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« Reply #11475 on: Oct 4th, 2014, 3:41pm »


US Nurses say we are unprepared for ebola

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Ebola victim wakes up just before cremation. Saved by Camera crew imo.

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« Reply #11476 on: Oct 4th, 2014, 6:37pm »

YES INDEED ~ OLE MISS 23 ~ ALABAMA 17 HOTTY TODDY!

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« Reply #11477 on: Oct 4th, 2014, 10:32pm »

Just in case your kid asks what he she should be..

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a pastoral minister on an oil platform sounds like the best combination. shocked
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CDC Lying
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Ebola Airborn in Winter Weather US ARMY reports
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« Reply #11479 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 09:46am »

GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL ~ CASEBOOK ~ SYS THE TENACIOUS ~ THE PITFALLS OF LACKING SELF-AWARENESS ~ cool

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« Reply #11480 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 10:02am »

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Kurds battle Islamist militants closing in on Syrian town

By Daren Butler and Sylvia Westall
MURSITPINAR Turkey / BEIRUT
Sun Oct 5, 2014 9:47am EDT

(Reuters) - Kurdish forces battled overnight with Islamists trying to seize a hill overlooking a Syrian border town with Turkey as U.S.-led coalition warplanes carried out raids on the militants, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said on Sunday.

A translator with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) inside Kobani said Islamic State forces were hitting it with tank and mortar fire as they tried to seize Mistanour hill, a landmark whose capture would give them easy access to the town.

Kurdish forces had managed to stop Islamic State capturing the hill, Parwer Mohammed Ali told Reuters.

"Overnight there were new airstrikes. They struck three or four times in the vicinity Mistanour hill," he added.

Islamic State, a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, launched a new offensive to capture Kobani, a Kurdish town, two weeks ago as they try consolidate their hold on a stretch of territory across northern Syria and Iraq.

U.S-led air raids on Islamic State in Syria have done little to blunt its advance on Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, and the violence has driven about some 180,000 Kurds into Turkey.

Turkey has shown no sign it will intervene to directly confront Islamic State on its borders. It sees the Kurdish armed groups defending Kobani as foes.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the three-year-old Syrian war, said Islamic State has managed to capture the southern side of Mistanour hill, the furthest away from the town.

At least 11 Kurdish fighters and 16 Islamic State insurgents were killed in the overnight clashes, it said.

Ocalan Iso, deputy commander of the Kurdish forces defending Kobani, said the clashes had focused on the hill, which lies to the south east. Islamic State forces are now within a kilometer of Kobani, he said by telephone.

SPILLOVER BUT NO REACTION

Some violence has already spilled over the border. Early on Sunday a mortar round landed around 500 meters (550 yards) inside Turkish territory close to an army base at Mursitpinar.

Explosions were audible across the border from Kobani, where shells continued to land inside, a Reuters correspondent said.

On Saturday a Turkish special forces officer was wounded after being hit by shrapnel from a stray shell apparently fired by Islamic State fighters, according to media and local sources.

Two Turkish armored vehicles were stationed at the Yumurtalik border crossing 5 km (three miles) west of Kobani on Sunday with their guns trained on Syria, but there was no sign of significant troop movements.

Tanks which earlier in the week had been deployed along the border had returned to their base.

Further west in Syria, government warplanes bombed towns in the countryside north of Aleppo, which the Syrian military is seeking to recapture from a mix of insurgent groups.

Last week the Syrian army made a new advance on Aleppo, seizing three villages north of the city and threatening rebel supply lines in a potentially major reversal.

President Bashar al-Assad's army has intensified an offensive in the heavily-populated western areas of Syria as U.S.-led warplanes concentrate on areas in the north and east - Islamic State areas which Damascus sees as less important.

Clashes took place between the Syrian army and Islamic State insurgents around Kowaires military airbase in Aleppo, the Observatory said. Syrian warplanes on Saturday carried out raids around the airport.

In the industrial city of Sheikh Najjar, northeast of Aleppo, Islamist groups including Nusra Front also fought with government forces backed by pro-government militias and fighters from Shi'ite Lebanese group Hezbollah, the Observatory said.

(Additional reporting by Johhny Hogg in Ankara; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Womb transplants: hope for tens of thousands of women in Britain

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor and Agenices
3:00PM BST 05 Oct 2014

Two more women are expected to give birth by end of year after womb transplants as tens of thousands more than previously thought could be helped by procedure in Britain, the surgeon responsible has said.

The first baby, a boy called Vincent has been born in Sweden after his 36-year-old mother had a womb transplanted from a close family friend who had completed her family.

She is part of a clinical trial of nine women, two more of whom are due to have babies by the end of the year, Dr Brannstrom said.

"I expect most of our patients will be able to deliver babies," he said.

The mother, whose identity has not been revealed, was born without a womb, a rare condition that affects 5,000 girls born in Britain each year.

However Dr Brannstrom, of Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, said womb transplants could be offered to a much wider group of women who have lost their womb after suffering cancer or other diseases, complications after birth and those who had deformed wombs or have adhesions or scars.

He said even women who have suffered repeated miscarriages with no cause found could be offered 'the solution' of a womb transplant.

