A Texas warning

April 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Medical researchers are now using Fido as a guinea pig: “About 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than half of dogs older than 10 years will develop cancers such as osteosarcoma, lymphoma, or melanoma. But the heartbreaking diagnosis for dog owners is a treasure trove of potential data for oncology researchers. In clinical trials at academic research centers across the country, veterinarians and physicians are studying how pet dogs respond to cancer therapies and analyzing the genetic makeup of these tumors. Although medicine and veterinary medicine, for the most part, have been viewed as 2 different worlds, with little exchange of information between the two, that is beginning to change. “We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years in understanding what we know and don’t know about canine cancers to define the type of questions that can be efficiently answered within that model,” observed Amy K. LeBlanc, DVM, director of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Comparative Oncology Program (COP)”

Documentary film crew searching for elusive fish on a remote Australian island found a half-naked CASTAWAY: “A British documentary film crew hunting for deadly animals on a remote Australian island got more than they bargained for when they found a castaway fisherman stranded by the rocks. Jeremy Wade of Animal Planet’s ‘River Monsters’ was exploring the waters of Barranyi North Island, an uninhabitable cluster of islands 750 kilometres south-east of Darwin, for the ‘giant grouper’ fish. But as his five-man crew drove through the crocodile-infested waters they spotted a half-naked man emerge out of a cave waving his arms wildly in the air. The man, a roofer from Borroloola in the Northern Territory known only as Tremine, had lost track of where his boat was after leaving it to dig for oysters a few days earlier. Smashed by temperatures in excess of 43C (109F), Tremine had quickly became disoriented and landlocked, severely dehydrated and too weak to explore for fresh water or food. The film crew’s director said the man was just hours from dying of dehydration when they found him”

Her Majesty’s hilarious response to hapless American tourists who didn’t recognise her: “She is one of the most famous women in the world. But one of The Queen’s former protection officer has revealed that even she is occasionally able to slip under the radar. Richard Griffin described how Her Majesty had gone for a walk near the grounds of Balmoral dressed in tweeds and a headscarf. So low key was her look, that a group of American tourists completely failed to realise who she was. She played along when the American tourists asked: ‘Do you live round here,’ simply replying that she had a house nearby. And when asked if she had met the Queen, she simply gestured to her companion and said: ‘No, but he has,’ according to the policeman. The Queen was completely unrecognisable to the tourists, who would have been more used to seeing the monarch in a bright array of colourful suits and hats”

New Zealand cops give shoppers a high: “A video has captured a police marijuana burn-off sending plumes of smoke wafting over a suburb in New Zealand. Officers were destroying a stockpile of confiscated drugs in a furnace at a police station in Turangi. The video, shot by a man walking along the street, shows clouds of smoke from the burn wafting across the street into the car park for New World Supermarket. Turangi police are incinerating weed, the carpark next door is FULL of cars sitting in the smoke!’ Adam Green, who posted the video, said. ‘Here comes a good cloud wafting past now. I might just stand here for a moment.’ Taupo Area Commander Warwick Morehu apologised for the burn, saying the conditions on the day were not what they expected. Despite the apology, locals were quick to find the funny side in the out of control blaze. ‘Tomorrow news paper top story, New world sell record amount of chips,’ Ashley Rowe wrote on Facebook.

Woman jumps out of a burning third-floor Spanish apartment wearing just her underwear… and SURVIVES: “A woman dressed only in her underwear chose to jump from the third floor of a burning building. Miraculously, she survived, even though a sheet held in the street below by horrified neighbours ripped on impact. The unbelievable escape happened in the town of Cedeira in Galicia, Spain. A fire broke out in an electrical panel and although the flames were confined to the entrance, huge plumes of thick choking smoke quickly filled the apartment block at 10am on Saturday morning. The 47-year-old woman had found herself trapped inside because of the fumes. On the street below, the woman’s partner and other residents rushed to get blankets to cushion her fall. The dramatic video posted on Youtube shows her let go and plummet through the sheets. She then hit the pavement with considerable force but survived”

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Friendly fellow

April 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a pink goanna from Isabela Is. in the Galapagos

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Mystery ‘body possession’ epidemic sweeps through Malaysian schools: “Schools in Malaysia have been struck by a mass hysteria ‘epidemic’ in which students claim they are having visions of female vampiric ghosts and are being physically pinned down by evil spirits. Called ‘body possession phenomenon’, one bizarre incident saw 20 female students sent home from a single school after complaining of being overwhelmed by it. Yesterday reporters attempting to speak with students at one school were not allowed entry but heard screams coming from inside classrooms. Education chiefs in the Kota Baru region are now using shamans and religious leaders to try and clear the schools of the supposed ‘bad spirits’, the Straits Times reported. Those affected by the bizarre hysteria claim to be overwhelmed by bad spirits and see spirits such as the pontianak, a type of female vampiric ghost popular in Malaysian folklore”

