Going to the pub is good for you, say Oxford researchers

first_imgNew research from Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology shows possible links between moderate alcohol consumption with friends at a local pub, and improved wellbeing.The study focussed on connections between drinking and social cohesion, looking specifically at the frequency of alcohol consumption and the location.It emerged that having a “local” pub promoted trust, social engagement, and thus contentment. Those without a “local”, and comparatively smaller social networks, were less engaged and trusting of their local communities.Professor Robin Dunbar, of the University’s Experimental Psychology department, said: “This study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people’s social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life.“Our social networks provide us with the single most important buffer against mental and physical illness. While pubs traditionally have a role as a place for community socialising, alcohol’s role appears to be in triggering the endorphin system, which promotes social bonding.“Like other complex bonding systems such as dancing, singing and storytelling, it has often been adopted by large social communities as a ritual associated with bonding.”Dunbar and other researchers drew on three separate studies: a questionnaire, observation, and a national survey.The researchers discovered that those with a local pub socialised in smaller groups facilitating conversations as a group, whereas city-centre bars tended to have larger groups, and thus there was less whole-group engagement.The national survey was undertaken by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a not-for-profit volunteer-led organisation of 185,000 members which campaigns for thriving pubs and real ale across every community.CAMRA’s National Chairman, Colin Valentine, said: “Pubs play a unique role in offering a social environment to enjoy a drink with friends in a responsible, supervised community setting.“For this reason, we all need to do what we can to ensure that everyone has a ‘local’ near to where they live or work—the first step to which is to strengthen planning protection for pubs to stem the 21 pubs closing across this country each week.”last_img read more

Samsungs Sleek RTXPowered Notebook Odyssey Available Now

first_imgCPUIntel Core i7-8750H Starting Price$1,999 Author Bio Storage256GB SSD/1TB HDD May 17 2019 Update: The Samsung Notebook Odyssey is currently available for preorder here, for $1,999, and it will start shipping out May 24. This article was originally published Jan 7 2019.Samsung unveiled the new GeForce RTX-equipped Notebook Odyssey gaming laptop at CES 2019. The Notebook Odyssey received a much-needed design overhaul and now flaunts an aluminum chassis, a big improvement over last year’s plastic model.The Notebook Odyssey is available in the U.S. for preorder now, and will start shipping out May 24. The Notebook Odyssey starts at $1,999. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsung-notebook-odyssey-news-price?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The Odyssey will be able to play most modern games at decent frame rates thanks to its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, the mobile graphics card revealed earlier this year by Nvidia. That means the Odyssey supports the latest graphics tech, including real-time Ray Tracing, AI and programmable shading. PortsUSB-C, 3 USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, headphone jack, security lock slot Display15.6-inch, 1080p, 144Hz Phillip Tracy, GPUNvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Size14.08 x 10.65 x 0.78 inches Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. RAM16GB Phillip Tracy, The Odyssey boasts a 15.6-inch HD (1080p) panel with G-sync technology and a 144 Hz refresh rate, so even the most fast-paced games should look smooth.Just about every laptop maker has focused on trimming down display bezels, and Samsung is no exception. The Notebook Odyssey’s thin bezels keep the black aluminum device relatively compact, at 14.08 x 10.65 x 0.78 inches. More impressive is that the Notebook Odyssey comes in at just above 5 pounds. Port selection includes a USB-C input, three USB-A ports, HDMI, an Ethernet connection, a headphone jack and a security lock slot.MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Gaming BrandsAside from the RTX GPU, the Odyssey is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD with a secondary 1TB HDD. Those specs are good, but for $1,999? That’s insane. You could get an Area-51m for $1,935 right now and get a Core i7-9700 desktop processor along with the same specs.Keeping all that power from overheating the laptop are Jet Blade blowers with 83 blades and a new cooling system. Samsung promises that the Odyssey will remain cool no matter how high you crank up your graphics settings. Speaking of settings, the Notebook Odyssey features several functions design for gaming. There’s Odyssey Mode (saves settings presets for specific games), Beast Mode (regulates performance per application) and Black Equalizer (improves in-game lighting). Some of these settings are not uncommon among gaming laptops, but Black Equalizer is the most intriguing. Hopefully, it does something to change the in-game experience, instead of being a simple display effect.We are looking forward to seeing how the Notebook Odyssey performs in our tests and will provide a full review when it rolls through our lab.Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Benchmarks: The New 4K KingBest Gaming LaptopsBest Samsung Laptops – Laptop Reviews Samsung Notebook Odyssey Weight5.29 pounds by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more