General News Archive - February 26, 2009


A study of British civil servants suggests working long hours causes a decline in cognitive ability during middle age.


A 16-year-old British girl said she was fired from her office job after managers saw that she had branded her position boring on Facebook.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.