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Revealed: Why days on Earth are getting longer

Revealed: Why days on Earth are getting longer

Technology
A new study has revealed days are getting longer as the Earth's rotation slows. Researchers used rock sediments to analyse the Earth's relationship to the moon 1.4 billion years ago.They discovered the moon's effect on the Earth meant a day lasted just over 18 hours back then.This is partly because the moon used to be much closer, changing the way the Earth spins on its axis, and is moving away from the planet."As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out," explained Professor Stephen Meyers, professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The moon is currently moving away from the Earth at a rate of 3.82 centimetres a year - a speed which poses tough questions for scientists.Assuming that ra...
Hardest part of work for autistic adults is getting a job, survey says

Hardest part of work for autistic adults is getting a job, survey says

Health
May 10 (UPI) -- From computer programming and factory work to acting and retail, autistic adults have a skill set that mirrors the wide spectrum of their disorder, but they face challenges and perceptions that non-autistic workers don't encounter. These challenges include tougher obstacles to getting and retaining a job, according to a new survey that found more than two-thirds of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder are unemployed or underemployed. In the first global study on employment of adults with ASD, adults in the United States, Sweden and Australia were asked about work interests, satisfaction and frustration of obtaining and keeping a job, and doing so despite issues with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The findings were presented Wednes...
Fast-food consumption can increase difficulty getting pregnant, study says

Fast-food consumption can increase difficulty getting pregnant, study says

Health
May 4 (UPI) -- Women who eat fast food-four or more times a week were less likely to conceive within a year and more frequently experience infertility than those who consume a healthy diet, according to a new study.Researchers analyzed the diets of 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Ireland from November 2004 to February 2011. Their findings were published Friday in the journal Human Reproduction."The findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimizing fast-food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant," Dr. Claire Roberts, a research fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said in a press release.Fast-food, which included burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips, were bought at fast-food and other t...
Supposed financial technology firm SixCap is getting liquidated

Supposed financial technology firm SixCap is getting liquidated

Finance
Singapore-based Six Capital Investments, a firm that touted itself as a financial technology innovator but which has been plagued by scandal for months, is being liquidated.The company, known as SixCap, was placed into insolvent liquidation last month in the British Virgin Islands where it's incorporated, according to a statement dated Feb. 26 from appointed liquidator Baker Tilly.Investors and creditors were toldthey're collectively owed more than $ 143 million, according to a Wednesday report by Singaporean newspaper The Business Times.Baker Tilly did not immediately respond to an email from CNBC requesting confirmation of that figure and asking for other details such as the number of investors involved.The development marks the latest in the downfall of a firm that once occupied a prime...