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Date Posted:12/05/2012 10:53 PM

Birds use cigarette butts to line nests, St Andrews University study finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20607413

5 December 2012


Birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, research at St Andrews University has suggested.

The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites.

At the same time, the cellulose butts provide useful nest insulation.

Wild birds are also known to protect their nests from mite invasion by importing certain chemical-emitting plants.

The new evidence suggests some bird species in the cities have adapted the same behaviour to harness the repellent properties of tobacco.

St Andrews University scientists studied nests of house sparrows and house finches that each contained, on average, about 10 used cigarette butts in Mexico City.

The number of stubbed-out cigarettes incorporated into the nests ranged from none to as many as 48.

In both species, nests with larger numbers of butts were significantly less infested by mites.............>


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Date Posted:12/31/2015 10:25 AM

Woman escapes drink driving conviction by proving that her body is a brewery

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/woman-escapes-drink-driving-conviction-by-proving-that-her-body-is-a-brewery-a3146351.html


A New York woman escaped a drink driving conviction after proving that her body is a brewery.

The woman was arrested after she was caught with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. 

She insisted she had had no more than three drinks in the six hours before she was pulled over for erratic driving October 11, 2014. 

However, the woman was charged with driving while intoxicated when a breath test showed her blood-alcohol content to be 0.33 per cent.

The legal limit in New York is just 0.08.

The arrest led the woman to discover she has a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome”, where her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol.

She bought home a breath test kit and blew into it every night for 18 days,  each time registering around 0.20 per cent...............>


(surely she should be permanently banned from driving if she is permanently sloshed?)

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Date Posted:12/31/2015 2:36 PM

The human body has everything required to naturally produce alcohol, albeit in small amounts. In fact the breathalyzer instrument is calculated to account for it. This woman's body is an anomaly & it has opened up a whole new defense in court.


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Date Posted:01/09/2016 11:18 AM


Butchers brace for black pudding sales spike after it is awarded 'superfood' status

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/butchers-brace-for-black-pudding-sales-spike-after-it-is-awarded-superfood-status-a3151041.html
Thursday 7 January 2016

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The blood sausage was named among the top foods to eat in 2016, thanks to its high levels of protein and low carb count.  

Black pudding is also rich in iron and zinc – two minerals that modern diets often lack.

Michael Gale, from Kensington-based C Lidgate butchers in Holland Park Avenue, said he was expecting a surge in sales - at least in the short-term.

He told the Standard butchers were expecting an "upturn in trade for a few weeks."................>


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Date Posted:01/09/2016 11:20 AM


CES 2016: The toilet you only clean once a year


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35258674
8 January 2016

An "intelligent" toilet that opens when you approach it and self-cleans with every flush is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It also cleans the user with an aerated wand, which delivers warm water and warm air "from a seated position", a spokeswoman said.

Despite a $9,800 (£6,704) price tag, more than 40 million earlier versions of the Neorest toilets have been sold.............>


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Date Posted:02/06/2016 11:15 PM

Which Is the Fastest-Talking State in the Union?

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/02/speaking-fast-and-slow/459393/

The full ranking of states, from the fastest-talking to the slowest:

1. Oregon
2. Minnesota
3. Massachusetts
4. Kansas
5. Iowa
6. Vermont
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. New Hampshire
10. Nebraska
11. Connecticut
12. North Dakota
13. Washington
14. Wisconsin
15. Rhode Island
16. Idaho
17. Florida
18. Pennsylvania
19. New Jersey
20. West Virginia
21. Maine
22. Colorado
23. California
24. Missouri
25. Montana
26. Indiana
27. Hawaii
28. Virginia
29. Nevada
30. Arizona
31. Utah
32. Michigan
33. Tennessee
34. Maryland
35. Oklahoma
36. Wyoming
37. Delaware
38. New York
39. Kentucky
40. Illinois
41. Ohio
42. Arkansas
43. Georgia
44. Texas
45. New Mexico
46. North Carolina
47. Alabama
48. South Carolina
49. Louisiana
50. Mississippi


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Date Posted:02/08/2016 9:04 PM

French ex-minister Cahuzac goes on trial on tax fraud charges

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35521719
8 February 2016

A former French budget minister, who was appointed by President Francois Hollande to tackle tax evasion, has gone on trial charged with tax fraud.

Jerome Cahuzac resigned in 2013 after it emerged he had once held an undeclared Swiss bank account and had lied about it to parliament.

