Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing — ScienceDaily

Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people’s moods, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

The research has also shown that experiencing nature in virtual reality could have even larger benefits, boosting positive feelings and increasing people’s connection to the natural world.

Under laboratory conditions, researchers from the University of Exeter first induced feelings of boredom in 96 participants by asking them to watch a video in which a person describes their work at an office supply company. They then experienced scenes of an underwater coral reef in one of three different ways: on TV; in a VR headset using 360o video; and in a VR headset using computer generated interactive graphics.

The team found that all viewing methods minimised negative feelings such as sadness,

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McDonald’s and Greggs help boost orders by 40%

Just Eat delivery person on bike
Just Eat delivery person on bike

Takeaway delivery company Just Eat says its orders have grown 43% in the UK after it added 800 McDonald’s restaurants and 300 Greggs outlets to its network.

The company also credited the impact of lockdown after it delivered 46 million UK orders between July and September.

It said more diners were working from home and avoiding outside contact.

The firm, which merged with Dutch rival Takeaway.com in February, expects to see more growth this autumn and winter.

The group also saw demand rise in markets like Germany, Canada and Australia, booking 151.4 million orders worldwide in the third quarter – a rise of 46%.

“Further lockdown restrictions across the continent and the UK should keep demand on the up,” said Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com.

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Just Eat added 800 McDonald’s restaurants and 300 Greggs locations to its network.

Just Eat’s shareholders approved

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Australia’s telco and energy sectors agree to boost infrastructure resiliency

Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.

Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.

The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.

The report found that during

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Smart City Market | Decrease in Prices of Connected Devices to Boost the Market Growth

The smart city market size is poised to grow by USD 2118.14 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 23% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smart City Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

IoT systems have revolutionized the connected network ecosystem over the last few years. Smart city infrastructure is based on an efficient and connected network system. The reduction in costs of IoT sensors and associated systems, and in the cost of broadband

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Gaming Chair Market | Demand for Ergonomic Gaming Chairs to Boost the Market Growth

The gaming chair market size is poised to grow by USD 95.02 million during 2020-2024, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Gaming Chair Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The use of conventional gaming chairs can cause pain in back muscles and hands. As a result, gaming chair manufacturers have started developing ergonomically designed gaming chairs that offer full-size lumbar support, seat-side control, swivel and tilt capabilities, and neck pillow. As such products will help improve posture and allow individuals to

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Facebook donates $1.3 million to boost WWII code-breaking site



a group of people sitting in front of a piano: All workers at the estate were ordered to sign the Official Secrets Act. For many young girls at the park, this meant that their families had no idea where their 18-year-old daughters had been sent.


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All workers at the estate were ordered to sign the Official Secrets Act. For many young girls at the park, this meant that their families had no idea where their 18-year-old daughters had been sent.

Facebook has made a £1 million ($1.3 million) donation to the museum at Bletchley Park, where British code-breakers decrypted messages sent using Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher and contributed to an Allied victory in World War II, after the site was forced to cut dozens of jobs as a result of the pandemic.

During the war, the mansion in Buckinghamshire, southeastern England, was home to the British government’s Code and Cypher School, where the world’s first programmable digital computer was built to decipher the Nazis’ communications.

Facebook said Monday that “the era of the computer was born” at the venue, as it announced its $1.3 million contribution.

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Emerging venture markets receive investment boost

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Emerging venture markets (EVMs) are gaining momentum as startup ecosystems. The EVMs continue to receive traction from investments and this is evident as seen with Turkish startups who have seen continued growth over the years even as more capital was invested in fewer startup deals in first-half of 2020.

More venture capital inflows but in fewer deals were witnessed in first half of 2020 as investment touched $80 million invested in Turkey-based startups, already 80 per cent of total 2019 funding, while investment deals were down by 51 per cent to 29 from first half in 2019.

The top five disclosed funding rounds in first half 2020 accounted for more than 84 per cent of total funding in the first six months in Turkey’s startup ecosystem compared to 49 per cent across Mena, according to first half 2020 Turkey Venture Investment launched by Magnitt on Monday.

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Activewear Apparel Market will Showcase Negative Impact During 2020-2024 | Increasing Sports Events & Tournaments to Boost Market Growth

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

Technavio has been monitoring the global activewear apparel market size and it is poised to grow by USD 157.1 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of 11% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Activewear Apparel Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis.Download Latest Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Analysis

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. adidas AG, ASICS Corp., Columbia Sportswear Co., Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., G-III Apparel Group Ltd., Gildan Activewear Inc., Hanesbrands Inc., Nike

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PwC: Blockchain technologies could boost the global economy US$1.76 trillion by 2030 through raising levels of tracking, tracing and trust

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — New analysis by PwC shows Blockchain technology has the potential to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by US$1.76 trillion over the next decade.  

 

 

That is the key finding of a new PwC report Time for trust: The trillion-dollar reason to rethink blockchain,  assessing how the technology is being currently used and exploring the impact blockchain could have on the global economy. Through analysis of the top five uses of blockchain, ranked by their potential to generate economic value, the report gauges the technology’s potential to create value across industry, from healthcare, government and public services, to manufacturing, finance, logistics and retail.

“Blockchain technology has long been associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but there is so much more that it has to offer, particularly in how public and private organisations secure, share and use data,” comments Steve Davies, Global Leader,

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Global Orthotic Foot Insoles Market Will Showcase Positive Impact During 2020-2024 | Increase in Diabetic Cases to Boost Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the global orthotic foot insoles market size and it is poised to grow by USD 1.12 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Orthotic Foot Insoles Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download Latest Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Analysis

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Bauerfeind AG, Bayer AG, Footlogics Australia Pty Ltd., Guangzhou Shunyang SM Co. Ltd., Hanger Inc., Implus LLC, Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA,

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