Just the thing for muddy outdoor events: “For anyone who is fed up of lugging around a pair of muddy boots in their backpack, this could be just what you need. A range of wellies [gumboots] that are small enough to fit into your pocket is being proposed as the solution to surviving the festival scene this year given Britain’s unpredictable weather. Feetz Pocket Wellies are lightweight, fold-up shoe-covers that can be slipped over normal footwear in the event of a downpour. They come in a handy travel-sized pouch, so can be taken along to events even if the weather forecast is good, but you do not want to take any risks. The material comes up to just under the knee with a drawstring that can be tightened to keep water out. And to make them completely Glastonbury-proof, they are fitted with thick anti-slip soles to prevent the wearer slipping in the mud”

The real-life Flintstones village: Inside the 9,000-year-old Italian caves that STILL have people living in them: “Looking like a scene from the Flintstones cartoon, Sassi di Matera, which teeters on the edge of a steep ravine in the country’s south, dates back 9,000 years and is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited cave city in the world. The Unesco-protected Sassi district is part of Matera city and has been carved into the rock of a towering gorge that was formed by a large river. At first glance the Sassi sprawl appears as a jumble of stone huts that seamlessly merge with the stunning landscape – but behind the picturesque dwellings are tales of struggle. Until the late 20th century people living there had no access to running water and there was a lack of electricity or proper sewage facilities. Dwellers took advantage of every bit of rock they could and many of the layered homes feature labyrinthine alleys and stairways. Families would live among their animals, diets were simple and disease was rife, with malaria a prominent threat”

NZ: Snake found inside Japanese imported car: “An Auckland used-car salesman got a nasty surprise yesterday when he discovered the unwelcome passenger in one of his yard’s new imports. The snake was found hiding out in a black Nissan Leaf which had recently been imported from Japan. Ministry for Primary Industries manager of cargo operations Stuart Rawnsley visited the snake this morning after its capture yesterday. He said the snake had been identified as a Japanese rat snake. “Which is a non-venomous snake found throughout most of the warmer regions of Japan and often kept as pets over there as well.” “Those kind of snakes would pose more of a threat to our local environment, to our bird population. This one in particular is an egg-eater, so it would certainly be a significant threat if it was able to establish here.” However, Japanese rat snakes tended to prefer warmer climates than in New Zealand”

Queen turned food taster over bodyguards’ packed lunches: “For thousands of years the kings and queens of almost every civilization have relied on ‘volunteer’ food tasters to protect them from culinary harm. All the more remarkable, then, to learn that Queen Elizabeth, who in her 63 years on the throne has probably eaten more royal meals than most of us have had…well…hot dinners, should not only have revived the ancient practice but to have enjoyed turning the tables. Speaking ahead of this week’s 90th birthday celebrations, warrant officer John Ross has revealed that the monarch was in the habit of checking the quality of the regiment’s tuck first hand. “She often tasted our packed lunches to check we were being properly looked after before we went out on hunting or fishing trips. She would come to the kitchen and inspect the sandwiches. “Most were up to scratch, but if they weren’t, they’d be sent back.”

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AIR FORCE ONE RETURNS FROM CUBA

April 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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‘Megamouth’ shark is caught by fishermen in Japan: “An extremely rare deepwater shark has been caught by fishermen in a Japanese village. The five-metre megamouth shark was snared on Friday in fishing nets five kilometres from the Owase Port in Mie Prefecture, Central Japan, reports Yahoo. Images show the fishermen holding open the enormous jaws of the deep sea dweller, which weighed a ton. The elusive shark was bought by a local fish monger and shipped outside the prefecture. Megamouth sharks have only been spotted 60 times since they were discovered in 1976. Most have been found in Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. Megamouth sharks can reach to a maximum length of five metres and have a life span of up to 100 years. The species descend as deep as 160 metres under water during the day before rising to 12 metres during the night to feed. They swim with their huge mouths open to feed on plankton and other food.”

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from recycled electronic devices last year…worth a cool $40million: “Apple also recovered 6,612 pounds of silver, 2,953,360 pounds of copper, and 23,101,000 pounds of steel. The company said it recovered 61,357,800 pounds ‘of material recovered for reuse through take-back initiatives in 2015’ The technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report: ‘In 2015, we collected nearly 90 million pounds of e-waste through our recycling programs.’ It said: ‘We work hard to keep electronic devices out of landfills so that the precious resources they contain can be reused. ‘And we want to ensure that these devices are recycled properly so they don’t pose a threat to human health or the environment. ‘That’s why we’ve developed recycling collection events, take-back initiatives, and efforts like Apple Renew, a global program that lets you bring used Apple devices to any Apple Store for reuse or responsible recycling.'”

