Wasabi is a condiment I love to hate. It must be consumed in just the right quantity to be appreciated. Despite the not-so-pleasant sensations it is capable of causing though, a recent in-depth analysis of its chemical structure may help in bringing about new medicines that will alleivate pain.
It’s not the onion’s fault you’re crying. The wasabi isn’t to blame for jolting your sinuses. And don’t curse the hipsters outside the bar for the burning cough you got walking through their cloud of cigarette smoke. Those things are actually all your fault. Or rather, those uncomfortable sensations all trace back to special proteins on neurons inside your body. Those wee tangles are why you cry, cough, sting, itch, swell up, or burn whenever you encounter something noxious.
Netflix, an online movie download service, recently arrived in Australia. While its impact on cinema attendances, if any, remains to be seen, the workplace may be another matter.
And, no, I’m not talking about people watching movies, or TV shows, from their laptops when they’re supposed to be working, but rather the Netflix algorithm that recommends films for viewers based on, presumably, things like past downloads and search histories.
For example, it sifts through years worth of HR data, ranging from time between promotions, time at current job, and number of job functions. It then combines that with job posting data from sites like Indeed.com to gauge the market demand rate for certain employees. Based on that, Workday can come up with the employees at risk of leaving and how much it would take to replace them.
There are many ways to enjoy a good night’s sleep, but a couple of new thoughts have come to light. First up, if you’re rich, well off, and generally not short of a dollar, you’ll probably sleep well.
Or, if you wear orange tinted goggles for a couple of hours before turning in, especially if you watch movies on your laptop, or use your smartphone a lot later in the evening, then it seems you also will have a good night’s rest. Yes, that’s right, orange coloured glasses:
Most evenings, before watching late-night comedy or reading emails on his phone, Matt Nicoletti puts on a pair of orange-colored glasses that he bought for $8 off the Internet. “My girlfriend thinks I look ridiculous in them,” he said. But Mr. Nicoletti, a 30-year-old hospitality consultant in Denver, insists that the glasses, which can block certain wavelengths of light emitted by electronic screens, make it easier to sleep.
Talking of the tenth millennium, here are a few astronomical events, perhaps the only things we can be sure may happen, that are scheduled to take place. Regulus, a star in what is still the constellation of Leo, will feature prominently, assuming it is still around in eight thousand years:
This given the rise of property prices, in some places at least, plus the diminishing availability of land in locations where we wish to reside. But what if you and your partner are dedicated followers of the Kama Sutra? How to partake in what could be relatively confined spaces?
According to some recent research, when it comes to sweating the small things, British people are more likely to worry about losing important documents, having nowhere to park, a printer not working, or their phone battery going flat.
Australians of course are not immune from such niggles either, try waiting ten minutes for a take-out cup of coffee when you’re the only customer in the cafe, and you’ll see what I mean.
Otherwise there is no shortage of bothers, and while the Australian list thereof is based on anecdotal evidence, rather than actual scientific study, the inclusions are probably about right:
Visiting your mother-in-law
The dodgy office printer
Interestingly who might, or might not, win the cricket doesn’t seem to rate a mention in either Britain or Australia.