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CTDL 126: Bunch of Random Links (from the BBC)

Today I give you a pile of interesting links you could’ve found on your own if you just subscribed to the BBC feeds.
First off we’ve got some strange composite images of people who are more likely to be ready to commit, or at least look that way to somebody.

People’s attitudes to relationships could be given away by just the look of their face, it has been claimed – with men and women often after the opposite.

[From BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | North East/N Isles | Face values applied to love game]

Interesting pseudo Nobel Prize for technology.

The creator of DNA fingerprinting heads the shortlist for the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize.

[From BBC NEWS | Technology | Innovators shortlisted for award]

Hmmm. What did I do when I was 29? Go to space? nope… how about you?

The Soyuz rocket carrying South Korea’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, has launched successfully on its voyage to the International Space Station (ISS).
Ms Yi and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space centre at 1116 GMT.
The 29-year-old bio-engineer will spend about 10 days in space and conduct a series of scientific tests.

[From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | First S Korean astronaut launches]

Brilliant story, guy lost sight in one eye during the Blitz, and when he started to lose sight in the other eye they looked into fixing the one that hadn’t been getting too much use for the last 60+ years.

[From BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Blitz survivor has sight restored]

Stem Cells from Skin Cells.

Scientists have taken skin cells from patients with eight different diseases and turned them into stem cells.
The advance means scientists are moving closer to using stem cells from the patient themselves to treat disease.
This would mean they could circumvent the ethical and practical problems of using embryonic stem cells, which has sparked much opposition.

[From BBC NEWS | Health | Stem cells made to mimic disease]

I know my kids aren’t normal, but as none of them sleep (much to my chagrin) and all of them have watched varying levels of TV as little ones, and none of them are anything but uber-scrawny.

Lack of sleep and regular TV viewing increases the risk of babies and toddlers becoming overweight, a US study says.

[From BBC NEWS | Health | Baby sleep 'link' to weight risk]

Usually BBC reporting is good, but this article is so far off the headline (and that doesn’t even make sense based on what’s in the article). That said, metabolism of finches is interesting.

Growth spurts in early childhood could cause obesity, according to researchers at the University of Glasgow.
They reveal that added growth in early life can cause a metabolic rate in adults 20% faster than if the individual had grown more steadily.

[From BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Growth spurts may cause obesity]

Another shoddy sensational headline, but interesting article. Exercise helps mental health is pretty well known, but this time it’s tied as “cleaning” is the exercise.

Working up a sweat while performing household chores may not just improve the cleanliness of your home, but your mental health too, a survey suggests.
Just 20 minutes of sustained exercise a week – from cleaning to jogging – can impact upon depression, the British Journal of Sports Medicine study found.

[From BBC NEWS | Health | Cleaning 'improves mental health']

Technology: I’m very curious about how the cosmic rays are actually going to effect computer chips… seems… suspicious.

Computer processor manufacturer Intel have revealed details of a patent for protecting future generations of computers from the growing threat of cosmic rays.
The company has designed an on-chip cosmic ray detector to try to cope with the particles, which originate in space before sporadically entering the Earth’s atmosphere and going through everything they encounter.

[From BBC NEWS | Technology | Intel plans to tackle cosmic ray threat]

Funding for Science… and how it’s a bit lacking in the future.

The young man at the back of the room got a big clap. “I’m a PhD student in solar physics. Why, in the current climate, should I and other students take the risk of continuing to do research in this area?” he’d asked the panel.
Nicholas Owen, from the solar theory group at St Andrews University, summed up the mood last week of astronomers gathered in Belfast for the annual meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Some, especially the younger ones, were resigned to having to get out of astronomy altogether.
Astronomy and fundamental physics in the UK are in the midst of their worst funding crisis for decades.

[From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Black hole in funding say scientists]

Interesting bit on how journalism is being changed by the interwebs.

They also seem to have realised that anyone who wants to break into professional journalism needs to have some sort of online presence beyond a Facebook profile, as it’s the first thing an editor will look for when they apply for a job, so there are a few new blogs and online publications out there that might not otherwise have appeared.
While City, like every other British journalism department, has realised that you have to teach people how to build websites, write copy that works online and use network resources for your research, I get to do the interesting bit about how the internet is changing the world in which journalists operate.
So we talk about citizen journalism, the way readers have become the “former audience”, how the commercial model which made newspapers possible is being challenged by Google and Craigslist, and the need for any professional journalist to have multimedia skills.

[From BBC NEWS | Technology | Net gains and pains for journalism]

Depression linked to Alzheimer’s.

People who have had depression may be more prone to Alzheimer’s disease, two studies suggest.

[From BBC NEWS | Health | Depression linked to Alzheimer's]

Still waiting on this video to work for me.

‘Breakthrough’ at Stonehenge dig

[From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Breakthrough' at Stonehenge dig]


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