Mysterious foam fills the streets of Japanese city in the wake of the country’s second deadly earthquake: “A mystery layer of foam covered the streets of a city in Japan in the aftermath of an earthquake which hit the country this week. The foamy substance appeared in the centre of the southern city of Fukuoka in the early hours of Saturday, following a 7-magnitude quake which shook the Kumamoto region. A magnitude-6.5 earthquake had struck the same area on Thursday night, but residents of Fukuoka reported little damage in the aftermath of either. People posted images and a video of the unexplained foam on Twitter, leading many to speculate on its cause, with one theory that a tremor may have caused a underground water pipe to burst. The disaster left 410,000 homes without water and 200,000 with no power, forcing crowds of people to queue for food and water at emergency aid centres set up in the wake of the aftershocks.

Poisonous British bureaucracy: “A good Samaritan who spent hours clearing the rubbish from his neighbourhood was told he could not dispose of it at a council rubbish dump – because it was not his own. Colin Shadbolt, 51, spent several hours collecting litter from roadsides in Faversham, Kent. But when he turned up at the tip, staff told him: ‘You can’t take rubbish to the rubbish tip.’ Father of three Colin, said: ‘Over the past two weeks I have been walking up the road picking up the litter along that way as I go. I went to the tip on Tuesday with a couple of bags of rubbish and they said I could not bring that in there, it goes against their rules. ‘When I was at the tip, there were a few people standing about and they were flabbergasted, too.’ Kent County Council later confirmed the tip workers were right and he needed to be a licensed waste collector”

Hugging banned at Australian grade school: “HUGGING has been banned at a Geelong primary school with children told to find other ways to show affection. St Patricks Primary School principal John Grant said “nothing in particular” had caused the ban on hugging at the Geelong West school. “But in this current day and age we are really conscious about protecting kids and teaching them from a young age that you have to be cautious,” Mr Grant said. He said he had spoken to teachers about his decision to ban hugging and then the teachers had spoken to classes, instructing the children on different methods of showing affection. He had not sent any correspondence home to parents but said there would now be a letter going home on Monday. Children at the school have been enthusiastic huggers, he said, with hugs given out to teachers and other children. “We have a lot of kids who walk up and hug each other and we’re trying to encourage all of us to respect personal space,” Mr Grant said”

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Even a dog likes to get a good hand sometimes

April 17, 2016 at 2:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Women DO judge men on their penis size: “Authors from the Australian National University, Monash and La Trobe provide the most complete answer yet: the size of a flaccid penis can significantly affect how attractive a man’s body is to women. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (a journal commonly known by its initials as PNAS), Brian Mautz, Bob Wong, Richard Peters and Michael Jennions use a clever experimental manipulation of computer-generated imagery – CGI – to test the effects of variation in penis size relative to height and torso shape (shoulder width relative to waist width) on the attractiveness of male bodies to women. While researchers found that torso shape was by far the most important determinant of attractiveness, penis size has about as much influence on attractiveness as height. It suggests that women favor slightly larger than average penises.”

Japan to launch ‘invisible’ trains to its tracks by 2018: “ALREADY famous for its bullet train, Japan is now set to launch an “invisible” train that will hit the tracks in 2018. Designed by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, who is known for making buildings that blend into the environment, the trains will sport a semi-reflective surface to give the illusion of invisibility when speeding through the city or countryside. Sejima was commissioned to design the train by Seibu Group, who are famous for their high-speed bullet trains, to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The brief was to create a “soft” and “gentle” design to “blend in with the landscape”. Sejima will also design the interior to have a “living room” feel. The design will be launched on the current Red Arrow commuter train on a limited number of routes from 2018.

Is this the most mesmerising cat in the world?: “This stunning moggy has become an internet sensation after people were mesmerised by his hypnotic different coloured eyes. The adorable snowy-white cat, called Alos, turns heads with his beautiful fluffy coat and striking blue and green eyes. The charming cat has racked up an impressive 9,500 followers on the social network Instagram, leaving people hypnotised by his distinctive eyes. The pretty kitty lives in Turkey with his owner, Burcu Kaynak, who has had him since he was a kitten. Burcu said: ‘I think my cat is the most beautiful cat in the world – I love him so much. ‘I’ve only seen one cat before with different coloured eyes, so he’s pretty special. ‘There’s nothing wrong with him – he’s not blind or deaf. Just beautiful.’ The beautiful moggy is a van cat, a type of cat found in the Lake Van region of eastern Turkey. It is sometimes called the ‘swimming cat’, because it has been known to swim in Lake Van”

Massive swordfish caught off Tasmania: “More giant swordfish have been tagged off the Tasmanian coast, including one which tipped the scales at 370 kilograms. Several enormous specimens have been sighted and tagged in recent days, including the possible record catch hooked off St Helens in the state’s north east on Tuesday. “It was an absolutely enormous fish,” said big game fish specialist and boat skipper Leo Miller. “It was the biggest known recreationally caught swordfish in Australian history. It was weighed clean at 354 kilos, so it’s probably about a 370 to 380 kilogram fish whole. “I have had inquiries from America, New Zealand, all round Australia and it’s had recent exposure on TV programs,” he said. “It’ll give the state and the fishery a huge boost and a huge bit of exposure. It’s exciting times. Miller said the signs pointed to swordfish staying in the area for a significant amount of time”

