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April 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Medieval potion made from onions, garlic, wine and bile from a cow’s stomach ‘can kill hospital superbugs’: “A thousand year-old potion made out of onions, garlic, wine and bile from a cow’s stomach can kill hospital superbugs, scientists claim. The potent 10th century brew – used by Anglo Saxons to treat a stye (an abscess on the eyelid) destroyed 90 per cent of the bacteria on scraps of skin taken from mice with MRSA. Interestingly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together into the concoction, the study by Nottingham University researchers found. The ancient remedy, called Bald’s eyesalve, originates from a manuscript in Bald’s Leechbook – an Old English leatherbound volume in the British Library. The Leechbook is widely thought of as one of the earliest known medical textbooks and contains Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves and treatments. The Anglo Saxon expert came up with the idea of trying out the recipe. It describes a very specific method of making the solution, including the use of a brass vessel to brew it in, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.”

4-Year-Old Goes to Extremes to Get a Slushie: “A four-year-old girl in Philadelphia got on a public bus by herself at 3 a.m. on Friday in search of her favorite treat – a slushie. Surveillance video shows Annabelle boarding the bus and sitting down by herself. She told bus riders that she wanted to get a slushie. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said he was shocked to see the little girl boarding the bus alone. He pulled over and called his control center. When the police to arrived, they took the girl to the hospital to be reunited with her parents. Annabelle’s parents said they didn’t know the girl slipped out the back door to go find her favorite frozen treat. They said she crossed busy streets in search of a slushie. Annabelle asked her mother, Jaclyn Mager, if she would take her buy a slushie. “I will take you to buy a slushie, but listen, promise me next time you’ll wait for me, okay?” Mager said.”

The music of the MICE: “Mice really can sing, scientists say. Not only that, but they claim that male mice sing like birds to woo females. They also change their tune depending on whether she is within sight or not. Special equipment was used to record and analyse their squeaks, which are so high-pitched that people can’t hear them. This revealed that they sang one song when they could simply smell a female and another one when they could see her. When they could merely smell a potential mate, they belted out an extremely shrill and complex song, perhaps in an attempt to make themselves known. But when she was within sight, they serenaded her more softly. These songs also had a more simple structure and were longer. The females, meanwhile, seem to like some of the songs more than others. ‘It is clear that the mouse’s ability to vocalise is a lot more limited than a songbird or human’s and yet it is remarkable that we can find these differences in song complexity.’ A second experiment showed that given a choice of the two songs, a female preferred to sit by the speaker blaring out the complex call of attraction.”

Do video games make you SMARTER? “Playing video games makes you better at learning than non-gamers, a study has claimed. Research found that gaming boosts the ability to learn a number of tasks more accurately, and possibly puts gamers in an ‘expert category’ of problem solving. But the researchers note they are not quite sure if gaming makes people learn skills better – or if people who learn skills better are more likely to become gamers. The research was carried out by scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island. To conduct the study, the researchers pitted nine frequent gamers against a control group of nine people who game rarely, if ever. They participated in a two-day trial of visual task learning. Subjects were shown an on-screen ‘texture’ of either visual or horizontal lines and had to quickly point out – in a fraction of a second – the one area where an anomalous texture appeared. In visual processing research this is a standard protocol called a ‘texture discrimination task.’ And the results showed that gamers managed to improve performance on both tasks, while non-gamers did what was expected. Despite the small number of participants, the results proved statistically significant.”

Drunk teenager is rescued after jumping into lion enclosure at zoo: “A drunk teenage boy had to be rescued by security after jumping into a lions’ enclosure at a zoo in western India. Rahul Kumar, 17, clambered over the enclosure fence at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Park in Ahmedabad, and began running towards the animals, shouting he would ‘kill them’. Mr Kumar explained afterwards that he was drunk and ‘thought I’d stand a good chance’ against the predators. Mr Kumar had been sitting near the enclosure when he suddenly made a dash for the lions, surprising zoo security. The intoxicated teenager ran towards the lions, shouting: ‘Today I kill a lion or a lion kills me!’ A zoo spokesman said: ‘Guards had earlier spotted him close to the enclosure but had no idea he was planing to enter it. ‘Fortunately, there are eight moats to cross before getting to where the lions usually are and he fell into the second one, allowing guards to catch up with him and take him out.”

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