Tuesday, June 3, 2014



Tests last month to Cadbury Chocolate products revealed porcine DNA according to the Malaysian Ministry of Health. The results of these tests resulted in a boycott of the chocolates by the Islamic community and a suspension of Cadbury's halal certification (meaning that it is not okay for consumption under the Islamic law).

However, new tests to Cadbury chocolate by the Islamic Development Department have not found any traces of pork. The Health Ministry tested chocolate bars from shops and the products may have been exposed to porcine DNA after leaving the factory. The Islamic Developement Department will be visiting the factory for further tests.

Friday, May 23, 2014


Godzilla director to make Star Wars spin-off film

Gareth Edwards, director of the new Godzilla film, will direct a Star Wars spin-off film.
The new film will be an addition to the new coming trilogy of Star Wars film, of which the first installment will be directed by JJ Abrams. The film will be released in 2016.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Daily News Doodle 6

Lost snake species rediscovered in Mexico

The Clarion Nightsnake was first discovered in 1936 by naturalist William Beebe. Scientists were unable to discover it for nearly 80 years until a team of researchers carried out a recent expedition to Clarion Island where they were able to identify 11 snakes matching the description of the Clarion Nightsnake.

The snake is found only on Clarion Island and DNA tests confirmed that it is genetically distinct from other snakes and it is not recognized as a full species.

80 years is a long time for a hide and seek game...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Daily News Doodle 5

I don't have time to write a good summary but basically:

Esa's Cryosat mission sees Antarctic ice losses double

Antartica is loosing 160 billions tons of ice per year. 
The melt loss is increasing the ocean levels 0.43mm per year.

It's not good a thing... 

I'll come back later and write a better summary, promise!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Daily News Doodle 4

Algorithm appointed Board Director

Deep Knowledge Ventures, a venture capital form which focuses on drugs for age-related diseases, has appointed a program called Vital to vote in it's Board of Directors.

Vital is a program made by UK-based Aging Analytics. It will make recommendations based off data concerning financial information, clinical trials, the firm's intelectual properties and previous funds.

People are saying this move is more of a publicity hype, as it is common for companies to use large data search programs to inform their decisions.

The program has already approved two investments.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Daily News Doodle 3

Who, What, Why: Is the craft beer craze going to cause a hops shortage?

Due to the sudden surge in popularity of craft beers, there might cause a shortage of hops. Craft beers require larger amounts of hops, and the varieties used in craft beers, "aroma" varieties, are less productive than bland high-yield alpha hops. By next year, acreage of hops growing will be changed to 60/40 in favor of aroma hops, while previously it was 70/30 in favor of alpha hops. Hop plants take several years to produce and at the moment, new breweries are opening up faster than hops can be grown, which will tighten the supply. A shortage has happened before in 2007, however "panic buying by hipsters might be premature. But small brewers may need to think further ahead or be ready to tweak their recipes".

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Daily News Doodle 2


Scientists can now predict the arrival of blooms of poisonous jellyfish by monitoring trade winds.

Irukandi box jellyfish are invisible in the water and very small. Their stings are extremely painful, and can be fatal. They are found throughout the oceans, but are most common in tropical waters where they may appear suddenly in mass. 

Previously, the arrival of the jellyfish was unpredictable, but a study of wind patterns in Australia and database of stings revealed that the arrival of jellyfish coincided with a drop of the south-east trade winds.

Here's an invisible jellyfish.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Daily News Doodle 1

Starting today, I'm going to be reading a news article, summarizing it, drawing something inspired by it (or something else), and then posting them here. :)

SO, without further ado, in today's news:

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" information should be removed upon request of the individual it concerns. 

The ruling was a resolution to a case in which a Spanish man, Mario Costeja Gonzalez, complained that a search of his name brought up links to 16 year old news articles about him selling his property to recover money he owed, which he thought should no longer be linked to him because the problem was resolved. 

The ruling backs a law proposed by the European Commission on the "right to be forgotten" in 2012. The court says that people can request for information to be taken down by contacting the operator of the search engine which will then decide the merit of the request.