Melbourne man fined $30,000 for speeding in a car he sold eight years ago: “A Melbourne man has been left stumped after receiving 11 infringement notices over the past two weeks for driving recklessly in a car he hasn’t owned in eight years. Harry Chojna, 68, has racked up $33,000 in speeding fines for a car registered under a number plate that used to belong to his black Jaguar. Mr Chojna claims he sold the Jaguar to a Toorak dealership in 2008. However, a driver using those same number plates appeared to amass 23 demerit points worth of offences by driving at speeds up to 123km/h in Melbourne’s south east. Mr Chojna then went on to appeal the fine and was able to obtain images that show his old number plate attached to a pink Toyota Yarris while speeding along Melbourne’s east link. Mr Chojna says he feels as though he’s in the middle of a “bureaucratic mess”, and is refusing to pay the fine.

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Cellphone Etiquette

April 16, 2016 at 9:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.

As the train rolled out of the station, a woman sitting next to him pulled out her mobile phone.

She started talking in a loud voice: “Hi sweetheart. It’s Sue. I’m on the train”.

“Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting.

No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss.

No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life. Yes, I’m sure, cross my heart!”

Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.

When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone, “Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed.”

Sue doesn’t use her mobile phone in public any longer.

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Strange urban wildlife: “Given the chance to search for new species to add to the world’s biodiversity databases, where would you go? Chances are, not Los Angeles. If so, you’d have missed a trick. Over the past two years, entomologist Emily Hartop at the city’s Natural History Museum has logged 43 species new to science from this concrete jungle. This week, Hartop publishes details of the latest finds in her record-breaking urban bug odyssey in Biodiversity Data Journal. All are flies of the genus Megaselia, her specialist area, and rather than being named after obscure biologists, they bear the names of the people in whose backyards they were mostly discovered. Hartop found the new species after spending a year using tent-shaped nets called Malaise traps to catch more than 40,000 flies in 27 private gardens and three community gardens across the city. Urban ecology is hot. City streets, industrial sites, parks and gardens were once seen as biological deserts. But their nooks and crannies are turning out to be rich in undiscovered species.

Never spill beer again! £25 ‘Mighty’ glasses grip to surfaces so drinks can’t fall over: “If you have ever experienced the embarrassment of knocking a drink over, or have mourned the loss of a pint that you queued ages to buy, this invention could be for you. Firebox, the company behind a range of spill-proof Might Mugs, is now selling an equivalent for alcoholic drinks. A grip on the bottom of the glasses creates an air-tight lock that means the glasses can’t be knocked over but can easily be lifted vertically when you want to take a sip. When the smartgrip base is placed on a smooth, flat surface, a small amount of air is trapped beneath it, creating a vacuum that locks the mug in place and prevent the possibility of someone accidentally knocking it over. ‘There are no buttons to push or levers to pull to get Mighty Mug to work. Mighty Mug is not a suction cup nor is it a magnet, but rather something entirely new.'”

‘No lycra shorts allowed please’: Hotel bans cyclists from wearing their riding kit: “The owner of a hotel in New Zealand has banned its cyclist patrons from wearing lycra, in an effort to remove ‘any unsightly bumps and bulges’ while other customers are eating breakfast. Mike Saunders owns The Plough Hotel in Rangiora, on the South Island, and said he wants to set some standards now that the hotel has started serving breakfast. A chalkboard outside the hotel reads: ‘The bicycle is a beautiful object but they should never have invented lycra! No lycra shorts allowed please!’ reported stuff.co.nz. ‘We get a nice group of customers out here, some elderly folk … when you’re trying to concentrate on your breakfast you just want to see the sausages on your plate,’ Mr Saunders said. He added that he hoped cyclist didn’t take the dress code personally.”

A squeaky clean getaway! Escaped SIX-foot-tall inmate found inside his girlfriend’s dishwasher: “A six-foot Texas inmate who escaped custody was found inside a dishwasher with only his handcuffs and boxers on, authorities said. Wesley Evans, 20, was found inside his girlfriend’s apartment on Wednesday morning after deputies searched the Timbers Apartment complex in Jasper a second time. ‘That’s pretty hard for a man that size to get in,’ Timbers Apartment owner Terry Tootle told KTRE. ‘He’s about six feet tall and slender in build. I imagine he must have taken the racks out to fit in there.’ ‘I’ve heard of them being found in the refrigerator, but I’ve never heard of them being in the dishwasher,’ Blank told the station.”

