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November 2016 / 118 posts found

Health Check: Why Men Wake Up With Erections

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The morning penile erection, or as it is medically known, nocturnal penile tumescence, is not only an interesting physiological phenomenon, it can also tell us a lot about a patients sexual function. Morning penile erections affect all males, even males in the womb and male children. It also has a female counterpart in the less frequently discussed nocturnal clitoral erection. What causes erections? Penile erections occur in response to complex effects of the nervous system and endocrine system (the glands that secrete hormones into our system) on the blood vessels of the penis. When sexually aroused, a message starts in […]

China’s getting into solar in a big way, and Aussie giant mirrors could help

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CSIRO’s solar thermal research facility in Newcastle.Image: John Marmaras If Trump makes good on his rants against wind and solar, it will be countries like China and India that muscle in, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted in November. And Australia? Australia can sell the 21st century world powers the technology to get them to a greener future. SEE ALSO: Tesla is powering an entire island with solar energy, NBD On Tuesday, Australia’s peak science body announced it would be selling solar heliostat technology to China as part of a major new deal. Working with the Chinese company Thermal Focus, […]

Garth Brooks: ‘Theres nothing more unflattering than someone whos chasing’

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The country music star talks about remaining relevant while authentic and the changing nature of the industry as he releases his new album Gunslinger If time is indeed a revelator, as the song goes, then it shows how country music today looks and sounds a lot like Garth Brooks. So imagine what it must be like to be Garth Brooks, releasing a new album and emerging from what was a nearly 15-year retirement. Suddenly he enters a country music industry that feels mighty familiar: touring takes place in sports arenas, not theaters; country stars are comfortable collaborating with pop stars […]

Having A Younger Boss Can Be More Than Just Awkward, Study Finds

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Older workers who report to bosses who are the same age as their kids may feel more than just a little uneasy. A recent study published in the Journal of Organizational Psychology found that the arrangement may cause the company’s performance to falter too. The study surveyed 8,000 employees at 61 German companies and found that at the companies with more younger managers of older employees, workers reported 12 percent more negative feelings on the job and fared worse when it came to top managers’ reports about financial and organizational performance. So why is it? As noted by the Washington Post, […]

Worlds Biggest Pension Fund Finds a New Best Friend in Trump

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One of the worlds most conservative investors has found an unlikely new ally in one of its most flamboyant politicians: Donald Trump. The unconventional president-elects victory is helping Japans giant opposite has been the case. Japans benchmark Topix index cruised into a bull market last week and has risen for 11 straight days. The 4.6 percent slump on Nov. 9 now seems a distant memory. The yen, meanwhile, is heading for its biggest monthly drop against the dollar since 2009. GPIF Read more: Worlds Biggest Comeback Breathes Life Into Japans Equity Bulls Tokyo stocks are reaping double rewards from Trump, […]

Fillon Wins French Republicans 2017 Presidential Nomination

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Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon was nominated as the French Republicans candidate for next years presidential election, as voters on the right picked a figure promising tough economic reforms and unabashedly embracing traditional values to lead their party back to power. With about half the vote counted and Fillon leading by almost 40 percentage points, his rival Alain Juppe conceded and called on his supporters to rally behind the winner. Fillon led by 67 percent to 33 percent with almost all the polling stations having reported. The result marks the end of months of campaigning in the Republicans first-ever primary […]

Post Office strike to disrupt Christmas mail, says union – BBC News

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In April 2016, the Post Office announced plans to transfer up to 61 branches into WH Smith stores over the following year. It said the move was part of a 10-year plan to cut costs and save cash, and would act as a way of “safeguarding the future of the network.” ‘Extremely sorry’ But the CWU said it faced up to 2,000 job losses as a result and it would lead to the closure of its pension scheme. Unite’s officer for the Post Office, Brian Scott, said: “We are taking this action because the management refuses to talk in a […]

My ‘treat yourself’ mentality landed me with $15,000 of debt | Samantha Daley

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It felt like I was having a bubble bath with a nice glass of wine every time I swiped my little piece of plastic Debt: $15,000+ Source: Credit cards Estimated years until debt-free: Unknown I remember when my relationship to money changed. I was a freshman college student with a little extra money from my grants and scholarships. Before I knew it, I was eating at the fanciest restaurants in town. This was the beginning of my treat yo self journey. In my freshman year, I spent at least $3,000 just eating out. I was raised by a single mother […]

French conservatives are voting to choose nominee for president

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Francois Fillon, a candidate in Sunday’s primary runoff to select a conservative candidate for the French presidential election, delivers his speech during a rally in Paris, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.  (The Associated Press) PARIS –  French conservatives on Sunday are choosing their nominee for next year’s vital presidential election from among two former prime ministers with deep experience in government and differing views on how to prevent more terror attacks on French soil. The contenders in the conservative’s primary runoff Francois Fillon, 62, and 71-year-old Alain Juppe are both high-profile leaders of the center-right Republicans party. Fillon, who wants to […]

Chesley Sullenberger: an old-fashioned kind of hero

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Chesley Sully Sullenberger became a global hero when he landed an airliner on New Yorks Hudson river in 2009. Now played by Tom Hanks in a film by Clint Eastwood, he talks about how the experience changed him In a voice that is preternaturally calm, Captain Chesley B Sully Sullenberger III is talking to me about turbulence. Members of the public, he says, often tell him how much turbulence perturbs them, and though he doesnt remotely share their anxiety, he understands it perfectly. In the sky, after all, we cede control of our future to someone who is unknown to […]