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Denmark to do away with fat tax

Denmark has decided to scrap a fat tax it introduced a year ago, as the measure was costly and failed to change eating habits of its people. The country was the first to impose such a tax introduced by the previous right-wing government.

world Updated: Nov 12, 2012 00:05 IST

Denmark to do away with fat tax
Johannesburg: Denmark has decided to scrap a fat tax it introduced a year ago, as the measure was costly and failed to change eating habits of its people. The country was the first to impose such a tax introduced by the previous right-wing government.
“The fat tax and extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has been criticised for rising prices, increasing companies’ administrative costs and putting jobs at risk,” a tax ministry statement said. The Danish National Health and Medicines Authority says 47% of Danes are overweight and 13% are obese. ani

Musical app for your heart
Washington: Researchers have designed a new “Musical Heart” that enables your smartphone to select music to get your heart pumping during workout.
The system developed by a Virginia varsity researcher selects music that helps to get their owners’ heart pumping during exercise and slow it down when they want to cool down.

It works by merging a microphone that detects the pulse in arteries in the ear with earphones that bring in music from a playlist on a smartphone. An app selects tunes that optimise the heart rate of a user. PTI


Why love makes us unstable
London: Researchers have mapped the chemical changes that occur in a person’s brain when he falls in love and discovered the areas that activate and shut down.
Neurologists unravelled the mystery of love that turn us giddy, irrational, nervous, ridiculous and unstable.

Researchers found the frontal cortex, vital to judgement, shuts down when we fall in love. MRI scans show this de-activation occurs only when someone is shown a photo of the person they adore, causing them to suspend all criticism or doubt.

Semir Zeki, professor of neuro-aesthetics believes the brain behaves this way for “higher biological purposes” — it makes reproduction more likely. If judgement is suspended, the most unlikely pair can get together and reproduce. PTI

Teenagers create ‘pee’ generator
London: In a breakthrough, four teenage schoolgirls in Nigeria have invented a ‘pee-powered’ generator that converts one litre of urine into six hours of electricity.

The invention was presented at the Maker Faire Africa entrepreneurs event, in Lagos, using a resource that is unlimited.
Maker Faire blog described the generator as “possibly one of the more unexpected products”.
While the system does have one-way valves for safety, more robust measures may be needed. PTI