Clue that the Bible is older than thought: “Archaeologists and mathematicians in Israel have unearthed evidence that could suggest key biblical texts were composed earlier than previously thought. Using algorithmic handwriting analysis, the experts studied 16 inscriptions on ceramic shards from the remote desert fort of Arad, written around the 6th century B.C. The inscriptions, which were written by six different authors, indicate a higher level of literacy in the ancient kingdom of Judah than many scholars thought. The research continues a long-running debate about when biblical works were composed — did it take place before or after the Babylonian siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 586BC and the exile of its inhabitants to Babylon? The inscriptions indicate “a high degree of literacy in the Judahite administrative apparatuses and provides a possible stage setting for compilation of biblical texts,” the study says.

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Some like it cold …

April 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Pencil shortage: “IT’S THE craze that has brought out the artist in all of us. Yes, colouring has become cool again, but the trend is creating a bit of chaos — particularly for some manufacturers. Whether you’re 13 or 30, the pastime of putting pencil to paper has gone through a substantial growth in the past 12 month, with sales skyrocketing in the adult creative field. “Pencils have gone up 300 per cent in sales in one year alone for our adult range,” said Count Andy Faber-Castell. In the UK, a surge in the number of people buying adult colouring books and pencil threatened stock worldwide as manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand. National Sales Manager for Crayola, Julian Horvat, said the demand caused “production manufacturing challenges”, but said they were now starting to meet customer requirements after receiving large sale volumes over the Christmas period.

Child Nearly Drowns – Gains Power of Speech: “Ethan dove into the pond, got Catalina and carried her to the sidewalk above the pond, where a neighbor helped with CPR efforts until a police officer arrived. Eventually, Catalina spit up water and started crying. Only then did Natalie think her baby girl would survive. But it seems something happened, and Holiday says her daughter is a “different child.” “Her big brown doe eyes are just sparkling and she’s back,” Holiday remembered thinking when Catalina came out of sedation a day earlier than expected. And then something else happened that Natalie will never forget. Catalina, a child who has never spoken a word, started talking. Natalie says Catalina is developmentally delayed and her motor skills are challenged. She says Catalina would gesture to communicate. Since coming out of sedation, she hasn’t stopped talking. Her first word on her first day of talking was “mommy.”

Inky the Octopus’s Great Escape: “It was a daring escape in the middle of night that saw Inky the octopus make a successful dash for freedom from his tank to the Pacific Ocean. The male octopus squeezed himself out of the aquarium after staff left the lid slightly ajar at the National Aquarium in Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island. He managed to crawl his way down the side of the tank and slid across the floor, before squeezing into a 150 mm [6″] drainage pipe that led to the nearby ocean, reported NZ Herald. Manager Rob Yarrell said octopuses were famous for escaping their enclosures, but Inky’s getaway was remarkable. ‘The lid had been left just slightly ajar, just slightly, and he found this rather tempting, climbed out, and was able to make his way across the floor,’ said Mr Yarrell. ‘Now being an aquarium we have drains dotted all over the place in case of large leaks or spillages or things like that and we draw water from the ocean we use it and then we send it back again. ‘He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went”

World’s strongest material: Scientists create ‘wonder substance’ carbyne in large amounts for the first time: “After eluding scientists for more than 50 years, a team of researchers has now found a way to not only synthesize carbyne, but to mass produce it. This one-dimensional form of carbon is thought to be stronger than any other known to scientists, surpassing the stiffness of diamond by more than 40-fold. In the new method, the researchers have used a double-walled carbon nanotube to grow stable carbon chains of record-breaking lengths. Carbyne is linear acetylenic carbon, or an infinitely long carbon chain. Its existence was first proposed in 1885 by Adolf von Baeyer, who warned it would remain elusive due to extreme instability. Led by Thomas Pichler, researchers from the University of Vienna have now developed a way to bulk produce carbon chains made up of more than 6,400 carbon atoms. ‘Furthermore, the mechanical and electronic properties of carbyne are exceptional,’ Rubio said, ‘and suggest a wealth of new possibilities for the design of nanoelectronic as well as optomechanical devices.”

‘This room is the breast!’: “A hotel guest has been accommodated in the ‘breast ever’ room after flicking on the lights to see a pair of breasts on the ceiling made in the shadows. An image of the display was posted to photo sharing site Imgur on Friday and has been viewed more than two-and-a-half million times worldwide. It is not clear where and when the photo was taken, but witty commenters have speculated it may be a new twist on the well-known hotel chain – Breast Western. ‘Friend switched on the lights in his hotel room and looked up,’ the original poster wrote on Imgur. ‘Dude this room is the breast!’ one commented. ‘Yes the view is quite titillating,’ said another”

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Another way a Texan says “Keep outta my farm”

April 14, 2016 at 11:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That hay could be valuable at times

