August 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the closest habitable planet to Earth: “SINCE its launch in 2009, NASA’s planet finding Kepler Spacecraft has discovered more than 4000 exoplanet candidates. Of these, there have been 216 Earth-like located within the Goldilocks Zone — the region around a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might support water. The problem is that while most of these Earth-like planets are habitable, they are located thousands of light years away, which means they are out of our reach. However, using a reflecting telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), astronomers have recently discovered exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri — a red dwarf, a small low-mass star about 4.25 light-years from the Sun. An anonymous source from the ESO told German publicationDer Spiegel the discovery is the closest habitable planet to Earth, which means we could reach it within our lifetime”

A new, five-minute procedure for treating haemorrhoids – which allows patients to avoid the pain of major surgery: “The Rafaelo procedure was developed in Poland, where it has been used to treat more than 2,000 patients. It is now being carried out privately at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam, Surrey, by consultant colorectal surgeon Nick West. It is based on the same technology as that used to treat varicose veins. Haemorrhoids, or piles, are caused by the deterioration of blood vessel-rich spongy cushions inside the rectum. Downward pressure – simply the effect of gravity and being on two feet, but sometimes greatly increased by factors such as pregnancy – can cause them to swell, itch and bleed. The Rafaelo technique is suitable for most cases up to grade 3, and does not require a general anaesthetic. : ‘The base of the haemorrhoid is injected with local anaesthetic. A special metal probe, the width of a knitting needle, is inserted into the haemorrhoid. Radio-frequency energy is then sent down the probe. You can see the haemorrhoid shrinking.’

Great-grandfather, 75, sees his beloved Scottish garden become a tourist attraction: “A great-grandfather has seen his beloved garden become a tourist attraction after transforming it from a weed-ridden jungle into a beautiful oasis. Robert Burns, 75, has spent 16 painstaking years working on the colourful garden that surrounds his cottage on the banks of Loch Lomond, in Argyll, Scotland. He now has queues of holidaymakers lining up outside his quaint home to take selfies on his front step, and looks on open-mouthed as swathes of people turn up by the coach load. Such is the clamour to enjoy the fruits of his labours that tourists even turn up late at night to snap away at his floral arrangements. Such is the beauty of Robert’s garden that it has been featured on fridge magnets, coasters and even jigsaws – but not just in local tourist gift shops. There has been a price to pay for his garden’s fame, with swathes of tourists often blocking causing traffic issues on the road.

The world’s largest operative wooden sailing ship sails around Australia after a nine-month, 29,000km voyage from the UK: “The world’s largest wooden sailing ship is making its way around Australia after a nine-month journey from England, via the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. SV Tenacious arrived in Sydney in July and sailed into Melbourne on Sunday after leaving Southampton, England in November 2015 and sailing 18,000 miles (29,000km) through the Caribbean, via Noumea and Fiji. The 96-tonne ship is a ‘mixed ability’ vessel and was designed to be accessible for people with disabilities including those in wheelchairs or who are hearing or visually impaired. The 65 metre-long vessel has extra wide decks and hoists, broad crows baskets and even lifts to help accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Tenacious is the world’s largest operative wooden hulled tall ship, weighing in at 586 gross tonnes. SV Tenacious was built 16 years ago by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, an international disability charity based in Southampton”

Iraqi-born Aussie cowboy Haider Al Hasnawi on the ride of his life: “In cowboy hat, spurs and tasselled rodeo chaps, Haider Al Hasnawi does not fit any stereotype of a young Muslim man. The 17-year-old from Katherine in the Northern Territory is probably Australia’s first Iraqi-born bull-rider. “I just love it… just the adrenalin rush, the atmosphere, there’s no better feeling than being on back of a bull,” he said at the Mount Isa Rodeo in outback Queensland over the weekend. The fencing worker drove 1,400 kilometres in a borrowed car to compete at Australia’s richest and biggest rodeo. “It’s not just walk in and jump on,” he said in a broad Australian accent. “There’s a lot to it. Lots of training. You’ve got to have strength and balance and you’ve got to be positive about everything.” Haider first jumped on a bull at the Noonamah Rodeo outside Darwin two years ago, and was instantly hooked. Haider said it was a dangerous sport, but after growing up in Nasiriyah in south-eastern Iraq, he took a relative view”

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