Archive for the ‘Interesting News’ Category

“Infomania” Worse than Marijuana

February 28, 2007

Chances are most of us are on “infomania” that’s worse than being on marijuana, according to BBC News. It never cross my mind that distraction from email and phone calls will lower our IQ. There seems to be no relation at all. All these while, I thought distraction from email and phone calls will only affect our productivity…

‘Infomania’ worse than marijuana

Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed. The study for computing firm Hewlett Packard warned of a rise in “infomania”, with people becoming addicted to email and text messages.

Researchers found 62% of people checked work messages at home or on holiday.

The firm said new technology can help productivity, but users must learn to switch computers and phones off.

Losing sleep

The study, carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry, found excessive use of technology reduced workers’ intelligence.

Those distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQ – more than twice that found in studies of the impact of smoking marijuana, said researchers.

More than half of the 1,100 respondents said they always responded to an email “immediately” or as soon as possible, with 21% admitting they would interrupt a meeting to do so.

The University of London psychologist who carried out the study, Dr Glenn Wilson, told the Daily Mail that unchecked infomania could reduce workers’ mental sharpness.

Those who are constantly breaking away from tasks to react to email or text messages suffer similar effects on the mind as losing a night’s sleep, he said.

from BBC News

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50-year-old Mummified Baby

February 6, 2007

Many might not have caught this news as I doubt it is reported in our local (Malaysia) newspaper. At least, I did not read it in the paper.

A partially mummified baby boy was found in a suitcase by a lady cleaning up her late parents rented storage locker in Florida, the United States. The baby was wrapped in newspapers dated January 9, 1957.  It was discovered about 2 weeks ago on 23rd January 2007 when the lady received a notice stating that the rent had not been paid for several months, and the items will be auctioned off.

What interest me is you can’t help but to think what had actually happened back then. Why is the baby dead? And what is he being kept there? Who is the baby? Who are the parents? You can’t help, but speculate things that might have taken place way back in 1957.

Test are being done on the remains for more clues, and I can’t wait for the result. It’s spooky, yet it’s interesting.

Here’s the news that came out on MSNBC on 23rd January 2007 and another one from CNN on 3rd February 2007.

Pictures gallery can be found here, but pictures of the mummified baby is unavailable.

And finally, the CNN news clip.