Sunday, January 31, 2016

The true story of Lina Medina: the girl who gave birth when she was 5 years old

The story I will tell you today is that makes you think that everything can be possible. Lina Medina Vasquez was born in Huancavelica, Peru, on September 27, 1933 and is considered the youngest mother in history. In Currently, Lina is 82 years old, but when I was five years, seven months and twenty days gave birth to her first son, Gerardo, who was born perfectly healthy and without any physiological problem.

When growth began to notice Lina Belly, her father, Tiburcio Medina, took her to the village shamans pressured by the superstitions of their neighbors, they thought that works of a curse the spirit of the above, Apu. Shamans thought it was a tumor, so he was advised to take her to Pisco, the nearest city.

After examination, Dr. Gerardo Lozada decided it was best to refer your case to Lima, Peru's capital, where finally the specialists who attended were given a firm diagnosis. Lina was pregnant. A month later, to be exact on May 14, 1939, Lina gave birth to a boy by Caesarean section performed by Dr. Lozada and Dr. Colareta Dr. Bussalleu.

The true story of Lina Medina: the girl who gave birth when she was 5 years old

They put the name of the doctor who had attended Lina, Gerardo. The child in question weighed 2 kilos and 700 grams, and is perfectly located. This was brought up thinking it was the tenth son of her grandparents, but at the age of 10 learned that her real mother was not her sister Lina. Gerardo had a normal and healthy life to 40 years age when he died of a disease in the bone marrow.

The true story of Lina Medina: the girl who gave birth when she was 5 years old

This event was well-known at the time, they are even made deals for the child's grandparents to take Lina and her son Gerardo to the World's Fair in New York, with all expenses paid, to be exhibited as a phenomenon. They rejected this offer but accepted a much more productive, in which an American businessman offered them $ 5,000 in exchange for that mother and son were investigated by American scientists. This deal included a fund to guarantee the welfare of the family for life, but the Peruvian government refused to give them free rein, saying Lina and her son were in "moral hazard".

The true story of Lina Medina: the girl who gave birth when she was 5 years old

Medical research diagnosed that Lina started menstruating when she was two years and eight months. It is presumed that her son was conceived when she was four years and eight months, but even today, do not know how took place.

The father of the girl, was jailed for several days on suspicion of rape, but released him unable to prove that it had been responsible. Over time, suspicion fell on one of his eight siblings, who had intellectual disabilities, shelved the case.

The true story of Lina Medina: the girl who gave birth when she was 5 years old

In Peru, Lina was regarded as a kind of Virgin Mary, as was said that conceived her child without the "original sin", so that the people had blind faith that Gerardo was the son of the sun god. At 33 Lina she married Ricardo Jurado. Fruit of this marriage, her second son was born. Lina currently resides in a village called Chicago Chico, near Lima. It was not until 2002, when the gynecologist Jose Sandoval wrote about its history, a fact that would accelerate the procedures for Lina received a pension.

Quebec Owl, The new Internet star

An owl in flight is the new star of the Internet. The images captured by a traffic camera a Quebec highway have catapulted to fame this animal after the Minister of Transport of this Canadian province, Robert Poeti, the share on social networks.

Photos, captured by closed circuit television traffic were made at the junction of Highway 40 and Boulevard des Sources, west of Montreal, on 3 January.

Owl, The new Internet star

The snowy owl is a symbol of the province of Quebec and is a protected species.

Owl, The new Internet star

Owl, The new Internet star

The animal was probably looking for a place to land, explained Barbara Frei, director of the McGill Bird Observatory in an interview in the Canadian public radio. As explained Frei, the Snowy Owls lay eggs north of the Arctic Circle and in winter seek further south to escape the extreme latitudes of the North Pole. Image Credit by: Robert Poeti (Facebook)

Migingo, the small island where 131 people live between two countries

There are places in the world that attract attention for its unusual geography, showy structures or difficult location. The Migingo Island can integrate that list thanks to some striking details that have to do with its territory. Beyond not enjoy beautiful landscapes or monuments, this area of just 2,000 square meters, located in the middle of Lake Victoria, has attracted interest from two African countries, Kenya and Uganda.

