Our kitchens hide scientific phenomena in plain sight. Kitchen magnets, for example, stick to metal fridges thanks to ferromagnetism, which adds the magnetic fields within magnets together to become stronger. Another is the capillary action that helps towels absorb liquids; water rushes into the narrow gaps against gravity because it’s more attracted to the surrounding material’s sides. Yet another is a bodily phenomenon we experience after eating: borborygmi, or stomach rumbling, occurs when something is being pushed through the small intestine.
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The UK media is regulated by the likes of IPSO and Ofcom. The report by press regulator IMPRESS highlights the link between low levels of media literacy and trust in the news. The study found that three quarters of those who did not know if journalists were regulated did not trust the news. It suggests that improving media literacy is one way to stem the erosion of trust, and shows that audiences have an appetite for information on news processes. Stakeholders need to collaborate in order to rebuild trust in the news, and independent media is well placed to do this. Read full article here