Perfect Cubes of Pyrite Formed by Mother Nature

January 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Fat isn’t all bad: Layer below the skin ‘helps protect against bacterial infections and blood poisoning’: “Fat has been much maligned for promoting weight gain and raising cholesterol. However, a new study has found fat is not all bad, helping people fight infections. U.S. researchers made the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect against bacteria. Professor Richard Gallo, of UC San Diego School of Medicine, uncovered the previously unknown role for fat cells known as adipocytes. He revealed they produce molecules called antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens. Previous research has led scientists to believe that once the skin is broken, white blood cells called neutrophils and macrophages protect people from bacteria entering the blood stream and causing blood poisoning. ‘But it takes time to recruit these cells to the wound site,’ Professor Gallo explained. ‘We now show that the fat stem cells are responsible for protecting us. ‘That was totally unexpected. It was not known that adipocytes could produce antimicrobials, let alone that they make almost as much as a neutrophil.'”

Greedy doggie: “An obese dachshund has managed to lose a whopping 43 pounds after spending a year on a strictly-controlled diet plan. Dennis, whose weight peaked at an unbelievable 56 pounds just over a year ago, also had to undergo surgery in order to remove all of the excess skin left behind after he dropped the weight. The canine companion first starting piling on the pounds after being left in the care of his owner’s uncle, who fed him a dangerous combination of human food and fatty dog treats. But now, after more than 12 months of dieting, Dennis is back to a healthy weight – and his owner, Brooklyn Burton, from West Columbus, Ohio, says she couldn’t be more delighted with the results of her dog’s health-focused regime. ‘He now can go up and down the steps,’ she told local news station WSYX. But Dennis hasn’t completely lost his love of good food – and can always be relied upon to be particularly enthusiastic and energetic at dinner time. ‘He loves when it’s chow time, he does a little dance,’ Ms Burton joked. ‘Right before he gets his food.’

Apprentices in their 60s? “Far from slowing down as they near retirement age, more and more over-60s are learning a new trade as apprentices. Figures show they are the fastest-growing age group among those in the Government’s on-the-job training scheme – intended to help school leavers. The number of workers aged 60 or over taking up placements has soared from 400 to 2,480 in the past five years. It is thought employers are opting for older staff as they find younger workers lack the right skills and work ethic. A recent report by accountants KPMG found ‘more and more companies recognise the high value of older workers’ knowledge and skills’. A spokesman for the financial giant said: ‘Older workers may take a more considered approach because they have more experience. ‘It is about using knowledge of what has gone before to understand what will work today.’ He added that there was a ‘massive misconception’ that older workers cannot learn to use new technology.”

A winning personality matters more at school than how clever you are: “Outgoing children are more likely to succeed at school than those who are just intelligent, says a new study. According to a review of the link between personality and academic achievement, the former is a better way to predict success at school than intelligence as it’s usually measured – by traditional standardized tests. Arthur Poropat, of Griffith University in Australia, compared measurements of what psychologists call the ‘big five’ personality traits in a group of school pupils. These are openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. He found that the students who were rated higher in openness and conscientiousness tended to receive better grades, reports the New Republic. In a release accompanying his report, Mr Poropat said: ‘In practical terms, the amount of effort students are prepared to put in, and where that effort is focused, is at least as important as whether the students are smart. ‘And a student with the most helpful personality will score a full grade higher than an average student in this regard.'”

Miracle baby born by emergency surgery after mother died in car crash: “The family of a mother who died in a car crash on New Year’s Eve have released an image of the baby girl born hours before she succumbed to her injuries. Monica Ramirez from Houston, Texas, was killed when she collided with a vehicle her boyfriend Anton Aleksandrov was driving following an argument. The 25-year-old aspiring model, who was six months pregnant, was found naked on the side of the road after being thrown from her Dodge Ram. After she was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, doctors delivered Ellie in an emergency surgery before Miss Ramirez passed away. The newborn girl is now in the neonatal intensive care unit and her grieving family say she is doing well. Briana Church, Miss Ramirez’s 21-year-old sister, told the Houston Chronicle: ‘She fought long enough for her baby to be here. Ellie is our miracle.’ Ramirez, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown from her car and suffered a traumatic brain injury,KPRC reported.”

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