Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boston Bombing

     There is new evidence on the Boston Bombing case that the two suspects were trained to carry out an attack. The bomb was very sophisticated, which leads to this thought. Homemade bombs made from pressure cookers are quite common in the Middle East; once there was even an article published on how to make one!

     Tamerlan, one of the suspects was killed several days after the attack in a shootout with police. Dzhokhar, the younger brother, was captured in the manhunt and is now at a medical detention center. They dropped and detonated two bombs near the finish line of the Boston race, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

     More investigation will proceed.

~Olivia

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher Passes at 87

     Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of the UK, passed today at the age of 87. She was said to be "the most dominant British prime minister since Winston Churchill. She died peacefully following a stroke this morning. She will have a funeral service at St. Paul's Cathedral.

     David Cameron said, "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."

     She is greatly remembered for being Britain's first female prime minister and for holding the office for 11 years. She will be missed by everyone.

~Olivia
Article info: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-dies-aged-87

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Push for Banning of Gun Ownership by the Mentally Ill

     Democrats are pushing for a complete ban on assault weapons and gun ownership in general. Republicans, on the other hand, are proposing that just the mentally ill be banned from owning guns. This was proposed by the republican senator of South Carolina, Lindsey Graham.

“I believe that the best way to interrupt the shooter is to have a mental health system that actually records and enters into the database people who should not be able to buy a gun,” Graham said.

     There are four measures which the US Senate has voted on: the assault weapons ban, more school safety aid, expanding federal background checks on potential gun buyers and helping authorities prosecute illegal gun traffickers.

~Olivia
Article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/17/graham-keeps-up-fight-to-ban-mentally-ill-from-guns-as-dems-focus-on-assault/

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Facebook Updateds the News Feed

“It’s a richer, simpler, more beautiful news feed,” explained Julie Zhuo, director of design, during the event at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

The new design will feature a "switcher" so that one can view either friend's posts, photos, music, or pages they like. Also, the pictures will be displayed bigger and clearer. They are working on it for both mobile and desktop devices, but it will take a few weeks to get to every user.

~Olivia
Article info: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/03/07/facebook-getting-ready-to-revamp-website/

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Brain Cells Can Outlive the Body

The study, published Monday, Feb. 25, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that mouse neurons, or brain cells, implanted into rats can survive with the rats into old age, twice as long as the life span of the original mice. The findings are good news for life extension enthusiasts.


     Their findings lead show evidence that our brain cells will not die before our bodies do. It would be a terrible thing to outlive your brain, but even though brain cells may live indefinitely  it doesn't mean that the human race could last forever. Aging is based on the individual body parts, and currently, scientists do not understand the aging process.

'We are slowly but continuously prolonging the life of humans.' 
 - Dr. Lorenzo Magrassi, a neurosurgeon at the University of Pavia in Italy

~Olivia