Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Hundreds of parachuting noodle pots descend from the skies landing on Southsea Common in Portmouth to mark the launch of Golden Wonder, The Nation's Noodle
This horse named Poe could be declared the world's tallest horse. He is pictured with his owner Shereen Thompson, in Tupperville, Canada. Poe stands 20.2 hands tall at the shoulder and 10 feet tall with his head upright, and weighs 3,000 pounds.
WE asked Shereen what Poe eats every day and she replied "Anything he wants! We can't stop him!" Fair enough.
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Meet the latest weapon in the war on terror - the humble honey bee.
Specially trained sniffer honey bees may be coming to an airport near you soon, thanks to a successful new prototype that is about the size of a handheld vacuum cleaner. The Vasor136, developed by Hertfordshire Company Inscentinel, and partially funded by the Home Office OSCT (Office for Security and Counter Terrorism), is creating a buzz after successful tests with the government.
Training the bees is simply a matter of bribing them with sugary treats. Mathilde Briens, Head of R&D at Inscentinel, explains: "It all revolves around training and reward, a classical Pavlovian conditioning of the honeybees. We expose the bees to the odour, say the smell of TNT explosive, for a few seconds and simultaneously give the bees a sugar syrup reward. After 4 or 5 exposures the bees associate the odour with the reward..."
The device holds six cassettes of six bees. The Female Worker bees are kept in optimum conditions in a filtered airstream until they reach the environment to be tested, e.g. near a suspected car bomb, or luggage at Heathrow
The crowd say "Cheers" with musicians Ronan Keating and Tom Jones at the 250th Anniversary of Guinness Concert at the Guiness Brewery in Dublin.
When it comes to his approach to training, Arnold Schwarzenegger has some key principles that he stresses must be present in any program regardless of who you are. First off, Schwarzenegger notes that people do have individual needs and, therefore, you must listen to your body to some degree when deciding on the type of program you should utilize. Variations will depend on your body type; how fast or slow you're able to gain muscle (this is partially genetic); your own individual metabolic rate; what weak points you have in your body; and the level of recuperation you normally experience.
After taking into account those variables, the other factors that must be touched upon when you decide to embark on the Arnold Schwarzenegger workout are:....
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Compared to teenagers who shared a vehicle with their parents, teenagers with their own car were twice as likely to be involved in an accident, according to a study published today in the journal Pediatrics.
A related study from the same authors found that parenting styles can impact a teenager's risk of crashing.
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Turkey van crash saw swarms of bees attack injured people and rescue workers
A van carrying beehives in Turkey has crashed into a truck, letting huge swarms of bees free to sting the injured and rescue workers at the scene.
In the end, about 20 people were taken to hospitals, six of them injured in the crash and the rest rescue workers who were stung by the bees, said the state-run Anatolia news agency.
One of the crash victims later died, but it was not immediately known if he had been killed by the impact of the accident or the insect attacks, said local Gov Ahmet Altinparmak.
The rescue workers - including local beekeepers summoned to the scene - used hoses, blankets and rags to try to ward off the bees. But it took about an hour for them to remove the crash victims from the chaotic scene, Anatolia said.
Chew the fat
Friday, September 25, 2009
Half of the patients hospitalized for trauma are intoxicated at the time of injury.
In the study of 38,000 patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries who were admitted to U.S. hospitals between 2000 and 2005, 38 percent had alcohol in their blood. Such patients had a lower risk of dying of their injuries than those who hadn't been drinking.
"This study really brings up more questions than it answers," says coauthor Ali Salim, M.D., the program director of the General Surgery Residency Educational Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles.
"It's a bad thing to say alcohol is good, especially since it's responsible for so many of these injuries. But our study suggests there may be some survival advantage for people with elevated [blood alcohol] levels."
Each year, about 2 million people in the U.S. experience traumatic brain injuries, and 56,000 die and 80,000 are permanently impaired as a result. Alcohol plays a role in 40 percent of car fatal crashes, and half of the patients hospitalized for trauma are intoxicated at the time of injury.
The study may help experts develop therapies for traumatic brain injuries, but it has important limitations as well, Salim says.
Patients in the study who had been drinking were younger, had less severe injuries, and spent less time on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit than other patients. (Alcohol, however, still seemed to protect the brain after taking these factors into account.) Overall, 9.7 percent of people who hadn't been drinking died after a brain injury, compared with 7.7 percent of those with alcohol in their blood
A Canadian charity called Rethink Breast Cancer, a serious national outfit that lists some of the country's top oncologists on its advisory council, is looking for new ways to spread awareness of the disease to a younger generation.
It says it uses a "bold, enterprising and entrepreneurial approach" to spread the word among younger men and women instead of just handing out brochures that nobody reads.
The result: A sexy video that's eye-catching, to be sure, but that has also stirred controversy in some quarters.
Dorset prison provided the anti-bacterial gel Monday to help fight the spread of flu germs. Within hours, however, guards discovered an inmate had gotten drunk on the goo. All the hand pumps were quickly removed.
Anti-bacterial gels generally contain 62% ethyl alcohol. That's 124 proof.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This the local pickup truck heading to work!
I think this is truly fantastic and a must for every student flat! Hot water from a cold tap!
So how else do you get the goat to the market? The trick is how to get him to hold on with those cloven hooves! Room for one on top! Mind the Gap!
Right! Now your full! Get going and no speeding this time!
When we say we are closed, we are closed! Why should we explain to you! You can go away now, quickly please!
Emergency which service please? No, don't worry the Ambulance is on it's way! We are using the fastest donkey we have!
What? How do you know it's wrong? It said 'SPOT' before we got here! Is that an Ambulance walking towards us?
Special Offer! This week only! No Fuel! Take it or leave it! Your choice!
Very good for the apple dunking at Hallowe'en but a bit concerned about the Screwfit and Snap-on Tool sponsorship!
Bill Neptune of New Concord, Ohio kneels next to his 1,503 pound pumpkin which was the winning entry in the 2009 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Good enough to eat!
....and the Bangle sales people are doing very well from it too!