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CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'
1 September 2015 - After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the 'God particle' behaves just as predicted. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, said Tuesday two experiments that previously helped confirm the particle have produced the most precise measurements yet of its decay and interaction with other particles. (more)

Pope marking day to stress care for creation
1 September 2015 - Pope Francis is pushing ahead with his protect-the-environment priorities, presiding over a prayer service in Saint Peter's Basilica Tuesday for the 'care of Creation.' The Pope took a cue from Orthodox Christians, who also mark September 1 each year by stressing concern for the environment. (more)

US adult smoking rate continues to fall
1 September 2015 - A new government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults continues to fall. The smoking rate dropped to 17 percent last year, down from about 18 percent in 2013. (more)

US: Harvard launches 'virtual classroom' for students anywhere
1 September 2015 - The newest classroom at Harvard's business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. Students can jump in to ask questions or respond to their classmates. The professor can stop a lecture to quiz individual students, or send the group a quick online poll. At a recent test of the technology, alumni connected to the room from Thailand, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (more)

India is fastest growing major economy for two quarters
31 August 2015 - or investors worried about the health of emerging economies, India's gross domestic product data for April-June should supply some cheer on Monday -- the country is expected to remain the fastest growing major economy for a second straight quarter. (more)

Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data
30 August 2015 - Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode -- the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day. Shoppers are now demanding far greater transparency about products, and store owners need more information to help with stock taking, product recalls, and to fight fakes. GS1, the non-profit organization that assigns the unique numbers in barcodes, has developed a double-layered barcode it calls the 'data bar' which can carry some extra details such as expiry date, quantity, batch or lot number. (more)

'Supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt
30 August 2015 - The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the 'largest-ever' found in the Mediterranean Sea. (more)

Britain's economic growth accelerates, helped by trade
30 August 2015 - Britain's economy gathered speed in the second three months of 2015, boosted by a jump in exports and business investment in the latest sign that the recovery is broadening out. (more)

British service sector growth surges in August - CBI
30 August 2015 - Growth across British services companies surged in August, adding to signs that the strong pace of economic upturn has continued into the second half of this year, a business survey showed on Friday, 28 August. The Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) survey showed the biggest influx of work for business and professional services companies since records started in 1998, while conditions for consumer services companies also improved. (more)

One in 65 adults in Britain is now a millionaire
30 August 2015 - Millionaires are on the increase in Britain, according to a study which found that one in 65 adults is now worth over seven figures, 41 percent more than five years ago. (more)

UK consumer confidence bounces back to 15-year high
30 August 2015 - British consumer morale unexpectedly rose in August to match June's 15-year high, as low inflation and a recent pick-up in wages made Britons more upbeat about their financial prospects. (more)

US: Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle
30 August 2015 - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The e-cigarette regulations would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools, and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on 27 August, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. (more)

India: Millions expected to take dip in Godavari River during Kumbh Mela festival
28 August 2015 - To the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari River, touching the water is reverential. It's a way to cleanse themselves of sin, to come close to God, and to immerse themselves in a tradition that dates to antiquity. Observant Hindus believe that four drops of holy nectar were spilled long ago during a battle between gods and demons. Since then, the Kumbh Mela has alternated between the four cities where the nectar fell. (more)

US: Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth (+ AP video)
28 August 2015 - Carmen Sharpe doesn't let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia. So her 9-year-old daughter Marisol Jimenez cherishes the periodic escapes she gets through Work to Ride, a nonprofit program that helps at-risk children become equestrians. The children clean stalls, brush horses, shovel hay and droppings, and keep things running at the city's Chamounix Equestrian Center. In exchange, they receive horseback riding lessons and a chance to be on the center's renowned polo team, which became the first African-American squad to win a national interscholastic championship in 2011. Those who compete with the polo teams travel up and down the East Coast, and play at colleges like Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Virginia. (more)

Deep sea robots livestream ocean floor landscapes, creatures
27 August 2015 - Join two robots exploring the deeps off the British Columbia coast -- without getting wet. People can watch them online during a three-week mission by the University of Victoria's Ocean Networks Canada in the Salish Sea and Pacific Ocean to discover new species, map the ocean floor, and upgrade high-tech undersea sensors. (more)

New bike-sharing system making inroads in Canada
27 August 2015 - Years after Bixi and its competitors set up shop in Canada, another bike-sharing system that some describe as the AirBnB of cycling is making inroads in the country. Spinlister allows people to list their unused bicycles and search for available ones in a specific area. The bikes can be rented by the hour, day, or week through a website or app, and users can search by type, frame size, and rider height. A few dozen bikes, from sturdy cargo bikes to sleek racing models, are listed in Toronto and Vancouver and spokesman Andrew Batey says demand for bicycles outstrips the supply. (more)

Scotland: Number millionaires up 41 per cent in past five years, say figures
27 August 2015 - The number of millionaires in Scotland has increased by 41 per cent over the past five years, according to new research. Barclays said there are now 48,000 millionaires living in Scotland, driven by a healthy financial services sector and a 'thriving' entrepreneurial scene. (more)

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar
27 August 2015 - The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds. (more)

Further drop in percentage of Scots who smoke
26 August 2015 - The number of Scots who smoke has fallen to one in five of the adult population, according to a Scottish government survey. The Scottish Household Survey for 2014 found 20 per cent of adults now smoked. It had been 23 per cent since 2011. The survey's overall findings represent the sharpest year-to-year decline in smoking rates since 1999. (more)

Interactive visualization created of what the world economy actually looks like
26 August 2015 - Economics is a notoriously complex and jargon-riddled business. Now, the Earth's vast web of economic networks has been reimagined through 3D 'confetti'. The Globe of Economic Complexity is a detailed map that allows you to visualize $15 trillion of world trade. By navigating the map, you can zoom in on any given country to view their range of exports, volumes, and the links between them. (more)

UK mortgage approvals rise to 17-month high in July
26 August 2015 - The number of mortgage approvals in Britain rose in July to their highest level in 17 months, the British Bankers' Association said on Wednesday, the latest sign that Britain's housing sector is rebounding. (more)

UK: Housing, retail surveys point to strong growth in third quarter
26 August 2015 - Mortgage approvals in Britain rose to a 17-month high in July and retail sales growth unexpectedly accelerated in August, according to surveys that suggested consumers will continue to drive the economy through the second half of the year. (more)

US: 8 recipients awarded Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
25 August 2015 - Eight recipients have been awarded the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Carnegie Corporation of New York made the announcement Tuesday. The award was established in 2001 to honor individuals 'who dedicate private wealth to the public good'. (more)

Scotland: Pilot schemes to give all children automatic library membership
25 August 2015 - All Scottish children could automatically become library members in a bid to promote literacy. Pilot projects are being developed in every council area to enrol children during their early years. The children are part of Glasgow Life's pilot which will target 2,000 pupils in six areas with issues of lower literacy. (more)

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