Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

Tesla worth $3bn more than Ford. Tesla’s market value has passed that of veteran carmaker Ford, rising by more than 7%. At Friday’s close, Elon Musk’s electric car company was worth $49bn (£38bn), $3bn more than Ford, after it revealed it is enjoying record vehicle deliveries. Musk’s “magic dust” is drawing in top staff and investors. Daily Telegraph

29% of British people drink at “harmful” levels (according to the NHS’s classification). Among 25 to 39-year-olds, the proportion rises to 36%; among 18 to 24-year-olds it is 41%. YouGov

The Turin Shroud, a 14ft piece of linen cloth some believe covered the body of Jesus after crucifixion, was proclaimed a medieval forgery from the 1300s after radiocarbon dating tests in 1989. BBC

The planet Earth has entered a new period of extinction and humans could be among the first casualties. The research, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal. Its author said: “We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event. The Times

The US is the best place to be a female entrepreneur, according to new research. The study found that America was closely followed by Canada, Australia, Sweden and the UK, in the women-friendly business stakes. However, it highlighted the lack of funding available to American women: in 2014 just 3% of femaleowned businesses received venture capital. The Guardian

Two-in-three of us would rather sniff our food to test freshness than refer to the use-by date, according to a new survey. However, experts warn some harmful bugs
cannot be detected by smell or taste, so the approach could put families at risk. The use by date is designed to protect consumers from poisoning – unlike best-before dates, which simply guarantee quality. The Times



Earth is heading for a “mini ice-age” 15 years from now, say scientists. Fluid movements within the sun, which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s, they say. The “mini ice-age” will cause bitterly cold winters during which rivers such as the Thames freeze over. Metro

It’s widely assumed that HAL, the psychotic computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was so named because it is one letter away from IBM. The film’s makers say it’s a coincidence and HAL stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. Daily Mail

Talking to yourself ‘is a sign of better brainpower’. Researchers at Bangor University have concluded that talking to yourself could be a sign of intelligence. Their study found that people who read instructions for a task out loud perform better than those who do not. The experts found that speaking out loud helps the brain to absorb the material and “could actually be a sign of high cognitive functioning”. Daily Mirror

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