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Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked | Video on TED.com

A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis.
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This video is about a scientist named Gregoire Courtine that trys to free a rat from paralysis by combining specific drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot. He would try to awaken the neural pathways in order to make the rat move on it's own like it once did. The robot acted as a safe environment for it and he used swiss chocolate for motivation.

 

The rat could walk and eventually climbed a small staircase but there was a question that was unknown, who? This was a very difficult question to find the answer to but after 10 years they finally realized that the reason it could move was because the brain had made knew connections that carried information from the brain, passed the injury and then restored total control of the body.

 

At the beginning of the video he mentioned that yearly about 50,000 are affected by a spinal cord injury and if anyone has watched this that has a spinal cord injury or knows someone that does it should give them hope that they will eventually find a cure for it espicially when they are so close to finding one like they are now.

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Pope Francis leads prayer for Philippines after typhoon - NBCNews.com (blog)

Pope Francis leads prayer for Philippines after typhoon - NBCNews.com (blog) | Grade Nine Religion | Scoop.it
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Pope Francis leads prayer for Philippines after typhoon
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By Naomi O'Leary, Reuters.
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Many villages and the city of Tacloban had been destroyed when one of the most powerful storms ever created attacked the Phillipines and left a devastating result. About 10,000 People have been killed because of this typhoon and left many people without homes. Pope Francis lead the prayer from his window over St. Peter's square and said "I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately there are many victims and the damage is enormous. We pray now in silence ... for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help."


Pope Francis asked Twitter users if they would pray with him for the victims of the Typhoon and it had been re-tweeted nearly 30,000 times. Francis also wrote a letter and had the Vatican's Secretary of State deliver it to Benigno Aquino, the Philippine President. the letter had said "The Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of the storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the nation."


I think that it is completely awful what had happened to the villages and cities in the Philippines and hopefully they will be able to rebuild and recover from this tragic event. Atleast they now know that many people know of this tragisty and the church will hopefully do whatever they can to help them out.

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Evan Wyatt's comment, November 10, 2013 8:36 PM
I really like this article and your insight Vince. It shows me that even through technology we can still spread the Good News. Pope Francis utilized technology to help bring our Christian community close to pray for one another. This video helps me realize that even through social networking like Twitter, we can still helps others. Its very tragic to hear about the places in the Philippines but at least we know nearly thirty thousand people and the church is willing to help. Thank you for posting this Vince.
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Man walks the streets giving $100 to homeless people

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Pay it forward. (Random acts of kindness give me faith in humanity. http://t.co/UCmvFXvIs0)
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This video is about an orginazation called, Give Back Films and is about giving money to those who need it. They feel that it is neccesary to give money to the people that are less fortunate or going through a hard moment in their life so Give Back Films decided to walk down the streets of Salt Lake City in Utah giving 100's of dollars to homeless people or like what is in this video, 2 brothers that lose their jobs.

 

After the organization gives the money to the homeless people, many of then are extremely grateful and a few of them turn to God to say thank you and this one man also says a prayer to show how tankful he is. Near the end of the video the 2 brothers were given $100 and they then start to talk about how their clothes had been stolen including their back pack and how they lost thier jobs as well as 11 other people.


One of the brothers say "They laid off 11 other guys from our job and it's extremely bad luck" but the fact that Give Back Films gave money to them should give them hope that maybe their are more people like that and that it will get better. When  I walk passed homeless people I ignore them and pretend not to notice them but this video has really opened my eyes that not all homeless people decided to not go to school or to smoke and not care but some of them just have had really bad luck and need someone to give them some help.

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Hundreds remember The Fallen in Londonderry - Belfast Newsletter

Hundreds remember The Fallen in Londonderry - Belfast Newsletter | Grade Nine Religion | Scoop.it
Hundreds remember The Fallen in Londonderry Belfast Newsletter And, the poignancy of the first verse of 'The Supreme Sacrifice' was not missed as it states: “O valiant hearts, who to your glory came, Through dust of conflict and through battle...
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Hundreds gathered in Londonderry city to honour the people who had lost their lives due to the World Wars. There are many paths that lead to the cenotaph (empty tomb) that is place directly in the centre the diamond within the Walled city. There was also parades including the city’s William King Memorial Flute Band and had many ex-service men and women attend.


Dean of St Columb’s Cathedral, Rev Dr William Morton begins the religious service and is very appreciative of all that they had done for our freedom and then beggins the hym, The Supreme Sacrifice which was used to open the ceromony in 1927 and is still used today. He then said that it was “an honour and privilege to be asked by the Royal British Legion” and then asks everyone to give thanks to Almighty God.


I am also very grateful for everyone that had sacrificed themselves for us including God and those who had faught in the World Wars for our freedom and they will be remembered for their actions for us every year during rememberance day.

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School bus driver fired for leading children in prayer - UPI.com

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School bus driver fired for leading children in prayer
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BURNSVILLE, Minn., Nov.
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A bus driver in Minneapolis had gotten fired from his job as a bus driver. The Durham School Services had fired him for praying with the students while he drove them to school. He had said that the children were not forced to pray during the bus ride and if they did not want to pray, then they wouldn't pray. He would start his prayers once the final kid got on the bus and continued until they reached the school.

 

In 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court stated that school prayers breached the First Amendment ban on an established church and the district considers the bus ride to be an extension of the school day. Teresa Nelson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Minnesota says that it is fine if the bus driver were to pray during his own time but when he is drivering the kids to school he would not be allowed as it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.


Personally I'm not sure if I think that he should not have been fired from his job or not because  he was praying. He did not force anyone to do anything and wanted the kids to have a better day at school. But he was also warned several times before he got fired and there was also a rule that he had broken. Hopefully he is able to find another job and is allowed to pray during it.

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Brandon Locke's comment, November 15, 2013 11:07 AM
i agree with you vince, The bus driver should not have been fired for leading the children in a prayer asking God to bring the kids safely to school and back home safely.
Evan H's comment, November 21, 2013 9:43 PM
I think he should not been fired from the job. Even though he was told several times to stop, the kids were not force to pray if they don't want to. Calling the bus ride an extension of the school day is a lame excuse.