The Guardian says scientists are leaving the UK for better funded positions abroad. Full story >>
VOCABULARY When people talk about a brain drain, they are referring to the movement of a large number of scientists or academics away from their own country to other countries where the conditions and salaries are better. • A lack of investment and a ruinous brain-drain have left Kenyans with few quality health facilities.
The conclusion of the study as summarized in the abstract is as follows: "Results suggested that young people who are initially free of mental health problems but use the Internet pathologically could develop depression as a consequence. These results have direct implications for the prevention of mental illness in young people, particularly in developing countries." This suggests that we should keep a close watch on the way our teenage children and/or students are using the Internet and try to discourage excessive/obsessive use.
This cartoon by Martin Sutovec (aka Shooty) shows a car salesman talking to a potential customer in a car showroom. The salesman explains that the "world's first water powered car" only runs on water from the Mexican Gulf.
EXPLANATION The joke is that due to the leaking BP oil well, the water from the Gulf of Mexico contains enough oil to run the car.
Genome pioneer Craig Venter has synthesized an entire bacterial genome. Then, he let it take over a cell. Venter says its the first self-replicating species on the planet whose parent is a computer. Read transcript >>