Missing 17-Year-Old Built Snow Cave to Survive Until Rescuers Arrived

A 17-year-old in British Columbia who went missing while snowmobiling has been found safe after he survived by building a snow cave until rescuers could find him.

The unidentified boy had been snowmobiling when he was separated from his group, according to the South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Family and friends waited for the teen but he failed to show, prompting them to alert the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to CNN. Some of the group began searching for the teen while others went to go alert South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Meanwhile, after numerous failed attempts to find his group along with the fact that he was not familiar with the area, the young man decided to build a snow cave for shelter until rescuers could find him. (Read more from “Missing 17-Year-Old Built Snow Cave to Survive Until Rescuers Arrived” HERE)

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3-Legged Dog Reunited With Owner 10 Months After Disappearing

A three-legged dog that went missing in early 2020 was reunited with her owner just in time to start the new year.

Last month, Dylan Summers, from Bourbon, Mo., had finally given up hope of seeing his beloved dog Athena again when he started looking online for a new dog to adopt.

Athena went missing in February last year while she was recovering from amputation surgery. She had to have her back leg and part of her tail removed after she was hit by a car and was still on post-op medication when she disappeared from Summers’ yard. . .

After 10 months of searching, he decided to start looking for another dog to adopt — and found Athena’s picture on the Gateway Pet Guardians website on Dec. 30. He quickly called the animal welfare agency.

We have quite the crazy story to start off the year!

In December, Gateway Pet Guardians took in a beautiful brindle…

Posted by Gateway Pet Guardians on Friday, January 1, 2021

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FDA Recalls Pet Food After After at Least 28 Dogs Die From Toxic Mold

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled some pet foods from Sportmix after at least 28 dogs died and eight others fell ill from products with high levels of toxic mold.

The agency warned pet owners and animal specialists Wednesday that certain varieties of the brand’s pet food “may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.”

Aflatoxin is a mold that can grow on corn and other grains used in pet foods, the agency said.

Symptoms from aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, the agency said. (Read more from “FDA Recalls Pet Food After After at Least 28 Dogs Die From Toxic Mold” HERE)

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Drug Reportedly Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline in Mice Within Days of First Dose; Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

By The Hill. An experimental drug reversed age-related declines in memory and mental flexibility in old mice after just a few doses, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The drug, ISRIB, has previously been shown in other studies to restore normal cognitive function in mice after traumatic brain injury, enhance memory in healthy mice and mice with Down syndrome, as well as prevent noise-related hearing loss.

The experimental drug works by interfering with the body’s Integrated Stress Response (ISR). The ISR slows down protein production in cells if something is wrong, such as a viral infection or injury, to give the cells time to heal. But as both memory and learning depend on active protein production, the ISR can lead to problems if it remains in the “on position” in the brain. . .

For the recent study published this month in the journal eLife, researchers trained older mice to escape from a watery maze by finding a hidden platform, a task researchers said is typically more difficult for older mice to learn. But the study found mice that received small doses of ISRIB over a three-day training process were able to complete the task as well as younger mice and much better than mice of the same age who weren’t given the drug.

“ISRIB’s extremely rapid effects show for the first time that a significant component of age-related cognitive losses may be caused by a kind of reversible physiological ‘blockage’ rather than more permanent degradation,” Susanna Rosi, UCSF professor in the departments of Neurological Surgery and of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, said. (Read more from “Drug Reportedly Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline in Mice Within Days of First Dose” HERE)


Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Knowridge Science Report. In a new study, researchers have discovered a new mechanism by which clumps of tau protein are created in the brain, killing brain cells and causing Alzheimer’s disease.

A specific mutation to an enzyme called MARK4 changed the properties of tau, usually an important part of the skeletal structure of cells, making it more likely to aggregate and more insoluble. . .

Alzheimer’s is said to be caused by the build-up of tangled clumps of a protein called “tau” in brain cells.

These sticky aggregates cause neurons to die, leading to impairment in memory and motor functions. It is not yet clear how and why tau builds up in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients. (Read more from “Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease” HERE)

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Biden Posts Pictures of His Dogs Destroying a Trump Doll

Joe Biden’s dogs have their own Twitter account, on which has been uploaded images of them chewing on their toy, which is a likeness of President Donald Trump.

“Joe Biden has an Instagram account for his dogs, and they just posted pictures of them using the President as chew toy. Unity and Healing!”

Upon investigating the twitter account in question, this post was still up at the time of this writing:

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Cell-Phone Cameras Can Detect Coronavirus? Scientists Explain How It’s Possible

The demand for testing during the coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on medical centers around the world. As scientists work to simplify the process, a team in California has come up with a way to spot the virus using an ordinary cell phone camera. Using a special device attached to a regular smartphone, researchers say they can accurately test nasal swabs for SARS-CoV-2 — the virus causing COVID-19.

