Automation will put 66m people in peril says OECD. An automation revolution will put 66m people at risk of being replaced by machines in the coming years, says the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The influential economic think-tank found that the most vulnerable workers were less likely to be receiving help than those whose jobs were more secure. However, Britain was named as one of the countries that would be least affected by automation. The Guardian
The world’s safest (and least safe) airlines. Last year was statistically the safest on record for air travel, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). The ASN found there were 10 fatal commercial passenger and cargo air crashes which killed a total of 44 people, way down on the five-year average of 17 crashes with 495 deaths. Of the 409 airlines analysed the top twenty for safety included British Airways, with Qantas being the stand-out winner. Those rated one star (out of seven) for safety all hailed from either Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal or Suriname. The Independent
Milky Way ‘growing at 1,600ft per second. The Milky Way is expanding at 1,640ft per second, researchers say. A team from the Astrophysical Institute of the Canaries in Tenerife calculated the rate of growth by observing similar galaxies using a range of telescopes on Earth. The galaxy, which contains our solar system, will eventually merge with Andromeda. BBC
The world’s “diabolical” diet. Around the world, 30% of children do not eat fruit every day, yet 44% drink sugary drinks daily, according to a new report from the University of London’s Centre for Food Policy. Globally, about 150.8 million children aged under five are stunted, 50.5 million are wasted and 38.5 million are overweight. Of 23,000 food products tested, 69% were found to be of relatively low nutritional value. The Guardian
Sleep schedule. Researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute found that committing to a regular bedtime is key to keeping the body healthy and the mind sharp.
People who slept and woke at the same times every day were less likely to suffer from high blood sugar and high blood pressure, and reduced their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health. ‘It’s past my bedtime!’ is a healthy excuse after all. Duke Health
Amazon finally crowned world’s most valuable company. Amazon was named the world’s most valuable public company last night. This is the first time the ecommerce
giant has taken that crown - some 25 years after Jeff Bezos founded the company in his garage.
Last week, Amazon’s market capitalisation was $797bn, edging it past Microsoft, the former #1, which was worth $784bn. Bezos the world’s wealthiest man, with an estimated fortune of $137bn, announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are to divorce after a 25-year marriage. The Times