Following a recent investigation into the Church of England's investment scheme, it has come to light that the Church indirectly funded controversial payday lenders Wonga. The Church have taken an extremely strong stance against these payday loan companies and is facing embarrassment after these reports. Looking into the Church's investment's were a group of Financial Times journalists who spotted that they hold 'more than £1m investment in one of the main financial backers of Wonga' - the US venture capital firm Accel Partners.
The roaring trade of cashmere within the fashion industry is having a detrimental impact on the wildlife in Northern India, the Tibetan plateau and Mongolia. The increasing number of goat herds, harvested for their precious wool, is leaving pitiful amounts of grass which support antelopes and other wild yaks. Subsequently, declining numbers are effecting predatory mammals like the snow leopard. In a new report, it has been shown that 95% of forage across the areas stated go towards livestock, 'leaving just 5% for wild animals'.
Last night saw the final episode in this series of acclaimed BBC drama Luther. After a long wait for series 3, the show in no way disappointed and is surely worthy of a renewal for a further season. His symbolic coat drop at the end of the show suggests that time is up on the detective thriller. From it's humble beginnings back in 2010, the show has gone on to gain a huge cult following, however it has been noted that perhaps the key cast members have 'outgrown it'.
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus to those of a Latin bent) have names that they use to identify individuals in their social group, according to a study by scientists in Scotland. The names are composed of whistles which they use to broadcast their locations to other dolphins they meet at sea. Apart from man very few animals have the ability to stand around and shout “Hello! It’s me, Tim!” rather than pee against a tree so this is pretty big news.
A study spanning across 16 years has proven that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. The extensive study tracked the 'eating habits and health outcomes of 27,000 male health professionals aged between 45 and 82'. The results showed that not eating breakfast could have detrimental effects to your heart, increasing the 'risk of heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease'.
For a nation fairly used to defeat and failure, the sporting prowess that has been exhibited since the Olympics suggests things might be changing. 2012 proved to be an impressive year for British sport as, Olympics aside, we witnessed Andy Murray winning the US Open, Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and the epic European Ryder Cup win to name a few. Many believed we wouldn't see these dizzy heights again but it has provided a springboard for our sporting men and women to push on.
Fancy the idea of taking off from Heathrow at 12 noon and landing in Sydney at 4pm? That's what the Skylon space-plane should be able to do assuming the £60m the British Government has just chucked at the developers, a company called Reaction Engines Ltd. (check out their promo video below), bears fruit. Actually the money will be used to develop the Skylon's Sabre (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines) engines which is the key to the project. Space planes are easy to build, it's the engines and more importantly fuel that cause the headaches.
Following a recent Twitter conversation between Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich, the Radiohead singer declared that all his solo albums and work with Godrich would be pulled from the streaming service. Citing the fact that the service 'doesn't support new artists', Godrich chimed in stating that the industry needs to be fairer to emerging artists otherwise 'the art will suffer'. The move has sparked much debate in the music world and the benefits of services such as Spotify.
If you think we know all there is to know about the solar system, think again. An astronomer studying archived images of Neptune taken by the Hubble space telescope has found a 14th moon orbiting the planet. Estimated to be about 12 miles in diameter, the moon is located just over 65,000 miles from Neptune. That makes it much smaller and much closer than our Moon (250,000 miles away and 2159 miles in diameter) . In fact by comparison the new Neptune satellite is a just a small, round rock.
Held on July 12th, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has claimed it's most successful year yet. Raising a whopping £36 million, the festival witnessed the sale of John Lennon's 1965 330GT 2+2 Coupe Ferrari. The Azzurro blue automobile, auctioning for £359,900, was purchased by Lennon upon completion of his driving license. It is reported that numerous luxury car dealers turned up at his house all vying to put John in one of their cars. Bought for a mere £6,500, the car smashed it's auction estimation by over £100,000.
NASA's Hubble space telescope has found another blue planet in space but the inhospitable world is not a pleasant watery orb like Earth or a floayy-mountain paradise like Pandora but a place you really, really don't want to visit. Boffins at NASA have figured out that the true colour of the planet is blue using visible-light observations taken by Hubble's Imaging Spectograph as the globe moved around its star 63 light years away.