Right to repair


Manufacturers of phones, tablets and laptops will face legal obligations to make their products easier to repair and reuse, under a far-reaching recycling plan from the European Union executive.

the “circular economy” plan is a new economic model for the continent.

“The linear growth model of ‘take, make, use discard’ has reached its limits,”


Another Blackpool Lug/makerspace in full swing

In a completely separate discussion at the other end of the room: is the fifth taste, umami real?

“However, not everyone is convinced that umami should even be classified as a basic taste. Professor Barry Smith of London University’s Centre for the Study of the Senses queries why “we need neuroscience and the Japanese” to alert us to umami, when tastes such as salt and sweet are clear as day”