A team of UK scientists have cleverly used sound waves to levitate tiny objects, the breakthrough, published in Nature Communications, could lead to applications as out-there as Star Trek style tractor beams :: Read the full article »»»»
Ever done anything a little woeful, something you’d rather wasn’t plastered all-over your social media, ooops. Facebook’s new search feature, called Search FYI, is either really helpful or really creepy, depending on how you look at it :: Read the full article »»»»
According to a new report by the World Health Organisation, Bacon is BAD! More accurately, the study says that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colon cancer and red meat is also a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation experts say, in a potentially heavy blow for the global meat industry.
The analysis of 800 studies from around the world by the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC – found “sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer”.
“Each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” it said in a statement.
The category includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked, hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.
The finding supports “recommendations to limit intake of meat” particularly in processed forms, the IARC said :: Read the full article »»»»
The Performance Of Services Index by the Australian Industry Group stood at 52.3 last month. This was above the critical 50-point level, separating expansion from contraction.
However, the index eased by 3.4 points for the month, meaning that while the pace of growth slowed in September, the industry remained in expansion overall. The last time the index recorded a four-month stretch of growth was in March 2008.
At the same time, a leading private sector measure of inflation saw consumer prices gain momentum last month, sending the annual rate of inflation to its highest level in 12 months. The TD Securities Melbourne Institute Inflation Gauge rose by 0.3 percent in September, after a 0.1 percent rise in August.
In the 12 months to September, the Inflation Gauge increased by 1.9 percent, the highest annual rate since November 2014. However, that was still below the Reserve Bank’s target range for inflation of 2 to 3 percent.
Within the month, there was a 6.3 percent jump in tobacco prices because of an excise increase, a 4.5 percent rise in the cost of holiday travel and accommodation, and a 1.2 percent increase in fruit and vegetable prices. By contrast, petrol prices fell 5 percent, the cost of newspapers, books and stationery slipped 4.2 percent and clothing prices edged 0.7 percent lower.
Sector by sector, side-by-side the indices remain relatively flat, Services dropped 3.4 points to 52.3, Construction eased 1.9 points to 51.9 while Manufacturing inched forward, gaining 0.4 points to settle on 52.1 points :: Read the full article »»»»
25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.
According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.
Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.
However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.
The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.
The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»
Apple has us all – consumers – in its pocket, well, we have Apple in all our pockets …you got what I mean!? Now apparently the consumer behemoth aims to have us in it on the road. The company is set to release its first car in 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi.
Apple is referring to the idea as a “committed project” internally, the WSJ report says. According to sources the company plans on tripling the number of folk working on the project.
The initiative, being called Project Titan, so far consists of 600 people.
Although many reports have suggested that Apple is working on a self-driving car, the company’s first vehicle is more likely to not be fully autonomous Wakabayashi wrote, citing sources familiar with the project.
A quick trawl through LinkdIn also dragged a surprise, Apple has headed hunted a senior Tesla exec :: Read the full article »»»»