Month: February 2021

 

Historic Northern Ireland Deal Reached

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBuilding on peace efforts over the last 10 years, Northern Ireland’s arch foes have finally agreed to a power-sharing executive governing body for the province.“Mr Paisley, leader of the Protestant faction, and Mr Adams of the mainly Catholic Sinn Fein, are committed to full participation and said the day dawned a “new era.”UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was a very important day for the people of Northern Ireland.” (READ the story at the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Blind Iraqi Girl to See Mom for the First Time Thanks to US Troops

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS troops are helping a blind iraqi girl who needs surgery. She will be able to see her mother for the first time thanks to a world-class surgeon and the American soldiers who wanted to help and found donations. (more here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

NM School Goes From Worst to Among Best in 3 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The new principal immediately learned his students’ names. He gave them smiles, hugs and high fives. He led early morning basketball games. Like those games, he turned academics into a challenge, one that he believed these students could win. And win they did. Math scores went from 15 percent (the number of students proficient in 2006) to nearly 78 percent this year. Proficient readers increased from nearly 28 percent to almost 71 percent, according to state data. (Continue reading AP story in WTOP) Photo courtesy of Sun Star  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Massive Head of Pharaoh Unearthed in Egypt

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn Egypt, where archaeological relics are almost never found intact, an 8-foot stone head was unearthed of the pharaoh Amenhotep III. The ruler was King Tut’s grandfather and ruler of Egypt some 3,400 years ago. The head is the best preserved likeness of the pharaoh ever discovered. (READ more in the UK’s Independent) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Israeli Millionaire Builds Mosque in France

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJewish businessman Robert Harush who grew up in France decided to spend part of his fortune on renovation of a large Muslim house of worship outside Paris, in an effort to promote co-existence. Even after living through a rocket landing near his second home in Israel, he has not harbored any ill-feelings against the Arab side and is a strong supporter of co-existence.(READ the inspiring story in YNetNews.com)Thanks to Sadia Carone for submitting the story via Facebook – Photo by munozgo via morguefile.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Julian and Sean Lennon Come Together on Eve of John’s 70th Birthday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFans of John Lennon plan to “Come Together” at events around the world this Saturday to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.And who would have thought Lennon’s two long estranged families would ever come together in peace and harmony. But last week they did.John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia and the woman he left her for, Yoko Ono, embraced, while their two sons, Sean and Julian united, on the occasion of the opening of Julian Lennon’s first exhibition of photographs in New York City.READ the story at CBS News… (or watch the CBS Sunday Morning video below)last_img read more

 

Site Broken! (It’s Like I’m Snowed-in, but Not)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTo my viewers who regularly search the front page: You may have noticed no new stories over the weekend due to a slight but weird problem that happened Friday.I was actually adding stories, but they were not showing up on the homepage. You would have found them only on the inside News Sections, like Civics and Great Kids or Inspired.Not to worry, I have a Joomla technician (my open-source software) working on it now, and it should be fixed by day’s end, if we have any luck at all.Cheers, and happy Monday! (I have to go this morning to get an MRI on my knee, so I won’t have much time for adding current stories anyway until med-afternoon.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNick Vujicic is a 28 year old motivational speaker. Born with more challenges and obstacles than most of us will face in a lifetime, Nick found the strength to surmount what others might call impossible.Nick says: “Life Without Limits” is all about sharing this same hope and genuine love that I have personally experienced with people all over the globe.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Volunteers Turn Abandoned Buildings into Apartments for Homeless Vets

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreVolunteers have started remodeling hundred-year-old apartments in Ohio to serve as new homes for homeless veterans.Iron Soup Historical Preservation is reworking old buildings in Campbell, Ohio, and hope to have the first apartments completed shortly. They believe they can remodel 160 old apartments in town to create a “veteran community” and roll back homelessness among vets.WATCH:  Strangers Donate So Ill Veteran Can Reunite with Dogs for ChristmasBrian Reed owns a construction company and spent the weekend putting down tile, setting up drywall, and modernizing bathrooms in two apartments—all for free. Other companies and professionals have donated building materials and furniture to the cause.The old apartments are part of a “company town” housing development constructed by Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company for its workers a century ago, which are abandoned but now on the National Registry of Historic Places.Work started on the first pair of units which will provide shelter for four vets until they can find permanent housing.RELATED:  Rockford, Illinois Ends Veteran Homelessness, Sets Higher Standard“There are all kinds of units around here,” Iron Soup’s executive director Linda Gens told WKBN News. “They can all be rehabbed and it doesn’t take much money.”Iron Soup has raised thousands of dollars toward their goal, but volunteer labor is going a long way in rehabbing the apartments. DONATE toward this major effort at the group’s GoFundMe campaign.(WATCH the video below from WKBN News) — Photo: YouTubeMULTIPLY the Good– Share This…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

 

