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Unconditional uni offers don’t make us lazy, say teenagers

Image copyright Social Communications Image caption Harrison (right) is determined to keep working at the same level Harrison has his dream university place in the bag. The Leeds City College student is off to study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield in September, with an unconditional offer. No matter what the outcome of his BTec extended diploma, the place is assured, and 17-year-old Harrison says he’s thrilled. “I’d say that it makes me more relaxed,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about it as much – but I’m…

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We’re not lazy, we just need more sleep, say pupils

Image caption People weren’t awake enough for their GCSEs, remembers sixth former Leah As MPs prepare to debate a petition for schools to start at 10:00, teenagers tell the BBC about their own experiences with early school starts. It takes 100,000 signatures to trigger a Parliamentary debate and this one, saying early school starts make pupils “so tired”, has gained 180,000. “I remember how miserable I was from waking up early,” says sixth form student Leah. Her college is experimenting with a later start for classes. But Leah recalls the…

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Ants show ‘lazy’ approach may be best for digging

Image copyright Getty/vnarong A new study on ants and robots has shown that having more workers is not necessarily better when working in confined spaces. If there are too many bodies then the workspace can get clogged. A less busy approach in which some workers are purposely idle can avoid jams. The findings might help devise strategies to avoid clumping in confined and crowded environments, such as disaster relief operations. The research has been published in the journal Science. Prof Daniel Goldman, a physicist and robotics expert at Georgia Institute…

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