Saturday, 19th June 2021

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Statistic of the week. In the five months from June, more than 24,000 attempts were made to access “inappropriate” websites from the Houses of Parliament – even though Parliament was not sitting for much of that time. That amounts, on average, to 160 a day. Allegedly, most were accidental. The Times

Good week to be a man. Men are enjoying more leisure time than they did 15 years ago – while women have less. According to the Office for National Statistics, men spent 43 hours a week on leisure activities in 2015, up from 42.88 hours in 2000. In the same period, women’s leisure time fell to 38.35 hours, from 39.24. Other surveys suggest that women spending more time caring for adult relatives may be behind the growing disparity. Daily Mail

Facebook engineer invents new unit of time. A software engineer working for Facebook has created a new unit of time, the “flick”. Longer than a nanosecond, the flick is a contraction of “frame-tick” and is 1/705,600,000 of a second. It has been designated in an attempt to help developers keep video effects in sync. One academic told the BBC that the unit would help improve virtual reality. The Observer


Quote of the week. "The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, quoted in The Times.

Adolescence ‘now lasts from age ten to 24’. Researchers led by a Melbourne team say that adolescence now starts at ten – because better nutrition means humans are maturing sexually at an earlier age – and should be seen as ending until the age of 24, when many people are still in education and have not had their wisdom teeth
come through. Some academics have warned that extending the definition of adolescence risks infantilising young people. The Independent

Support for second EU referendum grows. British voters support the idea of a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to an ICM survey for The Guardian. The study found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are clear, while 34% oppose reopening the question. The research also found that 43% of voters are worried Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK economy. The Guardian

Netflix overtakes Goldman Sachs. Netflix’s stock market value topped $100bn for the first time this week, catapulting it above Goldmans Sachs and other masters of the financial universe. The online media company reached a market capitalisation of $108.31bn early last week. The Times

Amazon opened the first supermarket without checkouts. Amazon Go, in Seattle, uses ceilingmounted cameras to identify each customer and track what items they select, eliminating the need for traditional billing. As they arrive, customers scan an Amazon Go smartphone app and pass through a gated turnstile. Daily Express

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