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November 11, 2015 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Sony FINALLY kills off Betamax: “Sony has placed the final nail in the Betamax coffin four decades after it launched the format. The electronics giant said it would no longer produce the cassettes in Japan, which is the last country where they are available. The decision is the final chapter in the ‘format wars’ between Betamax and VHS which took place in the 1970s and 80s until DVDs arrived. Even though Betamax was regarded as superior, VHS won because it was cheaper and the tapes lasted three hours instead of one. Sony launched Betamax in 1975, a year after the Video Home System – its rival by electronics company JVC. The Betamax LV-1901 cost $2,495 or about $8,300 in today’s money (£5,500) and came inside a wooden console with a 19-inch colour TV. Eventually, Sony emitted defeat and in 1988 produced its first VHS video cassette recorder. Sony has not produced a Betamax recorder since 2002 but the cassettes were still being manufactured.”

Black female postal worker fired after THROWING $199 package of delicate electronics: “A USPS delivery worker has been sacked after she hurled an electronics delivery all the way from a customer’s driveway to his front door. The unnamed delivery woman pulled up outside Hassan Hamze’s house in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday and launched the package with both arms to save herself the walk to his door. A motion-activated camera on Mr Hamze’s doorstep captured the cavalier treatment of his package, a high-tech lock for his front door worth $199. The fragile cargo lands with a thud on the doorstep, and the driver then pulls away. USPS apologized to Mr Hamze after it was shown the video – and has since pulled the worker off of deliveries and is in the process of firing her.”

TWO MILLION copper coins weighing a whopping 10 tonnes found inside 2,000-year-old tomb: “Archaeologists have unearthed more than two million copper coins from an ancient complex of tombs in the Xinjian District of China. The 2,000-year-old money, which bears Chinese symbols, characters, and a square hole in the centre, was found at a dig site in the city of Nanchang. The value of the coins is said to be around £104,000 ($157,340) and experts believe the main tomb is that of Liu He – the grandson of Emperor Wu, the greatest ruler of Han Dynasty. e dynasty ruled between 206 BC and 25 AD. Experts hope the discovery – which also includes 10,000 other gold, bronze and iron items, chimes, bamboo slips, and tomb figurines – may now shed more light on the life of nobility from ancient times.” The find follows a five-year excavation process on the site which houses eight tombs and a chariot burial site.”

Chinese buying up Australian baby formula: “A father who runs a courier business is refusing to send tins of baby formula overseas to stop people from selling the in-demand milk powder for an inflated price to Chinese parents as the shortage in Australia continues to make headlines. Mr Merchant said he had become increasingly frustrated as he had spent two months searching for a tin of A2 Platinum to feed his daughter and could not find any because of the national shortage. But others have not taken the moral high ground like Mr Merchant as the Herald discovered a number of couriers willing to offer the specialised service in the Melbourne suburbs of Box Hill and Springvale. The ongoing depletion of baby formula supplies has left Australian parents furious”

Why your cat is always grooming: “Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology calculated the true surface area of animals and insects based on how hairy they are. Hair traps dirt, dust, and pollen, and animals with more hair have a larger surface area. Animals and insects use energy efficient techniques to keep clean, like eyelashes, which minimize contact between the eyes, and harmful particles. Researchers think that the grooming tactics of animals may hold the key to cleaning sensitive machinery, like autonomous rovers and drones. ‘Animals likely evolved with hair in order to stay warm. But it also brings a burden,’ says Georgia Tech associate professor David Hu. ‘More hair means more surface area that can trap dirt, dust, and pollen.'”

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