2019’s Golden Goose Awards Celebrate The Silliest-Sounding Science To Benefit Society

2019 marks the eighth year of the Golden Goose Awards, accolades that honor scientific work that has significantly benefited society but sounds totally absurd. Past winners have observed the sex lives of screwworm flies, gently massaged baby rats, and studied the venom of the Gila monster. In doing so, they have helped to eradicate the screwworm fly (a nasty critter that can kill animals and people) from the American South, improved the survival of preterm babies, and protected people from diabetes’ worst complications. And that’s just a small selection of the golden gaggle. The Golden Goose Awards came about in reaction to the Golden Fleece Awards, which, between 1975 and 1988, targeted federally funded projects deemed to be wastes of …

PM ‘won’t be deterred’ from Brexit on 31 October

Bercow warns PM against disobeying Brexit law 10 ways no-deal Brexit could affect you How are the UK’s talks with the EU going? Earlier this week Parliament passed a law forcing Mr Johnson to ask for an extension to Brexit. He will have to write to the EU on 19 October to ask for an extra three months, unless he returns with a deal – then approved by MPs – or gets the Commons to back a no-deal Brexit. But despite the new law, Mr Johnson said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension. The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, vowed to act with “creativity” if Mr Johnson ignored the law, saying it …

Chonky, fluffy, thicc: inside the internet’s obsession with fat cats on diets

More social media accounts are dedicating themselves to specific chonky cats and their weight-loss efforts Theyre chonky, theyre fluffy, theyre thicc and body pawsitive. Theyre round boys, floofs and absolute units. The new animal trend on the internet celebrates the rotund and plump, with social media users focusing on the adorableness of a cats rounded cheeks, a hamsters many rolls, a dogs rounded shape and a raccoons voluptuous volume. The Instagram account Chonky Animals has more than 409,000 followers while the Round Boys and Round Animals accounts top out at more than 455,000 and 487,000, respectively. The Facebook group, This Cat is Chonky, has more than 395,000 members and hundreds of new posts each day. The trend raises concerns about …

Wisconsin man ran a drug ring that filled up to 5,000 bootleg vaping cartridges per day, police say

(CNN)Most 20-year-olds might take on a part-time job when they need extra cash. But this Wisconsin man was a bit more criminally ambitious, police say. Reached by CNN, Huffhines’ lawyer, Mark Richards, refused to comment. Huffhines, who is not yet formally charged, faces multiple felony charges: manufacturing/delivering THC, possession with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place and misappropriation of personal identifying materials. Thousands of cartridges per day Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth described the operation as a sophisticated one. Huffhines’ employees even had time cards and were paid 30 cents per cartridge filled, Beth said. The employees are believed to have worked in an assembly line, filling empty vaping cartridges with THC oil from California, Beth said. Authorities …

Widow Of Linkin Park Frontman Announces Engagement To ‘Angel On Earth’

Talinda Bennington broke the news in an Instagram post, and called her fiancé ― identified only as Michael F. ― her “angel on Earth.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Talinda Bennington (@talinda320) on Sep 6, 2019 at 3:59pm PDT died in July 2017 at age 41, after battling depression and Following his death, Talinda Bennington helped launch “You CAN have space in your heart for grief, joy, happiness, sadness, and love,” she wrote. National Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the  Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ;

‘We stop people killing themselves’

The barber “I am quite open about my mental health and people are sometimes shocked,” says 27-year-old barber Tommie McGuckin. “They look at your Instagram and think it is all parties and unicorns but nobody’s actual life is always like that.” The prison officers Alex McClintock was minutes from taking his own life when his daughter phoned to say she loved him. “That stopped me and I’ve been trying to build things skyward ever since,” he says. The 45-year-old prison officer, who was first diagnosed with depression when he was barely out of his teens, was scrambling for something to unlock his own struggles when it arrived in the form of Andy’s Man Club. The peer-to-peer support group for men …

Ken Clarke: Five decades in Parliament

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Clarke is known for his love of cigars Born on 2 July 1940 to what he describes as an “impeccably working class” family in West Bridgford, Mr Clarke went on to win the seat of Rushcliffe in 1970. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Clarke is a lifelong cricket fan and is often seen supporting Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Mr Clarke came to prominence under Margaret Thatcher’s government, where he served in several ministerial positions. He eventually became health secretary, despite his love of beer and cigars. MPs to vote again on early election motion next week Jo Johnson quits May government over Brexit Ex-Labour MP Berger joins Liberal Democrats During his …

What’s Corbyn’s thinking on Brexit?