If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and hefty fines.

The trial is seen as an embarrassment for Mr Hollande as he gears up for the 2017 presidential elections.............>


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Date Posted:02/10/2016 6:20 PM

Reply to katie5445 (08/23/2015 5:38 AM)

Just prostitutes? You haven't been back in awhile have you?

If someone is standing around, not going any where, making eye contact with drivers as they go by chances are, Katie, they're hooking or dealing.

I'm sorry.
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Date Posted:02/10/2016 6:40 PM

It was a joke about English women and how they dress.
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Date Posted:02/10/2016 10:27 PM

Stick with serious posts, Katie. Yours are far funnier.


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Date Posted:02/13/2016 8:59 PM

Pakistan president condemns St Valentine's Day

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35570606

13 February 2016

Pakistan's president has denounced St Valentine's Day, saying the festival has no connection with Pakistani culture and should be avoided.

President Mamnoon Hussain told students that it was a Western tradition and conflicted with Muslim culture.

His remarks came after a district in north-western Pakistan banned Valentine's Day celebrations.

Valentine's Day is popular in many cities in Pakistan, but religious groups have denounced it as decadent...........>


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Date Posted:02/13/2016 11:50 PM

Spoil sport, against their religion, really? 
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Date Posted:03/02/2016 10:27 PM

Emirates A380 makes longest non-stop flight between Dubai and NZ

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35710969

2 March 2016


An Emirates Airbus A380 jet has made what is believed to be the world's longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance.

The plane had covered a distance of about 14,200km (8,824 miles) when it touched down in Auckland in New Zealand on Wednesday.

The return flight to Dubai left at about 19.30 local time (08:30 GMT).

Both flights were around the 17 hours and 15 minutes mark, although the return could be a few minutes longer.

Qantas' Dallas-Sydney flight was believed to be the previous current longest flight, at 13,800km and clocking in at about 16 hours, 55 minutes.

The Dubai-Auckland flight duration record is not expected to hold for long, as Emirates is launching a Dubai-Panama City service later in March that will take 17 hours, 35 minutes.

Singapore Airlines used to fly Singapore-New Jersey, which took 19 hours. The firm announced in 2015 it was planning to bring back the service in 2018.

The new non-stop Emirates route between Auckland and Dubai reportedly reduces the current travel time by three hours.

The inaugural Dubai-Auckland flight was made by an A380 but the regular service will reportedly be carried out using the Boeing 777.

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Date Posted:03/17/2016 10:16 PM

Commuters who shun car travel keep slimmer, study concludes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35812984

17 March 2017

People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car, a large UK study has found.

The results come from 150,000 UK adults aged 40 or older who agreed to be measured and weighed and fill in a survey about their typical journey to and from work.

Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking.

But even those who used public transport were leaner than car users.

The authors of the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology study say the findings show even a little physical activity is better than nothing at all.

They reached their conclusions by comparing the bodyweights and lifestyles of the 72,999 men and 83,667 women in their study.

Even when they factored in differences such as leisure-time, exercise, diet and occupation, the trend between commute method and bodyweight remained..............>

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Date Posted:04/09/2016 8:55 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury learns real father was Churchill's private secretary

Leaving it a bit late to come out as a slag but we can all do with a laugh now and again;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36002621

9 April 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said a DNA test result revealing the identity of his real father has come as a "complete surprise".

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, 60, has discovered he is the son of Sir Winston Churchill's last private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.

He had believed his father was whisky salesman Gavin Welby, who died in 1977.

His mother, Lady Williams of Elvel, has confirmed she had a "liaison" with Sir Anthony just before she wed in 1955.

She said the news had come as an "almost unbelievable shock", and although her memory of the time was patchy, she recalled sleeping with former colleague Sir Anthony after "a large amount of alcohol on both sides"............>

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Date Posted:04/12/2016 8:35 PM

Pakistan trial: Evidence blows up in court, injuring two

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36028224
12 April 2016

A device being presented as evidence at a trial in a Pakistani court blew up after the judge asked a police officer to show how it worked...........>
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Date Posted:04/15/2016 8:12 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36053492
15 April 2016



Fergus Mould was surprised to see this sign, by Loch Ness, was still in place a few days after 1 April


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Date Posted:04/16/2016 8:35 AM

On Saturday April 16 the world’s independent record shops celebrate Record Store Day

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36044609/record-store-day-this-is-what-happens-inside-a-vinyl-factory

A sleepy village outside Prague does not seem the obvious location for a key player in 2016's music industry.

