Phone it in

Phone it in is a verbal phrase and an idiom. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise […]

Distraught Dog Whines As Grandma Performs ‘Emergency Surgery’ On His Favorite Toy

All dogs have a favorite toy that they carry around in their mouth, sleep with and cannot live without. For Draco the pit bull it is a heart-shaped stuffed pillow with arms. His mother, Allie O’Cain‎, rescued him from a backyard breeder when he was just two weeks old. The little pup instantly took to […]

Always Loyal: Fire Captain Writes Heart-Wrenching Tribute To Dog

St. Louis Fire Captain Gregg Favre rescued his dog Bella while he was working. They developed a strong bond over the next 10 years. “Over the years we’ve taken 1000s of walks together – from state parks to national monuments, cathedrals to universities. As life came crashing against our door –grad school, promotions, loss, injury […]

Why Your Sadness Has Been Lingering For So Long, Based On Your Zodiac Sign 

Aries: March 21 – April 19th You never put effort into solving your problems. You only put effort into distracting yourself from your problems. Taurus: April 20th – May 20th You keep doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. Gemini: May 21st – June 20th You’ve been placing too much […]

Just in: Berlin picks British woman to head its top academy

The current board chair of the Salzburg Easter Festival, Sarah Wedl-Wilson, has been voted in as principal of Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Berliner Hochschule für Musik. Wedl-Wilson, 49, has been acting rector of the Salzburg Mozarteum through a period of turbulence. Before that, she was managing director of the Camerata Salzburg and the Innsbruck Festival of […]

Super-hospitable Kyoto driver screens Studio Ghibli anime on back of his car for others to watch

Next time you’re stuck in traffic, keep your fingers crossed that this guy is nearby. As a country that’s famous both for its expertise in building cars and the value it places on politeness, it’s not surprising that Japan has developed some unique forms of automotive courtesy. It’s customary to flash your hazard lights when […]

Free Chiitan! Japanese otter mascot starts new English account after total Twitter suspension

Campaign to free the Japanese fairy baby otter mascot from Twitter jail gathers momentum. Just yesterday, the world was rocked by news that Twitter had suspended all of Japanese mascot Chiitan’s accounts except its English one on the social media platform. Today, however, Chiitan’s team awoke to find that the English account had now been suspended as well, completely […]

Balancing the beam: Thermomechanical micromachine detects terahertz radiation Researchers have developed a microelectromechanical device that detects terahertz radiation at room temperature. This device is easy to use, much faster than conventional thermal sensors, highly sensitive, and can be incorporated into detector arrays. It detects radiation using the shift in mechanical resonance frequency of a tiny suspended beam caused by the thermal expansion […]

Why adults at risk for Huntington’s choose not to learn if they inherited deadly gene As many as 90 percent of individuals who have a parent with Huntington’s disease (HD) choose not to take a gene test that reveals if they will also develop the fatal disorder — and a new study details the reasons why. Understanding the ”why” matters as new clinical trials testing therapies for people who […]

Biomarkers to diagnose serious kidney allergic reaction Researchers say they have identified two protein biomarkers in urine that may one day be used to better diagnose acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), an underdiagnosed but treatable kidney disorder that impairs renal function in the short term and can lead to chronic kidney disease, permanent damage or renal failure if left unchecked. Vía Latest […]

Antibiotic treatment alleviates Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in male mice Researchers have demonstrated that the type of bacteria living in the gut can influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in mice. The study shows that, by altering the gut microbiome, long-term antibiotic treatment reduces inflammation and slows the growth of amyloid plaques in the brains of male mice, though the same treatment has […]

Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition

The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago. source

Hong Kong’s Law Reform Commission recommends change in law to hold parents and carers accountable in abuse cases that lead to death or serious harm

Parents and carers could be jailed for up to 20 years for failing to protect children or vulnerable adults from death or serious harm under a new offence recommended by the Law Reform Commission on Thursday.The recommendation aimed to plug a loophole in the existing law where abusers of children, elderly or mentally disabled people […]

Doctor accused of wrongly removing patient’s spleen at Hong Kong hospital insists it was ‘not a blunder’

A doctor accused of mistakenly removing a patient’s spleen has claimed he acted correctly to save the woman’s life.The urologist, whose surname is Teoh, denied the operation was a medical blunder despite the Department of Health describing the organ as wrongly extracted.He told the Post it was incorrectly listed as a mistake because the private […]

Hong Kong criminal jailed once again for theft and robberies, including two at knifepoint of prostitutes

A Hong Kong man with a long criminal record – including the killing of his girlfriend – was back in jail on Thursday after admitting to holding two prostitutes at knifepoint while robbing them.The High Court sentenced Lau Ka-ning, 47, to six years and eight months in jail after the multiple offender pleaded guilty to […]

Chinese University of Hong Kong refuses to lower entry requirements for student doctors, despite recruitment shortages

One of the major trainers of Hong Kong doctors has defended a decision not to lower the threshold for student admissions despite the city’s chronic shortage of physicians.Chinese University announced on Thursday that only high school graduates who score 40 or above in seven subjects on their entrance exam, who list the course as their […]

Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environments Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of organic animal farms increases bird numbers, and this has enabled environmental subsidies to positively impact bird populations. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily