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Get paid to stay in bed: Nasa recruits couch potatoes for microgravity study

Does staying in bed sound like your dream job?

Nasa is currently recruiting a number of willing volunteers to spend 70 days doing very little at its Houston headquarters.

The couch potatoes will get paid around £3,000 a month as part of the US space agency’s research into the effects of microgravity on the human body.

‘Of all the potential challenges crew members encounter in the space environment, microgravity has proven to be one of the most difficult to mimic in an experimental setting,’ explains Nasa.gov.

‘Researchers and engineers are studying bed rest as an experimental analog for space flight because extended exposure to a head-down tilt position can duplicate many of the effects of a low-gravity environment.’

JSC2008-E-040148 (7 May 2008) --- Two test subjects participate in a bed rest research project at a facility in Galveston, Texas, not far from NASA's Johnson Space Center.    As part of the Flight Analog Research Unit (FARU), NASA maintains a dedicated bed-rest study facility at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The facility is equipped with beds that can be adjusted into positions that reproduce the effects of different gravity levels on the human body. By manipulating these and other variables, the FARU team works to gather data and develop countermeasures that will be used to ease the effects of reduced gravity on future long-duration space missions. Photo credit: NASA
Two test subjects participate in the bed rest research project (Picture: Nasa)

Successful candidates will stay in a tilted bed 24 hours a day as part of the 70-day project, where they can play computer games, surf the internet or watch TV.

Researchers will then monitor how long-term confinement to a reduced gravity environment effects muscle and bone strength, cardiovascular function and mental health.

The ‘pillownauts’ will undergo a two-week rehabilitation period once the study is complete.

Meet me at the Owl-tar! Romantic bird fails to deliver wedding rings, falls asleep in church roof

It was supposed to come sweeping down in a magnificent display of elegance.

However, an owl, which should have delivered rings to a couple at the foot of the aisle on their wedding day, instead flew up into the church rafters and fell asleep for an hour.

The service, in the Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, had to be halted while desperate helpers tried – and failed – to coax the barn owl down.

The owl, named Darcey, had other ideas and felt that the corner was far too cosy.

Having fallen asleep for an hour, with red ribbons still attached to its feet, Reverend Chris Bryan decided not to sit through the pause, but continued with a set of back-up wedding rings until the bird felt ready to descend.

Owl meant to deliver wedding rings, falls asleep instead

The barn owl took 40 winks in the rafters of the Holy Cross Church in Wiltshire (Picture: SWNS)

Plastic banknotes could be ready for 2016 says Bank of England

The Bank of England could say goodbye to tatty tenners and frayed fivers by issuing plastic bank notes within the next three years.

It says polymer notes are cleaner, more secure and – because they last more than twice as long – are £10million a year cheaper than the cotton paper currently used.

The idea is just a proposal but if the plan goes ahead, new-style £5 and £10 notes  could start to replace paper currency for the first time in the Bank’s 300-year history.

The new notes would  probably also be smaller, in line with other countries, with the £10 reducing in size to become slightly larger than euro notes.

The Bank of England plans to ask the public what they think of the notes by showing them off at 50 events around the UK.

But focus groups have already raised concerns about the notes being slippery and possibly sticking together, and complained they will not fold as easily as paper.

Retailers, banks and the cash industry have also been asked for their views.

But a study by the Royal National Institute for the Blind found a 50/50 split on preference for paper or polymer, with most saying they could get used to the plastic.

Under the proposals, only the new-style £5 note featuring Winston Churchill and £10 note depicting Jane Austen will initially be printed on the synthetic material.

New Bank governor Mark Carney introduced plastic notes two years ago in Canada while in charge of its central bank.

A final decision will be announced in December this year.

Charlie Bean, deputy governor of the Bank, said: ‘Polymer banknotes are cleaner, more secure and more durable than paper notes. ‘They are also cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

‘However, the Bank of England would print notes on polymer only if we were persuaded that the public would continue to have confidence in, and be comfortable with, our notes.’

Polymer bank notes are made from a transparent plastic film, coated with an ink layer which enables them to carry printed design features. The Bank said they can also incorporate raised print.

More than 20 countries currently issue polymer bank notes, including Australia, which began printing them in 1988, as well as New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore.

Apple iPhone 5S details ‘leaked’ but iPhone 5C nowhere to be seen on eve of launch

Technical specifications for the rumoured iPhone 5S have supposedly been leaked online on the eve of its hotly-anticipated launch.

The unverified specs, obtained by Chinese website C Technology, show few differences between the impending handset and its existing version.

Apple is widely expected to reveal two new versions of its latest smartphone today, the 5S and the 5C, a budget offering likened to an iPhone mini.

Apple iPhone 5S specs leaked but iPhone 5C nowhere to be seen on eve of launch
The iPhone 5S is widely expected to be revealed tomorrow (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Curiously, the 5C is nowhere to be seen on the ‘leaked’ configuration plan, which the Chinese site said it obtained from ‘news sources’.

It claims the 5S has battery life of 250, 25 more hours than the 5, and with an A7 processor that will run iOS 7.

