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What news story has caught your attention today.

Post 16201

Bald Bloke

To hope to be that active, if I even got close to his age...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-28869235


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Post 16202

Bald Bloke

And yes I remember seeing him do it before on TV in 1966...


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Post 16203

swl - Cool! I live on a battlefield

Another silly sat-nav error: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28910662


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Post 16204

Pastey

I do wonder if flying cars could be a reality, but are being held back because of the problems we'd have with 3D SatNav errors.


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Post 16205

ITIWBS

Flying car bodies of a size with automobiles and with similar dimensions, have been developed.

Fears that people may use them to leapfrog over other traffic on the highways may be among the reasons they are being held back.


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Post 16206

Recumbentman

It's hard to imagine that the orbits couldn't be corrected; all orbiting things must be liable to wander off course, this must surely be factored in to the design.


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Post 16207

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120719-awoken-from-a-2d-world

Fascinating story of the wonder of the human brainsmiley - eureka

GB
smiley - galaxysmiley - diva


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Post 16208

Baron Grim

Interesting article. I may lose my stereo vision permanently some day. I know I can cope without it, but I don't want to have to.


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Post 16209

swl - Cool! I live on a battlefield

WHO - What? Why?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28937610

"The World Health Organization is calling for a range of tough regulations restricting the use of e-cigarettes.

In a report the health body recommends banning their indoor use and says sales to children should stop.

The WHO urges manufacturers not to make claims the devices can help people quit smoking - until there is firm evidence to support this."

Yet here we have this story on the BBC (same graphic too) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27485954


"Smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum, a study suggests.

The survey of nearly 6,000 smokers found a fifth had quit with the aid of e-cigarettes.

That was 60% higher than those who did not use the devices, the study said."


I'm an ex-smoker and I'm genuinely bemused by the response to e-cigs by various official bodies.


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Post 16210

Dr Anthea - Artist, Ninja, Potter..?

children can buy e-cigarettes? smiley - erm wow... I did not think that


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Post 16211

Baron Grim

Well, that's mostly just due to legislative lag. Statutes are being enacted banning the sale to minors.


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Post 16212

Pastey

London cyclists 'collide with 25% of guide dogs' working in the capital

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28945834


First up, cyclist shouldn't be on the pavements.

Now, let's look at the actual figures used here...


"A survey involving a fifth of guide dog owners in the city"
They only surveyed a fifth of the guide dog owners, okay, a fifth is a larger number than most surveys. So maybe that's okay.

"70% had experienced a near miss with cyclists on pavements or jumping red lights"
On pavements, or jumping red lights? Two completely separate things? What percentage were on pavements, what percentage were jumping red lights?

"just over 320 using guide dogs in the city"
Hang on, there's only 320 registered guide dogs in the city? So, this survey is from 25% of 320? So they surveyed 64 people? And from those 64 people there were 16 cases of cyclists colliding with guide dogs?

Just 16?

And it doesn't even tell you over what period of time this was! Was it this year? Was it the last ten years? Was it over as far as anyone can remember?

There is *no* story here.


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Post 16213

Recumbentman

Well, there's two stories: the one in the headline and the one in the text.

The headline mentions collisions. The text mentions one collision and a lot of near-misses.

Cycling successfully consists of a constant stream of near misses.


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Post 16214

Pastey

The annoying thing, for me, with this story is that Guide Dogs are starting a campaign to make sure that partially sighted and blind people are comfortable out on the streets. But rather than running with that, the BBC decided to attack cyclists. Why? There's no real story there.


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Post 16215

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28948946

I'm astounded that people aren't taught to shoot with fake ammo, never mind giving a child a loaded weapon.

GB
smiley - galaxysmiley - diva


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