Banks, a different approach by country | Chris-Warburton.com

Last week I noticed my local HSBC branch had posted a notice to explain is was closing and relocating all customers to another branch 12 miles away.They are not the last branch in town, however it is, no doubt, disappointing nevertheless for the local businesses and customers.Whilst I understand the economics behind of the decision, and have previously written about the changes underway the banking industry, what really stuck me was a difference between the UK and Canadian market.

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5 charts that show smartphones are taking over the world – Vox

The PC business is huge. Manufacturers of conventional desktop and laptop computers sold about 300 million units in 2014. But as this chart shows, the market for smartphones and tablets is way bigger. By the end of 2014, consumers were buying 300 million Android and iOS devices per quarter. And unlike the PC business, the mobile device business is still growing.

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Eyes go red and stingy after swimming because of urine, not chlorine | Science | News | The Independent

The red, bloodshot eyes that people get after being in a swimming pool aren’t caused by chlorine, as thought — but by what happens when people urinate in the water.People weeing in the pool means the urine reacts with chlorine to create a chemical compound that hurts the eyes, according to the US’s Healthy Swimming Program. And those chemicals can also create poisonous gases that can damage lungs, hearts and nervous systems.ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads“That ‘chlorine’ smell at the pool isn’t actually chlorine,” said Chris Wiant, chair of the US Water Quality and Health Council. “What you smell are chemicals that form when chlorine mixes with pee, sweat and dirt from swimmers’ bodies.”

Source: Eyes go red and stingy after swimming because of urine, not chlorine | Science | News | The Independent

Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all. – Vox

These thin underwater cables are the circulatory system of the global internet — while we get our GIFs and videos from fiber optic cables and cellphone towers, high-speed international information is transferred almost entirely under the sea.Related A map of all the underwater cables that connect the internetFor all the talk of a wireless world, fiber optic cables are still the fastest way to move large amounts of information. Even though covering the ocean floor with cables is a complex, laborious task, it’s worth it for the gains in international communication speed.It’s these cables that distribute 99 percent of international data and drive everything from high-frequency trading (around the Arctic) to a range of high-tech consumer internet services.

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OSFI vs OFSI

In international regulatory news… we now have OSFI and OFSI.
Both important, both very different… and need to watch the typing…!

What makes us scratch an itch? Scientists finally have the answer

Having an itch can be incredibly annoying but it actually serves an important function, protecting us from damage to our skin. However, scientists have long struggled to explain what actually causes the sensation – in particular why some types of touch cause an itch whereas others do not. Now a new study in mice has shed light on what actually happens in the body when we want to scratch an itch. The research, published in Science, could lead to treatments for many thousands of people suffering from chronic

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How far will we go to charge our phones? – BBC News

An audience member at a Broadway show jumped on stage before the play began to plug his phone into what he thought was a power socket. But why are people driven to such lengths?In the moments before a show or film starts it’s customary to turn your phone off. But 10 minutes before a recent performance of Hand To God, on New York’s Broadway, something strange happened.”I witnessed something tonight that I never imagined I would see in a Broadway theatre,” Chris York wrote on Facebook.”I saw an audience member climb onto the stage right before the show and plug his cell phone into a (fake) electrical outlet on the set. ON. THE. SET. The crew had to stop the preshow music, remove the cell-phone, and make an announcement as to why you can’t do that.

Source: How far will we go to charge our phones? – BBC News

A Jellyfish So Surreal That It Looks Unreal Is Discovered on the Enigma Seamount – Scientific American Blog Network

The beautiful, bizarre animal was discovered this week during NOAA’s exploration of the area around the Mariana Trench

If I ever worried that I’d run out of weird and wonderful new life to blog about, that fear has long been laid to rest. Take, for instance, this stunning jellyfish, discovered just four days ago by NOAA’s ship Okeanos Explorer and its ROV Deep Discoverer on the Enigma Seamount near the Mariana Trench 2.3 miles beneath the surface (3,700 meters). I recommend enlarging.

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