What’s up with the new bird flu?

Chinese authorities have closed live poultry markets in Shanghai and Hangzhou after fears of a new possible bird flu pandemic. H7N9, a flu virus, was confirmed to have infected 21 people. Six have died.

Friday’s Interesting Facts #1

In this regular Friday post, we list some interesting facts that do not necessarily deserve their own post, enjoy! The Amazon river is 6400 km long and has the highest waterflow of any river, it discharges more water than the next 7 put together. Until 2011, there were no bridges crossing it or any of its tributaries. Now there is only 1, the Manaus Iranduba Bridge on the rio Negro, its major tributary.

GPS and Relativity

You were trying to drive to Melbourne, Australia, yet you ended up in Melbourne, Florida. Apart from somehow being able to drive over water, you also probably mindlessly followed the instructions of a GPS device. Practically ubiquitous these days, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is responsible for the ever decreasing ability of people to use maps and their own orientation.

A cloud that tastes of…. raspberries?

Raspberry cloud? Yes, you read that right, a raspberry-flavoured cloud. But we’re not talking about your standard cumulonimbus or cirrus, but a giant dust cloud close to the centre of the milky way called Sagittarius B2.

Should we be scared of the norovirus?

One moment you’re feeling fine, the next you’re expelling fluids from both ends. A typical friday night, if you are Hunter S. Thompson, but in your case, it is likely that you are a victim of the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug in the UK. As someone who’s lived in Africa and has had his fair share of stomach bugs, I feel your pain. It is one thing to be vomiting or having diarrhea, but doing both at the same time is a very unpleasant experience. What is the norovirus and why do we keep hearing about …

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Looking Back to the Beginning

The Planck space observatory launched in 2009 by the European Space Agency was sent to observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation, a phenomena first predicted in 1948. Named in honour of the Nobel Prize winning physicist, it has a higher resolution than previous probes (Cobe and WMAP) and therefore gives a more accurate picture, that it produces by rotating 360 degrees on all axes, measures tiny fluctuations in CMB, to build an image of the universe.

Can money buy happiness?

Money is they key to end all your woes Can you tell me last time that love bought your clothes -Run DMC Many people dream of earning more money so that they can buy more things, but does buying things really make you happy? Does retail therapy work? Well, yes and no.