"Certainly the indications for this surgery could be wider. I have had emails from ladies with all these conditions from all over the world," he told the Telegraph.

"Some are telling me their stories, some also want to donate. These women have usually had two or three children and are going for sterilisation and ask if they can donate their uterus.

"In the future it is not going to be a problem to get a donor, not like a kidney, heart or liver. It is a sisterhood thing. Women are saying that they have had their children and why shouldn't they help another women to have the same joy?"

British doctors are due to submit documents for ethics approval to carry out the first five womb transplants here next year and there are 60 women on the waiting list.

The Swedish mother learned she did not have a womb at the age of 15 she said in an interview with Associated Press.

"I was terribly sad when doctors told me I would never carry my own child.

"Mats told us there were no guarantees, but my partner and I, maybe we like to take risks, we thought this was the perfect idea," she said.

The woman's mother had wanted to be a donor but wasn't a match. Instead, she received her new womb from a 61-year-old family friend, who had previously had two sons and has now been through the menopause.

The womb donor is now baby Vincent's godmother and her two sons have also come to visit the family.

"She is an amazing person and she will always be in our lives," the mother said. "And she has a very special connection to my son."

Dr Brannstrom, who is a father of five himself, said Vincent's birth was "a fantastic feeling".

"It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby," the father said. "He is very, very cute, and he doesn't even scream, he just murmurs."

He said he and his wife, both competitive athletes, were convinced the procedure would work, despite its experimental nature.

"As soon as I felt this perfect baby boy on my chest, I had tears of happiness and enormous relief," the mother said. "I felt like a mother the first time I touched my baby and was amazed that we finally did it."

"I have always had this large sorrow because I never thought I would be a mother," she said. "And now the impossible has become real."

Brannstrom and colleagues transplanted wombs into nine women over the last two years as part of a study, but complications forced removal of two of the organs. Earlier this year, Brannstrom began transferring embryos into the seven other women, two of whom are more than 28 weeks pregnant.

The women have all conceived through IVF and Dr Brannstrom told the Telegraph that due to the surgery it is impossible for them to conceive naturally.

However the women can have two babies this way before the uterus will be removed, he said. This is to minimise the amount of time they are taking powerful drugs to stop their bodies rejecting the organ rather than any stress on the womb itself.

The women will be advised to wait no longer than six months between the birth of their first child and getting pregnant with their second.

The drugs are taken continuously during pregnancy and experience with kidney transplant recipients who have had babies shows that they do not affect the baby's growth or development.

However the babies born following womb transplants will all be followed up carefully for many years, Dr Brannstrom said.

The research was paid for by the Jane and Dan Olsson Foundation for Science, a Swedish charity and the British operations will also be funded through charitable donations to Womb Transplant UK.

Vincent was born early by caesarean section after his mother developed pre-eclampsia 32 weeks into the pregnancy and was admitted to hospital. Tests showed the baby was in distress and the team took the decision to operate.

They had planned to deliver the baby by caesarean at 34 weeks to avoid the woman going into natural labour which place unnecessary stress on the womb.

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« Reply #11482 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 10:30am »

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coming from a family with a long history of loyal military service I can tell you right now..we learned early on if you have a drivers license..dont be first to tell...or your sgt will assign you wheelbarrow duty right quick....and never ever jump into a foxhole without lifting up it's tail first.

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Wings..I can't understand with all these orphaned children immigrating..there is not a mad rush to adopt instead of going thru hoops like this. I recall several women suing when they got sperm to impregnate them and it was the doctors..a short fat bland looking little man wearing glasses..not the Einstein type they paid thousands for..
Ya know..Come to think of it..remember someone said the Antichrist would be born of an ass..what if those ancient prophets were trying to tell us something... shocked

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« Reply #11483 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 12:07pm »

Has North Koreas Lil Fatman KIM Un Jong Bitten The Big Eggroll?

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As the picture of his no 2 man demonstrates.Never underestimate The North Koreans ..They have the best Dry Cleaners and Pressers on Earth..Bar None..
will this delay the Russian Railway deal part of the Silk Road the Eu fears?..only Kim and his frycook can tell us. cool
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« Reply #11484 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 12:46pm »

Worlds Water Tables Plummeting California 60 days left
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Newly released images created from NASA satellite data illustrate the staggering effect the California drought has had on groundwater supply in the state. As Mashable's Patrick Kulp explains, the images show the amount of water lost over the past 12 years, with different colors indicating severity over time. “Nobody has any idea how disastrous it’s going to be,” Mike Wade of California Farm Water Coalition told the Associated Press, as RT reports a growing number of communities in central and northern California could end up without water in 60 days due to the Golden state’s prolonged drought. While California is bearing the brunt, experts note "We're seeing it happening all over the world, in most of the major aquifers in the arid and semi-arid parts of the world."
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« Reply #11485 on: Oct 5th, 2014, 5:48pm »

Hey Sys,

The water supply is getting dangerously low. I worry about Arizona. My family is there. Here in northern Washington state in my area we have no worries. Scary stuff.

