Search, offering an insight into the topics, people and events which captured the world's attention. As part of the results, the search engine uncovered the city breaks which have proven the most popular with Brits in the last 12 months, offering up a serious dose of wanderlust in the process. Top of the British nation's wishlist? Venice, in Italy, renowned for its picturesque canals, iconic landmarks and seriously delicious cuisine. There's heaps to see and do in the city, from the iconic St Mark's Square and its Basilica to the eye-catching Rialto Bridge. Then of course a gondola ride along the canals is a must, while that world-famous Italian cuisine lives up to its reputation in the cosy bars and restaurants to be found. Closely following Venice on Brits' travel bucket lists was Krakow, which was the second most searched for city break. The Polish city is renowned for being pretty budget-friendly, often featuring on lists of … [Read more...] about Google Year in Search unveils most popular city breaks for Brits in 2019
Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live for the sixth time in a show that heavily referenced her record-breaking box office success Avengers: Endgame. The 35-year-old actress started her monologue with what seemed like a holiday-specific skit involving Aidy Bryant as an elf on the shelf. But the extended opening turned into a reference to her superhero blockbuster and culminated with Scarlett saluting her fiancé -and SNL's co-head writer- Colin Jost. Sixth times the charm: Scarlett Johansson, 35, hosted Saturday Night Live for the sixth time. She referenced her blockbuster hit Avengers: Endgame in the monologue and saluted her fiancé Colin Jost After Aidy commended the Marriage Story star for being a 'very good girl,' she suddenly disappeared into a puff of dust like half of humanity in Endgame. 'Oh no, Thanos, from the Avengers movie I was in,' Scarlett deadpanned. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Saturday Night Live: Host Jennifer Lopez slips into her... … [Read more...] about Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson returns to where she ‘met the love of my life’ Colin Jost… and Niall Horan appears as a ghostly strip club owner
Rising prices and stagnant wage growth have resulted in the first fall in living standards in two and a half years, according to official figures. Labour market data from the Office for National Statistics showed that regular pay in the UK in February was 1.9% higher than a year earlier and is running below the 2.3% increase in prices. Despite a fresh fall in unemployment and record job vacancies, economists expect the squeeze on real inflation-adjusted wages to intensify over the coming months as the weak pound affects the cost of living. The ONS reported a 39,000 increase in employment in the three months to February, while unemployment fell by 45,000 to 1.56m. The jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.7% – its joint lowest since 1975 – and job vacancies stood at 767,000. Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, said: “This is yet another strong set of figures, with unemployment at a rate that hasn’t been beaten since the 1970s and more vacancies than … [Read more...] about Living standards in UK fall for the first time since 2014