Soda And Sugary Drinks Cause Obesity (22nd September, 2012) 炭酸飲料や甘い飲み物が肥満を引き起こす（2012年9月22日）
New research shows there is a very strong link between drinking soda and obesity. Researchers made a 10-year study of over 33,000 Americans. It looked at what they drank and how much their weight changed. They said there is now proof that drinking soda and other sugary drinks greatly increases a person's risk of becoming obese. The researchers said soft drinks were especially harmful to people who have genes that make them put on weight easily. The message is for overweight people to drink less soda.
Sugary soft drinks are the biggest source of calories for Americans. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are obese or overweight. One of the reasons for this is they drink too much soda. The amount of soft drinks bought and the levels of obesity have more than doubled since the 1970s. Scientists say this shows that when people drink more soda, they get fatter. The report might mean more American cities could introduce a soft-drink tax, like the one started in New York City earlier this year.
Music Streaming Sales Up 40% (17th August, 2012) 音楽のストリーミングの売上が４０％アップ（2012年8月17日）
Global demand for streaming music has greatly increased. Sales went up by 40 per cent, which means it is the fastest-growing area of music sales. Music downloads went up by 8.5 per cent this year, while CD and record sales have dropped by 12 per cent. Physical CDs and vinyl records are still the most popular way of buying music. They make up for over 60 per cent of all the music we buy. However, it seems likely that CD and record sales will continue to decrease. Total spending on music fell by 2.6% globally this year.
A music industry expert, Ed Barton, believes streamed music via services like Spotify and Pandora may become more popular than downloads from iTunes. He said: "Although downloads still account for nearly 80 per cent of online music revenues, streaming music will be the key growth drivers over the next five years." Mr Barton said streamed music will grow at four times the rate of downloads - 27.8 per cent compared to 6.7 per cent. He added that cloud storage services are helping this growth.