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Freaky fair food returns with Ice Cream Burger

Freaky fair food returns with Ice Cream Burger | oddities | Scoop.it

Unbind your belt. Go find your fat jeans. Load up on the Lipitor.


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Dream Come True! Sleep Mask Created To Let People CONTROL Their Dreams

Dream Come True! Sleep Mask Created To Let People CONTROL Their Dreams | oddities | Scoop.it

Two developers from Brooklyn created the Remee sleeping mask that allows people to control their dreams thanks to blinking lights that alert them that they are dreaming and allowing a choice 


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Cocaine Worth £1m Sent To UN By Mistake!

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A 16kg shipment of cocaine lost by Mexican drug traffickers has turned up at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
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Mysterious human chitinase-3-like-1 protein is a key ingredient in fighting pneumonia

Mysterious human chitinase-3-like-1 protein is a key ingredient in fighting pneumonia | oddities | Scoop.it

A mysterious protein produced by a wide spectrum of living things is crucial in regulating the immune response to the most common form of pneumonia, a new Yale School of Medicine study shows. The protein — chitinase 3-like-1 (Chi3l1) — present in the blood of every human being – is crucial to a successful immune system response to the bacteria and also seems to prevent that response from damaging the host, according to the researchers.

 

The Yale team found that Chi3l1 is a member of an ancient family of proteins present in species as diverse as plants, insects, and humans. This evolutionary conservation led researchers to believe that Chi3l1 plays an essential role in these organisms. However little was known about the functions of this protein in health or disease.

 

The Yale team found that when mice lacking this key protein were exposed to Streptococcus pneumoniae, they experienced exaggerated levels of inflammation, suffered much greater damage from inflammation and hemorrhage, and had a higher rate of mortality and sepsis (blood poisoning) than those with the protein. They found that the protein helped immune system cells called macrophages to clear the pathogens from the body.

 

They also found that Chi311 inhibited the innate immune response and decreased its ability to damage tissue in the host. The latter is particularly important, note the researchers, because an overwhelming innate immune system response contributes to the adverse consequences of infections, such as respiratory failure and sepsis, which are among the highest causes of death in hospitals.


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Tennessee Man Charged With Killing Couple After They 'Unfriended daughter on facebook.

Tennessee Man Charged With Killing Couple After They 'Unfriended daughter on facebook. | oddities | Scoop.it

Marvin Potter is accused in the shooting deaths of a couple who removed his adult daughter as a friend on the social network Facebook


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3D model of the Ebola virus

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The Ebola virus and it’s close relative the Marburg virus are members of the Filoviridae family. These viruses are the causative agents of severe hemorrhagic fever, a disease with a fatality rate of up to 90%. The Ebola virus infects mainly the capillary endothelium and several types of immune cells. The symptoms of Ebola infection include maculopapular rash, petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses, dehydration and hematomas.

 

Since Ebola was first described in 1976, there have been several epidemics of this disease. Hundreds of people have died because of Ebola infections, mainly in Zaire, Sudan, Congo and Uganda. In addition, several fatalities have occurred because of accidents in laboratories working with the virus. Currently, a number of scientists claim that terrorists may use Ebola as a biological weapon.

 

In the 3D model presented in this study, Ebola-encoded structures are shown in maroon, and structures from human cells are shown in grey. The Ebola model is based on X-ray analysis, NMR spectroscopy, and general virology data published in the last two decades. Some protein structures were predicted using computational biology techniques, such as molecular modeling.


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Taiwanese man loses use of index finger after too much gaming

Taiwanese man loses use of index finger after too much gaming | oddities | Scoop.it

Disregarding all common sense, a Taiwanese man has reportedly lost the use of his index finger after playing games for far too long on his smartphone


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Klara Akvo's comment, February 1, 2013 12:43 PM
I'm so sharing this one with my son if I can get him to turn off his PS3 long enough.
Klara Akvo's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:45 PM

Wanted to share this story with my son but I couldn't get him to turn his PS3 off long enough for him to read it.