19th October 2018

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Iraq’s biggest university is now on ‘the’ list. The University of Baghdad has entered the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time, joining 1,250 others in the prestigious list. It was established as part of the country’s post-war restoration and admired by the judges for building up international academic partnerships. BBC News

The beach from The Beach has closed indefinitely. After Leonardo DiCaprio made Maya Bay in Thailand famous, tourists have flocked to see its white sandy beach, turquoise waters and towering cliffs, killing 80% of the coral in the process. Thai officials closed the beach for four months from June to give the ecosystem chance to rebuild itself and have now extended the closure for the foreseeable future. Sky News

Dancing lessons will soon be prescribed as the cure for loneliness. Thanks to a new government initiative, GPs will be able to prescribe social activities on the NHS to improve patients’ quality of life. By 2023, the new funding will mean isolated people will be connected to others through dance lessons, cooking classes, walking clubs, art groups and many more. The Royal Mail will also be getting involved, with postal workers calling in on isolated people during their rounds. The Independent

Students in Kent won’t be able to dress up as cowboys, Indians or priests this Halloween. As the 31st Octobers draws nearer, Kent Students’ Union has laid down guidelines on fancy dress outfits that won’t be tolerated. It covered a number of races, cultures, stereotypes and famous people who have committed crimes, but did say that romans, cavemen and aliens were all fine. Metro

Wallace and Gromit’s ‘wrong trousers’ are now doing the right thing. Researchers at Bristol University have taken inspiration from the clay animation producer’s made-up invention to create a pair of smart trousers to help people with mobility problems. The soft trousers are fitted with artificial muscles to help people move their legs. They’re easy to take on and off and can be worn under clothing. BBC News

Need to get some shuteye? Try eating this. According to Japanese researchers, eating foods rich in an amino acid called tryptophan can help us produce melatonin – the sleep hormone. That means if you struggle to fall asleep, you should up your intake of protein-rich foods, like meat, eggs, fish, nuts, beans and tofu. Apparently, pumpkin seeds are particularly high in the amino acid. Good Food Network

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the UK’s favourite studio album. That’s according to the number of sales recorded by the Official Charts Company. It was crowned this Saturday, on the first ever National Album Day. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Adele’s 21 were among the top 10 albums. Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse and Oasis also made it to the list. Rolling Stone

Gay penguins have just become foster parents. Sphen and Magic are two male gentoo penguins who live in the SEA LIFE Sydney aquarium. Staff have given them an egg to foster after they noticed the penguins had become very close and built a nest together. The pair have taken to it like ‘penguins’ to water, sharing the responsibility of incubating the egg. The Indian Express

Elon Musk is releasing his own tequila, apparently. It’s named Teslaquila and there’s already a bottle design for the tipple. There’s a question mark over whether this is a legitimate business venture or a PR stunt, after he referred to the drink during an April Fool’s prank on Twitter. Either way, this year seems to be getting more and more bizarre for the entrepreneur. indy100

Stat of the week

One third of those aged 16 to 24 don’t drink alcohol.

Are our binge drinking days over? According to a study of almost 10,000 people in this age bracket, it really is the case, with more than 29% describing themselves as non-drinkers. It means the current generation is the most sober in recent history. The Independent

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