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Philippine Troops Pull 'greatest Escape' In Golan
 
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Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in a crisis that erupted on Thursday when Syrian rebels began targeting the peacekeeping forces. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the assaults on international troops, and has demanded the unconditional release of those still in captivity. The crisis began after Syrian rebels overran the Quneitra crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights — on Wednesday. A day later, insurgents from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front seized the Fijian peacekeepers and surrounded their Filipino colleagues, demanding they surrender. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-08-31-Syria-Peacekeepers/id-3f0512a4a764443b9d8bbae8732ebc3f http://www.wochit.com
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Seattle Sees Unexpected Consequences From $15 Per Hour Min. Wage
 
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Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences. Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent. There have been other unforeseen consequences to the higher wage. Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers. Other stores, restaurants, and small businesses are simply closing down because they can’t afford the wage hike. By March of this year, for instance, restaurant closings increased at a much higher than average rate in Seattle. Many restaurants noted that the new wage put labor costs at nearly 50 percent of operating costs, and that made profit margins disappear. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/24/seattle-sees-unexpected-fallout-from-15-per-hour-min-wage/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by O&O Story Selection using http://wochit.com
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Why Does Mexico Celebrate ​St. Patrick’s Day In A Big Way?
 
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In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with lots of parades and even more beer. Mexico shows its Irish pride in a different way. The day is celebrated as a sort-of military holiday, in honor of El Batallón de los San Patricios. Saint Patrick’s Battalion was a group of European immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly Irish, who had defected from the United States army to fight alongside Mexico during the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-48. Their reason for deserting is largely attributed to religion. The U.S. and its army, was majority Protestant, and the Catholic servicemen felt marginalized and reminded of their experience under Protestant British rule in Ireland, so they fled to the Catholic confines of Mexico. http://fusion.net/story/282037/st-patricks-battalion-mexico-ireland/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17 Hour Workdays
 
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Memo to Wall Street interns: go home and get some sleep. Goldman Sachs told its summer interns — all 2,900 of them — when they started their gigs this summer that they can’t be in the office between midnight and 7 a.m.. The 17-hour work day restriction is an attempt by the banking giants to curb some of their junior staffers’ long and grueling hours. One young banker told Atlantic writer Kevin Roose last year that the “banker 9 to 5” is 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next day. And 22-year-old Sarvshreshth Gupta complained to his father about regular 100 hour work weeks before he died earlier this year. Earlier this year, Bank of America told its staffers that they’ll be required to take a minimum of four weekends off per month. Goldman Sachs has also encouraged its staffers not to work on weekends, and began offering analysts full-time contracts instead of two-year contracts to relieve some of the pressure. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/tGnTl615qMg/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Two Tanzanian U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Congo Ambush
 
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The country's U.N. mission said Two United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday when their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels. Felix Basse, spokesman for the mission known as MONUSCO, told Reuters the peacekeepers were attacked in the village of Kikiki, around 30 miles north of the town of Beni in North Kivu province. He said, "The ambush took place today, this afternoon ... The death toll is two and we have a couple of injured." The Congolese army said earlier on Tuesday that it had killed 16 Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces rebels during fierce fighting in the same zone over the weekend. Tuesday's ambush was the second attack on U.N. forces in the area in 48 hours after a MONUSCO helicopter was fired upon by unidentified gunmen on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iXpXnbE9dlw/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Japan Building "Great Wall" Against Tsunamis
 
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Four years after the tsunami ravaged much of its northeastern coast and killed over eighteen-thousand people, Japan is constructing a nearly 250-mile chain of cement seawalls to fend off future towering waves. Opponents of the 6.8 billion dollar wall, which in some places will reach nearly five stories high, say that the massive concrete barrier will damage marine ecology and scenery and hinder vital fisheries. Moreover, it will do only little to protect residents, and even worse - it'll foster complacency. Instead, they call for people to either move to higher ground, or to create a "green wall" of trees that perhaps won't stop the floods, but will weaken the impact of the waves. However those in favor of the "great wall", say it's a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35d608bb1ebe4766b33146e39b6044ba/japan-opts-massive-costly-sea-wall-fend-tsunamis http://www.wochit.com
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Researchers Hopeful New Treatment Leads To HIV Cure
 