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Tourist faces fine of up to $170,000 for flying camera drone over Colosseum: “A TOURIST is learning the high price of trying to snap a spectacular aerial shot of Rome’s iconic Colosseum. The French holiday-maker was caught by Italian police flying his camera drone above the ancient attraction, violating strict local laws on piloting remote aircraft. Police were contacted and the man was arrested. He now faces a whopping $170,000 fine for the transgression, and has had his drone seized by police. Italy has strict laws that cover the use of drones, including a ban on flights higher than 70 metres, and further than 150 metres from the pilot. Crucially for the law-breaking tourist, drones cannot be flown over populated areas”

The ancient mystery of spiralling holes across Peru has been solved with the use of satellite images: “THE ancient mystery of spiralling holes carefully constructed across the barren valleys of southern Peru has finally been solved by a researcher. Known as puquios, the holes are located in the Nasca region of Peru — a location famous for gigantic geometric images carved into the landscape. Rosa Lasaponara of the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis described the puquios as a “sophisticated hydraulic system constructed to retrieve water from underground aquifers”, reports theBBC. Ms Lasaponara said the discovery explained how the native people of Nasca were able to survive in a region severely lacking water, and development of plant and animal life. According to the researcher, the corkscrewing funnels were used to force wind down to a series of underground canals, which then forced water through the system to areas it was needed.”

‘Australia’s dumbest crooks’ try to deliver drugs to prison, instead deliver themselves: “Two criminals could be dubbed ‘Australia’s dumbest crooks’ after delivering themselves straight into the hands of prison guards. While most crooks would run a mile to avoid it, these two men were filmed sprinting toward the prison. Officers responded with their weapons drawn and busted the pair, catching them with ice, cannabis, phones and prescription drugs. The two men are now locked up inside. “It was broad daylight, they were very motivated and they were engaged by one of the more established criminals,” General Manager of Wellington Correctional Centre Brad Peebles said. “We take a zero tolerance on contraband in correctional centres”

This wedding dress is stunning… but can you tell why nobody wants to wear it?: “AN award-winning baker has come up with a wedding day must-have after creating the world’s first ‘weddible’ dress — made entirely out of cake. The tasty little number was fashioned by award-winning cake sculptor, Sylvia Elba, and weighs a whopping 70kg. The Weddible Dress bridal gown took a team of three more than 300 hours to complete, and stands at an impressive 170cm tall. It is accessorised with 35kgs of fondant, three kgs of cake lace and around 2,000 sheets of wafer paper, glued to the dress with approximately 10 bottles of edible decorating liquid. The impressive frock will be showcased at the two-day Cake International exhibition in Alexandra Palace, London, which kicks off on Saturday.

Is 28 the new mid-life crisis age for women? “28 is freaking me out.” So said a friend of mine a week after her 28th birthday. She was feeling low, anxious, and lost. She did everything right; went to the GP to get a mental health plan and spoke to a professional. When she told me what was on her mind, she felt silly. “28 isn’t old, I know… but I suddenly feel anxious.” As a wise 27-year-old, I told her not to worry, because she was still young, glowing and carefree, like the girls in a tampon ad. Helpful. And then another friend turned 28. And the same discussion ensued. Anxiety, mild depression, existential crises. With a good dose of guilt and silliness on the top. And then another friend. And then another. And then me. I turned 28, and it passed with joyous but minimal ceremony. Within a few weeks though, a thought crept in to my head: by my age, my Mum was married and caring for a baby, with another arriving soon-ish. By 28, some people have become millionaires. Or surgeons. Or retired from tennis careers. And I still hadn’t figured out how to fold a fitted sheet.

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A polite reminder

April 13, 2016 at 11:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Skinny competitions among Chinese women: “Thousands of photos of women measuring how thin they are with iPhones and Chinese currency are circulating on the Internet, sparking a heated debate in China about beauty standards. One of the most recent “challenges” encourage young women to wrap a 100-yuan bill around their wrist to prove the ends overlap. Measuring just over 6 inches in length, the red bill is one of the larger gauges people have used. Other “devil body challenges” include showing your legs are no wider than an iPhone 6 at the knees or balancing five coins on your collar bone to show it protrudes. The name “devil body challenge” comes from Chinese mythology about evil spirits who change into beautiful, long-limbed sirens to seduce and entrap mortal men. The trend of measuring one’s body with objects has been applauded in some media as a sign of fitness. But Chinese activists, fashion editors and psychologists are condemning such contests for fostering unhealthy views of attractiveness”

Why coffee brings on the call of nature: “A morning coffee does more than give us a bit of a buzz – for many a morning latte is quickly followed by a trip to the loo. So why the laxative effect? Professor Jane Andrews, Royal Adelaide Hospital gastroenterologist, told ninemsn Coach it’s due to the volume of caffeine in coffee. “Caffeine is a smooth muscle stimulant, and your gut is a tube of smooth muscle,” she explains. “If you put a lot of caffeine into your body, it actually makes the gut muscles contract. So does nicotine; if people have a cigarette, they often need to go to the toilet too.” Dr Andrews says some people question why tea doesn’t have the same affect, but she says that’s because tea has significantly less caffeine than coffee. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine’s affects than others and Dr Andrews says that if you’re used to having a lot of coffee, you might find it requires more cups to get it working like a laxative”

