Tayside and Central Scotland By Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent 8 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-44409900 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Researchers at Dundee University are recruiting green-fingered people across Scotland as "citizen scientists". It is part of a … [Read more...] about How does your garden grow?
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People don't move bank accounts much. Once you've got one, it seems easier to just leave it in place. In fact, millions of us are still using the bank account we first signed up to as a child . To try and break this cycle, for years banks have been offering straight-up cash rewards in an effort to entice people to do business with them instead. There have also been new initiatives to make moving to a new bank easier, with the Current Account Switching Service offering a guarantee that it will all be done in 7 days and all your payments will be moved for you. It hasn't really worked - with the perception of "they're all the same, why bother" still far too common. Last year 932,000 people used the switching service, that sounds a lot but represents just 1.5% of active current accounts in the UK. So one bank has decided to do things differently. Come for the freebies, stay for the award-winning service First Direct has just decided to shake things up. It was the first UK bank to offer … [Read more...] about Award-winning bank now offering free tech and holidays to get people to switch
BRITS are clueless when it comes to changing tyres - and millennials are to blame, according to a new study. A poll of 2,000 drivers revealed that just 27 per cent of 18-23-year-olds reckon they can switch rubber at the roadside. More than a third of millennials also admitted they would struggle to confidently open a car bonnet while 34 per cent don’t know what power steering does. And only half of under 35s, polled by TV show , know how to check and top up the oil level on their car. As a result, 63 per cent of millennials have never tried to fix, repair or modify a car they have bought. It's better the older you get as more than four in 10 of those aged 36 and above could confidently change a wheel. Flipping Bangers host Gus Gregory said: “Most people get into their cars, turn the key and drive away, without really knowing anything about the reasons why something goes wrong when it does. “It seems under-35s are the least equipped to deal with basic issues and … [Read more...] about Can YOU change a tyre? Shocking stats show just how bad Brits are at fixing cars
The most exciting thing about smart speakers is that they are all so utterly imperfect. Each of the mainstream examples – Amazon's Echos, the Google Home, Sonos's wide range and the new Apple HomePod – packs within it stunning technology that would have been unimaginable just a couple of years ago. But they're also full of downsides, making choosing one a matter of deciding what you want, not simply settling on the best. Deciding is a matter of picking which things you want – and which things you definitely don't. Some sound good, but are terrible at talking back to you. Some include highly-developed virtual assistants who you'll never want to actually ask you to play anything, since the sound they make is so bad. Ultimately, you're going to have to pick the smart speaker that fits best into your life. And so here are all the possible lives you might lead – and which smart speaker suits them best. But first, here's the most simple possible ways of categorising … [Read more...] about Which smart speaker should I buy? How the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Sonos could all improve your life
by Press Association 02/03/2018, 11:17 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? If you want a fast, fun hot hatchback, Mini has you covered. There’s the excellent Cooper S, and the more hardcore John Cooper Works. But Mini clearly felt there was a gap between these two cars, and it’s been exploited by this Cooper S Works 210. It follows on from the Mini 210 Challenge Edition of 2016, but is now available in three-door, five-door or convertible series production. We’ve got the five-door here. What’s new? The Cooper S Works 210 starts life as a standard Cooper S, and is fitted with extra goodies on the dealer end rather than at the factory. It gains a John Cooper Works tuning kit, aerodynamic upgrades, and a rather fantastic free-flowing exhaust with a Bluetooth control to toggle ‘track mode’ on or off. What the car doesn’t get is of equal importance – it sits on an … [Read more...] about Mini Cooper S Works 210 is raucous, noisy fun – but don’t expect the last word in driver involvement