Sharks, XKCD 1326
Getty Images (gettyimages) has made millions of images free and available to use! The world’s largest photo service now allows people to embed photos into their blog or website. Copyright infringement has been a huge problem for photographers with the development of popular social media platforms, such as Twitter and Tumblr. This move by Getty is a direct reaction to the problem of copyright infringement and basically allows anyone to use photos freely for non-commercial purposes.
This is fantastic
Picard’s a top-notch diplomat. He’ll sort Putin out, even if he has to act all Klingon for a bit to get him onside.
A well-preserved specimen of a trilobite, an anthropod that roamed the oceans around 4 million years ago.
There weren’t many trilobites knocking about 4 million years ago. Geologically 4 mil is pretty recent. Try 500-300 million years old for this little fella.
WWI casualties per country as percentage of population
The Ottoman Empire toll is so heavy because this includes 1-1.5m Armenians civilians killed during the genocide.
Widening the goalposts
”Drug companies and the medical world at large often create powerful drugs and procedures for people who are far (many standard deviations) from the norm (mean) and via randomized clinical trials, the relevant authorities approve. But there aren’t enough of those people to be truly profitable so the next step is to ask for approval to prescribe the same for people who aren’t that far (fewer standard deviations) from the norm. Or, just move the norm (center) so as to pick up a much larger number of patients. Afflictions include hypertension, cholesterol, overweight, osteoporosis.
The result is what is often called “the worried well,” who receive little or no benefit but suffer harms from the treatment.
Why are UK firms bringing manufacturing back home?
The ebb and flow of global economic tides is increasingly turning in favour of the UK with a growing number of our manufacturing businesses bringing back work to British shores.
A major new report released today from manufacturers’ association EEF found that one in six companies has “reshored” production in the past three years, up from one in seven when a similar study was carried out in 2009.
Having once looked to cut costs by moving production to low-cost emerging nations, more and more businesses are heeding Prime Minister David Cameron’s call in his World Economic Forum speech to come home as these countries’ economies mature and labour costs rise, according to the report Backing Britain – a manufacturing base for the future. But cost isn’t the only reason. Other factors include capitalising on Britain’s reputation for excellence, the ability to create shorter, more responsive supply chains and ease of communication with customers.
Full Story: The Telegraph
Very interesting. Working in a ‘Large’ I can well see the appeal of certainty on delivery times. And clearly component quality is a big issue for SMEs that have outsourced.
Panorama asked all 375 councils in England and Wales if they were funding food banks and, if so, how much money was involved. Of the 323 councils that responded, 140 said they were providing funding - more than a third of all councils.
The news comes as the right-of-centre think tank, Policy Exchange, says about 68,000 benefit claimants are having their welfare payments stopped “unfairly” each year, which is increasing demand for food banks.
Panorama discovered that £2.9m of public money has been spent by councils over the last two years to help feed people.
Derbyshire County Council said healthy eating used to be its most pressing concern, but this had been overtaken by food poverty.
The council said it would be investing £126,000 from its public health budget into food banks this year.
"If people can’t eat at all, what’s the point in trying to get them to eat healthily?" said Julie Hirst, Public Health Specialist at Derbyshire County Council.
"I’m responsible for promoting the health of the people of Derbyshire, and if people haven’t got enough food to eat, I’ve got to do something about it."
Professor Liz Dowler, a food policy expert and one of the authors of a recent government report about food banks, said there was a danger the lines between food banks and the state were becoming blurred.
"Food banks are an inadequate plaster over a gaping wound," she said. "They do not solve the problems. And that they should be enshrined as an inadequate solution is deeply immoral."
"We need the government to be explicit whether food banks are to be part of the system and if they are, how do we make them work effectively," said Bishop Walker.
"If they are not part of the system then again we need a clear signal for the government about that."
Food banks do really important work, but we must be really careful we don’t casually accept them so that they become the norm - they exist to help people out in extreme cases. They’re not an example of the “Big Society” - built up so that the Government can cut its welfare bill.
Jumbo, the sink-side elephant collects runoff water and directs it back into the sink, freeing up your counter space and keeping it dry.
Quite like this - only problem is it looks a tad small so you might have to buy two if you want to wash all your cutlery… US$24.99 with worldwide shipping from here.
The only acceptable paint job for a smart car