Some 2,600 police and army operatives swept through a Brazilian slum on Sunday, seizing 11 tons of marijuana and “a small arsenal” of weapons—including a missile—from a notorious drug gang. They also found a Justin Bieber mural.
Boca Raton, Florida — A third person in west Boca Raton has been bitten by an otter that authorities say could have rabies.
The latest attack was caught on video.
19-year-old college student William Gibbons was videotaping the otter with his camera phone wednesday as it swam in a lake behind his house. The otter appears harmless enough as it swims around, but then it heads for shore.
"As I was taping it, it walked out onto the rocks and onto the grass right here and then it just bit me. It was quick. It was like lightning. It just chased after me and that was it," said Gibbons.
He says the bite wasn’t painful, just enough to break the skin.
Gibbons has had several rabies shots, and will need several more.
'camper kart' concept by kevin cyr all images courtesy kevin cyr
we recently featured the work of kevin cyr, here is another project of his titled ‘camper kart’. the pop up camper is affixed to a shopping cart which can be pushed to a chosen location and opened to serve as a functioning habitat for an urban camper. the project investigates habitats and housing, recycling and ecology; exploration and mobility.
'camper kart' concept
'camper kart' concept
the project is supported by FEAST (funding emerging art with sustainable tactics)
Angeles Duran, a woman from Spain, has laid claim to the Sun. She argues that there’s no international law to prevent her action:
Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our solar system.
There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added.
“There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.”
Anderson Cooper revealed that Lady Gaga got him drunk on whiskey while he was doing a profile of her in London for “60 Minutes.”
In an interview with “The Insider,” Cooper said that he and the pop star wound up in a pub after a day of interviews:
"We actually ended up that day in a pub in London drinking Jameson, which I don’t really drink. So, she got me to drink like two of them, and by the end I was ready to have the interview be over because I really sort of couldn’t ask anymore questions."
The profile is not slated to air until Feb. 11. Presumably, Cooper’s drinking session will not be included.
Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice – now for humans
Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies.
The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process.
An anti-ageing therapy could have a dramatic impact on public health by reducing the burden of age-related health problems, such as dementia, stroke and heart disease, and prolonging the quality of life for an increasingly aged population.
"What we saw in these animals was not a slowing down or stabilisation of the ageing process. We saw a dramatic reversal – and that was unexpected," said Ronald DePinho, who led the study, which was published in the journal Nature.
"This could lead to strategies that enhance the regenerative potential of organs as individuals age and so increase their quality of life. Whether it serves to increase longevity is a question we are not yet in a position to answer."
Not from The Onion, "One scientist's hobby: recreating the ice age"
CHERSKY, Russia – Wild horses have returned to northern Siberia. So have musk oxen, hairy beasts that once shared this icy land with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Moose and reindeer are here, and may one day be joined by Canadian bison and deer.
Later, the predators will come — Siberian tigers, wolves and maybe leopards.
Russian scientist Sergey Zimov is reintroducing these animals to the land where they once roamed in millions to demonstrate his theory that filling the vast emptiness of Siberia with grass-eating animals can slow global warming.
“Some people have a small garden. I have an ice age park. It’s my hobby,” says Zimov, smiling through his graying beard. His true profession is quantum physics.
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama was injured during a basketball game Friday morning that also involved aide Reggie Love and members of his family, according to a press pool report. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gave the following statement:
"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House."
This doesn't sound good: FedEx searches for missing radioactive equipment
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx is searching for radioactive rods used for medical equipment that went missing during shipment between North Dakota and Tennessee.
Memphis-based FedEx spokeswoman Sandra Munoz said Friday the rods are used for quality control purposes for CT scans. She says the rods were likely misplaced and there’s no indication the material was stolen.
She says the shipment was from Fargo, N.D., to Knoxville, Tenn., this week and the rods are in a metal cylinder that is about 10 inches tall and weighs about 20 pounds.
Munoz says as long as no one tries to open the metal container, the rods do not pose a danger.