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A new treatment resulting from the partnership between Britain's National Institute for Health Research and other leading medical research organizations has scientists hopeful that they may have found a way to eradicate the HIV virus completely. The Collaborative entity known as HIV Eradication of Viral Reservoirs is comprised of clinicians, virologists, and immunologists, who have treated the first patient in an upcoming study that will involve 50 participants. Whereas previous HIV treatments use Antiretroviral Therapy - or ART - to stop the virus from copying itself and spreading - which often results with the virus' return when treatment ends, this new approach hopes to activate "sleeping" HIV cells and encourage a patient's own immune system to fight HIV. According to professor Sarah Fidler "This first participant has now completed the intervention and we have found it to be safe and well tolerated." But Fidler adds that "Only when all 50 study participants have completed the whole study, by 2018, will we be able to tell if there has been an effect on curing HIV." http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/03/Scientists-hope-for-HIV-cure-with-new-treatment/9551475522018/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Despite Opposition, Elvis Presley's Private Planes Will Remain at Graceland
 
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The Associated Press reports that Elvis Presley's custom-designed airplanes – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II – will remain permanent fixtures at Graceland. The late singer's Memphis estate issued a statement on Sunday confirming the plans – a change from previous arrangements to relocate Presley's tricked-out private jets to a nearby lot. The Lisa Marie, a Convair 880 named after the rock legend's daughter, features a red-white-and-blue exterior, gold-plated bathroom fixtures, a stereo system, a conference room and bed. According to a Julien's auction listing from January, Presley bought the jet from Delta Air Lines for $250,000 in April 1975; refurbishing brought the total to over $600,000, and he first boarded the craft in November of that year. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/despite-opposition-elvis-presleys-private-planes-will-remain-at-graceland-20150427 http://www.wochit.com
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Actress Olivia De Havilland Talks Sibling feud
 
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Legendary actress Olivia de Haviliand is celebrating her 100th birthday today. In a rare interview, De Havilland is finally breaking her silence on Hollywood's most famous sibling rivalry. De Haviliand is a two-time Oscar winner and last living remnant of Hollywood's Golden Age. In the interview she finally talked about her true feelings about her late sister Joan Fontaine, revealing that she calls her "Dragon Lady." De Havilland said the "legend of a feud" with her sister was first created by an article entitled "Sister Act" in Life Magazine . The article followed the 1942 Oscars, where both sisters were nominated for an Academy Award. Joan Fontaine, at that time, was the lesser known sister. She won for the movie "Suspicion". De Havilland, meanwhile, had been nominated for "Hold Back the Dawn." De Haviliand said "A feud implies continuing hostile conduct between two parties. I cannot think of a single instance wherein I initiated hostile behavior. But I can think of many occasions where my reaction to deliberately inconsiderate behavior was defensive." http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/4e67281c3f754d0696fbfdee0f3f1469/Article_2016-07-01-EU--France-Olivia%20de%20Havilland/id-68ac2116a18f4c48b0953182c030edb1 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine For His Work On Autophagy
 
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Yoshinori Ohsumi is a biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and this year’s winner for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Ohsumi has received the prize for his work on autophagy, a method for breaking down and recycling large pieces of cellular junk, such as clusters of damaged proteins or worn-out organelles. To keep recycling machinery in good condition is crucial for the cells' health. Not enough recycling can cause cellular trash to build up and lead to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and too much recycling has been linked to cancer. According to biologist Maria Masucci of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Ohsumi‘s discoveries helped reveal the mechanism and significance of a fundamental physiological process. She said, “There is growing hope that this knowledge will lead to the development of new strategies for the treatment of many human diseases.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/deciphering-cell%E2%80%99s-recycling-machinery-earns-nobel http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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New Treatment Hope for Lymphedema Patients
 
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Many cancer patients, especially those who've undergone breast cancer treatment, experience painful, swollen limbs, a condition called Lymphedema. Now researchers say they've found an underlying mechanism that could eventually lead to the first drug therapy for the debilitating condition. The findings come from research in mice and human cells. However, there's already a clinical trial underway to see whether these lab discoveries will translate into a new lymphedema treatment. People with lymphedema have excess fluid buildup in parts of the body, usually the arms or legs. Most often, the condition arises after certain cancer treatments damage the lymphatic system, preventing lymph fluids from draining properly. Right now, there is no cure or drug therapy for lymphedema. Instead, it's typically managed with measures such as massage, compression garments and pneumatic compression devices. Lymphedema is not just a cosmetic issue: It can be uncomfortable, hinder range of motion, and make people vulnerable to infections, according to the American Cancer Society. Scientists turned to a drug called Ketoprofen to develop a treatment. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/05/10/New-understanding-of-lymphedema-may-lead-to-treatment/2921494443720/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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What Are Sanctions?
 
