# Friday, 03 June 2011

article-0-0C51D9AD00000578-704_634x362According to this article this is the world’s largest solar powered yacht. Called the Tûranor PlanetSolar it is currently on a round the world voyage and hopes to be the first solar powered vessel to circumnavigate the globe. It began it’s voyage in Monaco in September 2010 and has so far stopped in Miami, Cancun and the Galapagos Islands. the yacht cost 12.5 million euros to build and is covered in more than 500 square metres of solar panels which power two electric motors. It can reach speeds of up to fourteen knots and holds up to 40 passengers.

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This is interesting it’s a type of bionic eye which could help people with blindness caused by retinal disease. The device which works as an artificial retina has recently been given the go ahead after it proved successful in trials. Scientists have said it marks a major step forward in bionic eye technology as it proves that electronic implants can be used to restore sight. As the device is not cheap, costing around £50,000 it is thought it will only be available to private patients, however, it is hoped it will later be available on the NHS. The device works by fitting an implant along with a radio receiver and electrode pad which stimulate cells in the retina. Patients can then use the camera to see light, motion and colour, as well as making out large objects and being able to read large letters on a screen.

posted on Friday, 03 June 2011 09:49:40 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 02 June 2011

This is interesting, it’s a mustard flavoured ice cream that has been created by Heston Blumenthal. Due to go on sale next month in Waitrose it will be the first savoury flavour to be available commercially. It contains sugar but instead of traditional sweet flavourings includes Pommery grain mustard making it both sweet and savoury at the same time. The ice cream is apparently best served to accompany main courses rather than as a dessert.  If you are interested in trying it, it will cost £2.79 for  a 300ml tub from Waitrose. Other flavours include Salted caramel Popcorn and Chocolate and Rosemary.

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According to this article Asda is to bring back imperial measurements for some products. They will start by putting a 1lb punnet of strawberries on sale. The punnets will carry the weight in both imperial and metric measurements. It will be the first time in 16 years they have sold the product in imperial measurements and will be a test to gauge whether there is a demand for the change ahead of a potential roll out across other products. If it is successful measurements in pounds and ounces are likely to be added across their other ranges of fruit and vegetables. Since a change in an EU law in 2007 imperial units can be used as a “supplementary indication” alongside the metric ones.

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# Wednesday, 01 June 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests visiting the pub five times a week is good for you as long as you drink in moderation. Research has shown that drinking two pints or the similar units of wine on a regular basis can actually be good for your liver. In fact drinking in moderation can actually be better for you than drinking only occasionally or not at all with only excessive alcohol intake causing damage. Frequent but moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the chances of a fatty liver, the main cause of liver disease by up to 60%. Based on this, I’m off to open a bottle of wine.

posted on Wednesday, 01 June 2011 10:52:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

untitled4,000 miles is a really long way, especially when you consider that’s how far this little bird can travel.  The bird is a great snipe, a surprising candidate for one of the hardiest flyers in the animal world. Recent studies which tracked some of the birds using electronic tags have found that they not only fly up to 4,000 miles in three days without stopping but that they also do this at speeds of around 60mph. Three birds were tagged, with the results showing one bird flew 3,834 miles in 3 days. Another managed 4,445 miles in 3 and a half days, while a third managed 2,871 miles in just 48 hours. The birds were so intent on getting to their destinations that they would also fly over stopover sites when they were available, preferring to carry on their journey. Although other birds have been know to fly for longer distances, so far none have been found to cover these sorts of distances so quickly.

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# Tuesday, 31 May 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests your car could soon be able to help you monitor your health. The seat can monitor the occupant’s heart function using six embedded sensors on the backrest. These detect electrical impulses generated by the heart without actually contacting the skin. Eventually the data could be sent to remote medical services and provide alerts of any issues such as an imminent heart attack. It could also lead the way for other health monitoring devices such as those that monitor glucose for diabetes and perhaps even devices for asthma management.

posted on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:21:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you live in Denmark and happen to be one of those who loves Marmite then you might soon find you will have to go without. The product has recently been banned in the country under food safety laws. The legislation which was passed in 2004 restricts the sale of food fortified with extra vitamins and minerals. Under the law many products such as Rice Crispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine have already been banned but it appears Marmite had escaped notice until recently mainly because it is imported only for a small number of ex-pats. One shop that did stock it is now mounting a “bring back Marmite” campaign, but for the moment Marmite lovers in Denmark will have to go without, or resort to smuggling the product in.

