We love this article in Quartz at work where Corinne Purtill explores the critical difference between a "clusterfuck," a "snafu" and a "shitshow."
These are important expressions to understand and could be liberally applied to both your work life or political commentary. Perhaps some light relief from the challenges in the world as we write in March 2020.
Cornine's short piece examines the differences and applications of these three terms in the workplace.
It is widely predicted that the future of many African nations will be urbanization with the population moving to cities from the rural communities that they currently reside in. Statistically 15% of Africans were living in cities in 1960 but that is now 40% with the pace of change exceeding European transition and the proportion exceeding that of Southern Asia.
This transition will require political change and financial investment but the concern is that this is not in pace with the population transition to urban places. Studies have shown that the there would be need to be significant investment in infrastructure to be able to service the increase demand on the cities across the continent. It is estimated that the annual cost to maintain current infrastructure is $130-170 billion, with a further $100 billion of new investment required to meet the new demand.
Researchers for a joint Chinese-US study have explored the impact of air pollution on human intelligence.
The study, over four years, tested the maths and speaking aptitude of 20,000 Chinese people and the results suggest a link but are not yet conclusive.
The research focussed on measuring levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates smaller than 10 micrometres in diameter in samples of air but did not identify which of these were the cause.
The future aeronautical mechanics will be micro robots that will assess and maintain our aeroplane engines.
Harvard and Nottingham Universities worked with Rolls Royce to prototype tiny robots that can roam their engines to identify maintenance issues. The team are aiming to reduce the time it takes to remove the engine for such inspections. This current practice can take up to five hours.Link label
Devil's Triangle, commonly known as the Bermuda Triangle lies between the island of Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the southern part of Florida, USA.
According to the New York Times, it is famed for claiming over 50 ships and potentially 20 planes since records began in the 1900s.Read more
Panorama Glass Lodge is a family owned and operated business. The Glass Lodge is an unique Lodge in Iceland at Hvalfjörður, directly by the sea and only a 30min drive away from Reykjavík.
You sleep in a glass house igloo with an amazing panorama view, where you will have the best chances to see the northern lights, that will be very bright; visible due to the remote location.Rebootme
Finland think differently about this issue. Finland are leading the way in solving homelessness in their urban centres. The Scandinavian country has been dealing with this issue for over thirty years and was faced with more than 18,000 people without an a place to live back in 1987.Rebootme
We all spent many childhood hours creating cool cars from the timeless construction toy, lego. Now Lego have…Rebootme
By utilizing rapidly fluctuating acoustic vortices, researchers are now able to suspend objects with sound.
These vortices resemble amplified outer sound waves with a silent core.
Scientists have discovered "Cyborg" like trees that grow on an island in the South Pacific that have nickel metal in their sap.