Archive for August 3rd, 2016

Italian medieval castle on sale for the first time in 650 years

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016:

An 80-room Italian castle owned by the same family since the fourteenth century is set to change hands for the first time in nearly 650 years. Castel Valer, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, was constructed over half a millennium from 1200-1700 and was acquired by the Spaur family in 1368.  The estate, which combines architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque eras, has previously been valued at over 31 million euros (£26m). “The home holds a lot of history for both my family and my country. I especially love the details in the Gothic Chapel and have a fondness for the […] Read More →

Tesla claims output problems are easing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016:

Tesla Motors claimed to be making headway in overcoming its recent production problems on Wednesday as it released revenues that fell short of Wall Street expectations and revealed a sharply higher loss on escalating costs. However, the US electric car maker’s shares held up in after-market trading on a stronger than expected advance in its gross profit margin, as well as hopes that it was finally getting past some of the production bottlenecks that had bedevilled it since the launch of its Model X crossover sport utility vehicle last October. Meanwhile, Elon Musk, chief executive, dismissed concerns about Tesla’s plans […] Read More →

Why kids on traditional Amish farms don't get asthma

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016:

Miami (AFP) – Children who grow up on traditional Amish farms in the United States are largely protected from asthma because their immune systems are bolstered by close contact with farm animals’ microbes, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the August 4 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine compared two similar communities — the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota — which have different methods of farming. The Amish, known for their simple living and dislike of modern technology, live on single-family dairy farms and use horses for fieldwork and transport. The Hutterites use modern, […] Read More →

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