Robotic Arm Named After Luke Skywalker Enables Amputee to Touch and Feel Again: ‘It almost put me to tears’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of EngineeringThanks to a groundbreaking new technological accomplishment, amputee Keven Walgamott had a good “feeling” about using his new robotic arm to pick up an egg without crushing it.What seems simple for nearly everyone else can be more of a Herculean task for Walgamott, who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident 17 years ago. When he picked up the egg, however, he was testing out the prototype of a high-tech prosthetic arm with fingers that can not only can move, but also move with his thoughts—and thanks to a biomedical engineering team at the University of Utah, he “felt” the egg well enough so his brain could tell the prosthetic hand not to squeeze too hard.That’s because the team, led by University of Utah biomedical engineering associate professor Gregory Clark, has developed a way for the “LUKE Arm” (so named after the robotic hand that Luke Skywalker received in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) to mimic the way a human hand feels objects by sending the appropriate signals to the brain. Their findings were published in a new paper co-authored by U biomedical engineering doctoral student Jacob George and other colleagues in the latest edition of the journal Science Robotics.CHECK OUT: ‘It’s Not Quite the Ant-Man Suit’ But Researchers Discover How to Shrink Objects to 1000th Their Original Size“We changed the way we are sending that information to the brain so that it matches the human body. And by matching the human body, we were able to see improved benefits,” George says. “We’re making more biologically realistic signals.”That means an amputee wearing the prosthetic arm can sense the touch of something soft or hard, accurately understand how to pick it up, and perform delicate tasks that would otherwise be impossible with a standard prosthetic with metal hooks or claws for hands.“It almost put me to tears,” Walgamott says about using the LUKE Arm for the first time during clinical tests in 2017. “It was really amazing. I never thought I would be able to feel in that hand again.”Keven Walgamott and the LUKE Arm – Photo by University of Utah Center for Neural InterfacesWalgamott, a real estate agent from West Valley City, Utah, and one of seven test subjects at the University of Utah, was able to pluck grapes without crushing them, pick up an egg without cracking it, and hold his wife’s hand with a sensation in the fingers similar to that of an able-bodied person.“One of the first things he wanted to do was put on his wedding ring. That’s hard to do with one hand,” says Clark. “It was very moving.”How those things are accomplished is through a complex series of mathematical calculations and modeling.LOOK: Dad Designs a Floating Drone That Could Prevent Dozens of Potential DrowningsThe LUKE Arm has been in development for some 15 years. The arm itself is made of mostly metal motors and parts with a clear silicon “skin” over the hand. It is powered by an external battery and wired to a computer.Meanwhile, the University of Utah team has been developing a system that allows the prosthetic arm to tap into the wearer’s nerves, which are like biological wires that send signals to the arm to move. It does that thanks to an invention by called the Utah Slanted Electrode Array. The Array is a bundle of 100 micro-electrodes and wires that are implanted into the amputee’s nerves in the forearm and connected to a computer outside the body. The array interprets the signals from the still-remaining arm nerves, and the computer translates them to digital signals that tell the arm to move.But it also works the other way. To perform tasks such as picking up objects requires more than just the brain telling the hand to move. The prosthetic hand must also learn how to “feel” the object in order to know how much pressure to exert because you can’t figure that out just by looking at it.MORE: First Smartphone App to Detect Ear Infections in Children Could Save Unnecessary Doctor’s VisitsFirst, the prosthetic arm has sensors in its hand that send signals to the nerves via the Array to mimic the feeling the hand gets upon grabbing something. But equally important is how those signals are sent. It involves understanding how your brain deals with transitions in information when it first touches something. Upon first contact of an object, a burst of impulses runs up the nerves to the brain and then tapers off. Recreating this was a big step.“Just providing sensation is a big deal, but the way you send that information is also critically important, and if you make it more biologically realistic, the brain will understand it better and the performance of this sensation will also be better,” says Clark.To achieve that, Clark’s team used mathematical calculations along with recorded impulses from a primate’s arm to create an approximate model of how humans receive these different signal patterns. That model was then implemented into the LUKE Arm system.LOOK: Inspired By High School Book, Scientists Create Rose-Shaped Water Purifier That Only Costs 2 Cents to MakeIn addition to creating a prototype of the LUKE Arm with a sense of touch, the overall team is already developing a version that is completely portable and does not need to be wired to a computer outside the body. Instead, everything would be connected wirelessly, giving the wearer complete freedom.Clark says the Utah Slanted Electrode Array is also capable of sending signals to the brain for more than just the sense of touch, such as pain and temperature, though the paper primarily addresses touch. And while their work currently has only involved amputees who lost their extremities below the elbow, where the muscles to move the hand are located, Clark says their research could also be applied to those who lost their arms above the elbow.Clark hopes that in 2020 or 2021, three test subjects will be able to take the arm home to use, pending federal regulatory approval.Reprinted from the University of Utah(WATCH the arm in action in the video below)Be Sure And Share The Force Of Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more