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Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden's Emotional Funeral
 
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Beau Biden's viewing service was emotional to say the least. Vice President Joe Biden, whose son tragically passed away from brain cancer five days ago at the young age of 46, was surrounded by friends and family Thursday at Beau's public service and viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Beau's wife and kids and the rest of their family were understandably emotional while watching honor guards carry Beau's casket, which was draped with an American flag. The famous family shed tears as they said goodbye to the former Attorney General, who had been battling brain cancer for several years. In addition to the service and viewing, Beau was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, Delaware's highest honor, for his "heroism, meritorious service and outstanding achievement." http://www.eonline.com/news/663433/vice-president-joe-biden-attends-son-beau-biden-s-emotional-funeral-surrounded-by-family?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Neil Young's Model Trains Make A Killing At Auction
 
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Singer-songwriter Neil Young’s extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction. This along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon. Young has been a model train enthusiast for decades. He offered more than 230 pieces at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles from his collection of Lionel trains. These included a custom-painted Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 locomotive that sold for $10,000. Several cars that Young owns were also sold. The auction house said on Saturday, a 1953 Buick code 76X Roadmaster Skylark convertible with a steering wheel hub that says, “Customized for Neil Young,” went for $400,000. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/entertainment/~3/UALvHqtSvNM/singer-neil-youngs-model-trains-fetch-nearly-300000-at-auction-idUSKBN1E40RD http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Charming Prince Harry Helps Adorable Little Girl With Errant Shoe
 
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While meeting with locals in New Zealand on Friday, the 30-year-old Prince Harry was snapped enjoying a very special moment with one little girl. Kensginton Palace's official Instagram posted the precious pic on Instagram today. The accompanying sweet snapshot shows Harry offering the little girl one of her shoes, which appears to have fallen off her foot. Prince Harry is finally concluding his long trip Down Under. After training with Australian troops, he's been touring New Zealand. He recently visited the Turn Your Life Around youth development center in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand where he played pool and meet with local youths. The prince also participated in traditional Maori customs and learned about the Maori people of New Zealand. http://www.eonline.com/news/657125/prince-harry-plays-prince-charming-while-meeting-adorable-little-girl-in-new-zealand-see-the-cinderella-pic?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Identify Treatment of Glioblastoma Brain Tumor
 
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Researchers say they have identified a protein -- tyrosine phosphatase receptor type Z, or PTPRZ, -- as a drug target for patients with glioblastoma. Glioblastoma has been classified by the World Health Organization as the highest grade glioma, a type of brain tumor that is difficult to treat with the median survival rate of patients with glioblastoma is 14 months. There has been a lack of effective treatment options has spurred researchers to look for other treatment options. The study also showed that the allosteric inhibitor of PTPRZ known as NAZ2329 suppressed stem cell-like properties in glioblastoma cells in cultures and tumor growth. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/18/Scientists-identify-drug-target-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma/6421500394895/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Elon Musk Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel
 
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Elon Musk is basically trying to save the world. Just a few days after announcing Tesla’s all-electric SUV called the Model X, his latest step is creating world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. On Friday, SolarCity, the company he chairs, announced it will start producing panels with a module efficiency exceeding 22%. But thanks to the efficiencies, the panels will produce 30-40% more power than a standard issue solar panels despite being of comparable size. They will be available for most customers starting in 2017. The company also said the panels will be manufactured at its new Buffalo, New York facility, a unique feature given that almost all other solar panels are made in China. http://fusion.net/story/208036/elon-musk-solarcity-solar-panel-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=/feed/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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India to Sign Iran Port Deal, Ignores U.S. Warning
 
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India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran. India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a port at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran's border with Pakistan, but the venture has made little progress because of Western sanctions on Iran. Now, spurred on by Chinese President Xi Jinping's signing of energy and infrastructure agreements with Pakistan worth $46 billion, Modi wants to swiftly sign trade deals with Iran and other Gulf countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OyDjpFbC4kQ/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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South Korean Team Wins Robotics Competition, Proving Disaster Relief Potential
 
