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JEFF BEZOS BECOMES THE WORLDS RICHEST MAN FOR A MOMENT
According to FORBES Mr Bezos the chief executive of AMAZON is listed as being worth £69 BILLION by calculating the share price of his company which means his fortune is twice as big as the mighty FORD motor company in America.
However the richest man on the planet is believed to be BILL GATES the founder of MICRSOFT who is reported to be worth $90 BILLION making Jeff Bezos the words richest man for only a while.
NEW BRACELET STOPS YOU FALLING ASLEEP
A bracelet that gives drivers an electric shock to stop them falling asleep at the wheel is likely to be on sale in the autumn according to a recent report in the TIMES.
The device uses sixteen sensors similar to those used in a police polygraph to analyse the drivers heart rate every two seconds.
This could be very useful with the development of more autonomous driving technology, with reports that the new driving assistance features in current cars can lower a drivers alertness.
COULD THE USE OF TWITTER LEAVE THE YOUNG ILLITERATE?
A controversial piece in The TIMES reported that Howard Jacobson had recently warned that the next generation of children will be illiterate because of the devastating impact of Twitter.
He said that the combination of social media & smart phones had changed the nature of communication so completely that even he who once liked nothing better than to curl up with three hundred densely packed pages of a late Henry James novel now craved interruption.
He continued that in his view within 20 years we will have children who cannot read & who do not want to read. The comments follow evidence on both sides of the Atlantic to an alarming decline in literacy, with a recent survey in Scotland revealing that there had been a steep fall in writing standards among 13-year olds over the past five years. Fewer than half the students were performing well & in America the percentage who read literature was last year at its lowest since records began in 1982 with only 43% who had only read one book in the previous year.
A BIONIC BOY MAKES HISTORY
The Daily Mail reported recently of the amazing technical challenge in fitting two bionic hands to a British boy called Alan Gifford aged 11 from Swansea who is believed to be the first person ever to have two prosthetic hands fitted allowing him for the first time to ride a bike.
He had both hands amputated at the age of three following complications arising from a heart condition. He said he was really happy now he can ride a bike & eat with a knife & fork & wants to be a special needs teacher when he gets a little older.
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