Saturday, November 27

Day: July 22, 2016

Meet Graham: The Superhuman Evolved To Survive Car Accidents
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Meet Graham: The Superhuman Evolved To Survive Car Accidents

    We humans are always pushing limits ― skydiving, downhill skiing, car racing. The stark reality, however, is that our bodies are not built to survive accidents involving many of the technologies we’ve come to love and rely on, namely automobiles. Then there’s Graham ― a bulging, unsightly and very crash-proof specimen. Developed as part of a new road safety campaign in Australia, the lifelike sculpture highlights our own vulnerabilities, designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in [car] crashes, according to the Transport Accident Commission in the state of Victoria. Graham was produced by Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini, with help from road safety engineer Dr. David Logan and trauma surgeo...
UK Business Sees Downturn After Brexit Vote
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK Business Sees Downturn After Brexit Vote

    The UK is heading for a 0.4% contraction in the third quarter according to the first post-Brexit snapshot of business activity. A flash estimate from the closely-watched Markit purchasing managers' index (PMI) for July pointed to the worst performance for more than seven years - when the economy was in the depth of recession. The pound, already trading at 31-year lows against the US dollar, fell by a cent on the figures. The figures will add to pressure on the Bank of England to cut interest rates next month to cushion the economy from the Brexit blow. Markit chief economist Chris Williamson said: "July saw a dramatic deterioration in the economy, with business activity slumping at the fastest rate since the height of the global financial crisis in early 2009." He said the...
It is time to accept the fact that Brexit may never actually happen
ENGLISH, Europe

It is time to accept the fact that Brexit may never actually happen

    The more time goes by, the more plausible it becomes that the UK may never actually leave the European Union. Leaving the EU is so difficult, and the consequences are so economically damaging, that it may be easier for prime minister Theresa May's government to endlessly delay the process rather than to actually leave. Morgan Stanley economists Jacob Nell and Melanie Baker published a fascinating note to investors this morning in which they attempt to figure out how the UK will actually leave the EU, and what the UK's post-Brexit relationship with Europe will look like. Nell and Baker do not make any specific predictions about how the UK will leave the EU, but they do point out two key facts: • The EU will not give the UK a deal in which Britain gets access to the single m...
IAF aircraft with 29 on board goes missing over Bay of Bengal
Asia, ENGLISH

IAF aircraft with 29 on board goes missing over Bay of Bengal

    An Indian Air Force plane with 29 people on board today went missing in the Bay of Bengal while flying from southern city of Chennai to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Antonov AN 32, a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft, took off from Tambaram airbase near Chennai for Port Blair shortly after 8:00am when it lost contact with the radar, reports The Times of India. The IAF, Navy and Coast Guard have launched a joint search and rescue operation. Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of Defence and Navy are closely monitoring the case. All the coastal security establishments in Andaman and Nicobar have been put on high alert. Captain D K Sharma, Public Relations Officer of Indian Navy, said, “We have launched two P-8I aircrafts, one of which was d...
May gets Hollande ultimatum: free trade depends on free movement
ENGLISH, Europe

May gets Hollande ultimatum: free trade depends on free movement

    Theresa May was warned by the French president, François Hollande, at their first meeting in Paris that the UK cannot expect access to the single market if it wants to put immigration controls on EU citizens. At a joint press conference in the Élysée Palace, Hollande made it clear that the new British prime minister was facing a choice about whether to accept free movement of people in return for free trade. Standing next to May and speaking in French with an official translator, he said: “It’s the most crucial point. That’s the point that will be the subject of the negotiation. “The UK today has access to the single market because it respects the four freedoms. If it wishes to remain within the single market it is its decision to know how far and how it will have to abide...