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GOOD MORNING Z cheesy

WHAT A LOVELY PICTURE TO START THE DAY, THANK YOU

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Reuters

Hewlett-Packard to split into two public companies, lay off 5,000

By Supantha Mukherjee and Edwin Chan
Mon Oct 6, 2014 9:58am EDT

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its faster-growing corporate hardware and services operations, and eliminate another 5,000 jobs as part of its turnaround plan.

HP said its shareholders would own a stake in both businesses through a tax-free transaction next year, the details of which still needed to be worked out.

Each business contributes about half of HP's revenue and profit.

Shares of the 75-year-old company, which has struggled to adapt to the new era of mobile and online computing, were up 4 percent at $36.60 in early trading on Monday.

A spinoff of the PC business was last proposed in 2011 by then-Chief Executive Leo Apotheker as the company struggled in the highly competitive PC market. HP later ditched the plan - and Apotheker, replacing him with current CEO Meg Whitman.

"Make no mistake, one HP was the right thing to do to begin the turnaround of this company," Whitman said on a conference call. "But now ... this is definitely the right tactic."

HP said it planned to cut 5,000 more jobs as part of its multi-year restructuring, raising the total under Whitman to 55,000. The company currently has more than 300,000 employees.

The separation will result in a fundamental reshaping of one of technology's most important pioneers, which is on track to generate $112 billion in revenue in the fiscal year this month.

Many investors and analysts had called for a break-up of the company, or a sale of the PC business, so that HP could focus on the more profitable operations that sell computer servers and networking gear and data storage to businesses.

"Shareholders will now be able to invest in the respective asset groups without the fear of cross-subsidies and inefficiencies that invariably plague large business conglomerates," Ralph Whitworth, former HP chairman and founder of Relational Investors LLC, said in a statement.

Relational owns a 1.49 percent stake in HP, which has a market value of almost $70 billion.

HP is the latest in a line of companies, often under shareholder pressure, to spin off operations in an attempt to become more agile and capitalize on faster-growing businesses.

Online auction company eBay Inc (EBAY.O), which was formerly run by Whitman, said last week it would spin off electronic payment service PayPal.

WHITMAN TO LEAD ENTERPRISE

Whitman will lead the new Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will house the corporate hardware and services operations.

Current lead independent director Patricia Russo will be chairman of the enterprise company.

HP's printing and personal computing business, to be known as HP Inc, will be led by Dion Weisler, currently an executive in that division. Whitman will be chairman of HP Inc.

Founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a Palo Alto, California garage in 1939, HP was one of the companies that shaped Silicon Valley and the PC revolution.

Goldman Sachs & Co served as financial adviser to HP, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz served as legal adviser.


(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore, David Henry in New York, Edwin Chan in San Francisco and Bill Rigby in Seattle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Savio D'Souza and Ted Kerr)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/06/us-hp-restructuring-idUSKCN0HV0U720141006

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How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning

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The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online October 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions.

"Our findings potentially have far-reaching implications for the public because they reveal insights into how a form of intrinsic motivation -- curiosity -- affects memory. These findings suggest ways to enhance learning in the classroom and other settings," says lead author Dr. Matthias Gruber, of University of California at Davis.

For the study, participants rated their curiosity to learn the answers to a series of trivia questions. When they were later presented with a selected trivia question, there was a 14 second delay before the answer was provided, during which time the participants were shown a picture of a neutral, unrelated face. Afterwards, participants performed a surprise recognition memory test for the faces that were presented, followed by a memory test for the answers to the trivia questions. During certain parts of the study, participants had their brains scanned via functional magnetic resonance imaging.

The study revealed three major findings. First, as expected, when people were highly curious to find out the answer to a question, they were better at learning that information. More surprising, however, was that once their curiosity was aroused, they showed better learning of entirely unrelated information (face recognition) that they encountered but were not necessarily curious about. People were also better able to retain the information learned during a curious state across a 24-hour delay. "Curiosity may put the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it," explains Dr. Gruber.

Second, the investigators found that when curiosity is stimulated, there is increased activity in the brain circuit related to reward. "We showed that intrinsic motivation actually recruits the very same brain areas that are heavily involved in tangible, extrinsic motivation," says Dr. Gruber. This reward circuit relies on dopamine, a chemical messenger that relays messages between neurons.

Third, the team discovered that when curiosity motivated learning, there was increased activity in the hippocampus, a brain region that is important for forming new memories, as well as increased interactions between the hippocampus and the reward circuit. "So curiosity recruits the reward system, and interactions between the reward system and the hippocampus seem to put the brain in a state in which you are more likely to learn and retain information, even if that information is not of particular interest or importance," explains principal investigator Dr. Charan Ranganath, also of UC Davis.

The findings could have implications for medicine and beyond. For example, the brain circuits that rely on dopamine tend to decline in function as people get older, or sooner in people with neurological conditions. Understanding the relationship between motivation and memory could therefore stimulate new efforts to improve memory in the healthy elderly and to develop new approaches for treating patients with disorders that affect memory. And in the classroom or workplace, learning what might be considered boring material could be enhanced if teachers or managers are able to harness the power of students' and workers' curiosity about something they are naturally motivated to learn.

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