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April 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

ECHOES tell us how far away something is: “How we work out the distance of something we can hear but not see has been somewhat of a mystery – until now. Scientists say we know how far away the source of a sound is by listening to the echoes it produces. In a study they found that the reverberations of sound help us locate the distance of, for example, a car passing round a bend or a person nearby. They said that echoes and fluctuations in volume are the cues we use to figure out the distance between us and the source of a noise. The farther away the source of a sound is from a listener, meanwhile, the more echoes there are, and the more limited the changes in volume become. The results suggest that, as a sound gets further away, our brains are able to work out the differences in its maximum and minimum volume – and thus its distance. ‘Reverberation is usually considered a bad thing,’ detrimental to hearing clearly, said Dr Shigeyuki Kuwada, co-author on the University of Connecticut study. ‘But it is necessary and beneficial in order to recognise distance.'”

Singing priest: “A Spanish priest has stunned viewers and judges on a talent show with his remarkable rendition of Angels. Father Damian Maria Montes, 29, from Madrid, was appearing on the Spanish version of The Voice when he belted out the Robbie Williams 1997 ballad while donning his priest’s collar. As he launched himself into the chorus, the audience whooped with delight as the judges sat wide-eyed in amazement. After finishing his stunning performance, the Redemptorist Missionary claimed he had been singing since he was 16 years old and had always wanted to be a musical artist. But he claimed he turned to the church first as he wanted to ‘make sense of life’. Now the singing priest has been compared to Italian nun Sister Christina who shot to fame after appearing in the Italian version of The Voice performing an Alicia Keys song. Footage of the nun belting out hit single No One in full habit racked up 30 million hits on YouTube in just seven days.”

Queen distributes traditional Maundy Money: “The Queen was all smiles as she arrived at Sheffield Cathedral for the traditional ceremony. Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty was there to present ‘alms’ to 89 women and 89 men, among them D-Day veteran, Denis Gratton. The Queen, who had arrived on the Royal Train, was driven to the cathedral where she got a warm welcome from the flag-waving crowd and was presented with a nosegay of spring flowers. The Royal Maundy Service is one of the UK’s oldest royal customs and sees the monarch distribute alms in the shape of two purses of specially minted coins. This year, the Red Purse contains a £5 coin, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill and a 50p coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Historically, this sum of £5.50 in the Red Purse is made up of £3 for clothing, £1.50 in lieu of provisions and £1 for the redemption of the Sovereign’s gown. The White Purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money. The Queen was accompanied by the Yeoman of the Guard who carried in the purses

Tough cat: “A ginger tabby cat sneaked inside a shipping container in Egypt before embarking on a mammoth 3,000 mile trip to Herefordshire – without food and water. The kitten, who has since been named Sinbad, was discovered by puzzled staff at Mediterranean Linens in Moreton-on-Lugg, Hereford. They heard meows coming from inside the container, which was carrying laundry linen. The RSPCA was called out to investigate and there they found the exhausted and ravenous eight-month-old kitten, who had made a bed for himself in one of the boxes. Laura Quinn, from the RSPCA, described the case as ‘unique’ and said it was incredible Sinbad had survived the 17-day journey. She told MailOnline: ‘When we found him, he was really hungry, thirsty and tired but he also looked really friendly and was quite vocal. He has now gone into quarantine in Bristol for four months. He will then go to an RSPCA centre for checks and it is hoped he will then be re-homed.”

You CAN eat fast food after exercise: Burgers and chips are just as good as supplements for workout recovery: “Eating fast food after a workout may be just as beneficial as dietary supplements, a study has claimed. Researchers found that during recovery periods between periods of exercise, it didn’t matter what food was eaten. Performance remained the same after resting for several hours, while levels of glycogen – used by muscles as ‘fuel’ – were actually slightly higher after fast food was eaten as a recovery food. In the study, 11 male athletes were asked to fast for 12 hours, before a 90-minute endurance workout. After this, half were fed hot cakes, hash browns and orange juice, followed by a burger, fries and a Coke two hours later. The other group were given Gatorade, organic peanut butter and Cliff Shot Bloks, followed two hours later by Cytomax powder and PowerBar products. Two hours after the second meal, all participants were then ask to ride 12 miles (20km) on a stationary bike a fast as they good. The results showed that, when performing the second exercise task, the times were about the same no matter which meal group the participants were in.”

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