Archive for November, 2016

Full size Titanic replica built in China will stage 'simulation' of iceberg collision

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016:

Just over a hundred years after it sank on its maiden voyage, a full scale replica of the Titanic is under construction in China. Guests who come aboard the ship when it is finished will not only be able to experience the meticulously recreated details of the doomed liner, they will also be able to experience the dubious thrill of a simulated iceberg collision. More than 1,500 people died in April 1912 when the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean during a voyage from Southampton to New York. The scale of the disaster was unprecedented and sparked […] Read More →

Lack of sleep costs US economy up to $411 BILLION per year, report claims

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016:

A lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing the economy up to $411 billion a year, a new report warns.  Researchers consulted national business reports and peer-reviewed sleep data from five different countries to predict the economic effects of sleeplessness. They found America to suffer the most from a tired workforce, losing just over 1.2 million working days a year to exhaustion – either from workers taking days off or not performing at their prime. The study, by the non-profit research firm the RAND Corporation, also warns a lack of sleep drastically raises mortality risk.  The US […] Read More →

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016:

By Tom Westbrook | SYDNEY SYDNEY Warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday. Their finding of the die-off in the reef’s north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year. “The coral is essentially cooked,” professor Andrew Baird, a researcher at James Cook University who was part […] Read More →

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