Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

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Playing Tetris Is Good For You, Can Also Treat Stress

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 08:52 AM CST

Playing computer game Tetris can help reduce post traumatic stress disorder, scientists have discovered.

An Oxford University team found moving the blocks around occupies the part of the brain that retains bad memories.

But Dr Emily Holmes, who led the research, said: “There is a lot to be done to translate this result into a potential treatment.”

If this is proven, will Nintendo have a new market place?

Hat Tip Daily Mirror

Image - popgadget

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Saturday Tips From Around The UK Papers

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 08:40 AM CST

Find a Round-up from around the UK’s tipsters for Saturdays tips.After a great start here on the DailyDust, our resident racing tipster, David Myers, is taking a short break.

We will be posting up round-up tips from time to time in the meantime, good luck.

15:20 Ling

Art Man (Daily Post - Mercury)
Art Man (Nottingham Evening Post - Eammon Gavigan)
Art Man (Racing Post - Trading Post)
Philatelist (USA) (Irish Post - Kevin Walsh)
Philatelist (USA) (Oldham Evening Chronicle - Keith Mchugh)
Philatelist (USA) (Sheffield Star - Fortunatus)
Sgt Schultz (IRE) (Daily Mail - Robin Goodfellow)
15:30 Ayr

Best Prospect (IRE) (Racing Post - Rp Ratings)
Best Prospect (IRE) (The Sun - Templegate)
Princess Flame (GER) (Birmingham Mail - Paul Castles)
Princess Flame (GER) (Racing Post - Postdata)
Princess Flame (GER) (The Guardian - Not Applicable)
Princess Flame (GER) (The Times - Rob Wright)
Young Albert (IRE) (Carlisle News & Star - Phil Rostron)
15:50 Ling

Saucy (Liverpool Daily Post - Chris Wright)
Saucy (News Of The World - Pegasus)
16:00 Ayr

Zaffarella (IRE) (Independent - Chris Mcgrath)
16:45 Kemp

Vanquisher (IRE) (The Express - Computerman)

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Murray Marches On, Beats Federer, Again

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 08:19 AM CST

Andy Murray reached the final of the Qatar Open as defending champion with another win over Roger Federer.

The victory 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-2 was Murray’s fifth win against the former world number one in his last seven ATP meetings.

Federer claimed the first set after a close tie-break, but Murray responded to comfortably take the second and third.

Andy now faces American Andy Roddick in the final on Saturday.  His second final in a week.

“It is good to have beaten him (Federer),” said Murray “He is an awesome player, arguably the greatest player of all time, so I’m happy about my performance today.”

Murray is the new bookmakers’ favourite for the Australian Open starting on 19 January.

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No God? Prove it…

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 07:47 AM CST

Following the campaign saying “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” The ASA has received a complaint.

Earlier this week we wrote about the There Is No God campaign on buses through out the UK.

Posters with the slogan appear on 800 buses in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as on the London Underground.

The organisation Christian Voice, has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority saying they break rules on substantiation and truthfulness.

The British Humanist Association, which backed the campaign, said it was not taking the complaint seriously.

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the BHA, said: “I’ve sought advice from some of our key people here, but I’m afraid all I’ve got out of them so far is peals of laughter.  I pity the ASA if they are going to be expected to rule on the probability of God’s existence”.

It could be a tough one to prove..

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This Weeks Top Articles on The Daily Dust

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 05:39 AM CST


What's caught your eye in the last week?

There's no doubt what the big news on The Daily Dust was last week – the same news everywhere in the UK. Who was going to be the new Doctor? But with other reality shows in the air, could the 40 year old Sci-Fi series still lead the way? (err… yes).

Who's Going To be Who Tonight?

We put our cards on the table and tipped Chiwetel Eijofor as the eleventh Doctor, but warned it might be Matt Smith. So we'll call that a victory in the history books.

Read the article.

Who is Matt Smith

And one the news was announced, you all wanted to know a bit more about the dashing young actor who'll be taking over from Tennant in the Tardis.

Read the article.

Teenage Entrepreneur Lights Up Internet

The story of Scott Campbell, the 13 year old who's started tartan tinged social network ScotBlog.net is proving to be inspiring for many. At least we here at The Daily Dust didn't have to ask our Mums before launching the site, or staying out late for a launch party.

Read the article.

They're Here… UFO Strikes Wind Turbine

Lights in the sky, missing turbine blades, and a ball of light with tentacles reaching to the ground. The residents of Conisholme were left mystified as to what attacked their wind farm.

Read the article.

Liveblog: Celebrity Big Brother Launch

Our coverage of the 11 celebrities heading into the Big Brother house saw many of you join us for ongoing commentary and generally bitchy comments at the ego's heading into the house – and to see Verne Troyer's little side door so he could avoid the steps.

Read the article.

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One To Watch: Eurovision, Your Country Needs You

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 05:24 AM CST


Our first live look at the six acts ready to perform for British glory in Eurovision.

Performing live on BBC 1 tonight will be the first taste of a live TV performance for Francine and Nicola, Jade, Mark, Damien, Charlotte and the Emperors of Cool, as they put themselves forward to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.

