Cat graves unearthed in an Egyptian burial ground dating back to the 4th millennium BCE suggest that human and feline relationships go back a lot further than commonly believed. Cat graves unearthed in an Egyptian burial ground dating back to the 4th millennium BCE suggest that human and feline relationships go back a lot further than commonly believed. Said one of the researchers, “It is clear that there was a close relationship with humans that predate the oldest accepted evidence for domestic cat in Egypt by almost two millennia.” That’s not to say that it was a mutually happy one.The cats that were dug up had been sacrificed; however, scientific analysis of the remains points to the felines having been in the close company of humans for a stretch of time prior to their demise. One of the specimens found was a jungle cat that had clearly suffered a bone fracture. Unique about the break is that it appeared to have been cared for by a person, implying that before the cat was an offering, it was, at least for a little while, under the care of humans.Also found was a grave containing 6 cats. Several are thought to be unrelated to the others and given the proximity of their young ages, researchers do not believe they were all captured shortly before being sacrificed. It’s believed they were probably living in the village with its people.----------------
Forbes magazine reported billionaires achieving record-breaking wealth worldwide, with two-thirds being self-made billionaires. In a recent CNBC interview, Steve Forbes said despite U.S. politicians’ cries of class inequality to draw attention away from the motionless economy and problems created by their laws, the U.S. has a record-high number of billionaires who are creating jobs and a higher standard of living. In fact, Forbes magazine reported billionaires achieving record-breaking wealth worldwide, with two-thirds being self-made billionaires. The 1,645 world billionaires that make up 2014’s Billionaires list are worth $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion 1 year ago. Their average net worth is $4.7 billion. The number of billionaires is also at a record-high, up 219 from 1 year ago.Of the new additions, many have come out of the retail and technology industries, especially social media. The U.S. still has the most billionaires, nearly 500 names, and added 50 new names in 2014. China has the next highest number of billionaires with 152, and Russia has 111.Microsoft’s Bill Gates is the world’s richest man worth $76 billion. Telecom magnate Carlos Slim comes in 2nd with $72 billion and Zara fashion’s Amancio Ortego 3rd with $64 billion.Forbes says the strong bull market, with the S&P 500 increasing almost 30 percent, contributed to the wealth increase. The separate list of the 400 richest Americans has a total worth of approximately $2 trillion, up $300 billion from 2013.
Mohammed Khurshid Hussain is currently the Guinness World Record holder for accurately typing the English alphabet in just over 3.4 seconds. In an effort to take his skills to the next level, Hussain replaced his fingers with his nose. So you think you got some crazy typing skills? Well, they’re probably not quite up to par with Mohammed Khurshid Hussain’s abilities.He is currently the Guinness World Records holder for accurately typing the English alphabet in 3.43 seconds. He recently tried to break the current record for typing with his schnoz. As part of the effort, Hussain placed his hands behind his back and keyed in a 103-character sentence in under one minute and 33 seconds. The listed record holder for the face typing feat is an Indian named Neeta, who successfully nose typed the sentence in that time frame at the Guinness World Records Pavilion in Dubai in 2008. Hussain shattered that previous record, by using his nose to type the sentence in 47.44 seconds . It’s not yet official, as he hasn’t received the confirmation paperwork from Guinness World Records. The newest nose typing accomplishment isn’t his first either. Hussain explained ‘This is my second attempt to break the record. A few months ago, I typed the sentence with my nose in 54 seconds, for which I am yet to receive the certificate.’
The supercomputer known as Watson, developed by IBM, has been programmed to develop innovative recipes in the food truck operated by the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Watson received media attention for winning the trivia game show Jeopardy in February of 2011, but now it is being used to help chefs come up with new recipes. IBM has programmed their supercomputer known as Watson, to create innovative recipes in collaboration with the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and serving the tasty results from their Cognitive Cooking food truck. Watson received media attention for winning the trivia game show Jeopardy in February of 2011, but now it is being used to help chefs come up with new recipes. It works by pairing different ingredients that most people wouldn’t think of putting together. "You tell it what you want to make. You tell it what kind of cuisine you like. Maybe you like Asian cuisine or you like Greek cuisine or you like Indian cuisine and then it crunches through thousands of reciopes, millions of ingredients and it tells you at the molecular level here are the ingredients that will go well together." [IBM]"Today, we made an Austrian chocolate burrito. It had beef, chocolate, endmame, orange in it and it was absolutely delicious." [IBM] According to James Briscione, the director of culinary development at the institute and one of the food truck chef’s, "It has driven up some flavor pairings that we would not have thought of, but we haven't come across an instance yet where something didn't taste good."