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A small team of researchers, scientists and engineers from South Korea won $2 million at robotics competition after showing how robots can be used to save lives on rescue missions. Their victory wasn't fast or very dramatic, but the team's DRC-Hubo robot slowly and methodically proved that robots could take on the rough and dangerous job of disaster response. The members of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology remotely guided and programmed DRC-Hubo through eight tasks for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, says the task environment modeled after the fukushima disaster aftermath. a competition to develop semiautonomous robots that can help with disaster-relief operations. There were many mistakes during the competition, with several robots falling over. Even the winner messed up, drilling a hole in the wrong material. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/nqT08GM9THE/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Harvard Paper Suggests Cigar-Shaped Interstellar Object Is Alien Probe
 
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(CNN)A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested. The object, nicknamed 'Oumuamua, meaning "a messenger that reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian, was first discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid, before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of "interstellar objects." https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/health/oumuamua-alien-probe-harvard-intl/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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California Drought Plagues Entire West Coast
 
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With more than two-thirds of Washington state experiencing abnormal dry conditions and more than half of the state experiencing moderate drought, Governor Jay Inslee on Friday declared a statewide drought emergency. According to the Washington state department of agriculture, about $1.2bn of crops could be lost as a result of the drought this year. At the beginning of the month, the Natural Resources Conservation Service found that of 98 snow sites measured in Washington, 66 were snow-free, 11 for the first time ever. According to Inslee’s office, snowpack in Washington’s mountains has dropped to just 16% of normal levels. In California, snow on the mountains has fallen to 12% of average levels, from 28% last year. As a result, the state’s department of natural resources expects more early-season and higher-elevation wildfires. The droughts in California and Washington are only the beginning, a study written by the scientists at the Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predicts that the US south-west and the Great Plains will face decade-long droughts far worse than any experienced over the last 1,000 years, because of climate change. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/16/washington-state-drought-emergency http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Suge Knight Fires His Lawyers, Speaks for Himself in Court Appearance
 
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In a brief court appearance Monday Suge Knight said he fired the lawyers handling his murder case. Speaking on his own behalf, he told the judge he's received poor medical treatment while in jail and that he's going blind. His case was transferred to another judge, but Knight had to leave early to receive more treatment. It's the third time he's gone straight from court to the hospital. Knight has been officially charged with premeditated murder following a hit and run that led to the death of his friend. The incident stemmed from an on-set argument where Straight Outta Compton was filming. Knight has plead not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. http://www.complex.com/music/2015/03/suge-knight-fires-lawyers-in-murder-trial http://www.wochit.com
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Woman With ALS Holds Goodbye Party Before Ending Own Life
 
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In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness." And just one rule: No crying in front of her. The 41-year-old artist had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. According to the Associated Press, Davis held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill. Davis spent months planning her exit, feeling empowered after spending the last three years losing control of her body bit by bit. The painter and performance artist could no longer stand, brush her teeth or scratch an itch. Her caretakers had to translate her slurred speech for others. Wearing a Japanese kimono she bought on a bucket-list trip she took after being diagnosed in 2013, she looked out at her last sunset and took the drugs at 6:45 p.m. with her caretaker, her doctor, her massage therapist and her sister by her side. Four hours later, she died. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-08-11-US--Woman's%20Final%20Party/id-21d9da4fc7f440b2ab9c01f3eb8c68a4 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Implanted Defibrillators Can Deliver Inappropriate Shocks, Driving Up Huge Bills
 
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Implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically. However, a new study shows that patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards. According to UPI, that was the case whether the shock was needed or not--and in 38 percent of cases, the researchers added--it wasn't. Inappropriate shocks occur when the device mistakes an irregular heartbeat for ventricular arrhythmia, a condition that can cause the patient to die from cardiac arrest if not corrected. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. Aside from pain, anxiety and discomfort for the patient, there is the issue of money. The researchers found the average cost of health care following a shock was nearly $5,600 for an appropriate shock--and nearly $4,500 for an inappropriate shock. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/02/15/Shocks-from-implanted-defibrillators-trigger-health-costs-of-their-own/4231487189250/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Dazzling Supertide Transforms France's Mont Saint-Michel Into an Island, Delighting Thousands
 
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A supertide has turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon. The so-called “tide of the century” actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the whole northern French coast, it's especially dramatic at the UNESCO world heritage site, which is normally linked to the mainland only by a narrow causeway at high tide. The high tide, said to rise at the pace of a horse's gallop, turned the Mont briefly into an island Saturday, while the day's low tide allowed people to walk on the expansive flat seabed. Tidal specialist Nicolas Pouvreau told France 24 the surge was a few inches short of expectations. http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/gP2Ubk0HhSE/ http://www.wochit.com
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People are Drowning Tortoises After Confusing Them With Sea Turtles
 
