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Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020

‘Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater’ Saying Is True, According To Science

cheater, relationship

You may have heard about the saying, “once a cheater, always a cheater” many times. Those who have been unfaithful to their partners will likely do it again and it turns out that science may have proven that this is true.

Whether you believe in the saying or not, a new study found in the Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that there is truth to that long-held belief. People may have different opinions on what consists cheating but in the study, researchers took into account what is called “extra-dyadic sexual involvement” (ESI), or simply a person who engages in sexual relations with someone besides the partner or spouse.

Scientists sought insight on whether or not past cheaters will more likely be unfaithful the next time.

To arrive at their findings, scientists followed 484 unmarried individuals who had been in a relationship with someone at least twice within five years. Participants were limited to those who had been in a relationship with the opposite sex. Scientists hope to study same-sex relationships in the future.

cheater, relationship

The participants had to complete surveys every four to six months for five years.

The surveys were sent by mail and contained questions, like, “Have you had sexual relations with someone other than your partner since you began seriously dating?”

The study found that those who had cheated in the past were three times as likely to indicate infidelity the next time. At the same time, partners who have been cheated on were more likely to know that their subsequent partners were unfaithful.

In a similar study found in Nature, scientists claimed that a person would less likely feel guilty after having lied about cheating in the past.

When a person cheats on someone, the amygdala is activated to feel shame or guilt.

In a person who has been dishonest, the amygdala’s response weakens. For serial cheaters, they may have felt bad at the first time they cheated. But because they’ve done it so much, the brain got used to it that they would no longer feel as bad as the first time.

[ By Elite Readers ]

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16, 2020

Photographer Captures Beautiful Snaps Of World's Only Pink Manta Ray

Pink Manta Ray

A photographer has captured pictures of an ‘absolutely unforgettable encounter’ with the only known pink manta ray in the world.

The ray – which has been dubbed Inspector Clouseau, after the detective from the Pink Panther movies – has only ever been seen a handful of times, and Finnish underwater photographer Kristian Laine was lucky enough to get within touching distance of the marine marvel.

Inspector Clouseau is the only known pink manta ray in the world. Credit: Magnus News Agency

His breathtaking snaps were captured near Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, last year.

Reflecting on the magical moment, Kristian said: “It is very rare because I think there has only been around eight to 10 sightings since the first sighting in 2015.

“I felt amazed afterwards but also felt like when I was in its eye level, I felt like he was smiling at me.

“He was big and I got into a touch range but obviously didn’t touch, I was super close, about a metre at best.

“The whole encounter lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes and he was part of a mating manta train that was just circling around a cleaning station.”

To be that close to a mating manta train – the stuff of dreams.

Pink Manta Ray

Reef manta rays generally tend to come in three different colours: black, white and a combination of the two. The mixed configuration is the most common, as dark backs enable them to blend in with the gloomy water underneath and a lighter underside allows them to blend in with the sunlight from above.Scientists aren’t sure why the inspector is pink. 

Pink Manta Ray

Pink Manta Ray

Why exactly Inspector Clouseau – who has a wingspan close to seven metres and weighs nearly two tonnes – has such a distinct pink colouration is still a bit of a mystery to scientists.

Kristian said: “I have read multiple different answers, they have analysed a sample of his skin and they have changed their theories many times and still don’t seem to know for sure.
[ By Ladible ]
February 16, 2020

China's Coronavirus Predicted In 1981 US Novel


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan virus claims new victims around the world, Twitter users have pointed out that in the 1981 novel, "The Eyes of the Darkness," there is a disease called "Wuhan-400."

The American author, Dean Koontz's suspense thrillers have often appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. In chapter 39 of his book, Koontz writes about a virus developed in military labs near the city of Wuhan by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a biological weapon, reported Liberty Times.

Coronavirus, Wuhan-400, The Eyes of Darkness

The scientist leading the Wuhan-400 research is called Li Chen (李陳), who defects to the U.S. with information about China's most dangerous chemical weapons. Wuhan-400 affects people rather than animals and cannot survive outside the human body or in environments colder than 30 degrees Celsius.

The similarities between the made-up virus and the Wuhan virus has got Twitter users struggling to comprehend the improbable coincidence. One big difference: Wuhan-400 has a 100 percent kill-rate, while the Wuhan virus does not.

Coronavirus, Wuhan-400, The Eyes of Darkness

Some people were skeptical about Koontz's prediction 39 years ago, however, pointing out that earlier editions of the book refer to the virus as Gorki-400, a production of the Soviet Union. In response, several netizens have posted pictures of the book's newer editions to explain the name of the virus was indeed altered, possibly due to the end of the Cold War in 1991, reported SET News.