From the six contestants, one will be chosen through public voting to fly to the Olympic stadium in Moscow to sing for our country on May 16th.

All the contestants have been given Lloyd Webber's home phone number to call for advice whenever they feel the need. Unfortunately the BBC report that "the musical Lord admits that he is unable to text and cannot get to grips with mobile phones."

Tonight's show will open with a group performance of Abba's Waterloo, and proceed to showcase the six acts chosen last week. For one though, their dream of conquering Moscow draped in the Union Flag will end tonight.

Eurovision Your Country Needs You, tonight on BBC1 at 6.40pm.

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British Ice Sub Runs On Torch Batteries

Posted: 10 Jan 2009 01:01 AM CST


Antarctic Explorer needs 5000 "D" Batteries for scientific missions.

Steve McPhail of the British National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is rightly proud of his autonomous submarine. It can reach depths of 1,600m (almost 5,000 feet) and travel 400 kilometres before it needs a fresh battery.

And like any good University researcher, McPhail has designed his sub to be economical. which is why the power source is sure to raise eyes if he ever pops down to his local supermarket.

The submarine runs on regular torch batteries. 5,000 of them to be exact.

The sub and its mothership have left Chile for a 54 day cruise, to include time under the ice cap of the Southern regions. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is working hard on a second sub… and they promise it'll be rechargeable.

(Hat tip to The Register).

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Lucy is first Celebrity evicted from Big Brother

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 04:15 PM CST


Daily Star Stunner Returns To Civilisation

The results of the first eviction have just been announced to the Housemates, and Lucy Pinder will be walking out to face the crowds and the mighty eviction interview from Davina McCall.

With 57% of the vote it's likely that her time in the house will be retold via The Daily Star over the next week. Her true thoughts on all the housemates will be expected to be in print on Sunday.

She was up against Ulrika Jonnson, who was all set to head home to her seven month old baby, and is distraught at remaining in the house. "I’m not fine," Ulrika sobbed, "I’m not having a good time."

As she has just found out, the British public have a habit of placing their support behind any voting that will cause embarrassment. The second Ulrika said on-air she wanted out first her fate was sealed.

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Iceland Creates 2500 Jobs - Buys Up 51 Woolies Stores

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 11:52 AM CST

Iceland, the frozen food retailer has bucked the trend and created some jobs in England, 2500 to be exact.

Just three days after the final Woolworths store closed for good, Iceland has stepped in and purchased 51 stores, creating 2500 jobs.

“We are confident we can help to support the local community in these towns who have lost a major High Street retailer in Woolworths,” said Iceland.

The stores to be purchased are as follows: -

Alton, Barnsley, Belper, Bethnal Green, Bexhill On Sea, Bicester, Billericay, Blandford Forum, Bodmin, Boreham Wood, Bow, Braintree, Broadstairs, Devizes, Exmouth, Fraserburgh, Frome, Greenford, Hackney, Hailsham, Harold Hill, Haverhill, Herne Bay, Hexham, Highgate, Honiton, Kilburn High Road, Leyton, Malvern, Matlock, Mill Hill, Minehead, Monmouth, Morpeth, Morriston, Newtownards, Palmers Green, Pinner (Rayner’s Lane), Palmers Green, Plumstead, Pontypool, Poplar, Portslade, Ringwood, St Neots, Stoke Newington, Strood, Sudbury, Swaffham, Wakefield, Wallington, Whitstable.

We bet Kerry Katona is happy..

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Benitez goes mental on Sir Alex

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 10:55 AM CST

Apparently things are boiling over a bit for Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, as he went on a lengthy rant in which he complained about Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s apparent relationship with referees.

Below is just a sample (yes, there is even more) and you can read the full transcript here:

”We had a meeting in Manchester with managers and the Football Association about the respect campaign.

”And I was very clear, forget the campaign because Mr Ferguson was killing the referees, killing Mr (Martin) Atkinson, killing Mr (Keith) Hackett.

”How can you talk about the respect campaign and criticise the referee every single week?”

Benitez is clearly irked by the lenient way he sees Ferguson treated by the FA, and was especially angry about Ferguson’s observations about the Premier League fixture programme.

”Two years ago we were playing a lot of early kick-offs away on Saturdays when United were playing on Sundays. And we didn’t say anything,” he said.

“Now he is complaining about everything, that everybody is against United. But the second half of the season will see them playing at home against all the teams at the top of the table, it is a fantastic advantage.

”There is another option,” he added. ”That Mr Ferguson organises the fixtures in his office and sends it to us and everyone will know and cannot complain. That is simple.”

Benitez also feels that Ferguson’s suggestion that Liverpool can not handle the pressure at the top of the table is only an example of the Scot’s infamous psychological tricks.

“I was surprised but I have to talk about facts,” he added. “I think that is important. I think they (United) are nervous because we are at the top of the table.

“I want to be clear. I don’t want to play mind games too early and I think that they want to start.”

Benitez finished off by criticising the conduct of United officials when Liverpool play matches at Old Trafford.

He added: ”We know what happens every time we go to Old Trafford and the United staff. They are always going man-to-man with the referees, especially at half-time when they walk close to the referees and they are talking and talking…”

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