# Thursday, August 27, 2009

Many strange things have done in the name of science, this however is one of the strangest I have come across recently. A group of scientists have been looking into what would happen if zombies were to attack. They carried out a mathematical exercise and found that only frequent counter attacks would eliminate the creatures. The researchers choose to model the attack based upon classic slow moving zombies. They found that a strategy of capturing or curing the zombies would only prolong the inevitable and that peoples only hope of survival would be to deal with the zombies quickly and hit them hard and often. I’m glad this issue has been resolved, its reassuring to know that if zombies were to attack we are in fact doomed.

posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:24:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 26, 2009

article-1206893-0613B437000005DC-846_634x432 This rare albino swallow was spotted in by Steve Copsey in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire. Apparently there is a one in 18,000 chance of a bird being albino making this little guy very rare.

posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:54:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have been aware for some time that Christmas displays in shops are getting ludicrously early. This article, however, suggests that some stores are starting to sell their Christmas range now and are even considering offering Christmas items all year around. Debenhams, for example will start stocking Christmas products before the end of the month. The move comes partly to try and take advantage of the summer tourist trade but also because it is thought people are more likely to want to stagger their Christmas purchases because of the recession.

posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:47:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 25, 2009

According to this article beer can have some health benefits when it is consumed in moderation. The article suggests that moderate amounts of beer can help strengthen women's bones. A study carried out on 1,700 women found that bone density was better in regular beer drinkers then in non drinkers. It is thought that plant hormones in the beer could the reason behind the effect. It appears beer is good for you, drink too much, however, and it can also have the opposite effect.

posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:14:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 24, 2009

Tesco are now offering double the amount of loyalty card points in a bid to tempt more customers. According to the article sales growth at Tesco has been outpaced by its main rivals in the past year prompting the supermarket to look at new ways of retaining customers. All Clubcard holders will now receive double the amount of rewards every time they shop meaning you will now get two point for every pound you spend in store or online. I do have a Tesco Clubcard but personally I find I currently receive very little rewards and that I frequently forget to use the vouchers I receive. I wonder why Tesco don’t go the same way as Sainsbury’s and simply allow you to take the money off your shopping bill at the checkout. I find this works a lot better and means that I can save my points up for an expensive event such as Christmas to buy a few luxury items that we wouldn’t usually be able to afford.

posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 9:17:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 23, 2009

A re-colonisation programme hopes to reintroduce sea eagles to Scotland. Under the scheme a group of 14 chicks from Norway were reared in custom built aviaries in Fife . They have now released at the Tay estuary. The project which is now in its third year has already been successful in the west of Scotland and there are now thought to be around 200 sea eagles in the region. Last year 44 pairs of breeding birds produced 28 chicks so it looks like a good sign for the species.

posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 12:15:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 22, 2009

A study carried out on Twitter has found that 40% of tweets can be classified as pointless babble. The short term study was carried out by the US market research firm Pear Analytics with the intention of producing a snapshot of what people do with the service. They looked at 2,000 messages in total and put them into one of six categories: news, spam, self-promotion, pointless babble, conversational and those with pass along value. It found that 40.5% of tweets were pointless babble, 37.5% conversational, 8.7% had pass along value, 5.85% were self promotion and 3.75% were spam. Pear analytics intend to repeat the study every quarter to track the trends in usage. What do you think, is Twitter simply pointless babble?

posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:16:05 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 21, 2009

If this article is to be believed eating junk food does not only cause you to gain weight, it can also make you less intelligent. Research was carried out at Oxford University on a group of rats. The rats were fed a high fat diet over ten days. It was found that the rodents short term memory was damaged and that they were less mentally alert. The high fat diet also decreased the rats ability to exercise in turn making them more likely to gain weight.

posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 9:37:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I feed the birds everyday but have never considered that the bees also might need some food. According to this article gardeners are being urged to leave out energy drinks for tired bees to try and help the declining bee population. The RSPB has been inundated with calls reporting bees lying on the ground unable to fly. They recommend leaving out an egg cup filled with two tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of water so that tired bees can boost their energy levels.

posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 9:23:03 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back in November 2007 my bank account was compromised causing me all sorts of problems and meaning I had to cancel all my cards and have new ones issued. On that occasion I was alerted when I noticed some Paypal transactions which didn’t appear on my Paypal account but which had been debited from bank account. These were eventually refunded and once my news cards were issued everything was back to normal, until now.

I now find myself in the same situation, although the circumstances are slightly different. This time I was alerted to suspect transactions by a message left on my mobile phone by my bank and the fact that my card had been declined when I tried to use it. Being wary of the phone message I contacted my bank directly to find that they were investigating a case of fraudulent transactions made on my card and as part of this they had suspended my debit card. It appears someone used my card to make several small transactions, followed by a larger transaction to top up a mobile phone. Once again it appears the only solution is for the bank to issue new cards which will take up to seven days to arrive. In the meantime I am left wondering how this happened again. I was over cautious before when using my card online but since the last case of fraud have become somewhat paranoid. I can only assume that a website I use regularly has been compromised and is unaware that they have a security issue. I am now contemplating getting a pre-paid card for ordering online rather than risk compromising my bank account.

posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:44:56 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback