f a newspaper headline asks “have scientists found the gene for x?”, chances are the article underneath could be replaced with the word “no”. But a single gene variation possessed by about 2% of people in the UK means they don’t produce the secretions in their underarms that attract smelly bacteria. Research from colleagues of mine in Bristol suggests that despite this, most of these sweet-smelling people still use deodorant even though they don’t need to, wasting money and potentially exposing themselves t
Giant squid prefer the deep ocean, so it was a rare treat for onlookers in Toyama Bay when one swam into the harbour.
Yes today is Groundhog Day. No I am not talking about Punxsutawney Phil or even Wiaton Willie, nope today is the day when we all remember Bill Murray and the film of the same name (and it is a fun film if you haven’t seen it).
Since Groundhog day was mentioned to me this morning, I just cannot get the sounds of Bill Murray’s character shouting “…it’s Groundhog Day…” out of my mind, and just like Groundhog day it happens again and again every year.
So we need to spare a thought for all the hard working groundhogs today, on what is really Bill Murray day for the rest of us…!
…. There is a great piece by Dan Lewis today on the film, it is worth a read if you are a fan too.
But: exactly how many times did Bill Murray’s character re-live the same day over and over?
Well, to manage your expectations here, there’s no universally agreed upon solution. But the theories are pretty interesting. So, let’s go to it.
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Street lamps tackle dengue by luring mosquitoes with fake human scentLED light designed at University of Malaya is powered by solar and wind, and can work even in flooded areas
Mars’s gullies may be formed by dry ice processes rather than flowing liquid water, as previously thought. Scientists show that, during late winter and spring, underneath the seasonal CO2 ice layer heated by the sun, intense gas fluxes can destabilize the regolith material and induce gas-lubricated debris flows which look like water-sculpted gullies on Earth. Since 2000, the cameras in orbit around Mars have transmitted numerous images of small valleys cut into slopes, similar in shape to gullies formed by flowing water on Earth. The gullies seem less than a few million years old-and sometimes less than a few years old.
‘Tis the night before Christmas, and Asteroid 2003 SD220 is making its closest approach to Earth. NASA managed to snap a few pics of this pickle-shaped asteroid, which the space agency says poses no threat to our planet whatsoever.
There’s an increasing amount of scientific research that suggests the extra work bilingual brains do when translating has additional benefits – especially in old age.
In October 1914, 28 explorers set out from Buenos Aires to make the first transcontinental trek across Antarctica. By January, their ship, the Endurance, was mired in ice, unable to reach the continent, and the next November, it sank. Led by British explorer Ernest Shackleton, the crew lived on ice floes, eventually setting out on lifeboats for solid ground in what would become one of the great tales of human survival.
A changing of the seasons usually means that colors turn, precipitation takes new form, and temperatures rise or fall. When it comes to Grüner See in Austria, the difference is more like 30 feet of water.At the foothills of the snow-peaked Hochschwab mountains in an Austrian village called Tragöß, Grüner See (meaning “Green Lake”) spends most of the year with a depth of less than 10 feet. A park containing benches, foot bridges, and paths surrounds it. But when spring arrives, snowmelt from the neighboring mountains starts to fill the basin. Walking paths frequented by hikers disappear, benches become submerged, and the lake expands to around 43,055 square feet. With clean, clear water almost 40 feet deep, the lake takes on a new identity and transforms into a destination for scuba divers who are willing to brave the icy waters.
Most people who’ve endured a terrible PowerPoint presentation will have experienced boredom, followed by frustration, then anger that it took up an hour – or possibly even more – of their lives that they will never get back.
After rumours that Apple was going to get rid of the headphone jack in its imminent iPhone 7, more than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking them to reconsider. This humble plug is a rare example of technology that has stood the test of time, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.
Divers working on a wind farm project have discovered the wreck of a German U-boat sunk more than 100 years ago.SM U-31 – which disappeared after leaving Germany on 13 January 1915 – was found 56 miles off the coast of East Anglia.
Video footage shows the 57.6m-long vessel lying 30m down in the North Sea, with damage to its bow and stern.The wreck was discovered by Scottish Power Renewables and its partner Vattenfall in 2012, but has only now been officially identified.
Great piece about household debt and the rate decision from zerohedge.
It is also interesting to see in the graph below, the next market with a similar ratio, UK.
“According to a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) the household debt-to-income ratio is now a whopping 171% which means, for anyone who is confused, “that for every $100 in disposable income, households had debt obligations of $171.”
That’s the highest level in a quarter century and it means that when it comes to household leverage, no other advanced economy does it like Canada:
Debt level has edged up slightly, stoked by hot housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver and slower income growth in oil-producing regions.
A new study from credit firm Equifax says seniors are increasing their debt loads at a much faster pace than the population at large, something that’s sure to lead to problems down the line as their incomes aren’t likely to keep pace.
How much shuffling does it take to randomise a deck of cards? And how “random” does the deck become, anyway? How likely are you to guess the next card to come out of a shuffled deck? All these questions and more are answered in this fascinating nine-minute video about the maths behind shuffling cards. I was particularly interested to learn about the relative merits of different methods of shuffling—it makes a mathematical difference how you shuffle the cards and how many times you shuffle them. Clearly, I need some more practice shuffling cards.
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