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July 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Good colleagues ‘beat high pay’: “Getting on with colleagues is more important to workers than a big salary, a new study has revealed. A detailed study of work attitudes found that many factors outweigh the pay cheque, such as relationships with colleagues, self-worth, and the nature of the job itself. Eight in ten of the 2,000 people polled said they would turn down a big salary increase if it meant working with people or in an environment they didn’t like. The results showed people are the most important factor in work happiness, along with enjoying the role and getting on with the boss. And a manageable commute was also deemed more important than good pay, according to the study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Chief Executive Mark Farrar said: ‘The results show that, when it comes to working happiness, money is far from the driving factor for most of us.'”

Britney Spears’ music used by British navy to scare off Somali pirates: “In an excellent case of “here’s a sentence you won’t read every day”, Britney Spears has emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates. According to reports, Britney’s hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are being employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is quite as intimidating as the sound of Ms Spears singing “Ooh baby baby!” Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens explained the tactics to Metro: “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.”

Iron Age coins found in a cave. 26 gold and silver pieces that have laid untouched for more than 2,000 years: “A precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins has been discovered in a cave where they have lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years. The treasure trove was initially unearthed by a member of the public, who stumbled across four coins in the cavern in Dovedale in the Peak District, sparking a full-scale excavation of the site. Experts say the find is highly unusual as it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been buried together. And the setting itself adds to the mystery surrounding the discovery, as while Roman coins have often been found in fields, this is understood to be the first time they have been unearthed in a cave. Archaeologists discovered 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces”

The benefits of beer: “Research suggests it can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, aid weight loss and even balance hormones – and now it’s attracting more and more health-conscious men and women. ‘If you analysed beer you would be amazed at how many super-nutrients there are in it,’ says Dr Stephan Domenig, medical director of The Original F.X. Mayr Health Centre in Austria. ‘Beer contains all of the essential – and many of the non-essential – amino acids.’ As well as these protein-building blocks and minerals including phosphorus, iodine, magnesium and potassium, beer is rich in calcium so could benefit your bones. A study by Tufts University in the United States in 2009 found that moderate beer consumption can protect bone mineral density. For years Guinness was even prescribed to pregnant women due to its high Vitamin B content. ‘It’s now recommended that pregnant women avoid alcohol but other people could benefit,’ says nutritionist Vicki Edgson.

Snails can see colour – They particularly like red: “A sixth form student has won a prestigious award for her scientific breakthrough which proved snails can see in colour. Her study involved placing snails in ‘choice chambers’ into which coloured lights were shone and their movements were recorded. Just over 50 per cent moved towards red – suggesting snails do respond to colour. Her research has challenged the traditional assumption that snails’ eyes are too primitive to differentiate between colours. Carly’s 2,000-word study – titled ‘Can the common garden snail see in colour?’ – was praised by the judges as thoroughly researched and well argued.”

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