But Lodenice is home to one of the world's largest producers of vinyl.

GZ Media is now pressing two million records a month. We were given a tour of the site ahead of Record Store Day, which has helped fuel the vinyl comeback.

"Vinyl is back. People love vinyl," CEO Michal Sterba told Newsbeat at his factory, set up in 1951.

"Record Store Day is a celebration. It's an opportunity to think how beautiful the product is."

The production of vinyl is something that's hardly changed here in four decades................>


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Date Posted:04/27/2016 7:26 PM

German city puts traffic lights on pavements for smartphone users

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36153741/german-city-puts-traffic-lights-on-pavements-for-smartphone-users


A German city has put traffic lights on pavements so smartphone users don't have to look up from their screens.

Officials in Augsburg were worried pedestrians were so addicted to their mobiles, they weren't paying attention to their surroundings.

The lights, which are red like typical stop signals, mean even when people are looking down, they will still see when it is not safe to walk.

The death of a 15-year-old prompted the trial, local media reports.

She had been hit by a tram while distracted by her phone as she crossed the tracks, police said.

Town planners took into account where people who frequently used smartphones, such as young people and commuters, were likely to be walking, said city spokesperson Stephanie Lerman.

They then placed the lights appropriately, she added.

Those who walk while using their phones have been christened smombies - as in smartphone and zombie.

The word is especially popular in Germany, where it was declared youth word of the year in 2015.


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Date Posted:05/18/2016 6:53 PM

The Machine Stops: Did EM Forster predict the internet age?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36289890

18 May 2016

The futuristic world portrayed in The Machine Stops is an eerily familiar one - people mostly communicate with each other via screens, the rarity of face-to-face interaction has rendered it awkward, and knowledge and ideas are only shared by a system that links every home.

Yet that world was imagined not by a contemporary writer but by the Edwardian author Edward Morgan Forster.

Best known for his novels about class and hypocrisy - Howards End, A Room With A View and A Passage To India - The Machine Stops was Forster's only foray into science fiction.

Published in 1909, it tells the story of a mother and son - Vashti and Kuno - who live in a post-apocalyptic world where people live individually in underground pods, described as being "like the cell of a bee", and have their needs provided for by the all-encompassing Machine.............>

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Date Posted:05/21/2016 6:37 PM

Some people (Guardianistas for example) just have to have their little dig;

The world's largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/21/the-worlds-largest-cruise-ship-and-its-supersized-pollution-problem

Daniel Rieger, a transport officer at German environment group Nabu, said: “Cruise companies create a picture of being a bright, clean and environmentally friendly tourism sector. But the opposite is true. One cruise ship emits as many air pollutants as five million cars going the same distance because these ships use heavy fuel that on land would have to be disposed of as hazardous waste.”

Nabu has measured pollution in large German ports and found high concentrations of pollutants. “Heavy fuel oil can contain 3,500 times more sulphur than diesel that is used for land traffic vehicles. Ships do not have exhaust abatement technologies like particulate filters that are standard on passenger cars and lorries,” says Rieger............
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Date Posted:05/22/2016 8:39 PM

Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/22/age-of-quantum-computing-d-wave
Sunday 22 May 2016

Ever since Charles Babbage’s conceptual, unrealised Analytical Engine in the 1830s, computer science has been trying very hard to race ahead of its time. Particularly over the last 75 years, there have been many astounding developments – the first electronic programmable computer, the first integrated circuit computer, the first microprocessor. But the next anticipated step may be the most revolutionary of all................Back in 1971 the first Intel processor was made up of 2,300 transistors. Intel now produce microprocessors with more than 5bn transistors. However, they’re still limited by their simple binary options. But as Trudeau explained, with quantum computers the bits, or “qubits” as they are known, afford far more options owing to the uncertainty of their physical state............ Brownell is dismissive of these critics, claiming that the “question has been largely settled”. He cites Google’s comparative test last year in which its D-Wave quantum computer solved certain problems 100m times faster than a classical computer............“You go to these big web properties and they have data centres that are installed next to hydroelectric plants because they consume so much electricity,” says Brownell. “They’re the second-largest consumers of electrical energy on the planet.”D-Wave’s vision, he says, is for a green revolution in computing, in which everyone will have access to much more energy-efficient quantum computers through the cloud. In a few years, he thinks, we’ll be able to access quantum computing from our phones.........>

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Date Posted:05/28/2016 11:18 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/36342723
23 May 2016

Why smartphones don't add up to an industrial revolution

Since the late 19th Century pretty much every aspect of our lives has changed. The invention of trains, television, cars, and medicine saw an unbelievable transformation in daily life all across the globe.