“Our study shows that we can do the detection part of this assay very quickly, making the measurement with mass-produced consumer electronics,” says Daniel Fletcher, a bioengineer at the University of California-Berkeley, in a media release. “We don’t need fancy laboratory equipment.” . . .

The study focused on testing the detector’s ability to work without needing gene amplification like the standard PCR tests do. For this reason, researchers spiked the nasal swabs with SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The team is now working on a solution that induces the same fluorescence from the virus even without a pure sample of it. Study authors say the fact their device doesn’t need the same amplification means the assay can quantify just how much of the virus is in a sample. . .

Believe it or not, the technology in your smartphone is likely better than some of the tools currently helping to detect COVID-19. Researchers say their fluorescence detector uses a laser to create the illumination and lens to collect light. After that, a standard phone is placed on top of the device.

“One takeaway is that the phone camera is ten times better than the plate reader in the lab,” Ott explains. “This is directly translatable to it being a better diagnosis reader.” (Read more from “Cell-Phone Cameras Can Detect Coronavirus? Scientists Explain How It’s Possible” HERE)

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The Modern Demon Possession Case That Rocked the World

. . .Former Star journalist Marisa Kwiatkowski opened her now famous 2014 article on the Ammons case titled “The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” by reporting that Ammons and her three children “claimed to be possessed by demons.”

The lede was anything but buried, as there were many elements that boldly distinguished the story from other paranormal claims. Among the intriguing facets was the series of prominent people — including a family case manager, a nurse, and veteran police captains — who all seemed to corroborate various pieces of the bizarre puzzle. . .

An official report details what some medical professionals claimed to have witnessed. The document reads, in part: “Medical staff reported that while the children were at their primary doctor’s office the medical staff reported they observed [one of the children] be lifted and thrown into the wall with nobody touching him.” . . .

This brings us to that pivotal point in the story: the claim that the boy walked up a wall. Washington’s official DCS report — an account reportedly backed by Willie Lee Walker, a registered nurse who was in the room, says the following about the encounter with the family: “Child became aggressive and walked up the wall as if he was walking on the floor and did a flip over the grandmother. The episode was witnessed by the psych counselor and DCS worker FCM Washington.” . . .

Despite the fact that some psychologists and skeptics have reportedly felt the story was inauthentic and had more rational roots, the compelling details and unwavering witness testimony had enough legs for mainstream media and the public at large to at least entertain what was claimed, and that’s notable. (Read more from “The Modern Demon Possession Case That Rocked the World” HERE)

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Forced Monkey Labor Leads Costco To Ban Some Products

The alleged use of forced monkey labor has led Costco to stop selling Thai-made coconut products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been tracking such animal abuse since 2019, while urging retailers to pull merchandise made from the bad actors to discourage the practice, USA Today reported.

“No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement, according to the outlet.

“Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation, and PETA is calling on holdouts like Kroger to follow suit.”

PETA’s investigation found chained-up monkeys can pick around 400 coconuts a day and are then stuffed in cages until their next shift, the outlet reported. (Read more from “Forced Monkey Labor Leads Costco To Ban Some Products” HERE)

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Study: People Who Drive This Car Get the Most Speeding Tickets

It appears that there are two very different kinds of Subaru drivers.

On the one hand, you’ve got the outdoorsy types with the dogs and the camping and all that, but the others have a need for speed and aren’t very good at keeping it to themselves.

A new study from insurance comparison site Insurify that looked at over 2 million insurance applications found that drivers of the Subaru WRX compact sports car are more likely than any to have a speeding ticket on their driving record.

A whopping 20.49% of WRX owners in the group said they had received a citation, which is nearly twice the national average of 10.54%. The WRX also claimed the dubious title last year. (Read more from “Study: People Who Drive This Car Get the Most Speeding Tickets” HERE)

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Scientists Left Baffled by Reports of Orca ‘Attacks’

Scientists admit they are baffled by a rise in aggressive orca activity, with the whales ramming boats along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts, according to reports by the Guardian.

The number of reported incidents involving orcas has risen over the summer months, with researchers noting that interactions between the whales and boats are not unusual, but the level of aggression displayed in July and August is “highly unusual.”

Researchers speculate that it might be competition for tuna populations along the coast that has led to some distress among the whale populations. Alfredo Lopez, coordinator for the Study of Marine Mammals in Galicia, said orcas make their way up the coast each September to chase tuna.

Since 1999, two of five pods common to the area have learned to take tuna from fishermen drop lines, with several sustaining injuries from the lines as a result. . .

“These are very strange events,” says Ezequiel Andreu Cazalla, a cetacean researcher. “But I don’t think they’re attacks. (Read more from “Scientists Left Baffled by Reports of Orca ‘Attacks'” HERE)

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