River Turns Blood Red in ‘Biblical Bombshell’

Russian media are calling last week’s sudden change of Siberia’s Molchanka River into a blood-red estuary a “biblical bombshell,” referencing the first of the Bible’s ten plagues visited on the Egytians in the book of Exodus . . .

No one is calling the Molchanka transformation blood, but scientists are troubled enough about the event to be searching for its cause, assumed to be a natural one. Experts in the regional department of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor), the Russian agency responsible for environmental concerns, are investigating the cause of the shocking crimson color, reported Breaking Israel News. Samples sent to the Center for Epidemiology are being tested for presence of toxic compounds.

Some residents of the city of Tyumen are blaming the change on greenhouse wastes. Officials have not released results of testing . . .

While a waterway suddenly turning red can be locally shocking, the fact is the phenomenon is not uncommon. WND reported in 2013 a similar, sudden change in the canals of Nootdorp, South Holland, in the Netherlands . . .

In the prophetic book of Revelation, the Scriptures foretell a time when oceans and rivers will flow with blood again. (Read more from “River Turns Blood Red in ‘Biblical Bombshell'” HERE)

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Scientists: New Cure for Baldness Discovered in Mcdonald’s French Fries

A new study shows that the cure for baldness could lie within McDonald’s fries, sadly not by eating them.

Japanese scientists have found a “simple” method to regrow hair on mice and say that it could likely work on humans too.

A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University used the silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing, called dimethylpolysiloxane, to regrow hair on mice.

The study published in Science Daily last week focuses on moving hair follicles to areas on the mouse without hair, according to USA Today.

The researchers used the dimethylpolysiloxane as part of an “oxygen-permeable” solution and created “5,000 HFGs simultaneously, and report(ed) new hair growth from the HFGs after transplantation into mice.”

“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in the press release, according to Business Insider. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

Business Insider pointed out that the chemical on its own does not trigger hair growth, so eating McDonald’s fries will probably not help with hair growth.

“These self-sorted hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon intracutaneous transplantation into the backs of nude mice,” Fukuda said in the study, according to USA Today.

Researchers added that more studies will need to be done, but their findings are “promising” for regrowing human hair.

“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).”

“In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells,” he added.

Twitter users reacted to the study.

According to NBC News, McDonald’s buys 3.4 billion pounds of U.S. potatoes annually to make their french fries. (For more from the author of “Scientists: New Cure for Baldness Discovered in Mcdonald’s French Fries” please click HERE)

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Meet the Dog Whose Job Is to Guard Priceless Artwork from Bugs

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts just hired a professional bug sniffer. At least they hope he proves to be one.

The new hire is a puppy named Riley who is a 12-week-old Weimaraner.

Riley’s new job is to sniff out bugs, moths and other critters that could damage valuable art in the museum, The New York Times reported.

“It’s really a trial, pilot project. We don’t know if he’s going to be good at it,” Katie Getchell said. “But it seems like a good idea to try.”

With more than 1 million people passing through the museum every year, bugs can find their way in by hitching a ride on jackets and shoes.

Riley will be adding another level of protection against insects that could pose a long-term threat to the artwork.

Currently, the museum’s pest-control defense includes quarantining new artwork prior to its placement in the galleries.

The nostrils of dogs are reportedly better at detecting scents than any technology created thus far. They’ve been trained to sniff out explosives, cadavers, bed bugs, ants and cancer.

Nicki Luongo, a museum employee, trains police dogs in her spare time and got Riley as a family pet. That’s when the museum began to wonder if the dog could be trained to detect insects.

The plan is plausible, according to the owner of Pepedogs, a dog-training company.

“Every insect we’ve been able to work with, we’ve been able to train dogs to accurately and consistently detect them,” Pepe Peruyero said.

Peruyero’s company has trained dogs to discover sea turtle eggs buried in the sane and to find larvae on golf courses before they hatch and destroy the turf.

Getchell said that if Riley is successful, the museum will share what they learn with other museums and organizations, according to The Times.

