NASA: Organic Matter Found on Mars

By WND. NASA announced Thursday its Curiosity rover has found organic matter preserved on Mars, suggesting the red planet may have once been home to life.

“The chances of being able to find signs of ancient life with future missions, if life ever was present, just went up,” said Curiosity’s project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said that with the new findings, “Mars is telling us to stay the course and keep searching for evidence of life.” . . .

NASA describes the Mars Curiosity rover, launched Nov. 6, 2011, as the most technologically advanced rover ever built. It landed on Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012, with the aim of determining whether Mars ever had the capacity to support microbial life.

The rover already has analyzed a rock sample collected by the vehicle in 2013 showing ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. It also detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by its drill. (Read more from “NASA: Organic Matter Found on Mars” HERE)

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New Discoveries on Mars Are Advancing the Case for Life on the Red Planet

By TIME. New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present.

Scientists reported Thursday that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks of life in an ancient Martian lakebed. Hints have been found before, but this is the best evidence yet.

The organic molecules preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old bedrock in Gale Crater — believed to once contain a shallow lake the size of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee — suggest conditions back then may have been conducive to life. That leaves open the possibility that microorganisms once populated our planetary neighbor and might still exist there.

“The chances of being able to find signs of ancient life with future missions, if life ever was present, just went up,” said Curiosity’s project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Read more from “New Discoveries on Mars Are Advancing the Case for Life on the Red Planet” HERE)

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Top Psychologist Admits: Demon Possession Is Real

It is a phenomenon that is on the rise throughout the world: The number of cases of demonic possession – and demands for priests to carry out exorcisms – is, according to multiple sources, soaring.

Medical science remains sceptical. However, a Princeton-and-Yale-educated mainstream psychiatrist believes demonic possession is indeed very real – and claims that the majority of Americans agree with him.

With 25 years experience in a private psychiatric practice and as a professor at New York Medical College and Columbia University, Dr Richard Gallagher has a rare vantage point to observe human behavior. And then there is the inhuman.

He is also a sought-after psychiatrist for discernment, the initial step in determining the need for exorcism. Dr Gallagher has evaluated hundreds of cases of possible possession and, in a wide-ranging and rare interview with the Telegraph, explains why he believes the phenomenon is genuine. . .

In the US, the number of priest exorcists has increased from twelve to fifty over the past decade. While demand for exorcism continues to surge, Dr Gallagher’s medical assessment of whether a person is mentally ill or possessed by demons will determine whether some exorcisms are conducted. (Read more from “Top Psychologist Admits: Demon Possession Is Real” HERE)

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Disgusting Video of Woman Shaving Legs in Public Pool Goes Viral

. . .A woman got caught on video shaving her legs in a crowded pool in Florida.

It’s unclear where exactly in the state the incident occurred, and whether it went down at a hotel, motel, resort, apartment complex or public pool.

The woman, wearing a floral bathing suit, sits on the steps in the shallow end, seemingly without a care in the world, as if she were relaxing in her own bathroom. Kids play with floats nearby as she rinses off her razor in the water in which they are swimming.

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Half Human – Half Chicken Abomination Created

A team of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life.

Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves.

But now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment.

By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists were for the first time ever able to observe how cells [organize] themselves. . .

In may ways the study mirrored the discovery of organiser cells in 1924, when a duo of German scientists transplanted cells from one salamander onto the embryo of another. (Read more from “Half Human – Half Chicken Abomination Created” HERE)

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Butchers ‘Living in Fear’ as Vegan Attacks on the Rise

Attacks on small businesses by vegan activists are on the rise, according to the Countryside Alliance.

Death threats, stoked by social media and encouraged by international groups of activists, have caused butchers and farmers to “live in fear.”

Marlow Butchers, in, Ashford, Kent, was targeted earlier this month by activists who daubed red paint on the doors and windows of the shop. . .

Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance told The Telegraph: “There’s been an escalation of attacks on butchers, markets, and even abattoirs and it’s an extension of animal rights campaigns we have seen around other areas, using the same tactics including online abuse. . .

He said that international groups coordinate attacks which take place in the UK, explaining: “”Social media has been a catlalyst for much of this campaigning, both in terms of bringing together international groups and if they find the right independent business it does bring a lot of pressure on family businesses and farmers.” (Read more from “Butchers ‘Living in Fear’ as Vegan Attacks on the Rise” HERE)

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Check out These Pics of the ‘Wolf-Like Creature’ Shot in Montana

It’s Friday, so it’s the perfect time for a story about a mysterious “wolf-like creature” shot in Montana that has people talking about the “Dogman” conspiracy and the continued existence of a prehistoric species of wolves.

“We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back,” said Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, of the wolf-like animal shot near a ranch in Montana. “It was near a rancher’s place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman. That’s the last I ever heard of it.”

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the creature, which “at this point, no one is 100 percent sure” how to identify, was shot and killed on May 16 on a ranch outside of Denton. “With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, it’s legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf,” the Tribune reports.

