22 December 2014
“Does exposure to cold weather really make you more likely to catch a cold?
No, it doesn’t. In fact, as a new YouTube video entitled Cold Weather Myths explains, research suggests just the opposite: frigid temps lower the risk of catching cold by stimulating the body’s production of infection-fighting immune cells known as granulocytes.”
19 December 2014
“The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era.
A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on an artificial pitch, criss-crossed with colourful markings and illuminated in high definition by the glare of bright white floodlights. It all seems normal enough – except for the fact that this familiar playground scene is taking place beneath a gigantic inflatable dome.”
18 December 2014
“1.7 cents for your thoughts.
That’s how much it costs to make a penny these days, according to a new report to Congress by the US Mint.
It’s a big improvement from 2011, when it cost 2.4 cents, but still a money-losing proposition.”
17 December 2014
“According to new report by Allied Market Research titled “Global ATM Market - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013-2020“, the global ATM market would reach $21.9 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period 2014-2020. The integration of wireless communicating devices (smart phones) with ATM machines reduces ATM frauds that arise due to card skimming, a factor that prominently drives the adoption of Smart ATMs which is consequentially spurring the global ATM market. The North American region accounted for ~68,000 million of ATM transactions in 2013, which clearly shows the widespread adoption of ATM services in the developed regions. Unlike developed countries, the ATM market in Asia Pacific is in its developing phase. China, for instance, has tripled its ATM installations from 130,000 in 2007 to 339,000 in 2011.”
16 December 2014
“Asian carp were never supposed to live in North American waterways. Like many other invasive species, they were introduced by humans in an attempt to address another problem, namely to remove algae from catfish farms and wastewater treatment ponds in the 1970s. But sometime in the next two decades, the fish escaped their enclosures — most likely due to several large floods in the ’90s — and began to spread.
Over the past 15 years, populations have exploded, as the carp outcompete native fish populations and quickly reproduce through the tributaries of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers while moving north to the Great Lakes. And they’ve become a huge problem.”