Museum visitors, however, shouldn’t expect to see the puppy wandering through the exhibits. He will be doing his work behind the scenes and whenever the museum is closed.

Employees don’t want Riley to distract from the museum, so they are toying with the idea of either opening an Instagram account for the local celebrity or have meet-and-greets for his fans, The Times reported.

“The staff are overwhelmed by the excitement to see and meet him,” Getchell said. “We don’t want to deprive the public of that.” (For more from the author of “Meet the Dog Whose Job Is to Guard Priceless Artwork from Bugs” please click HERE)

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‘Cancer Vaccine’ Eliminates Tumors in Mice

By Stanford Medicine News Center. Activating T cells in tumors eliminated even distant metastases in mice, Stanford researchers found. Lymphoma patients are being recruited to test the technique in a clinical trial.

Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The approach works for many different types of cancers, including those that arise spontaneously, the study found.

The researchers believe the local application of very small amounts of the agents could serve as a rapid and relatively inexpensive cancer therapy that is unlikely to cause the adverse side effects often seen with bodywide immune stimulation.

“When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body,” said Ronald Levy, MD, professor of oncology. “This approach bypasses the need to identify tumor-specific immune targets and doesn’t require wholesale activation of the immune system or customization of a patient’s immune cells.” (Read more from “Cancer Vaccine Eliminates Tumors in Mice” HERE)

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Injection Helps the Immune System Obliterate Tumors, at Least in Mice

By Mitch Leslie. Our immune cells can destroy tumors, but sometimes they need a kick in the pants to do the job. A study in mice describes a new way to incite these attacks by injecting an immune-stimulating mixture directly into tumors. The shots trigger the animals’ immune system to eliminate not only the injected tumors, but also other tumors in their bodies.

“This is a very important study,” says immunologist Keith Knutson of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who wasn’t connected to the research. “It provides a good pretext for going into humans.”

To bring the wrath of the immune system down on tumors, researchers have tried shooting them up with a variety of molecules and viruses. So far, however, almost every candidate they’ve tested hasn’t worked in people . . .

The big question is whether the approach works in people, as most rodent cancer therapies don’t translate to humans. Levy and his colleagues are about to find out. They are launching a clinical trial to evaluate the safety of their approach and gauge its effectiveness in patients with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. (Read more from “Injection Helps the Immune System Obliterate Tumors, at Least in Mice” HERE)

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Robots Starting to Beat Chemists at Their Own Game?

This line from 17th century alchemist Johann Joachim Becher is frequently used by synthetic chemists to express their dedication and delight in practical work. Although a lot has changed since Becher’s day, chemists still spend a lot of time weighing solids and measuring liquids to make molecules and discover new reactions. ‘Chemistry is still a highly experimentally demanding discipline – you need to work in the lab to get results,’ says Cristina Nevado, an organic chemist at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

However, robots are starting to beat chemists at their own game. An automated flow reactor optimises a reaction in only one day – a task that might take a human chemists weeks or even months. Smart systems like the drug discovery robot Eve combine lab skills and artificial intelligence to test and modify a given hypothesis.

‘Chemists are hungry for change,’ declares Martin Burke from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US. Having built a small molecule synthesiser, Burke is one of the scientists embracing automation and robotics – technology that might not only free chemists from some of the more tedious parts of their work, but completely change the way molecules are made. Eventually, Burke and others believe, advanced synthesis robots will entirely replace human lab workers.

Already, automation has played an important part in making small-scale synthesis more efficient. Descendants of Unimate, the first industrial robotic arm patented in 1961, now transfer vials and tubes into analytical machines or dispense amounts of liquid too small for human hands to handle. Over the last few decades, machines carrying out more sophisticated tasks like column chromatography have become affordable and widespread. (Read more from “Robots Starting to Beat Chemists at Their Own Game?” HERE)

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8-Mile Pyramid Discovered at Bottom of Ocean

The structure, estimated as being between 3.5 and 11 miles across, was spotted on Google Earth in the Pacific Ocean just west of Mexico.