Considering our close relationship with it, many may be surprised to learn they don’t know as much about it as they thought. Here are 10 little known facts about blood. Considering our close relationship with it, many may be surprised to learn they don’t know as much about it as they thought.Here are 10 little known facts about blood.Number 10. It accounts for 7 to 8 percent of human body weight. In liquid measure, it amounts to around 5 liters, over half of which is plasma. Number 9. A newborn has about one cup of blood. Should more ever be needed, it can only come from adults who have never been exposed to the fairly common cytomegalovirus, or CMV, as some infants are particularly vulnerable to it.Number 8. People with type O blood are more attractive to mosquitoes. That means about 45 percent of the population is considered tastier than the rest. Number 7. Cows have 800 possible blood types. Humans only have 4 – A, B, AB, and O. Even if you factor Rh negative and positive aspects, that’s still only 8 options. Number 6. In the United States, somebody needs blood every two seconds. That means to keep up with demand, 41 thousand daily donations are needed. Number 5. A typical donation is 1 tenth of a person’s total supply. Of the 10 pints coursing through the average person’s veins, only 1 pint is generally taken at a time. The body recoups the plasma loss in about a day. Full red blood cell counts bounce back within a couple of months. Number 4. Human blood has over 4 thousand components. The most popular are the 4 we all know: red cells, white cells, plasma and platelets. Number 3. In the donations category, the Guinness World Records title holder is John W. Shepphard. As of 2011 when he claimed the title, he’d donated 315 whole blood units. Number 2. O negative blood can be given to anybody. Unfortunately for them, they can only receive 0 negative themselves. According to the American National Red Cross, it’s estimated that only 7 percent of humans have that type.Number 1. There are many types of blood donations. People can give whole blood, or its separate components. Plasma, red blood cells, and platelets are three common variations. The process of giving specific parts is called apheresis.
There is an abundance of chicken feathers left behind from the 8 billion chickens that are consumed in the United States annually. Many people don’t know that chicken feathers are used in a variety of products like computers, running shoes, cars, boats and storm proof roofing. There is an abundance of chicken feathers left behind from the 8 billion chickens that are consumed in the United States annually. Many people don’t know that chicken feathers are used in a variety of products like computers, running shoes, cars, boats and storm proof roofing. Just like human nails and hair, feathers are mostly made of a strong protein called keratin. The keratin rich feathers can also be turned into a form of biodegradable plastic that in turn can be molded into just about anything.Scientists have been experimenting with using chicken feathers in cosmetics, and in diapers as an absorbent to replace wood pulp, which saves trees from being cut down. Experts believe that modified feathers could also be used to clean up oil spills in large bodies of water. If they are cut to be the right size, surface tension causes the feather to form networks that trap the oil on the surface of the water. The 5 to 6 billion pounds of chicken feathers generated by the poultry industry each year would reportedly be capable of cleaning an oil spill over a 200 thousand square mile area.
What might have been the largest dinosaur predator to roam Europe in the Jurassic Age has been discovered by scientists from the New University of Lisbon. Fossils of the dinosaur called Torvosaurus gurneyi were found north of Lisbon in Praia da Vermelha in Portugal. What might have been the largest dinosaur predator to roam Europe in the Jurassic Age has been discovered by scientists from the New University of Lisbon. Fossils of the dinosaur called Torvosaurus gurneyi were found north of Lisbon in Praia da Vermelha in Portugal.Measuring about 32 feet long, and weighing between four and five tons, the two legged, meat eating dinosaur lived around 150 million years ago, which is about 80 million years earlier than the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. The fearsome predator had four inch long teeth and forearms equipped with sharp claws to tear into the flesh of its victims. The European Torvosaurus is related to another species that was found in the Morrison formation in North America. Christophe Hendrickx, lead author of the study from New University of Lisbon in Portugal is quoted as saying: "One hundred and fifty million years ago, Portugal was already separated from North America and this meant the mechanism of speciation could occur, and this is why we have a new species of Torvosaurus in Europe.” Among the findings in Portugal related to the Torvosaurus are fossilized eggs and embryos.
A recent study discovered at least two species of Toronto’s bees pitching in to recycling efforts by reusing plastic in their hives. Each year, people fill the world’s land and oceans with millions of tons of plastic waste, a very small percentage of which actually gets reused. A recent study discovered at least two species of bees in Toronto are pitching in by recycling plastic in their hives.The research team at University of Guelph, led by alum J. Scott MacIvor, has joined forces with many “citizen scientists” to monitor about 200 artificial bee nesting areas on roofs and in parks and gardens.One kind of bee that normally uses tree resin to create honeycomb cells for its young had switched to sometimes using a type of polyurethane-based sealant, or caulk. Another type, the alfalfa leafcutter, switched out about a quarter of its typical leaf use with polyethylene-based plastic bags. The team’s analytical microscopy supervisor Andrew Moore said, “The plastic materials had been gathered by the bees, and then worked -- chewed up and spit out like gum -- to form something new that they could use.” What's amazing is that the bees had an ample supply of leaves available to them. Plus, the larvae that emerged from the cells made with plastic were parasite-free. According to MacIvor, “The novel use of plastics in the nests of bees could reflect the ecologically adaptive traits necessary for survival in an increasingly human-dominated environment.”
A blind man recently became the victim of a robbery. He had been attempting to withdraw rent money from an ATM located in downtown Seattle when he was targeted by the robber. A blind man recently became the victim of a robbery. The 52-year-old man spoke to reporters and asked to go by only his first name, Mitchell. He had been attempting to withdraw rent money from an ATM located in downtown Seattle when he was targeted by the robber. Mitchell was completely caught off guard.He lost his vision from diabetes complications and at the time of the crime, his face was very close to the ATM buttons. The suspect approached him from behind and said ‘Give me your money. Don’t move, don’t say a word. I have a weapon, I’ll kill you'. Mitchell complied with the demands and handed over $380. Mitchell claimed the suspect handed him a cigarette and took off with his money. As soon as he left, Mitchell ran for help. A witness helped him flag down a cop. The robber’s face was captured by the ATM camera. It was released to media outlets for distribution, and fortunately the suspect was soon located.A few days after the robbery, the crook who has been identified as 45-year-old Michael Castro, was arrested. He reportedly has convictions in New York for drug and assault charges. ------------------
One recent and extremely bizarre incident unfolded in south London. A building recently caught on fire and the cause of the blaze is thought to be related to a bird carrying a lit cigarette. Do you think tossing a lit cigarette on the ground is harmless? One recent and extremely bizarre incident unfolded in south London. A building recently caught on fire and the cause of the blaze is thought to be related to a bird carrying a lit cigarette. Nine people fled from the building after it broke out in flames. Fortunately no one was injured. The aftermath of the blaze left approximately one fifth of the roof burnt.London Fire Brigade investigators arrived at the structure to investigate how and where the fire originated. At first, they had no idea.The crew thoroughly examined the roof but the ignition source could not be located. No one had been on the roof in quite some time and there was no electricity. Said one of the investigators, Matt Cullen ‘Neighbors told us they often saw birds flying in and out of a hole in the roof. We believe that one of the birds picked up a cigarette butt that was still smoldering and dropped it into the nest, causing it to catch fire and set the roof alight.’ Cullen used the incident as an example to highlight the importance of putting out cigarette butts.
A new project centers on a floating hydroponic farm and village that will be able to bring local food to Greenland’s residents. The concept for what is called the ‘Arctic Harvester’ is the brainchild of French students who specialize in architecture. A new project centers on a floating hydroponic farm and village that will be able to bring local produce to Greenland’s residents who currently import most of theirs.The concept for what is called the ‘Arctic Harvester’ is the brainchild of several French architectural students.Said one of the students, Meriem Chabani "We were struck by the idea that Greenland's icebergs support such rich localized ecosystems…An iceberg is an oasis. We had what seemed to us a massive resource on one hand, and a massive lack--no local produce--on the other." As a solution, the students dreamed up a structure with ample space that can accommodate up to 800 people. The floating Arctic Harvester collects water from melting icebergs and is designed to drift with them.The freshwater from the icebergs is later used in hydroponic greenhouses onboard the structure to help fruits and vegetables grow. The fresh food is then delivered to towns along the coast. An osmotic system uses a combination of both fresh and saltwater to generate energy to the Arctic Harvester. Proving it’s a success, the concept became the first prize winning entry at the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition in the category of 'Innovation and Architecture for the Sea' . What do you think of the concept?
