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6 of the Most Extreme Weather Records on Planet Earth

The weather is the most talked about topic in the UK; with 9 out of 10 Brits mentioning the matter every 6 hours. Nonetheless, after this article an overcast sky and light drizzle will become a welcome sight. Some of the following records are from some of the most hostile and unthinkable environmental conditions on the planet.


  1. Extreme Heat: 56.7was recorded in Death Valley, California on July 10th, 1913.
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Dildos on Campus

The Spark Newspaper

On January 18th, a prank show for Channel Four exhibited a male contraceptive stall on campus just outside the Students Union Building. On display were different types of male contraception some real and some ridiculously fabricated.

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Students Report Mental Health Problems

In recent years, mental health has become one of the most prevalent issues affecting people in the
UK. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In
England, a staggering 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any
given week. The most common mental health problem in England is generalised anxiety disorder
(GAD), affecting 5.9 out of 100 people.» >

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New Rail Prices: Fare or Unfare?


A significant hike in rail fairs could see students finding it more difficult to escape back home
from exam stress in the future after prices rise by 3%.
As of January 3, 2018 prices have been raised across the country by an average 3.7%. The exact
amount varies by region, with the highest hikes seen in the North.
According to National Rail, the raise in prices will directly help the rail network.» >

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Extra Student Study Space Added

As I am sure you are all aware, our beloved library is being refurbished. Now whether you actually love the library or really hate spending time there, we can all agree that is it a valued asset to our academic experience.


The Library at URS currently provides 600 study spaces however, these are easily filled during peak times (10:00-16:00) with the masses that form our student population of 17,000.


The following study spaces have been added after 15th January 2018:

  • Study space at Eat at the Square: Eat at the Square will be open after lunch from 3.00 pm -6.00 pm every Monday to Friday during term time.
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University of Reading experts discover the oldest words in the world

Researchers at the University have discovered that the numbers one to five are among the oldest
words, dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Professor Mark Pagel has been looking into
the history of Indo-European languages, the basis of our language today, and has found that these
low number words can be found consistently throughout history, some of the numbers have a
possible lifespan of up to 100,000 years.
Professor Pagel said: “It is remarkable to think that words used today, in particular ‘two,’ ‘three’
and ‘five’ connect us with ancestors from perhaps 10,000 or more years ago who would have
used words similar to those in use today.» >

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