But have we got complacent with innovation? Tyler Cowen, a global thinker and Professor of Economics at George Mason University, argues that over the past two decades the world has been innovating less, and that we are changing lives at a slower rate than any time in the last century.

(video in link)

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Date Posted:05/28/2016 5:43 PM

Construction of world's largest dam in Congo could begin within months

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/28/construction-of-worlds-largest-dam-in-dr-congo-could-begin-within-months

Saturday 28 May 2016 

...........But subsequent phases, together costing about $100bn, could eventually span the Congo river, the world’s second largest by volume. It is expected to have an electricity-generating capacity of nearly 40,000MW – nearly twice as much as the Three Gorges dam in China or 20 large nuclear power stations...........>

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Date Posted:07/29/2016 7:14 PM

Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36912700
29 July 2016

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.

The body responsible for the change said it would help the development of self-driving cars, which need accurate location data to navigate.

Australia moves about 7cm north annually because of tectonic movements.

Modern satellite systems provide location data based on global lines of longitude and latitude, which do not move even if the continents on Earth shift.

However, many countries produce maps and measurements with the lines of longitude and latitude fixed to their local continent............>

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Date Posted:08/15/2016 3:12 AM

WRS10, we could use some of your "Just Fancy That!" updates.

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Date Posted:08/17/2016 7:16 PM

Where did I post this a couple of years ago?



Anyway;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37098904
16 August 2016

It was reported on Tuesday that a North Korean diplomat in London, Thae Yong Ho, had defected to a third country. The BBC's Korea correspondent, Steve Evans, has pleasant memories of Mr Thae - who, he says, always seemed unusually at home in the suburbs of West London.

The last time I saw Thae Yong Ho we were eating a curry in his favourite Indian restaurant in Acton, in West London. He was eating a curry without rice, actually, because we had been discussing pre-diabetes, a condition which middle-aged men who enjoy food come to think about a lot, usually at the suggestion of their doctors.

His GP had told him that he should think of diabetes as a monster running towards him. He could slow it down or he could speed it up, but towards him it was coming. Rice and other carbohydrates would bring the monster closer faster..........>


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Date Posted:08/18/2016 7:04 PM

US pastor, who believes floods are God's punishment, flees flooded home

Pity about the co-lateral damage but at least there is one ray of sunshine through the gloom;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37116661/us-pastor-who-believes-floods-are-gods-punishment-flees-flooded-home


...........The Red Cross has called the Louisiana floods the worst natural disasters in the US since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Shocking footage from Baton Rouge in Louisiana shows dramatic rescues in the ravaged state............>

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Date Posted:08/18/2016 7:52 PM

At one time or another before man the earth was completely covered by water.  Who was God punishing then?

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Date Posted:08/18/2016 8:44 PM

 Your guess is as good as mine.
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Date Posted:09/03/2016 8:37 PM

New Yorkers Will Pay $56 A Month To Trim A Minute Off Their Commute

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/new-yorkers-will-pay-56-a-month-to-trim-a-minute-off-their-commute/

Published AUG 29, 2016

How much would you be willing to pay to shave a minute off your commute? For New Yorkers, the answer appears to be around $56 per month. That’s how much more New Yorkers pay in rent, on average, for a one-bedroom apartment that’s a minute closer by subway to Manhattan’s main business districts.

That finding — based on our analysis of data from the real estate listing service StreetEasy, which provided more than 175,000 rental prices from 2015 listings for New York City homes — puts an approximate value on the old real estate adage about the importance of location, location, location. The higher rents show how much New Yorkers are willing to pay for convenience — and how those who can’t afford to live close to jobs are getting pushed to the edges of the city and must spend more of their time on the subway, leaving less time for leisure and sleep. (They also have access to fewer jobs.)

“Living in the world of New York real estate, you very quickly realize, is all about trade-offs,” said Krishna Rao, an economist at StreetEasy.

Those trade-offs aren’t just about commuting time. Places with short commutes are also often places with other desirable characteristics: restaurants, nightlife and convenience, both in terms of getting to other places in and around the city and of getting people from other parts of the city to come to your neighborhood.

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