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A new bulletin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding tourists and Floridians that all turtles are not equal. The commission received three reports in March from "helpful" samaritans that accidentally mistook a gopher tortoise for a sea turtle, releasing them into the ocean where they are less likely to end up as dinner for the many dangers that lurk on the beaches. Unfortunately, gopher tortoises can't swim. The land-dwelling tortoises often nest in beach dunes that are adjacent to the beaches where sea turtles nest, which can lead to the confusion. The two shelled creatures can be distinguished by their limbs. Gopher tortoises have toes with a claw on each toe, and sea turtles have flippers, for swimming. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/tH7-WESCQqM/ http://www.wochit.com
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DNA Suggests A New Unknown Extinct Human Relative
 
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People from Papua New Guinea (shown) and Australia carry small amounts of DNA from extinct human relatives. New research suggests that the DNA may not come from Neandertals or Denisovans, but from a third, previously unknown extinct hominid. GENETIC HEIRLOOMS VANCOUVER — Traces of long-lost human cousins may be hiding in modern people’s DNA, a new computer analysis suggests. People from Melanesia, a region in the South Pacific encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid species, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-data-offer-evidence-unknown-extinct-human-relative http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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'Phantom Limb' Pain Can Be Relieved Through Brain Training
 
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People who undergo an amputation often experience pain and sensation from the limb that's no longer there. It's a phenomenon doctors call "phantom limb pain." But now, researchers say they've figured out a way to rewire the brain and reduce pain coming from a phantom limb. According to a new study, the technique essentially involves distracting the brain from mixed signals it may receive as a result of losing the limb. According to UPI, the research team used a brain-machine interface to decode the neural activity of the mental action needed for a patient to move their "phantom" hand, then linked those signals to a robot prosthetic limb. Patients experienced an increase in phantom pain if they tried to control the prosthetic arm by willing the movement of their missing arm. But patients' phantom pain decreased if they were trained to move the robot arm using the "wrong" side of the brain. For example, researchers said patients missing the left arm experienced reduced pain if they moved the prosthetic arm through neural signals associated with their right arm. Study co-author Ben Seymour says he hopes this research will provide an alternative to painkillers for people experiencing phantom limb pain. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/27/Brain-training-may-curb-phantom-limb-pain/4131477600155/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Use Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Leading Cause Of Blindness
 
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2 (UPI) -- Researchers made advances toward creating stem cell-derived retinal cells used to treat a leading cause of blindness, scientists at the National Eye Institute said. NEI scientists found that tiny tube-like protrusions called primary cilia on a layer of cells in the back of the eye, known as the retinal pigment epithelium, are essential for the survival of the retina's light-sensing photoreceptors, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Reports. The discovery has advanced scientists' ability to use induced-pluripotent stem cells to create adult RPE for transplants to treat patients with geographic atrophy -- or dry age-related macular degeneration -- a leading cause of blindness in the United States. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/01/02/Scientists-advance-stem-cell-therapy-for-a-leading-cause-of-blindness/8571514929118/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Nuns in Obamacare Lawsuit
 
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Pope Francis made a surprise stop to see to nuns who are suing the Obama administration for requiring employers to cover the cost of birth control — a visit the convent called a "spiritual shot in the arm" for its lawsuit. The pope made the unscheduled trip to Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, during a busy first day of his historic trip to the United States. The nuns, who run homes for senior citizens across the country, have been embroiled in a legal battle over the contraception provision of President Obama's 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters that the pope's visit was a "sign of support for" the nuns. http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/4a22b289/sc/7/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cstoryline0Cpope0Efrancis0Evisits0Eamerica0Cspiritual0Eshot0Earm0Epope0Evisits0Enuns0Eobamacare0Esuit0En432931/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Exercise May Help Treat Drug Addiction
 
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Adding exercise to methamphetamine addiction counseling leads to changes in the brain researchers say could help people trying to beat a habit, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles report exercise helps the brain add new dopamine receptors, which they said lowers desire for methamphetamine and makes it easier to recover from addiction. Methamphetamine use creates a rush of dopamine, a substance that naturally provides sensations of pleasure and satisfaction but also causes the drug's approximately six-hour high, which results in a reduction in the number of dopamine receptors as the drug is used more and for longer periods of time. For the study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers recruited 19 people, 10 of whom were asked to walk or jog on a treadmill three times a week for an hour and to do resistance training for eight weeks, while the other nine were given health education training but not asked to exercise. At the start of the study, there was no great difference in number of receptors between the two groups, at the end of the study, exercising participants had a 15 percent increase in receptors, while the education-only group was just 4 percent. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/04/27/Study-Exercise-may-help-treat-addiction/6831461758186/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Sorry, Princess! Thai Prince Strips Wife of Royal Name
 