Coronavirus, Wuhan-400, The Eyes of Darkness

[ By Taiwan News ]

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020

Should You Eat Your Bogies? They Could Be Good For Your Immune System

bogies, boogers

People should pick their noses and eat the bogies to boost their immune system, according to an expert.

Dr Meg Lemon, a dermatologist in Denver, says she also tells people to eat food they drop on the floor.

Exposing the body to a range of germs could help to boost its natural defences and make people more resilient to infections and allergies, research has suggested.

And as society becomes cleaner and more antiseptic, it may be down to people to take matters into their own hands.

'I tell people, when they drop food on the floor, please pick it up and eat it,' Dr Meg Lemon tells science author Matt Richtel in his new book 'An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System'.

In an excerpt published in the New York Times, for which Mr Richtel is a journalist, Dr Lemon said: 'Get rid of the antibacterial soap. Immunize!

'If a new vaccine comes out, run and get it. I immunized the living hell out of my children. And it’s O.K. if they eat dirt.'

'You should not only pick your nose, you should eat it,' she added.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Dr Lemon is a dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Her advice supports the theme of the excerpt of Mr Richtel's book, which suggests modern immune systems are becoming overly sensitive to once-harmless germs.

He points to research which has in the past shown children are more likely to develop allergies such as hay fever if they have fewer siblings.

The reasoning, according to a study in the British Medical Journal in 1989, is that catching infections from older siblings bolstered young children's immunity.

bogies, boogers

Those who didn't have older brothers and sisters bringing home bacteria and viruses they picked up outside had sheltered, less battle-hardened immune systems.

And those were the ones who developed allergies.

Over time, families have become smaller as people have fewer children and Western societies are increasingly focused on keeping their homes, bodies, food, water and milk clean and sterilised.

At the same time, the prevalence of allergies has risen.

In the US in 2011 there were 50 per cent more children with food allergies than in 1997, Mr Richtel said.

And, during the same period, there was a 69 per cent increase in skin allergies.

He also warns that overprescribing antibiotics may have contributed to the effect because they can destroy healthy bacteria if given when they're not needed.

Overuse of antibiotics also allows bacteria to mutate to become more deadly and more difficult to treat.

An article published in The British Journal of Homeopathy more than a century ago said hay fever was 'almost wholly confined' to the upper classes, who had better hygiene, suggesting poor children who were exposed to more germs had low rates of hay fever because of their bolstered immune system.

Mr Richtel admits many advances in hygiene have been useful for society and improved the health and lives of modern people.

But he suggests the immune system could still benefit from training to make it better at fighting infection – and picking your nose or eating dirty food could be a way to do that.

'Our immune system needs a job,' Dr Lemon added.

'We evolved over millions of years to have our immune systems under constant assault. Now they don’t have anything to do.'

'An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System' by Matt Richtel is published by William Morrow.

[ By Mail Online ]
February 15, 2020

Husband Seals Wife’s Vagina With Glue After She Cheated On Him With 4 Men

Husband Seals Wife's Vagina With Glue After She Cheated On Him With 4 Men

Whenever he left town on business, Mumo said his wife would cheat on him.

Before his last business trip to Rwanda, Mumo sealed his wife's genitals with superglue, according to reports.

The sickening attack left his wife in excruciating pain and needing urgent medical attention.

News of his crimes horrified his neighbours, and Mumo was arrested by police.

He confessed to the incident, shockingly claiming to police that he had done it to save his marriage.

Mumo told officers he had evidence that his wife was having affairs with at least four different men after looking at her sent and received messages.

Mumo is expected to appear in a Kutui courthouse on Monday.

His wife will also appear in court to face charges of adultery.

Mumo's lawyer is demanding that his wife receive 100 lashes for her alleged crimes, claiming this will prevent further "misunderstandings" between the couple.

The case continues.

[ By Daily Star ]
February 15, 2020

Pigeon That Can’t Fly And Special Needs Chihuahua Form Fast Friendship At New York Rescue

Pigeon, Chihuahua

Platonic love is blooming at The Mia Foundation just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Herman the pigeon and Lundy the 8-week-old Chihuahua found themselves on the same dog bed at the New York-based non-profit — which is dedicated to giving pets with birth defects across the country a fighting chance — and both the animals seemed to be rather comfortable with the set up.

Herman has seniority at The Mia Foundation. The bird arrived at the rescue several years ago, after he was found sitting motionless at a car dealership for three days.

“Our main goals is take in animals born with birth defects,” Sue Rogers, who founded The Mia Foundation in 2012, told PEOPLE, adding that the non-profit has helped young dogs, cats, horses, goats, turkeys and even a donkey. “But people bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes.”

That’s how Herman ended up with Rogers; she received a call about the pigeon and agreed to take him in. With help from a mentor involved in wildlife rehab, Rogers was able to help the bird recover his strength, but Herman never regained the ability to fly, likely the result of West Nile Virus or a brain injury.

