Leaping Elk Crashes Low-Flying Helicopter

Researchers in a low-flying helicopter were trying to net an elk to fit it with a tracking collar when the large animal leapt at the chopper’s tail rotor, bringing the aircraft crashing to the ground.

The incident occurred Monday in Wasatch County, Utah, about 90 miles east of Salt Lake City, according to the Associated Press.

The two people in the helicopter were not seriously injured. The elk died. (Read more from “Leaping Elk Crashes Low-Flying Helicopter” HERE)

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Scientists: World Facing a Looming Ice Age Due to Solar Cooling

By Bihu Ray. Remember the 1989 science fiction novel The Dying Sun by Gary Blackwood, where people were forced to migrate from the US to Mexico because of the freezing weather triggered by cooling down of the Sun? Scientists are now afraid that such a situation can become a reality in the near future. The question that now arises is, are we at all prepared for another ice age?

A study by the University of California San Diego has claimed that by 2050, the Sun is expected to become cool. You might think “what’s the big deal,” but remember that this means the solar activities that create the heat of the Sun to sustain life on Earth may diminish. And the last time it happened was in the 17th century when the Thames River froze. Scientists call this the “Maunder Minimum”.

Physicist Dan Lubin at the university and his team studied the past event and concluded that we are in for a worse case. The Sun is expected to get much dimmer than last time and, in scientific terms, it is a “grand minimum” — a time period in the 11-year solar cycle when the solar activities are at the lowest point . . .

Scientists also said that the Sun might have another cooling period in a decade.

However, predicting a solar minimum or maximum is a challenge to scientists because of the non-linear characteristic of solar activities that happens every day. During a minimum cycle, though solar cycles still occur, the intensity is very low, while during a maximum cycle, solar flares go up and sun spews out billion-ton clouds of electrified gas into space. These two extremes can bring about some major global and regional climate changes. (Read more from “Scientists: World Facing a Looming Ice Age Due to Solar Cooling” HERE)

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Ice Age Due Soon? 120 Studies This Past Year Link Climate Change to Solar Variations

By Bob Unruh. Global-warming diehards who converted their cause to “climate change” when the warming ceased a few years back are being dealt another blow as scientific forecasts of global cooling are about to take over.

“During 2017, 120 papers linking historical and modern climate change to variations in solar activity and its modulators (clouds, cosmic rays) have been published in scientific journals,” reported Kenneth Richard at NoTricksZone.

Richard compiled a list of multiple studies from the past few years drawing the same conclusion: It’s the sun’s activities that have a huge influence on whether earth’s temperatures vary. Thirteen forecast global cooling.

The global-warming alarmists contend mankind’s use of fossil fuels is irreparably heating up the earth’s average temperatures.

Global warming has become an industry, with the buying and selling of “carbon credits” that grant permission to use carbon fuel, massive tax plans to pay for alternative energy programs and more. (Read more about how “Mini Ice Age Due Anytime” HERE).

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Spirit Airlines Wouldn’t Let This Woman Bring Her ‘Emotional Support’ Hamster on the Flight. So She Flushed It down an Airport Toilet.

For anyone familiar with Spirit Airlines, its $65 carry-on baggage fees, its $3 for water, and its $10 boarding passes, is it any wonder that the Greyhound Of The Skies may object to a passenger’s “emotional support” hamster?

It was to 21-year-old Belen Aldecosea, who flushed her pet Pebbles down a toilet at Baltimore-Washington International Airport when the airline refused to let her board the plane with her Fort Lauderdale-bound animal guest . . .

Spirit Airlines spokesman Derek Dombrowski confirmed that “our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal (ESA) on Spirit Airlines.”

When Aldecosea arrived at BWI, she said the first Spirit agent she encountered checked in Pebbles and his small cage without a hitch. But on her way to the TSA security checkpoint, she said, a second Spirit employee ran after her and said she could not bring the rodent aboard the plane — neither in the cabin nor the cargo.

She alleges that a Spirit worker said she could flush Pebbles down a toilet, an allegation Spirit denies. (Read more from “Spirit Airlines Wouldn’t Let This Woman Bring Her ‘Emotional Support’ Hamster on the Flight. So She Flushed It down an Airport Toilet.” HERE)

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Cow Urine Is Now a ‘Health Drink’

The Uttar Pradesh government’s ayurvedic pharmacy at Pilibhit, which is one of the two in the state, has prepared a proposal to collect, process and sell packaged bottles of cow urine as a health drink. The pharmacy presently supplies ayurvedic medicines prepared here to government centres in 16 districts of UP.

Dr Prakash Chandra Saxena, principal and superintendent of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in Pilibhit, said, “Not just for medicinal purposes, we will promote cow urine as a health-giving drink. We have prepared a plan and will discuss it with the ayurveda department in Lucknow for approval. Drinking 10 ml to 20 ml cow urine daily will act as a preventive against seasonal diseases like fever, cough and stomach-related ailments. Daily consumption of cow urine will also help increase people’s immunity. Our aim is to make cow urine easily available to the common public.”

Asked how the pharmacy plans to collect cow urine on such a large scale, Saxena said, “We are considering contacting dairies and gaushalas (cow shelters) run by the government and NGOs. We will soon discuss with experts and director of the ayurveda department to chalk out details of the project.”

Apart from supplying packaged bottles of cow urine, the pharmacy has decided to prepare herbal medicines using cow urine from this month. “The state government has placed the order and we will start making medicines using cow urine by this month. These drugs will be used in curing several ailments, including fever, jaundice, piles and stomach-and liver-related diseases. Several researches have shown that cow urine, which is an integral part of ayurveda, is beneficial for health,” said Dr Naresh Chandra Gangwar, in-charge of the pharmacy. (Read more from “Cow Urine Is Now a ‘Health Drink'” HERE)

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Man Took Dismembered Body in Suitcase on Train

A homeless man killed his wife in an abandoned California restaurant, dismembered her body and carried it aboard a light-rail train in a suitcase before burning her remains outside a home improvement store, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

Investigators believe Valentino Gutierrez killed his wife last week in Pasadena, Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg said.

He took the train a few stops then rode his bicycle — with the suitcase in tow — to the parking lot of a Home Depot in the Cypress Park neighborhood, where he set the suitcase ablaze, Eisenberg said. (Read more from “Man Took Dismembered Body in Suitcase on Train” HERE)

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Woman Found Holding Her Eyeball Outside of Church

Authorities say a woman was found holding her eyeball outside a South Carolina church.

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride tells news outlets that it took two or three deputies and two emergency medical workers to subdue the woman to start rendering aid.

A retired minister who helped the woman, Rev. Terry Mitchell, says it appeared she had intentionally hurt herself on nearby railroad tracks. He said the woman looked young, and struggled against people who were trying to help her. (Read more from “Woman Found Holding Her Eyeball Outside of Church” HERE)

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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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