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Thailand's crown prince has revoked the royally-assigned family name of his wife, following the arrest of several of her relatives in a high-profile corruption case. News about the monarchy is heavily filtered by the palace, and under the lse-majest laws, the world's harshest, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The office of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a statement on Friday ordering the Interior Ministry to strip the family of Princess Srirasmi of the royal-appointed surname Akharaphongpreecha. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the first in line for the Thai throne. http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/40f9239a/sc/11/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cworld0Cthailands0Ecrown0Eprince0Estrips0Ewife0Eroyally0Eappointed0Efamily0Ename0En258351/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Rare Herd of Bison Found in Utah
 
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Researchers have confirmed that the Henry Mountains of southern Utah are home to a rare, genetically pure bison herd. The team included Utah State University scientists who analyzed tissue samples from the bison. Dr. Johan du Toit, professor of ecology and large mammal conservation at USU, said that the herd is even more unique than other populations of bison that have not interbred with cattle. He added, "We’ve got a very, very special case in that the Henry Mountains bison is actually in fact the only population of bison in existence which is now both genetically pure and is free of the disease brucellosis and is free-ranging on public land co-mingling with cattle and is legally hunted. So, we have this very unique population which is one of a kind." http://upr.org/post/genetically-pure-bison-found-utah http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Find Giant Leopard-Spotted Salamander In Florida
 
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Just look at one of its latest discoveries: A giant salamander that is spotted like a leopard and has fronds resembling a Christmas tree on its head. The salamander, officially called the “reticulated siren,” measures up to two feet in length when fully grown, and are completely aquatic, according to National Geographic. David Steen, a wildlife ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center who discovered the creature said its existence has been rumored for decades. “It was basically this mythical beast,” Steen told National Geographic. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reticulated-siren-salamander-weird-florida_us_5c0853b3e4b0bf813ef3d0a9 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Here Are Five Facts About the Little-Known Pangolin
 
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Here are five facts about the little-known Pangolin: 1. Pangolin’s scales are made of keratin, which is the same material found in a rhino's horn. A pangolin's tongue can be longer than its body. Pangolins don't have very good eyesight. Pangolins can live in trees or in the ground. Some species climb trees by using their claws to grip on to overhanging branches, while others use their claws to dig holes in the ground. Four of the species are found in Asia and the four others are found in Africa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37470783' http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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How To Properly Prepare Broccoli To Be A Cancer-Fighting Vegetable
 
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Broccoli can help you prevent cancer. Here's how you should prepare it. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/how-to-prepare-broccoli-to-prevent-cancer/ar-BBIUdGm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Japan Launches New Boutique Luxury Train
 
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Although Japan's new luxury Train Suite Shiki-Shima was launched just days ago, seats on the deluxe 10-car train, which cost as much as 10,000, have already sold out through March of 2018. The luxury train, launched by East Japan Railway, offers two- to four-day itineraries around eastern Japan, the experience closer to a boutique hotel on wheels than a routine ride on a commuter train. The train was designed by Ken Okuyama, known for his work with Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati. The dining car menu is devised by Michelin-starred chef Katsuhiro Nakamura and changes to represent the ingredients and culinary style of the different regions the train passes through. With only 17 private suites available in the train, passengers who want a ticket must fill out an application rather than simply purchase a fare. The lucky few are then selected by lottery. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/travel/japan-luxury-shiki-shima-train/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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$22 Million Awarded To Ohio Man In Shocking Police Brutality Case
 
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Fox 8 reports a jury has awarded $22 million to an Ohio man who sued the East Cleveland police for beating and locking him in closet for four days. In 2012 Arnold Black says he was stopped by police for suspected drug activity. He was handcuffed and beaten so severely that he suffered concussions and required brain surgery After he was assaulted, Black was then thrown in a storage closet where he was kept without food for four days. He was forced to relieve himself in a locker. Black’s attorney, Bob Dicello, told Fox 8, “There was a policy that we uncovered that had been going back three Chiefs that had people being essentially abused by the police." Fox 8 reports East Cleveland police and city officials are planning to appeal the jury’s decision. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/ohio-man-who-was-beaten-by-police-and-locked-in-a-closet-for?utm_term=4ldqpia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Extract DNA From A Mummy
 
