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Life, the universe and everything

india Updated: Dec 08, 2012 01:00 IST

Life, the universe and everything

Now, two-person trip to the Moon for $1.5 billion
Washington: A private venture launched by former Nasa executives plans to send people to the Moon by 2020, costing $1.5 billion for two. The company, called Golden Spike claims to have generated “real interest” in space agencies in both Asian and European countries. Golden Spike plans to sell each Moon mission for about $1.5 billion a relative bargain, said the company’s president and CEO Alan Stern, a former director of Nasa’s Science Mission Directorate, reported. The missions are being targeted at countries without their own space agencies or that can’t afford to launch people to the Moon independently, as well as organisations and private individuals looking to take the trip of a lifetime. Company’s leaders have not yet chosen a launch vehicle. - PTI

Facebook to decide if you will get an interview call
New York: Employers turn to social media sites such as Facebook when deciding whether to even call a job candidate for an interview, according to a new study.Research from a global security software company discovered that more than 90% of human resources professionals search for unprotected social media profiles in order to assess a candidate’s suitability. What employers find online has huge implications on a job seeker’s chance of even getting an interview. - PTI

World’s worst boss gets sued for £30,000
London: A bullying laundry owner from town of Mildura, Australia, has been fined £30,000, after he threatened his employees to burn them with acid, set his dogs on them and taunted female workers about rape. Kevin Andrews, 61, was found guilty of abuse against former workers at Mallee Laundry and Linen Services, the Daily Mail reported. The magistrate said that Andrews had “threatened the employees that he would dissolve them in acid, a substance that was available to them in the workplace.” - ANI

Good gossip at work can benefit organisations
London: Researchers have suggested that good gossip should be encouraged in workplaces as it helps weed out the workshy and makes for a more efficient office. A study found that up to nine in 10 conversations is gossip but it is not necessarily malicious. The study argued that organisations can “benefit from gossip that is instigated for positive reasons” just as much as they can be damaged by malicious conversations between colleagues. Gossip makes it possible for people to warn each other against those who do not behave in accordance with the group’s norms. - ANI