Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Garlic, Why It Is So Valuable?


Cosmosmagazine.com | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Alternative medicine has long touted the benefits of garlic, from its antibacterial and antifungal properties, to its positive cardiovascular effects. Now physiologists have figured out why it is so valuable.

A new study reveals that the pungent clove boosts the body's own production of a compound which relaxes blood vessels, increases blood flow, and prevents blood clots and oxidative damage.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wesley 'Blade' Snipes Ordered To Jail


Entertainment.stv.tv | 20 Nov 2010 | The 48-year-old actor was ordered by a federal judge on Friday (19.11.10) to surrender to authorities immediately and begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes.

The 'Blade' star's lawyers had asked Florida Judge William Terrell Hodges to review his sentence and grant a new trial after he was originally found guilty of having "wilfully neglected" to file tax returns for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001 by a US court in April 2008.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Scientists Found A Way To Turn Skin Into Blood


Cosmosmagazine.com | Monday, 8 November 2010 | by Kerry Sheridan | Stem cell researchers have found a way to turn a person's skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a recent Canadian study.

The method uses cells from a patch of a person's skin and transforms it into blood that is a genetic match, without using human embryonic stem cells, said the study in the journal Nature.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wow! Did This Man Lose His Head?


KOMPAS.com | 21 Nov 2010 | This mugshot of inmate #100087196 looks like a fake but a guard at a Florida criminal booking facility swears it's for real.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mystery of D.B. Cooper, The Legendary Daredevil


Trutv.com | By David Krajicek | The particulars of D.B. Cooper's clever airborne crime and daredevil getaway have been pondered, picked over and recapitulated for three decades now.

In 1971, D.B. Cooper hijacked and threatened to blow up an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner, Northwest Orient, then leaped from the airborne 727 with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his torso.

Mystery of D.B. Cooper, The Legendary Daredevil - Part 2


Trutv.com | By David Krajicek | D. B. Cooper gained infamy on Thanksgiving Eve 1971, a dank, chilly day in the American Northwest. At 4 o'clock that Wednesday afternoon, a man wearing a modest businessman's suit stepped to the Northwest Orient counter at Portland International Airport and paid $20 cash for a one-way ticket to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The man, roughly 45 years old, gave the name Dan Cooper. Ticket agent Hal Williams assigned him aisle seat 18C in coach aboard Northwest Flight No. 305, scheduled to depart at 4:35 for a half-hour journey to Sea-Tac.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

African Lungfish (Protopterus Annectens), Survive For Years Without Water!


The African Lungfish or Protopterus annectens is a fish that can literally survive for years without water! This fish has a special organs that are as close to lungs as any fish in the world.

During the dry season the African Lungfish will burrow in the moist ground and then secrete a mucus that covers all of its body except its mouth. This serves as a cocoon of sorts.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chilli, World's Biggest Cow


Dailymail.co.uk | 12 May 2008 | His name is Chilli and he's described as a gentle giant. Which is just as well for his handler, Tara Nirula, pictured by his side. His owners have contacted the Guinness Book of Records who are currently assessing his credentials and comparing them to other big bovines.

The black and white Friesian bullock weighs well over a ton and at the same height as a small elephant, casts a shadow over his cattle companions who are about 5ft.
Chilli the giant bullock stands at 6ft 6ins and weighs well over a ton

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Spider-Suit In Development


Cosmosmagazine.com | Friday, 27 April 2007 | An Italian researcher is working on a project that could lead to a real-life Spider-Man suit.

"It's a field that can have very interesting applications in science - like in space, for example," Said Nicola Pugno, at the Polytechnic University in Turin, Italy. "An astronaut could use a suit with a suction-cup adhesion system."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Porn Star Jenna Jameson Quit The Industry to Give Her Twin Boys A 'Normal' Childhood


KOMPAS.com | 13 November 2010 | Jenna Jamieson reveals why she gave up porn in the December issue of W Magazine, as pictured here with her twins Jesse and Journey

Jenna Jameson has revealed that giving birth to twins sparked her decision to quit her lucrative career as a porn star - and says she won't even do lads mags anymore.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Something About Blood Transfusions


Cosmosmagazine.com | Tuesday, 9 October 2007 | Blood transfusions may do more harm than good for many patients because banked blood begins to lose a key gas almost immediately after it is donated, claim researchers.

Nitric oxide facilitates the transfer of oxygen from red blood cells to tissues, but it begins to be lost within three hours of being banked, according to two studies from the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, USA.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Eating Chocolate Is Good For Your Heart


Cosmosmagazine.com | Friday, 17 November 2006 | A few squares of dark chocolate a day can almost halve the risk of heart attack death.
Chocolate may lower heart attack risk according to a new U.S. study which fulfills the dreams of chocaholics everywhere.

In a study of aspirin's effect on blood clotting in which abstinence from chocolate was required, a large proportion of participants broke the rules.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brain Responsible For High Blood Pressure


Cosmosmagazine.com | Monday, 16 April 2007 | The brain, not the heart, may be responsible for high blood pressure, said British researchers yesterday. The find could give new clues to preventing and treating the disease.

Hypertension - which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage, may be an inflammatory vascular disease of the brain rather than the heart - as previously thought.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dracula Fish From Burma


Fishindex.blogspot.com | March 2009 | The Dracula Fish or Danionella dracula was recently discovered by researchers at London's Natural History Museum. As you can see in the pictures above and below, this odd looking freshwater fish gets its name from the sharp fangs that protrude out of their mouth. As if that weren't weird enough, the Dracula Fish has a transparent body much like the babies or frys of other fish species! Don't worry though the Dracula Fish is quite small growing only to about 1" in length.

Discovered in stream in Burma or Myanmar their sharp fangs are thought to be used for fighting other male Dracula Fish and not for feeding purposes. The fangs in the female Dracula Fish are much smaller than those of their male counterparts. Dracula fish feed on very small invertebrates and crustaceans and even are said to accept flake food in an aquarium setting.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Microbot, Supertiny Robot That Can Swim Human Arteries


Cosmosmagazine.com | Wednesday, 21 January 2009 | In 1966, the movie "Fantastic Voyage" recounted the tale of doctors who are miniaturised along with a submarine and injected into the body of a Soviet defector, sailing up his bloodstream to destroy a brain clot that imperils the VIP's life.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Brush Your Teeth Because It Will Save Your Life!


Cosmosmagazine.com | Thursday, 11 September 2008 | Here's an additional reason to brush your teeth: Poor dental hygiene boosts the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a pair of studies report this week.

Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, claiming upward of 17 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. Smoking, obesity and high cholesterol are the most common culprits, but the new research shows that neglected gums can be added to the list.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Alien Predator Shrimp Found


Bbc.co.uk | 9 September 2010 | The Environment Agency describes this species as 'particularly vicious and destructive'

An invasive species of predatory shrimp has been found in the UK for the first time.

The animal was spotted by anglers at the Grafham Water reservoir in Cambridgeshire and sent to the Environment Agency for identification.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Draisienne (Hobby Horse), The First Bicycle In The World


Cycle-info.bpaj.or.jp | In 1817 The steerable bicycle called Draisienne (Hobby Horse) was invented.
Germany's Baron von Drais invented the Draisienne, a steerable bicycle.

It was almost completely made of wood, and having no pedals, riders propelled it by pushing their feet against the ground. At the time, the speed record for this bicycle was 15 km/h. It was used little by little until the 1830's. In 1842, it was equipped with solid rubber tires.
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