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January 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Happy days are here again: “The World Health Organisation is investigating reports that ISIS militants have been showing up at an Iraqi hospital with Ebola. According to three media outlets an undisclosed number of militants displaying signs of the disease attended a hospital in the ISIS-held city of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad. Ms Feig told Mashable: ‘We have no official notification from [the Iraqi government] that it is Ebola.’ Mosul has been under control of ISIS since June 2014 and over the past few weeks militants have reportedly executed more than a dozen doctors for refusing to treat injured fighters. According to a report in Iraq’s pro-government newspaper, al Sabaah, the disease was brought to Mosul by ‘terrorists’ arriving ‘from several countries’ and Africa. The reports have appeared in pro-government and Kurdish media but if true it could have catastrophic implications for people in ISIS-held areas as the group is against western science and medicine. It is not known if any of the surviving doctors in Mosul are equipped to test for Ebola or trained to treat patients”

Did bungling Islamic hackers target West Country bus website: “A hapless team of Muslim cyber terrorists whose aim is to hack websites belonging to the world’s biggest governments and businesses have mistakenly hijacked Bristol’s online bus timetable. A group calling themselves Darkshadow – an ‘Arab Security Team’ – took over the TravelWest website and replaced it with a sinister Islamic State-style homepage. It is believed the gang though it was an influential site used by millions to book travel around the Western world – not a West Country journey planner. Its users were shocked on New Year’s Day when they tried to find out the latest bus and rail times but were met with a black Islamic banner with the message ‘hacked by darkshadow’, ‘Muslum (sic) hackers’. However, rather than bringing the West to the brink of meltdown, it briefly deprived users of travel and congestion information in the Bristol area.”

Teenager wakes up while undergoing BRAIN SURGERY: “A teenager woke up while undergoing brain surgery in Poland and began speaking to doctors about cats and how the surgery was going. Iga Jasica, 19, was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth from inside her head at the Central Clinical Hospital in the city of Katowice in southwest Poland when the incident happened. Neurosurgeons had removed the top part of her skull and were in the process of taking out parts of the growth when suddenly she woke up. But instead of panicking or crying out in pain, Miss Jasica began calmly talking to doctors and asked how her operation was going. Medics say she was unable to see or feel anything that was happening to her, but for some reason had regained consciousness and the ability to speak. Doctors say it is possible that the brain surgery caused neurons to trigger which could have woken Miss Jesica up, but investigators are probing whether the anesthetic was administered incorrectly.”

Champagne hangovers ARE the worst: “With millions of bottles popped to hail the start of 2015, after the champagne celebrations comes the inevitable hangover. But while you may have declared champagne hangovers to be the worst from experience, research has now backed up that claim. The signature bubbles that set champagne apart are caused by carbon dioxide pumped into the drink. And it is the carbon dioxide that causes the bad hangovers, according to Boris Tabakoff, pharmacology professor at the University of Colorado. He explained it is the gas that causes the alcohol to be absorbed into the blood stream quickly.
‘The carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages like champagne helps absorb the alcohol,’ he told ABC news. ‘You get a faster rate of absorption, higher blood alcohol levels – and brain levels – if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carbonated.'”

Are PETS the key to treating autism?: “Having a pet can dramatically improve the level of social interaction in autistic children, researchers have said. Although previous research has focused on dogs, a new study claims any kind of pet has a similar effect. Researchers surveyed 70 families who had children with autism between the ages of 8 and 18. ‘When I compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills,’ said Gretchen Carlisle, research fellow at theResearch Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. ‘More significantly, however, the data revealed that children with any kind of pet in the home reported being more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people’s questions. ‘These kinds of social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism, but this study showed children’s assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet.'”

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  1. As a Chinese person might say in Australia, “Nothing beats a good loot!!’


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