It would never have occurred to most of us to even wonder about it, but a group of Glasgow researchers have spent 15 years working out why plants don’t get sunburnt.
Jon Bruner of Forbes, in collaboration with Hilary Mason and Anna Smith of Bitly, maps the most popular news source by state.
France is switching off its groundbreaking Minitel service which brought online banking, travel reservations, and porn to millions of users in the 1980s. But then came the worldwide web. Minitel has been slowly dying and the plug will be pulled on Saturday.
If the internet is a global phenomenon, it’s because there are fiber-optic cables underneath the ocean. Light goes in on one shore and comes out the other, making these tubes the fundamental conduit of information throughout the global village. To make the light travel enormous distances, thousands of volts of electricity are sent through the cable’s copper sleeve to power repeaters, each the size and roughly the shape of a 600-pound bluefin tuna.Once a cable reaches a coast, it enters a building known as a “landing station” that receives and transmits the flashes of light sent across the water. The fiber-optic lines then connect to key hubs, known as “Internet exchange points,” which, for the most part, follow geography and population.
Source: MAPPING THE INTERNET
Scientists can finally explain exactly how and why a cell’s defences fail against some invaders, including the plague, while successfully fending off others.A new super-resolution microscopy technique is providing researchers with never-before-seen detail of a cell membrane.They claim the development could open doors to new diagnostic, prevention and treatment techniques.
A spacecraft taking pictures of Jupiter with a camera that a Tucson-based scientist manages has sent back pictures of a storm that would dwarf any earthbound hurricane. NASA’s Juno spacecraft made a first pass by Jupiter in August, and its instruments were turned on just to test them. The camera pictured a storm more than half the size of Earth.
The Micro Bit, conceived as the centrepiece of the BBC’s Make it Digital season last year, is now going to live on as a device that can inspire computing creativity in the UK and further afield.
Always good to reflect back on the year… nice to nice Dragon’s Beard Candy is still of interest.
- Dragon’s Beard Candy recipe
- The UK – EU referendum: An analogy
- Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table
- Canada’s “Other” Problem: Record High Household Debt
- The end of your bank branch… as we know it?
- A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries
- The advantages of a bilingual brain
- Young people flock away from social media
- The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital
- A special report on debt: Repent at leisure
Astronomers have spotted a distant world that orbits far beyond Pluto, in the extreme reaches of the Solar System.The object, known informally as L91, may be in the process of gradually shifting its way inward from the Oort cloud — a reservoir of comets and other icy bodies — into the nearby, equally icy Kuiper belt. No object has ever been seen doing this.
Scientists have discovered that Tasmanian devil milk contains an arsenal of antimicrobial compounds that can kill some of the most deadly bacterial and fungal infections known to science – including golden staph.
From Scottish vodka brewed from potatoes to British cassis stocked by Whole Foods, producers are putting a homegrown twist on international classics
- UK service sector activity smashes forecasts
- Canadians now owe $1.67 for every $1 disposable income as debt load hits fresh record
- Mortgage lending crashes 11% as housing market faces slowdown
- Universal Credit has a ‘considerable impact’ on arrears levels
- The next generation of consumers and the rise of the personal information economy
- B.C. offers interest-free loans up to $37,500 to 1st-time homebuyers
- Britons putting away money in anticipation of Brexit slowdown
- Ofcom announces new measures on persistent calls
- IFRS9 adopted into EU law
- ICO appoints new Deputy Commissioner
- Homebuyers will still have to pass tough tests to get a mortgage, Bank of England
- EBA sees high NPL levels and low profitability as the main risks for EU banks
- RBS worst hit in Bank of England stress test
- FCA sends warning letter to debt firms
- City regulator to crack down on crowdfunding
- FCA to review ‘close relationships’ in mortgage market
- FCA launches consultation on changes to its FSCS rules
- Stress testing the UK banking system: 2016 results
- 6 million Americans have stopped paying their car loans, and it’s becoming a ‘significant concern’
- Rise in Brits taking on debt, fuelled by credit card spending
- Zopa temporarily stops accepting money from retail lenders amid oversaturated market
- How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss
- Atom Bank launches mobile mortgages
- The invisible credit card of the future
- Lloyds Bank buys credit card company MBNA from Bank of America for £1.9bn
- Homebuyers will still have to pass tough tests to get a mortgage, Bank of England warns
- Bonfire of the bank branches as HSBC shuts 27 per cent.
- Reports finds that UK leads the way in alternative finance
- RBS hit as Williams & Glyn sale faces more obstacles
Utilites – Energy
- Co-op Energy to take on GB Energy customers
- Energy customers advised… don’t run up a big credit balance
- Energy firms held £4bn in overpayments
- Extra Energy tops worst complaints handling score for third quarter in a row
Utilities – Water
- Severn Trent raises offer for Dee Valley Water in bidding war
- England’s water industry is about to get competitive
- BT ordered to legally split from Openreach by Ofcom
- Nearly half a million young people struggling with mobile phone bills
- Coventry Building Society in technology overhaul, looks for new core banking system
- Pull a fast one: London bar installs world’s first tap-and-pay beer pump
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Look around: Chances are there is Halloween candy near you right now. If the candy is not in your home, your office, or your school, it’s in a bowl at the dry cleaner’s, the doctor’s office, or the tire shop.
A British robotic sub has photographed a vast tract of deep ocean floor some 560km southwest of Land’s End.
Canada’s debt, swelled by a decade-long housing boom to almost triple the size of its economy, is drawing increasing concern from an international banking community that says it threatens growth and financial stability.
Why it is important to learn from mistakes.
After its much heralded re-start last year, has the world’s biggest machine, the Large Hadron Collider, found a new particle?
Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.
Images from camera aboard Rosetta space probe reveal exact location on comet 67P of hibernating Philae lander, two years after its bumpy landing
Not what you would think….