So, Herman is now a permanent resident at The Mia Foundation, where Rogers regularly brings the bird outside to take in the great outdoors. It was after one of these outings that Herman met Lundy.

Pigeon, Chihuahua

Lundy arrived at The Mia Foundation from a breeder in South Carolina when he was just 4 weeks old. The little dog had started to learn how to walk and then suddenly stopped pawing around. The breeder, unable to care for the pup that appeared to have special needs, called Rogers to see if she could take him in. She agreed, and sent a “flight nanny” down to South Carolina to pick up the puppy and safely bring him back to New York.

“I set Herman on a dog bed and started caring for Lundy, and I decided to carefully put Lundy in the same dog bed next to him,” Rogers said of how the adorable friendship moment started.

Pigeon, Chihuahua

Unsure how the animals would react to each other, Rogers kept a close eye on the pair, keeping Lundy on the other side of the dog bed at first.

But there was no need for concern, the two pets quickly gravitated towards each and started cuddling.

“The way they interacted was so cute,” Rogers said, adding that she isn’t certain if Herman is a he after seeing him display some maternal behaviors when he was alongside Lundy.

Pigeon, Chihuahua

The founder luckily got photos of the duo bonding together and posted the pictures to Facebook, where they now have amassed over 9,000 shares and 7,000 likes.

While Herman is a permanent resident at The Mia Foundation, Rogers hopes to help Lundy get healthy and find a forever home. She believes the source of the puppy’s mobility issues might be linked to spinal cord damage, which means he would need to learn to walk with a wheelchair.

“He is only 17 ounces, so we will have to wait on the chair,” Rogers said.

Once Rogers has learned more about the source of Lundy’s mobility issues and has him set up with a care plan for the future, she will look into adopting out the pup.

This is a typical case for Rogers, who has dedicated her time to helping pets born with birth defects, many of whom would be euthanized without her intervention, find full and satisfying lives. She started The Mia Foundation in memory of her late dog Mia, who was born with a cleft palate.

Pigeon, Chihuahua

“I was told she should be put to sleep, and I had seconds to make that decision,” Rogers said of what happened when she brought Mia to the vet shortly after the puppy was born.

Rogers ultimately decided not to euthanize Mia, and got 22 inspiring months with the dog before she passed away. During this time, Rogers learned about the care options available for pets born with a cleft palate and other birth defects, and found that there was more hope for these animals than veterinary textbooks let on.

Today, The Mia Foundation has rescued and adopted out over 1,000 animals and has provided valuable information about pet birth defects to countless owners and vets. Ten pets have ended up becoming permanent residents at the non-profit, living with Rogers full time.

“We call them ‘The Forever 10,’ ” she said.

The Forever 10 travel to different schools with Rogers and help her teach children about being born different and the negative effects of bullying.

To learn more about The Mia Foundation and how you can help the amazing animals under their care, visit the non-profit’s website.

[ By People]

Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

First Female And Openly Lesbian Bishop Of The Episcopal Church Ordained


Dr. Bonnie Perry receives a hug from Rev. Dan Scheid, of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Flint, before the ceremony where she will be ordained as the 11th Episcopal Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on February 8, 2020 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich. Perry will become the first woman bishop as well as the first lesbian bishop in the diocese since it was formed in 1836. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

Bonnie Perry still remembers sitting out on the ocean on a boogie board and watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while she lived in Hawaii growing up.

The image of that sunset and the golden light over the water is one she has always carried with her.

That image decorated Perry's body Saturday morning. Bright teals and gold captured the scene Perry still remembers on her cope, the vestment worn by priests in celebration. She wore the water scene in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 as she was officially ordained and consecrated as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

"The ocean for me is a great metaphor for God, because it is necessary for life, it is playful, compelling. And you can't control it," Perry said. "You don't know when it's coming and when it's going, you can try to predict but there's no way of controlling it, it's enormous and it's also scary. I think God is like that in all of its ways, both comforting and caring."

Perry is the first female and openly lesbian priest to be elected as bishop in the 184-year history of the diocese. 


Dr. Bonnie Perry kneels before the presiding bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, while surrounding bishops place their hands on her for the consecration of the the new bishop during a service that will ordain Perry as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on February 8, 2020 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich. Perry will become the first woman bishop as well as the first lesbian bishop in the diocese since it was formed in 1836. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

She was elected as the next bishop on June 1. She was voted in with 64 clergy votes and 118 laypeople. To be elected, Perry needed a minimum of 55 clergy votes and 94 lay votes. She succeeds current Bishop Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs Jr., who has held the role since 2000 and was the first African American pastor to fill the role.

Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, the 11th bishop of Indianapolis, reminded the audience of the importance of sound leadership that cares about equality and love for all people, regardless of creed, during her sermon Saturday.

"I don't have to remind you of what is at stake, our country is being held hostage by fears based on the lies of white supremacy, transphobia, misogyny and a callous disregard for the generations we pray will come after us," Burrows said.


Dr. Bonnie Perry lays face down at the feet or Episcopal reverends during a service that will ordain her as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on February 8, 2020 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich. Perry will become the first woman bishop as well as the first lesbian bishop in the diocese since it was formed in 1836. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)


Rev. Dr. Bonnie Perry opens her traditional Episcopal ring that was just shipped to her office in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Perry will be the first woman and openly lesbian Bishop for the diocese of Michigan. The ring is symbolic and used to press wax for official documents pertaining to church matters. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

Perry's history of community organizing and passion for social justice was also highlighted during the ceremony.

"There's an urgency to this moment, and knowing how to organize and mobilize for the sake of the gospel is a matter of life and death for vulnerable children, for immigrants and refugees," Burrows said. "Your new bishop is the real deal, she knows that the world wants us to be afraid, afraid of stretching out beyond our comfort zone, but like Peter, we've got to try."

Perry was also presented with her Episcopal ring, which is given to a newly ordained bishop at the ordination service. The custom ring captures Perry's love for the Great Lakes, with each lake elevated on the side of the ring and surrounded by sapphires of different shades of blue to represent the different colors in the lakes.

On the underside of the ring is the logo of All Saints Chicago, where Perry got her start and served for 27 years. The Celtic knot on the bottom of the band is representative of her Irish roots and Scottish connections. 

The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham of St. John's Episcopal Church in Royal Oak said this past year has seen more female bishops ordained than ever before "at a time when our country really needs it."

"The reverends before her have set this beautiful foundation for Bonnie to come in and to really represent to the people of Michigan what God looks like in the world, that God looks like justice, that God looks like kindness, that God looks like love."

Bingham said Perry's commitment to issues of equity will further the church's mission of understanding and social justice.

"What Bonnie understands, and what our tradition understands, is that we are all God's people, and to bring that kind of unity is a big part of what she represents," Bingham said.

Perry, 57, grew up in a Catholic household, but felt that as a lesbian she "was never going anywhere."

The Episcopal Church is known to be a more progressive faith-based community, with "a legacy of inclusion" and leadership from "people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation," according to the Episcopal Church website.

"I really had this deep abiding sense of call to talk about God, to preach to be a priest, to celebrate communion. And I felt like I could do it in a way that wasn't particularly pious and that non-church-y people might be able to hear it. (In the Episcopal Church) I knew women, both straight and gay, who were being affirmed in their calls and they had compelling careers. And I thought, 'Oh I want to do that' because I felt like I wouldn't be able to be fully who God has created me to be in calling me to be in the Roman Catholic Church."

While being a member of the LGBT community is part of Perry's identity, she said she never wanted it to be the key trait people knew her for.

"People get lost in bedroom politics and forget about the reality," Perry said. "What I've worked really, really, really hard on doing is becoming a really good preacher, trying to build a congregation based on outreach. The gospel doesn't matter I don't think if it doesn't change people's lives."

On Sunday, Perry will be formally welcomed and seated at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.

"I'm really excited because I think we're going to be able to do amazing things. And I'm building on a legacy here," Perry said. "This is a diocese that has a strong legacy for being progressive and inclusive. I have this amazing foundation and I feel like, 'Oh, (we) can do some stunning things. I can really think we can make a transformative difference in the lives of people who don't even go to our faith communities. And I'm scared to death."

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

An Australian Kid Caught Two Flies With His Tongue & Ate Them During Live TV Interview

An Australian Kid Caught Two Flies With His Tongue & Ate Them During Live TV Interview

When you’re a young lad being interviewed live on the news alongside your family all wearing their best hats, it can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience.

So just imagine how hard you’d be sweating it if on top of that, two flies just happen to land on your face while the cameras are rolling and threaten to ruin your big TV moment altogether.

No to worry – because this young man had a plan:


[ By Sick Chirpse ]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 12, 2020

Man Eats Dog Food For 30 Days to Prove That It’s Good Enough For Dogs

Mitch Felderhoff

A dog food company CEO ate nothing but canine chow for a whole month, to show that if it was good enough for him, it’s good enough for dogs too. If that makes any sense…

Mitch Felderhoff, president of Texas-based Muenster Milling, ate nothing but dog food made by his company for 30 days, from January 3 to February 2. Muenster Milling produces high-quality dog foods and treats, horse food, chicken feed, and the executive wanted to demonstrate the quality of the dog food by eating it himself for a month. It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, as Felderhoff himself admits, but he found the strength to stick to the diet for the full 30 days.

