Great graphic on hours worked vs retirement. Seems to break into three groups. Earlier retirement, later retirement and the rest of the group in the middle.
In terms of lifetime hours worked, Mexico and South Korea are an extreme it would seem. With Luxembourgh and France at the other end of the spectrum.
When it comes to work, not all countries take the same approach. Some have more vacation days, some tend to work shorter hours, and others just retire at a younger age. So, whether you are a workaholic or prefer easy living, this map/graph pair will point you toward your like-minded peers.
Source: Working hard or hardly working | Vizual Statistix
Interestingly it does not necessarily seem to be linked to economic output, with Germany a stand out example.
There will be more cellphone subscriptions than people in the world by the end of 2013 if the current rate of growth continues, according to a United Nations report.
via Cellphones Set to Outnumber People This Year – Tech Europe – WSJ.
The new Collection and Debt Settlement Services Act (replacing the Collection Agencies Act in Ontario Canada) becomes fully effective on Wednesday.
Starting Wednesday, debt-settlement companies in Ontario face tighter rules and limits on how much they can charge.
Ontario announced in 2013 that it would join provinces such as Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia in making changes to the rules amid increasing complaints against debt-settlement companies over unclear or misleading contracts, high fees and a failure to reduce debts as promised.
Source: Ontario debt-settlement services face new regulations | Toronto Star
Another interesting articles for further reading is here. With further opinion here and here.
20 vacations you can take right now from your couch.
In case your next vacation is too far away for your own peace of mind, the Tumblr Oessa’s gorgeous Street View images can help you feel like you’re on a getaway. Here’s a stunning tour of the seven continents on the blog
Source: A stunning tour of the world via Google Maps Street View
Trigonometry is the branch of math that studies triangles, with a particular focus on the relationships between angles and the lengths of corresponding sides.
Interestingly enough, the trigonometric functions that define those relationships are also closely tied to circles.
Needless to say, this makes trig one of the hardest topics in math for students to grasp intuitively.
Part of that is the way it’s taught. Students are taught the “unit circle” and its relationship to trigonometry, but many fail to make the leap on how crucial circles are for trig functions.
With static graphs and equations, it’s possible to get a handle on the rules of what various functions do and mean. However, it’s still hard to get an intuitive sense of the relationship between the circle and the trigonometric functions and the triangles.
That all changes with animated GIFs. Change over time is crucial to understanding trig. With pictures like these — found on Imgur from an album linked in Reddit’s peerless Math subreddit — trig becomes a breeze.
via 7 Easy GIFs That Will Teach You All You Need To Know About Trigonometry In 5 Minutes – Business Insider.
Between June 2014 and May 2015, the FCA reviewed how both fee-charging and free-to-customer debt management firms are complying with the consumer credit rules, including the advice provided and whether customers are treated fairly.
Source: Debt management firms still failing Britain’s most vulnerable consumers, says FCA – Financial Conduct Authority
Radical new research is attempting to characterize the properties of a fifth force that disrupts the predictions general relativity makes outside our own galaxy, on cosmic-length scales. University of Pennsylvania astrophysicist Bhuvnesh Jain, says the nature of gravity is the question of a lifetime. As scientists have been able to see farther and deeper into the universe, the laws of gravity have been revealed to be under the influence of an unexplained force.
via A ‘Fifth Force’ May Alter Gravity at Cosmic Scales.
In the mid-1800s, there were thousands of unique varieties of apples in the United States, some of the most astounding diversity ever developed in a food crop. Then industrial agriculture crushed that world. The apple industry settled on a handful of varieties to promote worldwide, and the rest were forgotten. They became commercially extinct—but not quite biologically extinct.
via Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples | Mother Jones.
I found this survey is fascinating in the context of also establishing whether the cultural connection between countries will be similar (and there for more natural) or if this is something that needs to be more actively worked on.
Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt signifiyyyyycant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer “yes” to questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, the more emotional they’re deemed to be.
Source: A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries – The Washington Post
Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, could burst into its supernova phase and become as bright as a full moon — and last for as long as a year. The massive star is visible in the winter sky over most of the world as a bright, reddish star, could explode as a supernova anytime within the next 100,000 years.
via Thirty Supernovas Per Second in the Universe –Is Red Giant Betelgeuse Next?.
Red Bull have just released this fantastic piece of video. It details precision pilots Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones flying in formation through a building.
What is also just as amazing is the understated Britishness of it all.
After pulling off the most amazing stunt, there is no jumping up an down, cheering or hive fives from the two pilots… nope…. just a cool “yes… a great sigh of relief really… marvellous” and a call home to say yes “still alive”.
He practically says, ‘…yes almost finished at the office, put the kettle on and whats for tea…..’ just brilliant.
Fantastic flying from the two pilots, great video.
Also check out the backstory too, is worth a read. link
And if you like extreme stunts, this winged suit flying also from Red Bull, is also worth viewing.
Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you’re not around?
via BBC News – Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to?.
Britain’s obsession with the coast is an understandable one given its geography and naval history, yet the coast also played an important part in the country’s social history.
via BBC News – Britain’s piers in focus.
Richard Grayson* is a classical pianist with a special talent: he improvises classical music around a theme. In these videos, he takes well-known themes from the audience and goes wild.
via Star Wars Music (and More) as You’ve Never Heard It Before | Mental Floss.
“We have found a way by which we can monitor such collisions in space by identifying the magnetic signature produced in these collisions,” he said. “While the colliding objects may be only tens to hundreds of feet across, the resulting magnetic signature can be hundreds of thousands of miles in width and be carried outward from the sun by the solar wind for millions of miles.”
via Monitoring Elusive Collisions In Space – Space News – redOrbit.
Although various alternative technologies are being developed, the large-scale desalination of seawater typically involves forcing it through a membrane that allows the water to pass through, but that traps the salt. These membranes can be costly, they can get fouled, and powerful pumps are required to push the water through. Now, however, scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and Germany’s University of Marburg are taking another approach. They’ve developed a chip that separates salt from water.
via Scientists developing a seawater-desalination chip.
On a Spanish island, an ancient whistling language that once seemed to be dying out is now undergoing a revival.
via BBC News – Silbo gomero: A whistling language revived.
The BBC filmed that journey back in 1953 when passengers could travel the entire route without stopping.
Thirty years later it repeated the exercise, observing the changes in the intervening time.
Now I’ve retraced that trip, 60 years on.
via BBC News – London to Brighton non-stop: Tracking the changes to a seaside rail journey.
According to the 2011 census 56,075,912 people live in England and Wales. Drawing inspiration from Brandon Martin-Anderson’s US census dotmap, we’ve represented each person in England and Wales with a dot in the map below. The result gives a beautiful picture of population density across the country.
via Every person in England and Wales on a map | News | theguardian.com.