Friday 22 September 2017

In Brief: Great support for diets

SCIENTISTS have developed a smart bra which can measure the wearer's mood to help prevent over-eating.

MC Schraefel, a professor in computer science and human performance design from the University of Southampton, has helped to design the bra which is fitted with sensors that monitor heart and skin activity. The data from the prototype device is then analysed by a smartphone app which can highlight when "emotional eating" is most likely to occur and offer advice to the wearer.

FISH AND CHIMPS

CHIMPANZEES may learn to prepare food by watching their companions in the same way that humans develop their cooking skills from their family members, according to new research.

University of Portsmouth psychologists said their study showed that our closest living relative may be capable of rudimentary human-like traditions within food preparation and they claim it gives an insight into how humans have developed culture. Their research is published in the journal 'Animal Cognition'.

THE CHOIR FELLAHS . . .

THE phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois's Champaign campus. It is a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who have been up all night studying.

Last year the student volunteers took more than 4,000 calls from people all over the world requesting such holiday tunes as 'Jingle Bells', 'White Christmas' and 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer'.

SALE FALLS THROUGH NET

MICHAEL Jordan's 56,000-square foot home in suburban Chicago has failed to sell at auction after the bidding fell short.

The former Chicago Bulls basketball star's spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, said nobody offered the reserve price of $13m (€9.44m) for the seven-acre estate in Highland Park, north of Chicago.

EGYPT BANNER MIX-UP

EGYPT has apologised for a banner promoting the new constitution that misspelt the word "Egyptians" and carried images of foreigners instead of locals, embarrassing the government as it tries to rally support for the document.

The draft constitution, which will be put to a mid-January referendum, is an important milestone in the political transition plan mapped out by the army after it deposed elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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