A team of American scientists observed how the brain reacts to short, intense exposure to blue light in order to determine how sleep is affected. Smartphones are now so integral to daily life that some people take them to bed. However, several studies have shown that the blue light they emit has negative effects on health, especially sleep. A new study appearing in the journal eLife analyzed the effects of short bursts of blue light on the sleep cycle. “We all have smartphones, and their screens are very bright. We're all getting exposed to light at the wrong times of day. It's becoming more important to understand how these different types of light information are relayed to the brain,” said Tiffany Schmidt, Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University in Illinois, who led the research. In order to better understand what happens in our brains when our eye focuses on the light of the smartphone's screen in the middle of the night, Prof. Schmidt's team worked with … [Read more...] about Is checking a smartphone during the night bad for sleep?
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We thank Mr Soo Weng Keong for his feedback on escalator service at MRT stations (Maintenance and repair of escalators at MRT stations taking too long, July 10). We agree that escalators are important for the movement of commuters in MRT stations. To better serve commuters, SMRT has appointed Otis Singapore to work on an escalator refurbishment project at more than 40 stations on the North-South and East-West lines. It is the first major refurbishment of escalators since the MRT began operations in 1987. The maintenance of an escalator is usually completed within a day. However, the refurbishment of each escalator is complex and needs about four months to complete, because the process requires the removal, inspection, installation and replacement of more than 1,000 parts and major components. Typically, parts are ordered in advance for specific escalators. While our escalators are similar in design, contractors do need to prepare for the possible varying conditions of the main … [Read more...] about Why escalators at MRT stations take so long to repair
LIVERPOOL: In a hurricane of emotion and adrenaline at Anfield, the electrifying expectation of Liverpool's home support spiraling around the stadium, Trent Alexander-Arnold's mind was still."Don't take your eye off the ball, don't miss a thing."Against all logic, Liverpool had erased their 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League.With the aggregate score poised at 3-3 in the semifinal, second leg, the right-back won a corner on 78 minutes.He looked up, placed the ball and shaped to take it before Xherdan Shaqiri requested responsibility for the set-piece.Alexander-Arnold obliged and took slow strides away, before noticing Ernesto Valverde's men had briefly switched off.He swiveled toward the ball sharply, delivering an inch-perfect low cross that Divock Origi converted to give Liverpool another crack at continental glory.Alexander-Arnold, who turned 20 in October and is primed to become the youngest starter in consecutive European Cup finals - he was in the XI that lost … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t stop
Now he sits atop the company that runs the vast network of McDonald’s restaurants in Thailand. Chew, who is chairman of the executive committee and chief executive of McThai, has been a local pioneer in what is known as the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry. Chew says he clocked up a wealth of diverse experiences in his engagement with QSR. Among them are the benefits from networking with people, including friends and other professionals - and that opportunity to pursue lifelong learning. These experiences have helped him to apply what he has learned in business training. The knowledge he has learned from many developed markets around the world has been put to work, and these insights have helped in the creation of products relevant to the local market. Hester Chew He can say with confidence that his joining the QSR business became a central part of his life-long learning process. Chew began his career in the fast-food business in the early 1980s, when in Singapore … [Read more...] about Why LEARNING is never off the menu
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 Before I get to Mike Babcock’s grade for the 2018-19 season, I guess I should point out we’re all on #BabcockWatch now. (Tomorrow: The Forwards) When asked about the Babcock’s job security with the Maple Leafs, GM Kyle Dubas punted the answer downfield. He basically said everything is under review, and he’ll let us know when he knows. Not exactly words of endorsement, though how often has a coach been fired mere days after the GM promised him the exact opposite? So Dubas will let us know when he knows and he hasn’t said anything yet, so the #BabcockWatch will carry on. Article Continued Below It’s really too close to call right now, whether Babcock will be back for Season 5. It’s a bit like Game of Thrones, where some of your favourite characters don’t make it to the end. Jake Gardiner’s not making it. A bit like Theon Greyjoy there. We all thought … [Read more...] about Babcock watch: Grading a coach whose job is on the line