Social media in Lewistown exploded with theories over the creature last week, with some saying it was a starved “grizzly cub,” others suggesting it was a descendent of prehistoric dire wolves, and others going right over the conspiracy cliff with the “Dogman” theory.

“That could very well be what’s being called Dogman,” one person speculated. “They’re spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. These are just facts. Look into if if you don’t believe it.” (Read more from “Check out These Pics of the ‘Wolf-Like Creature’ Shot in Montana” HERE)

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Watch: You Need to Meet This Guy Who Fought a Crocodile to Impress a Girl

An 18-year-old Australian man jumped into crocodile-infested waters to impress a girl. He nearly lost his arm, but he did score a date.

Lee De Paauw was attacked by a crocodile last year in his efforts to impress Sophie Paterson, a young British tourist. After numerous alcoholic beverages, De Paauw told the young lady that “backpackers are more likely to get eaten by a crocodile than Australians.” To “test the theory,” he decided to jump into the dangerous waters.

“I was thinking, s***, I’m gone,” he said of the moment a crocodile first attacked him. “I’m gone for sure.”

The crocodile bit his arm and took him under. Though he suffered serious damage to his arm, the Aussie was able to escape the attack by punching the animal in the snout and then gouging its eye. “I punched it in the snout and on my second hit I got it straight in the eye and then it let go,” he told 9 News. . .

“I done it for Sophie; she’s beautiful, caring, and kind,” he said of Paterson, with whom he managed to score a movie date. (Read more from “Watch: You Need to Meet This Guy Who Fought a Crocodile to Impress a Girl” HERE)

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Robots Can Now Grow Human Organs

An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle developed the new system.

The advance promises to greatly expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery, according to Benjamin Freedman, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the UW School of Medicine, who led the research effort.

“This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,’ said Freedman, who is a scientist at the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, as well as at the Kidney Research Institute, a collaboration between the Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine.

A report describing the new technique will be published online May 17 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. The lead authors were research scientists Stefan Czerniecki, and Nelly Cruz from the Freedman lab, and Dr. Jennifer Harder, assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where she is a kidney disease specialist.

The traditional way to grow cells for biomedical research, Freeman explained, is to culture them as flat, two-dimensional sheets, which are overly simplistic. In recent years, researchers have been increasingly successful in growing stem cells into more complex, three-dimensional structures called mini-organs or organoids. These resemble rudimentary organs and in many ways behave similarly. While these properties make organoids ideal for biomedical research, they also pose a challenge for mass production. The ability to mass produce organoids is the most exciting potential applications of the new robotic technology, according to the developers. (Read more from “Robots Can Now Grow Human Organs” HERE)

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Passenger Intentionally Urinates on Seat During Flight

By CBS News. Frontier Airlines says they are aware of a recent situation aboard a flight from Denver to South Carolina in which a passenger allegedly urinated on the passenger’s seat in front of him.

According to another passenger on the flight, the man, later identified in FBI documents as Michael Allen Haag, urinated on the seat in front of hers after being kicked out of his previous seat for inappropriate behavior.

The FBI told CBS4 that Haag has a Boulder address listed as his residence.

The passenger told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas she was sitting in the same row as Haag, across the aisle, when he unbuckled his seat belt and urinated on the back of the chair.

The woman said Haag was moved to the row she was in after he allegedly verbally and physically assaulted two other women near his previous seat. She also said Haag allegedly touched one sleeping female passenger and later asked another woman about her sexual and marital life. (Read more from “Passenger Intentionally Urinates on Seat During Flight” HERE)

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Suspected Urinating Passenger Identified as Boulder Man

By CBS News. The man who allegedly urinated on a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to South Carolina has been identified. . .

The witness says Haag was moved to the row she was in after he allegedly verbally and physically assaulted the women. She also said Haag allegedly touched one sleeping female passenger and later asked another woman about her sexual and marital life. . .

In a statement to CBS4’s Dillon Thomas, Frontier Airlines spokesman Richard Oliver said,

The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority at Frontier. We have been made aware of this situation and are working with the appropriate authorities.

The woman said the suspect was arrested at the gate in Charleston approximately 30 minutes later. (Read more from “Suspected Urinating Passenger Identified as Boulder Man” HERE)

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132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed from Connecticut Woman

A 132-pound ovarian tumor was removed from a 38-year-old Connecticut woman this year, according to two doctors involved in the case.

The patient, who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the tumor began growing at a rate of about 10 pounds per week in November. A medical team, including 12 surgeons, removed it in a five-hour procedure February 14 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, according to Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist for Western Connecticut Health Network and a lead surgeon on the case.

“During the surgery, we removed this gigantic tumor that originated from her left ovary. We removed her left ovary, her left (fallopian) tube, and we removed the affected peritoneal tissue that was adhering to the ovary,” Andikyan said.

The tumor originated in the epithelial cells lining the ovary and was “mucinous,” meaning it was filled with a gelatin-like substance produced by the tumor cells, according to Andikyan. (Read more from “132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed from Connecticut Woman” HERE)

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