A useful invention

April 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You can find the keyhole even when drunk

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Ouch! Intruder gets thrown into cactus bushes: “Hollywood actress Julia Robert’s $9.5 million Malibu home was almost infiltrated by an intruder. Fortunately the star’s security team caught him in the act and ‘slam dunked’ him into nearby cactus bushes, according to RadarOnline. The website reports that the incident occurred in mid-January, just weeks before her sister Nancy took her own life. An eye-witness told the site: ‘By the time I got there, the man was just crawling out of the cactus bush outside her property and the security guards were talking to the police. ‘One of them was boasting saying: ‘I’m an ex-Marine and I just picked him up and threw him head first in the cactus.’ ‘The security told me that it was some crazed stalker guy. He was a brave man for even trying to get in her place, as it’s swarming with her detail.

US ATM gives man $37,000 instead of $140: “A MALFUNCTIONING automated bank machine has dispensed $37,000 in cash to a man who requested $140. Police in Maine say they responded to the TD Bank branch on Thursday morning after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use. Officers found the man stuffing cash into a shopping bag. The money was returned to the bank. Bank officials say they don’t want to press charges but police continue to investigate. The man hasn’t been charged. A bank official describes the problem as a “code error’’ and says no customer accounts were affected.”

Could tobacco hold the key to beating cancer? Researchers say plant’s defence mechanism could work in humans to ‘explode’ invading cells: “The tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. Scientists have identified a molecule in the flower of the plant that usually fights off fungi and bacteria – and were stunned to find it also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer. Called NaD1, it works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells and rips themopen, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode. Called NaD1, the moecule works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells. The structure then effectively rips them open, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode, rendering them unable to cause damage.”

Your ticket to Italy! Diner leaves single mom waitress a $1,000 tip: “One lucky waitress who has always dreamed of visiting Italy where her family is from is now able to do so after a customer left her a $1,000 tip for the trip. In a post on Tumblr, the daughter of the waitress recounted the story. She said that her mom was talking with a man she waited on and told him that her family is from Florence and she has always wanted to go there. ‘She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress,’ the daughter, who is a waitress at the same restaurant, wrote. ‘It’s pretty…sad and disappointing I guess.’ The daughter, who does not identify either her, her mother or the restaurant they work at, goes on to say that her parents divorced six years ago and her mom ‘hasn’t had a real job ever.’ She adds they have been stuck in a small town. The man who tipped the mother $1,000 just walked out without saying he left the gigantic gratuity on his credit card slip. He simply wrote, ‘Your ticket to Italy. Enjoy!!’

Soldiers set to wear night vision CONTACTS after researchers develop super-thin sensors: “A new, super-thin infrared light sensor could become an invaluable tool for the soldiers of the future as researchers work to develop the advance into night vision contact lenses. Created by University of Michigan researchers Ted Norris and Zhaohui Zhong, the sensor uses an atom-thin material called graphene which could be layered onto contact lenses. Graphene takes infrared rays and translates them into electrical signals. The process is similar to the way silicon chip in a digital camera work with visible light, Wired reported. However as researchers must still figure out how to produce a better light sensitivity and broader range of temperature, a useable contact model is still years away.”

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