Technology 

University switches off social media to help student well-being

Image copyright DMU/Redpix.co.uk A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own “digital detox”. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how “unrestrained social media use” can be harmful to the mental health of young people. The university operates nine different social media channels, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Vice-chancellor Prof Dominic Shellard says he will stop using Twitter. “In conversations I’ve had with students, I’ve been really struck by the degree to…

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Science 

Guardian switches to potato starch wrapping

Guardian readers have been opening their weekend paper to find supplements wrapped in a compostable material made from potato starch. The paper says it ditched its polythene covers after feedback from readers. Advice on the wrapping says it should not be recycled but disposed of on a compost heap or in a food waste bin. The change, which the Guardian says will increase its production costs, has been introduced in London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It plans to phase in the new wrapping across the whole of the…

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Lifestyle 

Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said. FILE PHOTO: The Dior logo is seen on the facade of a shop in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 – a Saturday,…

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Top stories 

The rock and metal music channel Scuzz TV switches off

Image copyright Getty / Scuzz TV After 15 years on air, Scuzz TV is shutting down. On Sky it had been a home to rock and heavy metal music since 2003, airing bands such as Korn, Slipknot and Enter Shikari. It was the first UK music channel to ever show a video by You Me At Six and lead singer Josh Franceschi says it’ll leave a “great legacy”. “Lots of bands in British rock and metal will look at Scuzz as the platform that many of their fans discovered them…

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