“Dog food is not easy to eat. It tastes like it smells,” Mitch Felderhoff said. “As I went through that first week, that first four days was really tough. I didn’t feel good. One of the things I did that was key is that I did do some intermittent fasting.”

The dog food executive said that the first week was pretty tough, but by the third week he grew accustomed to the pet food palate to a point where the Ancient Grains, oceanfish, and meatballs became his favorite treats. In one of the videos he mad during this challenge, Mitch says he feels excellent, “with the exception of really missing the flavor of normal food that we get to eat”.


A lot of people asked if Felderhoff really went 30 days without eating anything but dog food, and the business owner claims that he did. He doesn’t advise anyone else to do it, but he just felt that he needed to show Muenster Milling clients the dedication of his team for creating the best possible dog food.

“We’re not going to feed your dog something unless we’ve eaten it first,” Felderhoff says in a video.


At the end of the 30 days of dog food, Mitch Felderhoff said that he had lost a whopping 30 pounds, and his colleagues at Muenster Milling joked that the special diet had had some other positive effects on him.

“Mitch’s coat is really shiny now,” customer relations manager Kent Barnes joked. “We’ve noticed that. His hair is getting thicker, and I believe he’s growing hair on his knuckles as well.”


The first things that the Muenster Milling co-owner ate after completing his 30-day dog-food eating challenge were pulled pork nachos and stuffed jalapenos.

[ By Oddity Central ]
February 12, 2020

Child Rapist’s Head Shoved Down Filthy Toilet By Other Inmates


Footage has emerged from inside a prison where a rapist was stripped and beaten before having his head shoved down the toilet.

The 21-year-old is currently believed to be in prison at HMP Pentonville ahead of his sentencing next month.

The rapist begs for mercy as he is whipped with a cable and forced to take off his clothes in front of the filthy toilet. Leading him into the bathroom, they tell him ‘take off your clothes before I whack you in the head, bro.’

Another says ‘put his head in the toilet’ and as he tries to leave he is shoved back inside saying ‘that’s too much. You’re violating me now.’ A second stomach-churning video show him screaming ‘oh my days’ as his head is forced inside the toilet bowl.

He was convicted with imprisoning a girl in a flat in north London and raping her along with two other men who forced her to perform oral sex on them. The Ministry of Justice is looking into the incident.

Someone who commented on the video claimed they went to school with the rapist. They said: ‘He was a joke of a bloke then and is even worse now. I am glad that every day for him in prison is miserable.’


[ By The Sun ]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

Mr Bean Impersonator Stuck In Wuhan Refuses To Leave In Case He Spreads Coronavirus

Mr Bean Impersonator, coronavirus

Actor and Mr Bean impersonator, Nigel Dixon, 53, looks the spitting image of Rowan Atkinson and after flying to the coronavirus-ridden city of Wuhan on holiday prior to the deadly outbreak, now says he is “safe and happy” to stay there as he does not want to come home and spread it to others.

Nigel has even started a mini-series documenting his life in Wuhan amid the outbreak which has racked up over 5.5 million followers.

The show is named “Mr Pea” and follows Dixon as he negates daily life in Wuhan.

Mr Bean Impersonator, coronavirus

Packed full of humorous skits, the Mr Bean double has brought light and positivity amid a very dark time in Wuhan.

From Felixstowe in Suffolk, Nigel landed in Wuhan back at the beginning of the new year to see friends to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Despite many Brits deciding to return home as news of the outbreak grabbed the media spotlight, Dixon decided to stay put and was not aware that the British government had urged all British citizens to leave China

Mr Bean Impersonator, coronavirus
“I don’t think anybody needs to be scared of getting infected as long as they take preventative measures”, says Nigel.
“We are one global family. We should support one another and support China”.

Keeping things sunny, Nigel spends his time singing to his teddy toy while playing his guitar.

Just like Mr Bean.

Mr Bean Impersonator, coronavirus

Teddy features heavily throughout much of the comic’s sketches if you were wondering.

In another mini feature he shows how he protects himself by washing his hands and disinfecting his clothes when he gets home after a day’s adventures.

Some would argue Dixon is being irresponsible in his refusal to head back to the UK – putting his own health in jeopardy but others would argue his efforts to contain any potential spread are noble.

This comes after pupils at Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School were told today they should remain at home after it was revealed that two of its teachers feared they had caught the deadly disease from businessman, Steve Walsh, 53 who is thought to have infected at least 11 people across Europe and the UK over the past two weeks.

The dad of two, from Hove, East Sussex is now in quarantine in London’s Guy’s Hospital after becoming infected at a conference in Singapore last month.

Speaking from hospital whilst remaining in quarantine, Mr Walsh said: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care – whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus”.

