# Monday, March 07, 2011

_51376091_brown_grey_tawniesThat’s according to this article which suggests the owls are evolving to deal with increasing temperatures. Feather colour in owls is hereditary with grey plumage being more common than brown. Scientists in Finland have studied the owl and found that as the winters become milder the grey owls are more likely to disappear. It seems when the winter weather is more severe there is a greater mortality rate in the brown owl population possibly because they are more visible to predators when there is thick snow cover. The brown owls although they have  other disadvantages such as a weaker immune system have greatly increased as the winters have become warmer whilst the grey owls have declined. If the decline continues and the grey owl becomes removed from the gene pool then eventually only the one colour variation could remain.

posted on Monday, March 07, 2011 9:05:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 06, 2011

This is interesting, its a shop window that allows customer to purchase items by pointing at them. The interactive window registers the movements of a persons hand and transmits them to a screen in the shop window. You can then complete the purchase by placing a mobile phone against the glass. It’s an interesting idea and I can see how it might be useful to gain more passing trade at times when the shop is closed.

posted on Sunday, March 06, 2011 4:38:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 05, 2011

This is interesting its a car that can be driven by thinking. It requires the driver to wear a headset which is linked to the car’s electronics via wireless technology. All the driver has to do is think that they want to go left or right and the car will respond. It has been developed by a team of German scientists who are currently testing a prototype to see if it could be used for everyday driving. The technology called BrainDriver uses video cameras, radars and laser sensors to build up a 3D picture of its surroundings. The driver wears a cap with 16 sensors which pick up the brain’s electromagnetic signals. These signals are then interpreted by a computer which can understand what the specific patterns mean.

posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 1:52:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 04, 2011

I was alerted to this scam when my mother received a phone call. The call was from what sounded like an Indian call centre and was someone claiming they worked for Microsoft. They told my mother that they were calling because they were aware she was having problems with her computer and that she had downloaded some malicious software. They wanted her to start up her computer so that they could look at it remotely. Luckily my mother was suspicious and told the caller she didn’t have time to deal with it. She then called me and to find out if it was genuine. Naturally my first point of call was to ask the mighty Google whether it was known scam and I quickly came across several articles relating to it including this one.

It seems the scam is to take control of a persons machine and install various software under the guise of removing some malicious software from the computer. They then take your credit card details and charge you for the remote support. I was surprised that this was the first time I have come across scam particularly as it appears to have targeted so many people. It seems many people are fooled by it because the caller often has details such as their address and sometimes even their account number from their broadband provider. There are also suspicions that this information is often being passed on from employees of some of these organisations. Its a scam that I don’t think would fool those such as myself that are fairly well informed but I would imagine people who don’t work in the IT industry could easily be caught out.

posted on Friday, March 04, 2011 10:16:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Cornish pasty has recently been granted protected status from the European commission meaning that only pasties made in Cornwall can be labelled as Cornish pasties. Under the ruling only pasties prepared in Cornwall following the traditional recipe can be described as Cornish although they can still be made in Cornwall and baked elsewhere. Other producers will still be able to make and sell pasties but will no longer be able to sell them as Cornish pasties. The move has been hailed as good news for the Cornish economy due to the jobs it will safeguard in the local area. If you are interested a typical Cornish pasty should have a distinctive D shape with a chunky filling made up of not less than 12.5% of uncooked mince of chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and seasoning.

posted on Thursday, March 03, 2011 11:15:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 02, 2011

According to this article Smokey the cat (pictured) has a purr so loud that it has been measured at 92 decibels. That’s about four times louder than the average cat and is loud enough to drown out the sound of the TV or a conversation. She is quite cute but I can see how it might start to become a little bit annoying. Our cats do purr quite loudly but we do also have a problem with one of them making a constant howling noise when she is ignored. The only solution is to put her on your lap and she is immediately silent.

posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 11:16:52 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 01, 2011

article-0-07517766000005DC-854_233x423If this article is to be believed it seems breeding programmes to reintroduce red kites to parts of the UK have met with some success. There are now though to be around 1,800 pairs of red kites in the UK which is encouraging news, particularly as they were almost hunted to extinction in Victorian times. There was thought to be just a handful of breeding pairs remaining by the 1960s, however, a programme to reintroduce the birds was started 20 years ago. This along with the fact that there is more food for the birds due to many local councils collecting rubbish less often appears to have helped their numbers. The birds are mainly scavengers, eating small animals and discarded food so are greatly helped by areas with overflowing wheelie bins and black bin sacks which are easy for them to break into.

posted on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:05:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 28, 2011

SuperChilli_1829008cAccording to this article the world’s hottest chilli has been grown in Grantham in Lincolnshire. The chilli measures 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale, the official measure of spicy heat beating the previous winner the Bhut Jolokia from India. The new variety of chilli was grown by accident and is the result of an accidental crossbreed from other varieties in the greenhouse. It is so hot that it comes with a health warning.

posted on Monday, February 28, 2011 12:01:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback