BAA BAA BAAD IDEA
Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep hybrid, which has the body of a sheep but organs which are half human. The animal was created by using a technique which involves injecting human cells into a sheep's fetus, resulting in an animal with 85 percent sheep cells and 15 percent human cells. While medical scientists hope this technique will pave the way to growing vital organs in animals that will be transplantable to humans, other scientists warn that "silent viruses"--which are harmless in animals--may create new diseases if they are introduced into the human race. Dr Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: "Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV." (The Mail)
THE LAND IS CHEAP BUT THE AMENITIES ARE AWFUL
An appeals court in China has upheld a ban on selling land on the moon in a decision against a company that managed to turn a quick profit of over $2,000 by selling 49 acres of moon land in only three days back in 2005. The Chinese government quickly revoked their license and served the company a stiff $8,000 fine in order to put them out of business. Last week, the appeals court upheld the ban, quoting an international treaty signed in 1983 which read, in part: "Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by other means." (Xinhua News)
ANY EXCUSE TO STUDY COLLEGE GIRLS IN BIKINIS
Soon after you finish university, you'll realize that all your brilliant ideas aren't going to change the world. At that point, you'll begin trying to figure out how to use your smarts to get closer to cute members of the opposite sex. And then you'll start working on studies like this one from the American Psychological Association titled "That Swimsuit Becomes You: Sex Differences in Self-objectification, Restrained Eating and Math Performance," which discovered that college girls who were asked to wear a swimsuit for 10 minutes while performing math problems did much worse than girls wearing a sweater. (The Australian News)
I'LL STOP PROCRASTINATING TOMORROW
If you've been putting off going to the doctor to check out something that feels wrong in your body, go to CuriousTimes.com and get a load of the hideous photo of a guy in China. He discovered a growth in his neck in 1990 but didn't bother to go to the doctor until the tumor grew to over 35 lbs. and he began to resemble Jabba the Hutt. Ughh ... (Metro.co.uk)
HOW TO MAKE ENEMIES AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, LESSON 1
Once again, science confirms what we already know. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology makes it official: Constantly nagging someone to do what you want doesn't work because the person you are harassing will automatically rebel in order to assert their autonomy. And the more controlling you are, concludes the study, the more the individual will do exactly the opposite of what you want. (ABC News)
IS THERE A DOGGY IN THE HOUSE?
A woman in Maryland was saved from choking to death when her dog gave her a doggy-style version of the Heimlich maneuver. After getting a chunk of apple lodged in her throat and beginning to choke, Debbie Parkhurst says her dog Toby "pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest." That did the trick, dislodging the apple and saving the woman's life. (Yahoo News)
DOES HISTORY SUCK?
I found a strange Web site called "Does Today Suck?" on which someone with far too much time on his hands will, for the next year, review the major news events that happened on each day in history and rank that day as cool, good, bad or horrible, as far as historical performance is concerned. Check it out at DoesTodaySuck.blogspot.com.
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
Forty-five percent of married women would allow their husbands to have sex with Nicole Kidman. :
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