The specs state the 5S comes with an f2.0 aperture camera with double flash and the ability for 1080p video recording.

iPhone 5S release date: Apple sends out invites for September 10 launch event in Berlin
The colourful media invite to tomorrow’s event (Picture: Apple)

Today’s big launch is taking place at the tech giant’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, but ‘satellite’ events are being staged in Berlin, Tokyo and Beijing.

Apple is expected to break with monochromatic tradition when it unveils many different coloured versions of its newest smartphone, while the 5S is also widely expected to come with fingerprint scanner technology.

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TheXFactor Battle Royale #DeathMatch One Direction vs Jedward vs Simon Cowell @1DThisIsUs @planetjedward #1d

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Its that time of year again. Reality TV show time. We get swamped with Simon Cowell slection of idiots on The X Factor such as Chico, Wagner, Jedward (John & Edward), Susan Boyle, One Direction (1D aka Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan,), Little Mix, Cher Lloyd, JLS… the list is endless. Sadly it doesnt stop there we also get bombard with Ant & Dec on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come Dancing. More drivel from Dancing On Ice where once again former X Factor rejects like Chico re-emerge… not to mention The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), Made In Chelsea, Jersey Shore…

I have had enough of this shit on my TV. Is it not bad enough that Top Gear and Doctor Who is only 6-8 episodes a series and now you have to pack it with this X Factor/Simone Cowell bollox?

So I have a solution…. We get all these so called Reality TV Stars and cram them onto a remote island like the film Battle Royale. The rules of the game is to kill each other. Maybe we could do some I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, bush tucker trial thing where they have to bite down on a land mine and if they die, ah well, they are voted off the show and the winner gets to live 🙂

What do you think? Do you like the Reality TV shows – Big Brother, The X Factor, The Only Way Is Essex aka TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Jersey Shore, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, So You Think You Can Dance, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice

Or do you think we should start finding the Battle Royale island?

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#‎Playstation‬ Bitch Slaps ‪#‎XBoxOne‬ | ‪#‎PS4‬ vs ‪#‎XBOX‬ ONE | What will you Buy?

THUMBS UP for PS4 | THUMBS DOWN for XBOX ONE

The battle is beginning to warm up. The gossip has started and the rumour mill is spitting out Playstation 4 vs XBox One news left right and center. From the semi botched XBOX ONE pre-E3 press conference, to the Playstation 4 XBox One Parody Videos and the XBOX 180 U Turn that have Microsoft back stepping to play catch up as they tie themselves in knots over games console specifications, features and pricing.

Key features of Microsoft’s Xbox One console, which is expected to go on sale in November, will only be available with an annual subscription. The requirement covers recording and sharing of gameplay videos, making Skype video calls and using a service that finds gaming opponents. An Xbox Live Gold account that currently costs $60 (£40) will be needed for all these features.

Sony PlayStation 4 owners will also have to pay for some online services. However, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed, via a post on Twitter, that its machine would not restrict games recording and streaming features to paid subscribers.
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Microsoft revealed the requirement in an update to webpages detailing the Xbox One’s features.Twitter Sony confirmed it would not restrict games recording to paid subscribers via a tweet

The webpage shows that, as with the current Xbox 360, a Live Gold account is needed if owners want to use their new console for online multiplayer gaming, watch Netflix, Love Film, NOWTV or similar streaming services and to browse the web via their TV. In addition, on the Xbox One the annual subscription will let players share videos with friends. The console records a rolling sample of a player’s previous five minutes gameplay to make it easier to share key moments.

The payment will also let owners chat to friends via video on Skype and use the OneGuide and SmartMatch services

OneGuide analyses what Xbox One owners usually watch and recommends TV shows and YouTube content to match. The SmartMatch service links players with other gamers of a similar ability to ensure they are not outclassed in multiplayer matches.

In June, Sony revealed a change to its previous policy which gave all owners of its PlayStation 3 console access to online multiplayer games. With the PlayStation 4, owners will have to pay $50 (£32) a year for a PlayStation Plus account to do the same.

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Why I hate #Summer and #BigBrother with their stupid #cuntwaffles

THUMBS UP OF YOU AGREE! THUMBS DOWN IF YOU LOVE SUMMER!

Ive had enough. I hate summer. Too hot, too many flies, stupid hay fever, stupid chavs. Im bored of the reality tv shows, the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and most importantly I hate Big Brother.

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David #Cameron bans #porn – Porn corroding childhood claims UK PM #Porn

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THUMBS UP for a step too far – THUMBS DOWN for a filter on ALL PORN

David Cameron has announced in a speech today that all porn will become opt in by 2014 and he will be working with 95% of internet service providers (ISPs eg VirginMedia, BT Open World, Sky, EE, O2, TalkTalk etc) to force all NEW and EXISTING customers to OPT IN FOR PORN.

This is in the wake of the child porn revelations of the past few years, BUT will be filtering normal adult content and porn a step to far? Do you want to have to admit your a wanker to get your daily spank fest? Is this the nanny state in action or common sense? Is this the return of SOPA via the “back door”? (pun semi intended)

Initially rape and child abuse will be blocked (i agree with this) but all adult content could be OPT IN by 2014/15. ISP will be action all 9millionn users whether they wish to add this filter. ALL NEW customers from 2014 will be automatically filtered and you will need to OPT IN to rub one OUT.

Full BBC News story here – www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

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