After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

Virtual reality game shows Danish teenagers how to party without a hangover

Online tool will tackle the worst youth alcohol problem in Europe So youre 16 and at a schoolfriends party. Youve had three or four drinks already, and are just starting to feel it. The most popular guy in the class comes up and demands you have another. And then another. What happens next? Rather than finding out in real life, researchers in Denmark, who are trying to cure Europes worst teenage binge-drinking problem, hope the likely consequences can be shown virtually in a game due to launch later this year. Virtual reality can provide a really intense experience, the feeling of actually being there, but without the real-life harm of getting drunk and blacking out, said Gunver Majgaard, a robotics …