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Sadness can affect our perception of colour

dimanche, septembre 6th, 2015

What colour do you see when you look at this image?

Researchers have suggested feeling sad can affect how the brain perceives colour.

The study, published in Psychological Science, examined the responses to colour of more than 200 university undergraduates after they had watched a sad or amusing video clip.

In the first test, 127 students were split into two groups – one watching a sad clip and the other a happy one – and then tested on their ability to identify colours.

It found that people who had watched the sad animated video did not accurately identify as many colours as the other group.

Read the rest of the article on the website of The Independent: click HERE.

Cats vs dogs

dimanche, août 16th, 2015

Cats vs dogs: Scientists confirm that felines are better… from an evolutionary perspective.

The cat family has historically been much better at surviving than the dog clan.

It’s the debate that has long divided animal lovers. Now scientists have confirmed that cats really are better than dogs – at least from an evolutionary perspective.

A groundbreaking study of 2,000 ancient fossils reveals that felids – the cat family – have historically been much better at surviving than the “canid” dog clan, and often at the latter’s expense.

The research finds that cats have played a significant role in making 40 dog species extinct, outcompeting them for scarce food supplies because they are generally more effective hunters. But researchers found no evidence that dogs have wiped out a single cat species.

Read the rest of the article and watch a video on The Independent: click HERE.

Washington DC museum filled with nearly one million plastic balls

vendredi, juillet 24th, 2015

The Beach installation by Snarkitecture

Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture has transformed the grand hall of the National Building Museum in Washington DC into a « beach » featuring a sea of translucent balls and a shoreline dotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Read the article on dezeen.com: click HERE.

Stanford researcher warns sixth mass extinction is here

jeudi, juin 25th, 2015
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Read an article on Care2: click HERE.

London’s First ‘Social Supermarket’ Turns Food Waste Into Job Training

dimanche, mai 31st, 2015

London’s First ‘Social Supermarket’ Turns Food Waste Into Job Training

Whether it is selling ugly produce to turning out-of-date food into electricty, we’ve seen plenty of ways that supermarkets can cut back on the mountains of food waste they throw out each year.

A new “social supermarket” in London is taking a different and entirely logical angle: turning food waste into affordable food. And job training and life skills too.

Community Shops are a social enterprise model that utilizes food that supermarkets can’t use—often because of short shelf-life or minor labeling errors—and sells them in a typical retail environment, but specifically on a membership-only basis to individuals who are on unemployment benefits or other forms of public assistance.

Read more: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/londons-first-social-supermarket-turns-food-waste-job-training.html#ixzz3bjho7hM2

Inside Abbey Road

mercredi, avril 22nd, 2015
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Inside Abbey Road is an interactive experience that lets fans around the world explore the legendary studios, hear its stories and play with some of its famous equipment right from their computer, tablet or phone.

Inside Abbey Road is a new site created by Google and Abbey Road Studios, which lets people explore every nook and cranny of the three main studios and one mastering suite for the first time. Throughout the site, there are more than 150 different 360-degree panoramic images for visitors to explore. As they walk through the studios, they’ll see YouTube videos and archival images from Abbey Road’s history- right where it originally happened. From footage of Elgar and the London Symphony Orchestra opening the studios in 1931 to Jay Z discussing his Magna Carta album with Zane Lowe. Users can even play with pioneering equipment in specially designed interactive gadgets, such as the J37 4-track recorder that was used to record The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

For your chance to step Inside Abbey Road, click HERE.

The CEO is highlighting an important point about money and happiness

lundi, avril 20th, 2015

dan price

Dan Price, CEO of Gravity payments, announced this week that he’s raising the minimum salary at his 120-person company to $70,000 a year, the New York Times reports.

To do this, he’s cutting his own nearly $1 million annual pay to $70,000, as well.

For contrast, federal minimum wage in the US is $7.25 an hour, which comes out to about $15,000 a year for someone working a typical 40-hour week. Seattle, where Gravity Payments is based, started phasing in a minimum wage of $15 an hour in early April.

Price is being widely lauded for his decision not only because it’s a feel-good story that makes him seem like an awesome guy and desirable boss, but also because most CEOs cling tightly to their pay — which has risen steadily over the years. By some estimates, CEOs in the US make 354 times as much as their average employees.

Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/dan-price-money-and-happiness-2015-4?r=US#ixzz3XpGNsHw2

Victory! How Student Protests Led To The Removal Of Cecil Rhodes’ Statue

lundi, avril 20th, 2015

Victory! How Student Protests Led To The Removal Of Cecil Rhodes’ Statue

Students at the University of Cape Town, South Africa protested the presence of a statue of Cecil Rhodes last month by throwing human excrement over it and sent shockwaves across the nation, mobilizing racial dialog.

Now those same students are celebrating the removal of the statue of this British colonialist.

Onlookers applauded on April 9 as the bronze statue was removed from South Africa’s oldest university after a month of student demonstrations against this symbol of white oppression. Some students jumped on the statue, hitting it with sticks and covering its face with plastic.

“It marks a significant shift …..where the country deals with its ugly past in a positive and constructive way,” said Sandile Memela, government spokesman for the arts and culture ministry.

The monument had been in place since 1934, to honor the fact that Cecil John Rhodes had donated the land for the university.

Who Was Rhodes?

Cecil John Rhodes was born in 1853, the son of a clergyman, in the small English town of Bishop’s Stortford. He became sick shortly after leaving high school, and so his father decided he should visit his brother in South Africa, both for his health and because the business opportunities were better there than in England. From this unremarkable beginning, Rhodes founded the De Beers diamond empire, became one of the world”s wealthiest men and rose to be premier of Cape Colony in 1890.

Rhodes believed firmly that the white British were superior to all other races in the world; true to this belief, he began the policy of enforced racial segregation in South Africa, later known as apartheid. His belief in the racial superiority of the British allowed him to treat his employees unscrupulously, cheating them out of land and wages.

The mining magnate died in 1902, aged 49, and was buried in the country that bore his name, Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

So yes, this statue had to go.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-how-student-protests-led-to-the-removal-of-cecil-rhodes-statue.html#ixzz3XpDehkWb

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

vendredi, avril 17th, 2015
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April Fools’ Day 2015 roundup: The best – and worst – pranks and hoaxes from throughout the day

mercredi, avril 1st, 2015

Google turns Maps into Pac-Man games.

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Amazon redesigns its site to how it looked in 1999.

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Samsung releases the Galaxy BLADE edge, the world’s first ‘smartknife.’

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Google Chrome lets users comment on news stories with selfies.

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Click HERE to read the rest of the article on Mashable.