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Ancient Egyptian mummies are known to preserve many details of the once-living: facial features, signs of illness, and even tattoos. But not, it seemed, DNA. After repeated failure in extracting the molecule, many scientists had been convinced that the hot desert climate and the chemicals used in the process of mummification would have destroyed any remnant of genetic material long ago. Now a team of ancient DNA specialists has successfully sequenced genomes from 90 ancient Egyptian mummies. The study, led by Johannes Krause, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, reportedly used next-generation sequencing methods to read stretches of any DNA present in a sample and successfully fished out those that resembled human DNA. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/scientists-thought-ancient-egyptian-mummies-didn-t-have-any-dna-left-they-were-wrong http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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If Your DNA Is Right, You Can Lease Land in Hawaii for $1 a Year
 
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Hawaiians will for the first time be allowed to submit DNA evidence to prove their native ancestry in an effort to become eligible for low-cost state land leases. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands reached the agreement after the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation filed a lawsuit in 2012 on behalf of Leighton Pang Kee. According to BuzzFeed, Kee had applied through the organization for housing and submitted DNA evidence to establish his relationship with the unnamed biological father on his birth certificate. To be eligible for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands housing, Hawaiians must prove they have 50% or more blood quantum. They can then apply for a 99-year lease of state land for $1 a year. Pang Kee was adopted, but he knew who his late father was and found his father’s brother, who took a DNA test to prove that they were related. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/hawaii-to-allow-dna-testing-as-proof-of-native-ancestry?utm_term=4ldqpia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Giuliana Rancic Shares Adorable Pics Of Her "Lil Fireman" Duke Rancic For Halloween
 
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Now this is just too cute! Giuliana Rancic took to Instagram Thursday to share some preview pics of son Duke's adorable Halloween costume. In one photo, the E! News host holds little Duke's hand as the mommy-son duo walk down the hall. The 2-year-old looks beyond precious in firefighter boots and pants with suspenders and a white tee. Duke's fireman costume is complete with a black fireman's helmet. Rancic later shared a second solo snapshot of Duke smiling while modeling his Halloween ensemble. "My lil' Fireman," she wrote on Instagram. http://www.eonline.com/news/593858/giuliana-rancic-shares-adorable-pics-of-her-lil-fireman-duke-rancic-for-halloween?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Russia Attempts Persian Leopard Reintroduction
 
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The endangered Persian leopard is being reintroduced to the Russian Sochi region after almost a century. Vital migration routes the animal needs to thrive, however, are under threat from expanding ski resorts. Conservationists will release two three-year-old animals within the next few weeks. This will be followed by another pair later this year. Officials hope a leopard colony will again take root in the southeastern corner of Europe and spread eastward. Long before the city of Sochi was founded in the 1800s, the Persian leopard — also known as the Caucasian leopard — had lived in the Caucasus region. A campaign to eradicate the unpopular wolf using traps and poisoned meat indiscriminately killed all predators. Today, there are fewer than 400 Persian leopards in the wild. The only sustainable wild populations are in Iran and Turkmenistan. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-trying-bring-back-leopard-species-it-last-saw-100-n580796 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Detroit Mom Who Put Kids in Freezer Given Life Sentence
 
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The apparently remorseless Detroit mother who admitted to killing two of her children and hiding their bodies in a deep freezer was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair, 36, was allowed to address the Wayne County courtroom and displayed the same anger she has previously shown since her arrest in March in the horrific case. Blair, who used her time blasting the fathers of her dead children for being absent in their lives said, "But I'm the only one not lying about anything." http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/4836e44f/sc/14/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cus0Enews0Cdetroit0Emom0Emitchelle0Eblair0Egets0Elife0Esentence0Eputting0Echildren0Efreezer0En393781/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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700 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwreck
 
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A major rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned on Sunday, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe. According to reports, the accident happened 60 miles off the Libyan coast and 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, after the migrants saw a merchant ship in the distance, scrambled to attract its attention - and over-balanced their boat. Italian coastguards have retrieved dozens of survivors so far. But based on numbers given by survivors, the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, said that up to 700 more could still be in the water. Only last week, 400 immigrants drowned in a similar incident, and those deaths prompted fresh calls for Europe to reinstate full-scale search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/19/700-migrants-feared-dead-mediterranean-shipwreck-worst-yet http://www.wochit.com
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Baltimore's National Aquarium Will Create Dolphin Sanctuary With Natural Habitat
 