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# Monday, 30 May 2011

This article is interesting, it suggests that many people do not know the calorie content of the alcoholic drinks they consume. It also suggests that many people who are dieting will carefully count the calories of the food they eat but not take into account the glass of wine or beer they have with dinner. The findings come from a survey of 2,000 UK adults, one in three of whom were found to monitor they daily calorie intake. Only one in ten, however, was monitoring the amount of calories consumed in the alcohol they drank. On average a small glass of wine contains 134 calories and a pint of beer 193 calories so for those trying to diet the calories in what they drink can soon add up. I am well aware of the calorie content of my medium sized glass of wine but personally would rather enjoy that than a slice of cake or a chocolate bar. However, if you are on a diet it might be worth thinking how many calories are in what you drink and adding these to your daily food diary.

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# Sunday, 29 May 2011

I was quite surprised to come across this article. It seems that a head teacher in Middlesbrough has asked parents to dress properly before taking their children to school. The problem appears to be that parents in the area tend to wear their pyjamas when taking their children to school in the morning. In some cases they are still wearing them when they pick their children up in the evening and some have even attended meeting wearing pyjamas. The head teacher says the trend sets a bad example and makes staff feel uncomfortable. After the letter urging parents to think about what they wearing, parents have now taken to wearing leggings over their pyjamas. I do wonder what they wear when they go to bed, surely not the same pyjamas they have been wearing all day. It just seems the height of laziness when people can’t be bothered to dress.

posted on Sunday, 29 May 2011 12:04:59 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s according to this article which suggests they could be as effective as statins in fighting bad cholesterol. According to the article as little as two ounces of tomato paste or a pint of tomato juice could be enough to help many patients. Ripe tomatoes are high in the compound lycopene which gives them their red colour. It is this anti oxidant that helps to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes. A study carried out in Australia analysed the benefits of lycopene and concluded that it could provide a natural defence to raised levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. Cooked tomatoes are more beneficial than raw ones as the body is able to absorb more lycopene from these. I’m not particularly at risk of any of these conditions but with all the pasta sauce I make, feel sure I am getting a very good dose of lycopene.

posted on Sunday, 29 May 2011 11:39:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 28 May 2011

I got a load of spinach from the market because it was on offer so decided to make some quesadillas. You can make them with various fillings but these are filled with a mixture of spinach, chicken and peppers. Basically you fry a chicken breast, add the red pepper and a few spring onions and fry until cooked. Wilt the spinach in another pot. Then put some of the spinach mixture on a tortilla followed by small chunks of cooked chicken and spring onions. Top with grated cheese and put another tortilla on top. Cut the tortilla into four pieces and fry in a little oil for a few minutes. I usually keep them warm in the oven whilst frying them in batches. Then serve with some guacamole and a little salsa.

posted on Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:45:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s according to this article which suggests running backwards can not only burn more calories but can also help to protect your joints. Apparently it is kinder to your joints because it entails less of the pounding motion associated with forwards running. It is also supposed to burn a fifth more calories. Fans of reverse running say that it improves your balance and your peripheral vision. Personally I have enough trouble running forwards without the added complication of bumping into things.

posted on Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:24:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 27 May 2011

This is an unusual story, its about a man who is addicted to sausages. He is thought to be the first person in Britain to undergo counselling for this addiction. David Harding eats up to 13 sausages every day having eaten at least 1 a day since he was a child. He is now seeking help for his addiction and has spent almost £2,000 to try and break the habit having had hypnosis and counselling. Despite this he remains addicted to sausages spending around £700 a year on them. He first realised he had a problem when his wife decided to cook something different for dinner and he found he couldn’t live without his daily sausage fix.

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That’s according to this article which suggests organic fruit and vegetables are packed with more key nutrients. As a result it is claimed that switching to organic produce could increase the average lifespan by up to 25 days for men and 17 days for women with some people surviving for up to five years longer. The study from the University of Newcastle has found that eating organic produce can improve general health and can even encourage the body to burn fat. It challenges previous research from the Food Standards Agency which had found no increased benefits from organic food. I’m not sure either way, but can only conclude that I prefer to eat food I know has not been contaminated with pesticides, hence why I like to grow as much as possible myself.

posted on Friday, 27 May 2011 10:03:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback