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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Where The Wild Things Are

After Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4 exploded on 26th April 1986, the surrounding area impacted by the radiation fallout (known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, or CEZ) was evacuated.

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When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact

Who remembers Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel ‘The Andromeda Strain’, about the outbreak of a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism that degrades plastic?  Or the first episode of Doomwatch, a BBC sci-fi series that aired in the 70s, which revolved around a plastic dissolving microbe and was aptly named ‘The Plastic Eaters’?

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Coffee drinking ‘reduces risk of liver disease and lowers cholesterol’

Apparently drinking high volumes of coffee… 

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The Stuff of Legends

According to two tech journalists from The Verge, in 2013 ‘the clouds [parted] … a light shined [sic] down from heaven’ and thus Slack appeared, a communication collaboration platform on a divine mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive.

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Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto (Thank you very much, Mr Robot)

In 1983, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in California hired two disco-blasting robotic waiters, much to the amusement of the locals. Tanbo R-1 and Tanbo R-2 didn’t last long though; despite being able to serve food and tell jokes, they were prone to drop things and got confused easily. Humans were rehired, natural order was restored.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

In the fourth World Happiness Report, released in March, the levels of happiness of people across the world have been rated by considering factors such as trust, healthy years of life expectancy and perceived freedom to make life choices.

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Stamping out sugar

With the Chancellor’s budget announcement of a ‘sugar tax’ on drinks, and a focus on diabetes during April’s #WorldHealthDay, sugar is well and truly under attack and a mission to reduce childhood (and adult) obesity has begun. And not a moment too soon.

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The Rolling Stones show

The Rolling Stones have launched their first ever exhibition of memorabilia in London, after 54 years performing together.

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