As a way to have some fun, Jimmy Fallon and Lindsay Lohan played 'Water War' on his show. 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' is one of the hottest shows on tv right now and it seems to be drawing plenty of headline-grabbing guests.Those who were fortunate enough to catch the March 6th airing of the show got a nice surprise. Lindsay Lohan was the featured guest star. As a way to have some fun, Fallon announced they would be playing Water Wars, which is a beloved segment from his Late Night show. The game is easy, each player flips a card and the winner is the person with the highest hand. As a treat, they get to splash a cup full of cold water on the loser. In the showdown between the two, Fallon won the first round but Lohan was declared the winner of the remaining hands. "Just go for it. That one went up my nose." [NBC]Although she was wet from that first splash of water, Lohan couldn’t compare to Fallon, who was completely drenched.
A Great White shark is undertaking the kind of epic journey that movies are made of. A Great White shark is undertaking the kind of epic journey that movies are made of.Her name is Lydia, and she is on the verge of becoming the first of her kind ever seen fully crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, lots of sharks have traveled great distance in the past, but none of them have traveled her route while equipped with a tracker. Lydia was outfitted with hers about a year ago, along with several other sharks, and has since proven to be among the most mobile of them. Her starting point was Jacksonville, Florida. Over the months she’s visited the coast of South Carolina, and once made it all the way to the middle of the Atlantic before turning back. This time, however, she’s extended her oceanic jaunt and is closing in on County Cork, Ireland.In total, Lydia has already covered nearly 20 thousand miles. The researchers have no idea why she goes where she does, or why any shark chooses their routes, for that matter.Thus, they have no idea where she’ll head after spending some time in Ireland, if she does indeed decide to go there.
A man in Valley Center, California recently passed away after getting stung by bees. A man in Valley Center, California recently passed away after being stung by bees."He hasn't been allergic his whole life. ""Jamie Umbland was with his father, 67-year-old Bruce Umbland when he was stung by 3 bees just before two this afternoon. His father hadbeen burning a pile of brush that's been on the property for years."[KGTV]Police authorities along with staffers from the Valley Center Fire Department were dispatched to Umland’s home. They quickly attended to him but he was in distress. Despite medics’ frantic efforts to save his life, Umland was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. According to the local police sergeant, Umland had been legally burning on his property and piled brush into the fire. Law enforcement authorities suspect the smoke might have disrupted a beehive in the vicinity.The victim’s son Jamey Umland said his father was stung atleast three times but seemed to be medically fine right after. He continued working in the yard for a little while before he fell to the ground. Umland had no known allergy to bees, however deputies did say he had an ‘existing medical condition.’ The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office is working on determining Umland’s exact cause of death.
Five former baggage handlers at JFK airport have been accused of stealing checks, money orders and credit cards which had all been sent from a military base located overseas. Plane travelers have to blindly place their trust in airport staffers and unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out. Five former baggage handlers at at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport have been accused of stealing checks, money orders and credit cards which had all been sent in US mail bags, including from a military base overseas. The employees were responsible for processing mail at the airport. An active military member sent some of the money orders to Missouri. The money never got to the recipient.According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the five defendants used the stolen credit cards to purchase gadgets from Best Buy kiosks in the airport. The suspects have also been accused of numerous other thefts.A $500 money order destined for South Korea was stolen, as was a child support payment amounting to $500. The thefts totaled over 25 thousand dollars.An investigation was launched into the case after several reports surfaced regarding missing checks and credit cards that were sent via U.S. mail. The suspects, aged between 20 and 31, are now facing charges of ‘criminal possession of stolen property’ and ‘grand larceny’.