China erupts with fury over footage of women being assaulted in hotel: “A YOUNG woman who was choked, violently assaulted and almost kidnapped in a hotel in China has sparked a social media firestorm after sharing security footage of the sickening attack. The video has attracted more than two billion views — more than the number of people in China — and has become one of the most hotly debated topics in the country. Uploaded on China’s Twitter equivalent, Weibo, on Tuesday by a woman using the name Wanwan, the surveillance footage shows a woman being grabbed and dragged across a hotel corridor by a man. Even worse, the attack at the Yitel hotel in Beijing unfolded in full view of bystanders who did nothing to stop it. The woman is dragged to the ground by the man as a bystanders watches on. After a failed attempt to flee through the elevator, the woman was eventually rescued by a female stranger

Would you eat this ‘horrific’ sandwich?: “IT’S the sandwich filling that has the Twittersphere divided and in immense debate. Is this the most “horrific” sandwich filling ever? Dale Earnhardt Jr, who is a professional car driver in the USA, decided to post a photo of his favourite sandwich. No big deal, right? Wrong. Because his humble snack was met with disgust and horror, with some social media users saying the filling would make them “want to barf”. So what did he put on the two slices to prompt such outrage? Try banana and mayonnaise. The questionable combo has been met with disgust, with one user saying the idea was “horrific”, and making another feel “nauseous”. Despite the criticism, some social media users decided to give the combo a try — and fallen in love with the result.”

A super rat, the size of a small child, has been captured in the UK: “A rat the size of a toddler has been captured by stunned pest control experts after terrorising residents in Grimsby. The huge creature measuring 60 centimetres [2′] was caught by S.W.A.T Total Pest Control in Grimsby after one of their technicians, Spencer Harris, was called to a house to deal with reports of vermin running across the patio. Despite a recent surge in “fake” pictures of giant rats, S.W.A.T’s Jeff Sullivan said this beast was the “real deal” amid fears that a “plague” of super rats could develop due to a mild winter. “A lot of people take photos of rats at various angles to make it look larger than it actually is, but this is exactly as you see it,” Mr Sullivan said. “I have been doing pest control for a considerable amount of time and this is the biggest we have ever caught”

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A Texas warning

April 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Is this the world’s biggest snake? “A massive python measuring more than 26ft in length has been found in Malaysia – and could set a new record for the biggest snake ever caught. Photos of the fearsome creature released by the Malaysian Civil Service show more than a dozen workers posing for photographs with the enormous beast. Weighing more than 550lbs, the reticulated python could set a new record with only a handful of specimens previously caught known to exceed more than 20ft. The python, which requires multiple people to carry it, was found on the island of Penang, a developed piece of land located off the country’s western coast. Native to South East Asia, reticulated pythons have for years held claim to be the longest snakes in the world. Typical prey includes mammals such as monkeys and apes, pigs, deer and occasionally birds. An excellent swimmer, pythons have also been found far out at sea and are known to populate small islands in this way”

Venezuelan president urges women to stop using hairdryers in desperate bid to tackle energy crisis: “Women in Venezuela have been told to save using a hairdryer for a special occasion, as the country battles an ongoing power shortage. ‘I always think a woman looks better when she just runs her fingers through her hair and lets it dry naturally. It’s just an idea I have,’ said president Nicolas Maduro this week, as he urged the country to save power. Along with reducing appliance usage, Mr Maduro announced an emergency plan to give Venezuelan workers every Friday off work for the next two months. The president also advised his countrymen make the most of the hot weather and shirk tumble-dryers in favour of leaving clothes outside to dry, the Independent reported. A severe drought has left levels at hydroelectric dams at extremely low levels”

Canadian Indians not happy: “A remote indigenous town in Canada has declared a state of emergency amid a suicide epidemic that saw 11 young people try and take their lives in a single night. Council leaders in Attawapiskat First Nation, a town of just 2,000 people on remote James Bay, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ with the number of suicide attempts in recent months. Since September last year 101 people aged from 11 to 71 have attempted suicide with only four health workers, none of whom have mental health training, left to deal with the fall-out. The latest spate of suicides, which has plagued the community for decades, began last September when five young girls overdosed on medication and had to be airlifted to hospital. The following month Sheridan, the 13-year-old great niece of Jackie Hookimaw, a resident of the community, took her life, the sole fatality of the crisis so far”

