Hours worked vs retirement : Vizual Statistix

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.

Collection and Debt Settlement Services regulation effective Wednesday. Debt Settlement companies face new rules

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.

7 Easy GIFs That Will Teach You All You Need To Know About Trigonometry In 5 Minutes – Business Insider

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.

A ‘Fifth Force’ May Alter Gravity at Cosmic Scales

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.

Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples | Mother Jones

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.

A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries – The Washington Post

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

Thirty Supernovas Per Second in the Universe –Is Red Giant Betelgeuse Next?

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?.

Amazing video of planes flying through hanger

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.

Parsnip Hummus

We cannot stop eating this. It’s incredible. A wonderful hummus replacement, especially for anyone who doesn’t eat beans, this has many uses; a dip, salad topping, fish and meat or fish side, something to munch with tortilla chips (brown rice recipe coming soon!) or my favourite way; with a spoon directly out of the bowl. It’s that good.

for Cleanse, Gut and Refresh

makes 1 pint

prep time: 30 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes


3 medium parsnips, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 garlic cloves

¼ cup olive oil for blending + 2-3 tablespoons for roasting

¼ cup tahini

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cumin seeds (roughly ground in mortar and pestle or you can use pre-ground powder)

1 tablespoon sea salt

½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

water, as needed

via Parsnip Hummus.

Monitoring Elusive Collisions In Space – Space News – redOrbit

“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.

Scientists developing a seawater-desalination chip

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.