A Bronx woman won the lottery by playing numbers which were obtained from a fortune cookie. Most people would agree that the future predicting abilities of fortune cookies aren’t that precise. However, a recent story may shatter that belief.A Bronx woman won the lottery by playing numbers which were obtained from a fortune cookie. 75-year-old Emma Duvoll won 2 million dollars from a February first drawing. "It all started here at Sammy's Noodle Shop. Her son picked up dinner. When you get the fortune cookie, do you always open it? Not always, no. This time she did. The fortune led to a fortune."Duvoll choose to accept the windfall in the form of a lump sum, which officially makes her $1.2 million richer thanks to the printed numbers on the fortune cookie. Duvoll said ‘I was surprised, but pleased. I took some time contemplating what I will do with the money. I plan to invest most of it and maybe take a trip to Switzerland to visit family.’Duvoll, a great-grandmother of one child and grandmother to eight kids, played her numbers at a Hannaford’s grocery store. [cut from vo]She claimed to have previously played family members birthdays and anniversaries as her number choosing methods without much luck.
Students and parents in Greene, New York recently got quite a scare. The trouble started after a high school teacher, Justin Pisanello brought a dead fox to school to show it to his three classes . Students and parents in Greene, New York recently got quite a scare. The trouble started after a high school teacher, Justin Pisanello brought a dead fox to school to show it to his three classes .About a week after the dead fox was showcased to students, a parent was alerted and contacted the school district. Superintendent Jonathan Retz quickly issued a letter to the parents, informing them that the adolescents may need a rabies vaccination. "The teacher Justin Pisanello brought the remains in after students told him they saw it on the road. According to Chenango County Health Department, he brought it in without any safety measures like gloves or goggles." [WBNG]In total, 55 students had been exposed to the fox. The Chenango County Health Department was also notified. The fox was tested for rabies and thankfully the results came back negative. Many local residents were outraged and shocked over Pisanello’s decision to bring the fox to school, as it had nothing to do with his teaching lessons. Pisanello reportedly obtained the dead fox from the side of the road and did not wear gloves while handling the remains. He also failed to bring the fox into the office and alert staffers of the dead animal. The district is currently investigating the incident.
A 3-year-old boy in Hayward, California is now safe and sound following a fire. The small child was thrown from a second story window once his relatives realized there was no other way to get out of the burning apartment. In dire situations, there is no right or wrong way to get a child to safety. A 3-year-old boy in Hayward, California is now safe and sound following a fire.The small child was thrown from a second story window once his relatives realized there was no other way to get out of the burning apartment. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen of the housing unit.The intense heat and flames prevented the family from fleeing out the door. The boy’s grandmother and step-grandfather made a split second decision to use the window. Together, they tossed the child named Maurice about 20 feet down towards the ground. Another family member caught the toddler, preventing him from sustaining injuries. The grandparents then jumped from the window themselves. They were taken to the hospital for minor injuries including broken bones. Maurice was also transported to a medical center as a precaution, but he is perfectly fine.Three other apartments in the building encountered water and smoke damage. The structure is deemed to be a total loss. Twelve residents are now left without a place to call home.
Women who have trouble climaxing during sex might have a new best friend. A machine has been patented that is designed for women to have orgasms with just the push of a button. Women who have trouble climaxing during sex might have a new best friend. A machine has been patented that is designed for women to have orgasms with just the push of a button. The device works by using electrodes implanted in the spinal cord to stimulate certain nerves that trigger orgasms. It is smaller than a pack of cigarettes, but in order to use the device it needs to be surgically implanted in an invasive surgery comparable to a pace maker. The invention was stumbled upon by accident when Stuart Meloy, a surgeon working at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was working on one of his patients. Meloy is quoted as saying: “I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started exclaiming emphatically. I asked her what was up and she said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband to do that.’” Further medical tests still need to be carried out before the device will be available on the market. Studies have shown that anywhere from 11 to 41 percent of women worldwide suffer from female orgasmic disorder.
Police in Washington D.C. are currently busy trying to determine what caused a very bizarre accident. At around 3 in the morning, a car went airborne and landed against a tree. Police in Washington D.C. are trying to determine what caused a very bizarre accident. At around 3 in the morning, a car went airborne and landed against a tree.The vehicle was left in the vertical position, with the hood reaching the upper portion of the tree and the back end resting on the ground. No one is quite sure what went wrong, but it was mentioned that the car was traveling northbound on South Capitol Street at a high rate of speed just prior to the violent wreck. Somehow the operator lost control and smashed into two trees, one of which ended up being the final destination of the auto. The male driver was trapped inside the car when first responders arrived at the scene. He was freed and swiftly transported to a local hospital. His condition was deemed critical. The investigation of the accident caused numerous streets in the vicinity to be temporarily closed. South Capitol Street between C Street SE and D Street SE was taped off.