“As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England”, he added.

Globally, more than 1,000 people have died as a result of contracting the virus with more than 43,000 confirmed cases.

The total number of infected people in the UK has doubled in the past 24 hours to eight with Brighton now considered to be at the heart of Britain’s coronavirus crisis.

[ By The Hook ]
February 11, 2020

Canadian Telescope Hears Mystery Radio Signal Repeating Every 16 Days

Canadian Telescope Hears Mystery Radio Signal Repeating Every 16 Days

Something — or someone — has its deep-space music on repeat.

A mysterious radio signal from space that was first detected in Canada appears to repeat at regular 16-day intervals, according to a draft research paper from the astronomers who are analyzing it.

The unusual signal, known as a fast radio burst (FRB), has fascinated astronomers since Canada’s CHIME telescope first detected it in 2018. Scientists have discovered hundreds of seemingly random, one-off FRBs over the last decade, but only a handful of them have been found to repeat.

This particular signal is not only repeating, but some “mechanism” appears to be sending it out at regular intervals, according to a pre-print version of the research paper. The findings have not yet been tested by experts.

The signal starts every 16.35 days, lasts for four days and then falls silent for 12 days before starting up again, according to the paper. The number of bursts within each four-day blast varied each time, according to 409 days’ worth of data compiled by CHIME.

“Our results suggest a mechanism for periodic modulation … and disfavour models invoking purely sporadic processes,” the study authors say in their abstract.

In other words, the signal is not repeating at random. They say the source might be flickering at regular intervals, or some other factor might be interrupting the signal blasts in a consistent pattern.

If confirmed, the discovery would be another first in the early study of FRBs, which have only been known to science for a relatively short period of time.


It would also shed even more light on this particular FRB, which is known by the less-than-memorable name of FRB 180916.J0158+65.

CHIME researchers announced in January that they had traced that same signal back to a spiral galaxy some 500 million light-years from Earth. It was only the second FRB signal ever to be traced back to its source, and the closest known source point to Earth.

Researchers first detected FRBs in 2007. Each burst typically lasts no longer than a few milliseconds, and it’s still unclear what exactly causes them.

Canada’s CHIME telescope in Okanagan Falls, B.C., is specifically designed to listen for such radio signals from space.

The CHIME team hopes their latest findings will shed more light on the mysterious origins of the radio signals that echo through our universe.

[ By Global News ]
February 11, 2020

Coronavirus: New Study Finds Incubation Period Of Up To 24 Days


WUHAN (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - New research based on data gathered from more than 1,000 coronavirus patients in China found that the incubation period for the virus was as long as 24 days rather than the previously believed 14 days, and fewer than half of the patients showed fever symptoms when they first saw doctors.

The study, produced by at least three dozen researchers from Chinese hospitals and medical schools led by Dr Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese epidemiologist who discovered the Sars coronavirus in 2003, showed that much is still unknown about the deadly virus named 2019-nCoV.

An early-identification method might have defects that could have resulted in large numbers of infected people going undiscovered, the researchers found.

Fever occurred in just 43.8 per cent of patients but later developed in 87.9 per cent following hospitalisation, according to the study.

Absence of fever in 2019-nCoV cases was more frequent than in Sars and Mers infections, the study found. Such patients may be missed if the surveillance case definition focused heavily on fever detection, the authors said.

Previously, before patients went through nucleic acid tests (NATs) to confirm infection, their CT scans had to show signs of viral infection, commonly reflected as ground-glass opacity or bilateral patchy shadowing in the chest.

But among the 840 patients in the study who underwent CT scans, only half showed ground-glass opacity and 46 per cent showed bilateral patchy shadowing. This means that relying on CT scans alone could fail to identify a significant proportion of infected patients, the researchers said.


On Jan 27, the National Health Commission revised its diagnostic criteria, no longer requiring that CT scans show pneumonia image to identify suspected cases.

But as there is growing concern that the NATs are producing large numbers of false negatives, some doctors suggested the inclusion of CT scanning as a key basis for diagnosing coronavirus infections.

The study, published on Sunday (Feb 9) on medical research archive medRxiv, is a prepublication paper and has not been peer-reviewed and therefore should not be used to guide clinical practice, medRxiv said.

The patients in the study came from 552 hospitals in 31 provinces from Jan 1-29. Only 1.18 per cent of patients had been in direct contact with wildlife, where researchers speculate the virus might have originated.

Nearly one-third of them had been to Wuhan and 71.8 per cent had been in contact with someone from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, providing further evidence of human-to-human transmission. The findings are consistent with recent reports of infections from family gatherings and transmission from people without any symptoms.

Absence of fever in 2019-nCoV cases was more frequent than in Sars and Mers infections, the study found. Such patients may be missed if the surveillance case definition focused heavily on fever detection, the researchers said.


