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New USB-C charger rule shows how EU regulators make decisions for the world

New EU rules will establish a common charger for all devices. Shutterstock Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University Have you ever borrowed a friend’s charger only to find it is not compatible with your phone? Or wondered what to do with the pile of cables you’ve accumulated from every device you’ve ever bought? Such inconveniences will soon be history after the EU …

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Hybrid immunity: a combination of vaccination and prior infection probably offers the best protection against COVID

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Grace C Roberts, University of Leeds and Lena Glaser, Queen’s University Belfast When we’re exposed to a pathogen such as a virus, our immune system identifies it as a foreign invader and mounts an attack. This ultimately results in the formation of antibodies which can neutralise the invading pathogen next time we encounter it. It’s a complex process. …

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Building muscle: slowing down the tempo of your workout won’t help you get stronger faster – but it may still have benefits

Advocates of the weightlifting technique claim moving slower makes muscles work harder. Twinsterphoto/ Shutterstock Jack McNamara, University of East London Everyone wants to get fit, but many of us lack the time or patience required to get results – especially if our goal is to build a more muscular physique. While there’s plenty of advice online telling people about the …

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