Ever wondered what’s inside a rattlesnake’s tail?: “If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the tail of a deadly rattlesnake, a father and son duo have the answers. ‘What’s Inside?’, a popular YouTube channel originally started by Daniel Markham for his son Lincoln’s science project, regularly takes a look at what is inside everyday objects and even animals. Their latest video shows the pair dissecting the tail of a rattlesnake that Mr Markham ‘bought on eBay’ from a man in Texas. Daniel then dissected the tail of the rattlesnake with a sharp knife, the ‘buttons’ which make up the tail cracking as he cut through them. The pair discovered much to their surprise that the tail was empty inside. The rattling sound is made when two hollow layers of hardened keratin at the end of the tail hit against each other”

The science of FRECKLES: “Some people think freckles are beautiful, while others try all sorts of strange ways to try to get rid or hide them. The dark marks are related to uneven pigment in the skin and pale people with red hair are more likely to have them. ‘Freckles are small dots on the skin that contain high amounts of melanin,’ Hank Green, host of a US-based YouTube channel SciShow, said in a recent video how freckles form. Melanin is the protein that’s responsible for pigmenting our skin, eyes, and hair. It is produced by specialised cells called melanocytes in response to sunlight, which darkens the skin and creates a protective layer that partially blocks UV rays. In those with freckles, melanin is produced in little clumps which get darker when exposed to sunlight. They also become fainter when there’s less sunlight. This is why babies are never born with freckles -they might be there, but will not become visible until they are exposed to sunlight.

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A most accomplished waiter

April 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Waiter Alejandro Garcia Mourelo fills his tray with cups of hot chocolate and plates of churros at the Chocolate Shop San Gines in Madrid, Spain. The Chocolate Shop San Gines was founded in 1894

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Odd news from around the world

Internet goes crazy over exploding watermelon: “MORE than 800,000 viewers tuned into Facebook overnight at the same time to watch a live stream of two people placing rubber bands around a watermelon one at a time until it finally exploded. The numbers spotlighted Facebook’s early success at drawing sizeable audiences for appointment viewing as it competes with Snapchat, Twitter’s Periscope and even traditional TV. “Facebook is trying to find ways to retain users and increase their time with the platform. They’re giving them a reason why they should be checking their timeline as frequently as possible,” said Brian Weiser, a tech analyst for Pivotal.

Man emerges unscathed from encounter with a BEAR by screaming at it: “A man managed to escape unscathed after a surprise encounter with a bear – all thanks to the power of his vocal cords. The man, who was hiking with a friend when the bear showed up, can be heard in a Youtube video screaming at the top of his lungs to scare the animal. The bear, which looks ready to charge at first, lingers for a short while before walking away. The man explained in the video’s description that he didn’t have a gun or spray to deter the bear and thus had to resort to screaming to ‘call out his bluff’. The bear begins to retreat towards the back of the hill as the man lets out an: ‘Oh my God.’ ‘I consider myself very lucky to have walked away from this one unharmed,’ he wrote underneath the video.”

New York Democrats claim Republican-controlled Senate won’t give them enough toilet paper: “New York Democrats have complained that the GOP-controlled Senate are not giving them enough toilet paper. The Senate Democratic leadership say their district offices are limited to just six rolls every month, the New York Post reports. While the paper they do receive is cheap and low quality, they say. Some staffers have even started bringing in their own rolls in desperation. Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is in charge of office expenses and staff budgets for both parties. As part of his role, he attempts to limit spending and capping items, his spokesman said. The spokesman insists that Democrats and Republicans all receive exactly the same amount of toilet paper. Assembly members do not have the same limits and are free to order as much as they like up to their annual office budget of $2,750”

Facebook is to blame for your phone’s rubbish battery life: “We’ve been suspicious for a long time, and now there’s finally proof: the Facebook app is a nasty energy vampire, reducing the battery life of our mobile devices by almost 20 per cent. Facebook’s engineering manager Ari Grant acknowledged the problem last October and promised the company would fix the issue. The Guardian’s technology reporter Samuel Gibbs tested out both Android and iOS devices with and without the app, with surprising results. Gibbs ditched the Facebook app from his Huawei Nexus 6P and noticed that beside speeding the phone up considerably, the experiment saved 20 per cent of his battery. He conducted the same test on an iPhone 6S Plus, finding that scraping the app and instead using facebook from Safari saved up to 15 per cent of battery life. It also freed some 500MB of storage in the process.

A Guy’s Fitbit Saved His Life. No Really: “Doctors were able to save a man’s life thanks to the Fitbit he was wearing. The 42-year-old, from New Jersey, US, was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure, Gizmodo reports. On reaching the emergency ward, the medical team realised he had an irregular heart beat. However, in order to treat him they had to determine whether his condition was chronic or a result of the seizure. The data on his Fitbit made it clear that it was the seizure that had triggered his abnormal heart rhythm. “Using the patient’s activity tracker — in this case, a Fitbit — we were able to pinpoint exactly when the patient’s normal heart rate of 70 jumped up to 190,” said Dr Alfred Sacchetti from Our Lady of Lourdes hospital, where the patient was treated. “Dizziness with a heart rate of 180 would be approached very differently from the same complaint with a heart rate of 30.”

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