The European Commission has released its annual Flash Eurobarometer of quality of life in European cities. It is a huge survey that asks people to rank their satisfaction for example, with the cleanliness of their city, the amount of green space, and how safe it is. The ranking below consists of the cities where the highest percentage of people said they were "very satisfied with their life." Let's take a look.
Justin Schmidt, a budding entomologist was writing a dissertation about the venom of different insects with the help of his zoologist wife Debbie. They collected large numbers of the "nasty stinging insects" for analysis and comparison of their venom. To asses venom, they had to evaluate toxicity and pain. As for toxicity, well, it was easy, all they had to do is to use existing measures. But there was no measures for pain. This is how the "Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects" appeared. It was a four-point system, based on the well-known sting of a honey bee that they rated as a two. Plus, a lot of people are actually familiar with this type of sting. So, from this point, people could imagine what a sting of various types of insects could feel like. When collecting the insects, Schmidt didn't try to be deliberately stung, it just happened. Overall, he got stung over 1,000 times from at least 83 different species. Here are the list of some of the insects that were evaluated by Schmidt and illustrate the full scope of the pain scale.
Microsoft's main campus is situated in Redmond and it sits on 8 millions square feet (743,224 square meters). There are 80 buildings but all of them but one are closed off to nonemployees. The one that is opened to everybody is the Microsoft Visitor Center where you can find the Microsoft Company Store, and a gift shop that has an exclusive products you can only find there. Check out what you can see in the Visitor Center.
A strong earthquake has hit central Italy on Wednesday killing at least 240 people. The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2 and struck in Norica, Umbria, approximately 100km north-east of Rome. These are the heartbreaking pictures showing how the earthquake has left Italian villages in ruins and how they looked before tragedy.
There is a rush on mammoth ivory in the wilderness of Siberia, Russia. And since it is sold for millions on the black market in China, a lot of people from the poorest villages of Siberia took the opportunity and made a lot of money. These “hunters” or as they are called – tuskers - use illegal new methods to extract mammoth remains while trying to avoid police patrols.