Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 18th July 2021
Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy and happy news story from the past week.
An independent report headed by businessman Henry Dimbleby thinks that sugar and salt should be taxed, while the NHS will be prescribing both fruit and vegetables. The money made from the tax would then go on extending the free school meal budgets and supporting the diets to the poorest of people. Boris Johnson has had his say on the matter and doesn’t wish to add even more taxes to the public, especially as there is already a tax on full-fat fizzy drinks. Ian Wright, of the Food and Drink Federation, which represents manufacturers, says: “Obesity and food is very much about poverty, and we need measures to tackle poverty and to help people to make choices they need to make.”
How often do you use Google. It is the most used search engine across the planet with billions of searches every day, but did you know that there is a special meaning behind the name. In 1878, American Mathematician created a new term named “googol” which equates to 100 zeros after the number. Google’s original name was to “Backrub”, but due to the vastness of the internet and the number of pages, there are literally pages across the World Wide Web, some would say a googol. Milton also coined an additional term named “googolplex, with an infinite number of zeros following. Google’s headquarters is known as the “Googleplex”, so it’s all come from a play on the mathematical term that has only existed for 143 years.
A new study has found that smart technology does not make is dumb after all. University of Cincinnati professor Anthony Chemero has co-authored a new paper in Nature Human Behaviour and says “Despite the headlines, there is no scientific evidence that shows that smartphones and digital technology harm our biological cognitive abilities”. He also mentions how smart technology add to our thinking, helping us to think outside the box. Dr Chemro adds “What smartphones and digital technology seem to do instead is to change the ways in which we engage our biological cognitive abilities and these changes are actually cognitively beneficial.”