The study cannot preclude the presence of "super-spreaders", a small group of people who transmit infections to far more people than the majority do, the authors said.

In the 2003 Sars outbreak, a doctor who had treated Sars patients in Guangdong infected 16 others when he travelled to Hong Kong to attend a family wedding. These guests then travelled to other countries, spreading Sars into a global epidemic.

The routes of transmission might have contributed considerably to the rapid spread of the new virus, the study concluded. Like Sars and Mers, the conventional routes of transmission of the new coronavirus consist of respiratory droplets and direct contact.

However, the study found that four out of 62 stool specimens, or 6.5 per cent, tested positive to 2019-nCoV, and four more patients who tested positive in rectal swabs had the 2019-nCoV detected in the gastrointestinal tract, saliva or urine.

Therefore, the researchers called for integrating systemic protection measures, taking into account transmission via gastrointestinal secretions.

The study also provided a glimpse into how much threat of infection medical workers face. Among the 1,099 patients, 2.09 per cent were medical workers.

As of Tuesday, confirmed cases in China rose to more than 42,000 with more than 1,000 deaths.

China's health authorities haven't disclosed how many medical workers are infected. But a recent paper released by the South Central Hospital of Wuhan University, one of the designated hospitals to accept coronavirus patients, showed that 40 doctors and nurses were confirmed with infection as of Jan 28.

This story was originally published by Caixin Global.

[ By Straits Times ]

Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

You Can Get A Bouquet Of Baby Back Ribs For Your Valentine

You Can Get a Bouquet of Baby Back Ribs for Your Valentine

Nothing shows the possibilities of love like a bouquet of flowers. It could be unbearably gorgeous and slowly wilt with time. Maybe you got a prickly succulent that will thrive for an impossibly long time even if you ignore it. Or, if you really hate this idea in general, you might go with something far more practical and get a bouquet of actual food, like, say, pickles.

Boston Market is making a run at the weird, edible flower-replacement game with a bouquet of its Baby Back Ribs. (Or, if you can stand saying it, their Bae-by Back Ribs. Yes, that's what it's calling them.) The limited-edition arrangement will only be available on February 14, but you will be able to find it at every Boston Market location across the country.

It's going to run you $29.99. But if your valentine truly loves ribs, you can do worse than presenting them with a dozen ribs as a gift. Maybe next year you'll get something you actually want for going all out on the ribs this year.

Alternatively, you could take advantage of Boston Market's Valentine's dinner options. A couple can order two half-racks of ribs, two sides per person, and two pieces of cornbread for just $20. Though, no one is stopping you from doing both if you want Valentine's Day to be all about ribs for whatever reason.

[ By Thrillist ]
February 10, 2020

China Official Reveals Coronavirus Is Airborne

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The deadly coronavirus is airborne, a Shanghai official has confirmed.

On Saturday it was announced the virus can now spread via aerosol transmission - meaning it can drift through the air for an extended period of time and cause infection if breathed in.

"Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols which causes infection after inhalation," Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau deputy head Zeng Qun is quoted as saying by China Daily.

"As such we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease."

The Chinese government is urging residents to cancel all social activities and avoid large gatherings of people, reports China Daily.

The discovery of the disease being airborne means coronavirus now has three modes of transmission.

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Pictures: Coronavirus outbreak


Direct transmission occurs when a person breathes the air close to an infected person who has coughed or sneezed.

Contact transmission is when a person touches a contaminated surface then infects themselves by touching their mouth, eyes or nose.

Coronavirus broke out in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province in late December. Thought to have originated in a live market, the disease causes fever, coughing and breathing difficulty. In severe cases it can cause pneumonia and organ failure.

The virus has killed more than 800 people and infected 37,198 globally.

Only two people have died outside of mainland China - one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.

February 10, 2020

The Most Religious People Are The Most Dangerous People, Says John Abraham


Actor John Abraham grew up in a multi-faith family with his parents, Abraham John and Firoza Irani, holding Catholic and Zoroastrian beliefs. "There was never a religion I was forced to follow," the actor said.

At the age of 4, his father asked him to not follow any particular religion. The actor was told, "if you really want to pray or go to any temple, mosque or gurudwara, the only way to do it is actually serve humanity."

At the launch of Braille edition of book 'Karma Sutra', the actor once again recalled his father's advice.
"You don't have to go to a religious place to be a good person. You have to do good to be a good person. I'd probably be wrong and I don't want to create any controversy but I think 'the most religious people are the most dangerous people.' It's better that you stay away from religion. Just use religious guidelines in your life correctly. It's good to follow certain practices but the most important practice that you can follow is being good to all living beings," John said.
The event was organised by the National Association for the blind, which advocates for protection of rights of the visually challenged. John has been associated with this cause for a decade now.