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Baltimore's National Aquarium will create the first U.S. dolphin sanctuary and transfer its eight dolphins there, the aquarium said on Tuesday. The move comes after five years of study and as the U.S. public has grown increasingly uneasy about keeping dolphins and whales in captivity, Chief Executive John Racanelli said in a statement. Creating the outdoor, seawater sanctuary poses a challenge since all but one of the colony of six female and two male dolphins was born in an aquarium or a zoo, Racanelli said. One female, Nani, was born in the wild in 1972. The dolphins will also have to learn how to be ocean-dwelling creatures. The site will be much larger than the dolphins' current habitat, and it will have more natural stimuli, such as fish and marine plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/89w-NYpHWRM/us-usa-environment-dolphins-idUSKCN0Z0214 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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India Builds First 'smart' City as Urban Population Swells
 
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India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western state Gujarat. So far, it boasts modern underground infrastructure, two office blocks and not much else. The plan, however, is for a meticulously planned metropolis complete with gleaming towers, drinking water on tap, automated waste collection and a dedicated power supply - luxuries to many Indians. With an urban population set to double at 814 million people by 2050, India faces the kind of mass urbanization only seen before in China. Ahead of his election last May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 100 so-called smart cities by 2022 to help meet the rush. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/K4E_tbpmqk8/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Scientists Use 3D Bioprinter To Generate Cartilage Tissue
 
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Through the use of a 3D bioprinter, researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have successfully generated cartilage tissue by printing stem cells. After harvesting cartilage cells from patients who had knee surgery, researchers were then able to create new cartilage tissue with a 3D bioprinter. The cells were then manipulated by researchers, causing them to rejuvenate and revert into pluripotent stem cells. The stem cells were treated with growth factors, causing them to differentiate properly and form cartilage tissue. The 3D-printed cartilage formed by the stem cells is very similar to human cartilage, and surgeons who compared the artificial cartilage to real cartilage saw no difference between them. Researchers say the 3-bioprinted cartilage could be used to repair cartilage damage or treat osteoarthritis. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/04/28/Scientists-generate-cartilage-tissue-using-a-3D-bioprinter/1691493392044/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society
 
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The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society The surveillance program of the national security agency known as Prism; the death of Trayvon Martin; and Google Glass and the rise of wearable computers that record everything. Although these might not seem connected, they are part of a growing move for, or against, a surveillance society. On one side of this issue we have people declaring that too much surveillance, especially in the form of wearable cameras and computers, is detrimental and leaves people without any privacy in public. On the other side there are people who argue that a society with cameras everywhere will make the world safer and hold criminals more accountable for their actions. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/the-pros-and-cons-of-a-surveillance-society/?partner=rss&emc=rss http://www.wochit.com
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Blessed Are the Poor: Pope Francis Visits Paraguay Slum
 
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On the last day of his pilgrimage to his native Latin America, Pope Francis practiced what he preaches, and visited a slum. Hours before he was due to fly back to Rome, wrapping up an week-long visit that also took him to Ecuador and Bolivia, the Pope went to Banado Norte, a flooding-prone slum in the outskirts of Paraguay's capital Asuncion, where about 1500 families live in extreme poverty. While he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he often visited the city's slums, home to many Paraguayan immigrants. After hearing the locals stories, the Pope told them, "I have looked forward to being with you today. I could not come to Paraguay without spending some time with you, here on your land." http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/480d24d4/sc/11/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cworld0Cblessed0Eare0Epoor0Epope0Efrancis0Evisits0Eparaguay0Eslum0En390A741/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Wrongly Convicted Man Amazes Judge At Hearing
 
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Dateline Digital Series: Conviction 0:52 A Bronx man who served 20 years in prison for a murder that more than a dozen alibi witnesses say he could not have committed threw a wrench Friday into plans to dismiss the case against him. Richard Rosario, over the objections of prosecutors, asked the court to stay the dismissal until a full investigation could be done. Rosario had been released a month earlier after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark announced they have no intention of retrying him for the now unsolved 1996 murder of 17-year-old Jorge Collazo. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/richard-rosario-stuns-judge-trying-dismiss-his-murder-case-n598456 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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