It is felt that if the leadership campaigns during an election to remain, these potential voters will be alienated. So, best put off the decision until after the election and declare only in the event of a Labour victory and a subsequent referendum. But, you may say, won’t the mere offer of a referendum put these voters off? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s been a fairly extraordinary few days in the House of Commons Labour strategists acknowledge it will be a barrier for some. But the hope is that in “left behind” areas, voters who back Brexit won’t see it as the main issue. Instead, jobs, the health service, austerity and other issues might take precedence …

A mystery disease hits Norway’s dogs

(CNN)Dogs in different parts of Norway have been hit by a mystery disease in the past few weeks, and officials are scrambling to identify the cause. The symptoms are not completely new — they have been seen before in sick dogs, but the sharp increase in cases is unusual, according to the Veterinary Institute. It said the illness is also more acute than before — not only are the dogs getting sick, but once ill, they deteriorate quickly. One dog over the weekend was euthanized due to an “acute” progression of the disease, and another died before it could arrive at the clinic. The Food Safety Authority, Veterinary Institute, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences are working together on …

California lawmakers retreat on hookah ban citing ‘Middle East cultural tradition’

In Iran, families meet for picnics beneath the bridge, often bringing food, musical instruments and the water pipe known as a hookah or shisha. (Fox News/Hollie McKay) PENNSYLVANIA MAN IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA: DOCTORS ‘KNOW IT’S VAPING’ Instead of allowing the amended bill to go to vote, Hill instead opted for a full withdrawal. A statement issued to Fox News by Hill’s representatives said that “a special interest group had sought changes to the bill arguing that it raised concerns among communities for whom the use of flavored hookah tobacco is a cultural tradition and among proprietors of hookah lounges.” “I find it hard to believe that use of gummy bear and bubble-gum flavored tobacco in any form is a …

Newly Discovered Electric Eel Has Highest Charge Of Any Known Animal

Two new species of electric eel have been discovered, which not only triples the number of known electric eels, but one of them has the highest electrical discharge ever recorded in an animal. For over 200 years, Electrophorus electricus has captured the world’s imagination with its ability to produce an electrical charge, from being the inspiration for the world’s first electric battery to the equivalent of Spiderman’s spider bite to Marvel villain Electro. However, it’s not given up its secrets easily. It’s not even an eel, instead a type of electric fish closer to a carp or catfish. Now, a new paper in Nature Communications has revealed more of its secrets, like the fact there is not just one species but …

Malaria breakthrough as scientists find highly effective way to kill parasite

Drugs derived from Ivermectin, which makes human blood deadly to mosquitoes, could be available within two years Human trials of new antimalarial drugs are in the pipeline after Kenyan scientists successfully used bacteria to kill the parasite that causes the disease. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and global health partners say the breakthrough could potentially lead to the development of a new class of drugs in less than two years. The promise of a new treatment comes after in Burkina Faso proved that Ivermectin, a conventional drug used for parasitic diseases including river blindness and elephantiasis, reduced transmission rates. The medication worked by making the blood of people who were repeatedly vaccinated studies conducted by the World Health Organization …

PM in new Brexit battle after Commons vote defeat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson reacts to losing the key Brexit vote Boris Johnson faces a new battle in the Commons after his first vote as PM saw him lose to rebel Tories and opposition MPs who object to a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay. The PM is to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the 31 October deadline. MPs will now vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it passes, the vote on whether to hold an election will follow. But unless two thirds of MPs back …

Texas gunman had been ruled ‘mentally unfit’ to buy firearms, used loophole on background check: report

The suspected mass shooter, Seth Aaron Ator, 36, appeared to have taken advantage of a loophole in federal gun law by purchasing the AR-type assault rifle used in the rampage at a private person-to-person gun sale, effectively bypassing a background check. Under Texas state law, background checks are not required in private sales, according to the Texas Tribune. BEFORE MASS SHOOTING, TEXAS GUNMAN ‘WAS ON A LONG SPIRAL DOWN,’ INVESTIGATOR SAYS Trending in US Original Article : HERE ;

This App Saves Money On Prescriptions And Shows How Messed Up Drug Prices Are

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans use prescription medicines each month, and anyone who buys them already knows they can be incredibly expensive. GoodRx, which launched in 2011 as a way to show consumers how to get their prescriptions filled at the lowest price. The company reports that 100 million people have used the service to find the cost of medicines at local pharmacies. The service, which is mainly intended for people without health insurance, is one of many drug discount programs available. GoodRx’s data makes it clear just how broken that system really is. HuffPost compared the costs for commonly used medicines at drugstores in 10 cities on the company’s website and …