The morning catch-up: Facebook emotions, opinion polls and a mighty mouse

Rounding up things you may want to see across the vastness of the world wide web

1. "There simply isn't any experience to be had on Facebook that isn't entirely constructed by Facebook." Sane and balanced assessment of why Bookface users shouldn't fear the emotion-manipulation experiment, by Tal Yarkoni at New Scientist. Thanks to Niall Firth.

The entire Facebook experiment stramash in one post, by Andrew Sullivan.

2. ComRes/BBC poll finds 52% think it's too dangerous to cycle on roads in their local area.

3. More polling news. YouGov for The Times put the Scottish referendum at 61% No to independence, 39 per cent Yes (excluding don't knows). This is no significant change from last month (No +1, Yes -1), despite the Times's front-page headline, "Voters Turn Away from a Scottish nation state", but time is running out for the Scottish National Party.

Four polls published yesterday put Labour's lead at an average of 1½ points, down from the recent average of 5 points, prompting speculation that David Cameron is enjoying a small "Juncker bounce". 

YouGov: 2-point Labour lead, Ukip on 12%, conducted Sunday and Monday online.

ComRes, Independent: 2-point Labour lead, Ukip on 18% (a record for this series), conducted Friday to Sunday on the telephone.

Ashcroft National Poll: 2-point Conservative lead, Ukip on 15%, conducted Friday to Sunday on the telephone.

Populus: 4-point Labour lead, Ukip on 12%, conducted Friday to Sunday online.

Both YouGov and ComRes for ITV found a swing away from

 support for staying in the EU over the weekend, but YouGov still found a big majority, 54% to 23%, would vote to stay in the EU if Cameron renegotiated our relationship and recommended remaining on the new terms (from 57% to 22% two weeks ago).

4. This article for Independent Voices by Rebecca Armstrong is awfully good about looking after her husband in hospital.

5. SuperMouse. Someone posted this on Twitter: "If I see a mouse put forth this kind of effort, he deserves to live in my house… "

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6. Finally, someone really ought to tell the sub-editors at the Daily Mail that I am not collecting Questions To Which The Answer Is No any more: "Is Shakespeare to blame for our skin worries?" Thanks to Andy Hutchcraft.

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