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If you're after heavy duty items, make sure you take measurements first: The Independent
If you’re after heavy duty items, make sure you take measurements first: The Independent

Since 15 June, John Lewis & Partners has welcomed customers back to its stores, as non-essential retailers are now permitted to reopen following changes to lockdown measures.

There will be strict social distancing measures in place to keep staff and customers safe and Prime minister Boris Johnson has said people should “shop with confidence”.

The retailer follows in the footsteps of shops like Ikea which has also now opened its doors following months of lockdonw. You can find our top picks from the furniture store here.

On its website, John Lewis & Partners has explained that the safety of customers and staff are priority and “any lessons we have learnt from opening the initial stage of shops can be applied to the rest before we open more”.

The social distancing measures in place will include fewer

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One in seven young women receive revenge porn threats, finds Refuge survey

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

One in seven young women have received threats that intimate photographs of them will be shared without their consent, according to a new survey.

Domestic violence charity Refuge conducted a survey of 2,060 people, including 282 women aged 18-34, and found that this age range are twice as likely than the general population to have sexual photos of themselves used against them as revenge porn.

Revenge porn – the act of “sharing private sexual materials with intent to cause distress” – has been illegal in England and Wales since 2015. In July 2017, it was announced it had become a criminal offence in Scotland, with perpetrators at risk of spending up to five years in prison.

The survey showed that of the one in 14 women overall who had been threatened with revenge porn, 72 per cent were threatened by a current or former partner and of these

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Wondering What Kind of Face Mask to Buy? These Are the Most Effective Options, Study Finds

Scientific research has proven that masks are one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The highly contagious virus can easily infect other people through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes or even just talking, if people are standing close together — and especially if they’re indoors.

While a tightly fitted respirator mask is best for protecting a person and anyone around them from spreading COVID-19, a nationwide shortage of those masks means they should be reserved for frontline workers. That leaves the average person with a few options for non-medical face masks. Which ones are most effective?

A group of researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science set out to answer that question, and found that sewn, multi-layered masks — like the ones readily available on Etsy and from many clothing brands — were most effective, followed by cone-style

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‘Mommy brain’ might make new mothers forgetful but it doesn’t last finds new study

New US research has found that “mommy brain,” which is thought to leave new mothers feeling forgetful and less able to pay attention to things, doesn’t last, and in fact, a mother’s attention may actually improve.

Carried out by researchers at Purdue University, the new study looked at 70 non-mothers and 60 mothers who were at least one year postpartum, and compared their reaction times for a computer test where they had to press a button that corresponded to the location of an arrow on the screen.

The participants also completed a survey which asked them questions such as, “How sleepy do you feel?” and “How do you think your attentiveness is?”

The findings, published online in the journal Current Psychology, showed that the mothers performed just as well or even better on the computer test than women who had never been pregnant or had no children, and even though

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British people unaware their usued tech could be worth thousands, study finds

iPhones and Macbooks among those become less valuable as time goes on: iStock
iPhones and Macbooks among those become less valuable as time goes on: iStock

Britons are sitting on technology worth £16.5bn that they no longer use – and it could drop in value by £3.5bn over the next year.

Researchers found the typical adult has a staggering £598 worth of superfluous gadgets – simply collecting dust and cluttering their homes.

But during the past year, smartphones, computers, tablets, games consoles and wearables collectively depreciated in value by an average of 20 per cent.

Although, in that time iPhones dropped by an average of 36 per cent overall, according to industry figures from musicMagpie.

In fact, the iPhone XS dropped by £259, while the iPhone 7 and 8 fell £71 and £114 respectively.

Over the past 12 months, Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S10+ also depreciated by £127 and the MacBook Pro Core i7 dropped £105.

Similarly, some tablet devices plummeted

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