The actor said the condition of differently-abled in India hardly seems to be improving because of their inaccessibility to proper infrastructure.

"Many European counties and the USA have a system that is not just inclusive of differently-abled people, but animals as well. It's only in this country that we push differently-abled people; we stone animals. We don't care about them. It's strange and I don't know what's on our minds. We're the kind of country where we need to be kinder. We're a democracy. We just need to be kinder to humans and animals alike, and we are not," he said.

"Infrastructure-wise, we are a disaster for differently-abled people. We're not prepared at all. So, I think we must move towards a direction where we make things easier for them. We don't have infrastructure for regular people so we are a far cry away from providing proper logistics and support for the differently-abled people in public spaces and transport. I think we must move in the proper direction. We are a progressive nation. I hope in our lifetime, we get to see a differently-abled person move comfortably in public space," the actor added.

[ By News18 ]

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 09, 2020

Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 900, Making It More Deadly Than SARS


The death toll from coronavirus in mainland China has hit 908, making it more deadly than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic.

China’s National Health has confirmed 3062 new infections and 97 new deaths — a new daily record.

The infection rate has escalated sharply since the beginning of the year, with only 547 cases confirmed on January 22. By February 1 there were 14,300 cases.

There are now a total of 40,553 cases of the coronavirus worldwide, including 15 infections in Australia. The death toll worldwide is now at 910.

Of those infections, 6500 are severe, according to official data.

It comes as a Chinese official confirmed a worrying new fact about the deadly coronavirus; infections are taking place through aerosol transmission.

It was previously understood that two main ways the virus transmitted from person to person were:

• Direct transmission: breathing in air close to an infected patient who sneezes or coughs, and

• Contact transmission: when a person touches an object tainted with the virus before infecting themselves by touching their mouth, nose or eyes.


However, over the weekend, an official in Shanghai confirmed the virus also travelled through aerosol transmission, which means it can float a long distance through the air and cause infection later when it is breathed in.

“Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts,” Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau deputy head Zeng Qun said at press briefing on Saturday, the China Daily reports.

“As such, we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease caused by family gatherings.”

The concerns about the spread of the disease are so dire that the government has urged residents to cancel all social activities and avoid gatherings altogether.

People are also urged to open windows in the home to help with ventilation, and disinfect door handles, dinner tables and toilet seats.


A further 89 people, most in the virus’s epicentre of Hubei, have been pronounced dead from the outbreak, which pushes the death toll beyond the 774 killed worldwide by SARS, which took hold in 2002 and 2003.

The number of people infected in China is now almost 37,200.

There is a small ray of hope, however, with the World Health Organisation saying the outbreak appears to be “stabilising”.

[ By News Com Au ]
February 09, 2020

This Orca Was Stuck And Crying For Hours, But A Group Of Strangers Saves Him

Orca whales

Orca whales are some pretty impressive creatures, right? These sea mammals are the largest member of the dolphin family. They are also extremely intelligent and adaptable, and they can even communicate with one another in order to hunt more effectively.

It’s needless to say that they are not exactly the friendliest of animals. Generally speaking, it’s best for humans if they don’t get too close to them

However, when they spotted an orca in desperate need of help, the people in the video below decided to get close and help the poor orca. The incident occurred off the coast of British Columbia. The orca had got stranded on a series of rocks while it was trying to get some food.

The people who ended up helping her were all volunteers who had found out there’s an orca in need of help from a Facebook post. They people mobilized quickly and were the first to arrive at the scene.
Luckily, they managed to free the orca, and the animal was not injured in any way as result of the incident.

If you want to learn more about this incredible rescue operation, then all you have to do is watch the video below


[ By Majestic Animal ]

Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 08, 2020

US Man Wears Plastic Tent On Plane To Avoid Coronavirus

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A US businessman has tested out his wearable plastic tent on an aeroplane in an attempt to avoid coronavirus.

Rick Pescovitz is the CEO of StadiumPod, which produces plastic tents worn over the torso by sport spectators wishing to avoid the rain.

The Cincinnati man tested a second use for his pods by wearing one on an aeroplane in light of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 638 people to date.

Pescovitz's brother David told blog Boing Boing that a flight attendant happily took his brother's photo after he wore one of his blue tents on a plane.

"As travelers are taking unusual steps to protect themselves from the Coronavirus...my brother thought to see how his StadiumPod would work on an airplane," David said.

"The man who sat next to him didn't even bat an eye.

"Stay safe out there!"

Rick Pescovitz is now wondering if his tents could be used on aeroplanes by travellers paranoid about the coronavirus.

The inventor pitched his weather-proof pods on Shark Tank USA in 2017.

[ By Newshub ]