A video about the discovery uploaded to YouTube has drawn vast speculation about what it could be, including an ancient sunken city, a bizarre UFO, or even an alien base.

The “discovery” was made by Argentinian Marcelo Igazusta.

The video commentary described it has being “an intense light in the Pacific Ocean” of 3.5 miles in length, with a shape similar to a plane.

Scott C Waring, an alien conspiracy theorist, said: “It is a perfect pyramid that measures over 8.5 miles across one side of its base. Thats a conservative estimate, it could be up to 11 miles across.” (Read more from “8-Mile Pyramid Discovered at Bottom of Ocean” HERE)

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Spermageddon: The Human Race May Actually Be Infertile in 50 Years

Modern medicine has long presumed fertility to be the dominion of women, a space ruled by gynaecologists and invasive procedures explained by softly pink pamphlets. But that is only half the story. Possibly even less, according to mounting evidence. Male fertility is dipping, and fast. Sperm may prove to be the greatest casualty of modern life.

Last summer, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60 per cent in 40 years. In what was the largest study of its kind, they analysed data from 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, taking in 185 studies from 1973 to 2011. Its lead author, Dr Hagai Levine, decreed the result an ‘urgent wake-up call’. . .

Stefan Chmelik, an integrated healthcare practitioner and the founder of Harley Street’s New Medicine Group, is quite clear in his predictions. ‘There are scant mainstream medical treatments for male fertility and, at current rates of sperm decline, the human race will be infertile in 50 years. I’m beginning to see IVF babies of IVF babies. While I’m certainly not judging, it’s hard not to wonder what happens when we see tenth-generation IVF children.’ (Read more from “Spermageddon: Why the Human Race Could Be Infertile in 50 Years” HERE)

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‘Lunacy Alert’ Warns of Huge Fine for Handing out Straws

They don’t call it the “land of fruits and nuts” ONLY for the … edible fruits and nuts that are grown there.

And California proved it has earned that reputation once again, by proposing a law that would fine wait staff at restaurants $1,000 if they took a customer a straw for a drink – before the customer asked for one.

On Twitchy, there was that “LUNACY alert!”

It hung the blame for the issue on the perpetual Democrat majority in the state house there, stating, “Dems want to punish restaurant waitstaff for doing WHAT?”

It turns out Assembly Bill 1884, pending in the state lawmaking body as of this week, states, “This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer.” (Read more from “‘Lunacy Alert’ Warns of Huge Fine for Handing out Straws” HERE)

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Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ Predicts Who Will Win Super Bowl

Amazon’s Alexa will not only call people out for being sexist, but she also predicts what team will win the upcoming Super Bowl. Her verdict: the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to CBS Philly, videos of Amazon’s Alexa predicting that Eagles will win the big game have gone viral.

“I’m flying with the Eagles on this one because of their relentless defense and the momentum they’ve been riding off their underdog status,” Alexa apparently said.

Alexa even finishes with the Eagles chant — “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles.”

Could this mean that Alexa’s AI somehow can sense the overall sentiment about the game or that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his money on Philly and making Alexa predict the winner will psyche out the Patriots? No way to tell, but whatever the reason, the predictions are real:

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Here Comes a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse’

Blood moons and eclipses have come and gone. But the signs of the times are getting more ominous than ever.

As if the total solar eclipse last August and the “blood moons” of 2014 and 2015 weren’t enough, there will be a “super blue blood moon eclipse” on Jan. 31 – something that hasn’t happened for 150 years.

And this rare event could herald war and turbulence on earth, according to a leading researcher of astronomical signs and how they interact with Scripture.

Rather than just looking skyward, Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon, says people need to be looking to their Bibles.

“Many people seem to be overlooking the real importance of this event,” Biltz told WND. “The ‘super moon’ which takes place on January 31 is what is termed a ‘blue moon,’ because it is the second full moon in one month. It’s also going to be a total lunar eclipse, making it a ‘blood moon’ as well. This is the first time there’s been a total eclipse for a blue moon in 150 years, which makes it remarkable enough. (Read more from “Here Comes a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse'” HERE)

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