Not a place for the nervous

December 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Chinese bank robber is arrested because his cash bag was too heavy for him to carry: “A man has been shot in the leg and arrested because he was unable to load £185,000 of stolen cash onto his motorbike during a bank robbery getaway. CCTV footage shows the man in Huludao, China, trying to load the bag of cash weighing 180lb onto the back of his motorbike after holding up a security guard at gunpoint. However, he visibly struggles to carry and lift the bag – which contained 1.77million Chinese Yuan – around £175,000. He is then he was surrounded by police, shot in the leg and arrested. He later told police: ‘I hate myself for doing that. How could I do such a thing? ‘I will treat my parents and my wife kindly if one day I’m let out of prison.’

End of the flat tire? Goodyear develops self-inflating wheels that constantly maintain the perfect air pressure: “Inflating your tyres too much can cause them to tear, while not having enough pressure can lead to punctures and damage to the suspension. With this in mind, Goodyear has created tyres that monitor pressure, and automatically inflate using just a regulator and a tube. If the regulator senses the pressure dropping it opens a valve to let air in, and this pumps up the tyre to the correct pounds per square inch (PSI). All the components of the AMT system, including the pump, are contained within the tyre. Correctly inflated tyres can save fuel as well as lead to carbon dioxide reductions, while increasing the life of the tyre. Ohio-based Goodyear began developing the Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) in 2011 and will now start testing the tyres on trucking fleets in the US and Canada over the next 18 months.”

Southpaws are poorer: “It does not seem to have held back Sir Paul McCartney, David Cameron or Barack Obama – but research suggests people who are left-handed are likely to earn 12 per cent less over their lifetime. A study of 47,000 people in the UK and US indicates that left-handers are at a significant disadvantage in the workplace and earn 12% less over the course of a lifetime. One in eight people favour their left hand over their right. Professor Joshua Goodman, an economist at Harvard, Massachusetts, in fact suggests that those who write with their left hand live with many disadvantages. Writing in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, he wrote: ‘Lefties exhibit economically and statistically significant human capital deficits relative to righties. ‘Left-handed individuals show consistently lower cognitive skills and higher rates of mental and behavioural disabilities. ‘This paper is the first to demonstrate that lefties also have consistently lower labour market earnings than right-handed individuals.’ Professor Goodman suggests that what he sees as a clear cognitive deficit is down to the wiring of the brain.”

World’s largest truffle: “The world’s largest white truffle was discovered in Italy this week, and truffle-lovers are offering to spend $1 million on the rare ingredient. Sabatino Truffles, one of the largest truffle suppliers in the world, unearthed the 4.16-pound truffle this week and has received high offers from buyers in China and Dubai, according to a news release. The Balestra family of Sabatino Truffles will auction the truffle off next week in New York City and the proceeds will go to a charity of their choice. Hunters use trained dogs and pigs to sniff out the rare truffles during the months of October, November, and December, according to NBC. Truffles are the most expensive food in the world with just one pound of a European white truffle selling for thousands of dollars and a few shavings of a black truffle selling for hundreds of dollars, CBS news reports.”

Alcoholism IS genetic: Scientists identify key DNA which makes some people more vulnerable to the addiction: “Whether you will fall victim to alcoholism really is determined by your genes, scientists warn. It has long been suspected that the addiction runs in families but new research has now identified the DNA network that makes certain people more vulnerable to alcohol than others. Comparing the brain tissue of alcoholics with that of non-alcoholics, a team of scientists from Texas University have discovered a specific set of genes responsible for the dependency, they claim. The key set of DNA was only found in those suffering alcoholism. Dr Adron Harris, of Texas University, said: ‘This provides the most comprehensive picture to date of the gene sets that drive alcohol dependence. ‘We now have a much clearer picture of where specific traits related to alcohol dependence overlap with specific expressions in genetic code.'”

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