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Archive for June 12th, 2008

One-Horned ‘Unicorn’ Deer Born in Italy

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

A deer with a single horn in the center of its head — much like the fabled, mythical unicorn — has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.

“This is fantasy becoming reality,” Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, said. “The unicorn has always been a mythological animal.”

The one-year-old Roe Deer — nicknamed “Unicorn” — was born in captivity in the research center’s park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Tozzi said.

He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.

Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.

“This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly,” he said by telephone. “It’s not like they dreamed it up.”

Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of — but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn, experts said.

“Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case,” said Fulvio Fraticelli, scientific director of Rome’s zoo. He said the position of the horn could also be the result of a trauma early in the animal’s life.

Other mammals are believed to contribute to the myth of the unicorn, including the narwhal, a whale with a long, spiraling tusk. -dis

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Fighter plane struck by U.F.O in Romania

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

Defence chiefs in Romania are investigating claims that one of their MIG 21 fighter planes was struck by an Unidentified Flying Object.

The claims came from a leaked report revealed that the cockpit of the jet was shattered in the collision.

Romanian defence ministry officials have ruled out a collision with “normal” objects such as birds and meteorites.

In the report, Chief investigator Commander Nicolae Grigorie said: ‘We can definitely say what this thing was not, but we cannot say what it was.’
The incident was recorded on an in-flight camera as the plane was flying above Transylvania. Pilot Marin Mitrica was injured slightly but managed to land the plane after the blow. The collision is still a mystery to defence chiefs, and the investigation has been passed on to the Security Committee of European Air Forces. – ln

How do you rule out meteorites? If it was recorded, I’d sure like to see the footage. Did the object maneuver to hit the cockpit? Has anyone found the video of this?

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Alien-Like Being Born From A Cow In Thailand

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

This dead alien-like being found in a small town in Thailand was claimed to be born from a cow and seems at first to be a severe case of birth malformation defect. A closer examination however reveal that the alien being resembles too much of a human baby with its front legs looking more like hands than feet.

In the form of a ritual, the local residents pour baby powder onto the dead body and burnt incense in their belief of cleansing the area of evil and hopeful that it will be reincarnated peacefully. – hm

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Vaccine Skin Patch Prevents Montezuma’s revenge

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

A new skin patch containing E. coli toxins seems to help prevent travelers’ diarrhea, researchers report.

Even when people developed diarrhea, the condition was less severe and the agonizing episode shorter, they added.

Consuming E. coli from contaminated food or drink is the main cause of travelers’ diarrhea, which affects some 27 million adult travelers and 210 million children each year. The disease is responsible for some 380,000 child deaths. Travelers’ diarrhea usually lasts four to five days, and is associated with nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration.

“When people travel to Guatemala or Mexico, they have a 50 percent chance of having a bout of Montezuma’s revenge,” said Dr. Gregory Glenn, the head of IOMAI Corp., the Maryland company that developed the patch. “To date, there is no vaccine for this. People with the condition go to bed and are treated with antibiotics.”

“This is really a big breakthrough,” Glenn said. “For an infectious disease, this has been an extremely challenging area.”

To be effective, two doses of the vaccine are needed, Glenn said. The vaccine takes advantage of the skin’s potent immune system, which gives the vaccine its robust response, he added.

The vaccine is most effective when given two weeks before one travels abroad, Glenn said.

The report is published in the June 12 online issue of The Lancet.

In this phase II trial, 178 people planning trips to Mexico or Guatemala were randomly assigned to the vaccine patch or placebo patches.

Glenn and his study co-author, Dr. Herbert DuPont of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, found that 24 of the 111 travelers who received placebo had travelers diarrhea, of these 11 had diarrhea caused by E. coli. Among the 59 travelers who received the vaccine, 12 had bouts of diarrhea, but only three had diarrhea caused by E. coli.

Among patients who received placebo, the rate of moderate to severe diarrhea was higher (21 percent) than among people who received the vaccine (5 percent). This means the patch was 75 percent effective for people who had moderate to severe diarrhea.

Moreover, the number of cases of severe diarrhea was higher amongst people who received placebo (11 percent), compared with those who received the vaccine (2 percent), Glenn’s group found. Among these patients, the patch was effective 84 percent of the time.

In addition, people who received the vaccine had shorter episodes of diarrhea — half a day, compared with more than two days for people who received the placebo patch.

The vaccine is delivered by a patch, because the active ingredient is too toxic to be delivered orally, nasally, or by injection, the researchers noted.

The vaccine still needs to go through a large, phase III trial, Glenn noted. He is hoping the vaccine will be available to the public by 2011.

One expert thinks the patch could be an important advance in preventing travelers’ diarrhea.

“This is an important advance in the prevention of travelers’ diarrhea. The vaccine is easy to store and administer, and is very well-tolerated,” said Dr. Pablo C. Okhuysen, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “The patch vaccine approach is novel and opens the door for the future development of vaccines for the prevention of diarrheal disease.” – ajc

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Chinese Hackers hit US Congressmen

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

more about “Google News“, posted with vodpod

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK VS. THE HULK

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

more about "THE INCREDIBLE HULK VS. THE HULK", posted with vodpod

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crude awakening – Google Video

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

Some say there is plenty of oil and the shortage is artificial. Others, like these scientists, say the oil shortage is real, and the real shortage is driving the high prices now.

more about "crude awakening – Google Video", posted with vodpod

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BMW GINA Light Visionary Model: Premiere

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

A car with a cloth skin?

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Kucinich Forces Vote On Bush’s Impeachment

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

Having failed in efforts to impeach Vice President Cheney, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) escalated his battle against the administration this week by introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush, using a parliamentary maneuver that will probably force a vote today.

Kucinich’s impeachment measure accuses Bush of taking the country to war in Iraq under false pretenses; he introduced it as a “privileged resolution,” which requires the House to take it up within two legislative days. Any lawmaker may offer a privileged resolution, but it is usually done only by party leaders.

Kucinich, upon introducing his articles of impeachment Monday evening, insisted on reading the resolution into the Congressional Record, a process that took nearly five hours. He finished reading it late yesterday after the close of legislative business.

As they have previously, Democratic leaders staunchly oppose Kucinich’s impeachment effort. They expect to table the resolution by referring it to the Judiciary Committee, where they expect it to die.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested yesterday that engaging in a lengthy debate over impeaching Bush in the waning days of his administration is not a productive use of the House’s time.

Kucinich tried a similar maneuver last November, bringing an impeachment measure against Cheney to the floor as a privileged resolution. It was referred to the Judiciary Committee. – washingtonpost

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Kucinich effort to impeach Bush moved to committee

Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2008

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to refer a proposal to impeach President Bush to its Judiciary Committee.

Although the committee could hold hearings and start impeachment proceedings against the lame-duck president, Democratic leaders and others expect the proposal, sponsored by Cleveland Democrat Dennis Kucinich, to merely languish.

Another Kucinich resolution, to impeach Vice President Cheney, has sat in the committee without action since last year.

The House voted 251-166, without debate, for the latest impeachment referral. No Democrats voted against it, while 24 Republicans voted for it, including Steve LaTourette of Concord Township and Mike Turner of Dayton.

LaTourette said he voted that way in order to get the matter off the House floor and let it follow regular order. Turner said he voted to send it to the committee because “the House has more important things to be focused on.”

Kucinich’s 65-page resolution says Bush should be impeached for reasons that include manufacturing a false case for war in Iraq, invading Iraq to control its oil, attempting to destroy Medicare, botching the nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina and undermining efforts to address global warming. – cleaveland

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