In Migingo Island about 130 people live which subsist on fishing. It is precisely this reason sparking a great tension between Kenya and Uganda. Its location offers the best opportunities for fishing resources and income, highly sought after in these impoverished countries.

Migingo, the small island where 131 people live between two countries

Since 1926 the island appears in several official documents marked as part of Kenya, but that did not stop seven years ago began a tension with Uganda that nearly caused a war. Knowing that it was impossible to wrest the territory to Kenya, Uganda clarified that most of the waters of the lake near the island belong. Nile perch is the most abundant fish in the area.

Migingo, the small island where 131 people live between two countries

Migingo, the small island where 131 people live between two countries

Migingo, the small island where 131 people live between two countries

Although Migingo Island has very poor infrastructure, besides not having basic services and be very dangerous, many Africans try to live in the place. However this!

The story of the African prisoners who were nominated for Grammy Award

If the word 'band' shares space in the same sentence with the word 'prison' is easy to imagine that it is a criminal gang. But you know this story below is an honorable exception. This is starring an African prison inmates who were nominated for a Grammy. Yes, there is no error. The prestigious music award, in the category of world music, has considered the hard work of men and women who are inmates at Zomba prison, located in the small republic of Malawi.

This fact is truly historic in Grammy, for the first time persons deprived of their liberty have the option of taking one of the golden gramophones. The paradox of the matter is that if they win, will not dress up or be present at the awards ceremony. The surprise decision, released Monday, was a source of joy for everyone involved in the musical project from prison in Zomba, including the producer, Ian Brennan. "I'm very happy for the prisoners and, frankly, a little shocked by the news ", said the director of US origin to the international press.

The story of the African prisoners who were nominated for Grammy Award

They are some of the prisoners of an African jail who were nominated for a Grammy for his musical work. This is an unprecedented event in the history of the Grammys. Ian Brennan (white man headphones) has been one of the initiators of the project. The musical work that caused a sensation in the nominating jury of the Grammy is titled "I Have No Everything here" (something like 'Do I have everything here'), an album of 20 songs, 18 of which were written by the these inmates of the prison in Zomba.

For these men and women who live in very harsh conditions, as also explained the producer, this musical project has meant a spiritual escape their situation; wings to fly with the music beyond the walls of his prison. Although perhaps many of them remain long in the detention center, anyway they will reach many corners of the world with the repertoire of his album. Seen in this video how the musical project of Zomba prison sounds.

Thanks to science, reviving an extinct animal for thousands of years will be a reality

A revolutionary new technique for modifying the DNA known as CRISPR-Cas9 was declared the most important scientific breakthrough of 2015, according to the editors of the journal American Journal of Science. Thanks to this, the fantasy of reviving an extinct animal, which has been part of films like Jurassic Park, will be a reality within a few years. The doctor in molecular biology at Harvard University, George Church, is working on a project that seeks to give life a variation of an extinct animal 4000 years ago, the woolly mammoth and mammoth tundra.

The procedure is to recover DNA from the remains of a woolly mammoth that managed to preserve for thousands of years in the frozen tundras, then a coupling between the DNA genome of an Asian elephant stage is the laboratory of Dr. Church he managed to finish this year. The researcher says that the two species are so closely related that if the mammoth lived today, could breed successfully with elephants.

Thanks to a science, reviving an extinct animal for thousands of years will be a reality
Reviving the Mammoth
Revive an extinct animal for thousands of years will be a reality
Because now you have the complete sequence of the mammoth genome, it has all the information necessary to modify the chromosomes of an Asian elephant, transforming it into a mammoth. Church said in an interview with Huffington Post, that technical CRISPR is 1000 times cheaper than previous methods, allowing researchers to remove, change or replace genes in any plant or animal.

Church says the goal is not to create a park mammoth but repopulate the vast tundra and boreal forests of Eurasia and North America with the "Asian elephant adapted to cold", protecting this elephant is an endangered species and also will revive pastures on the tundra, which can prevent or perpetual ice of Siberia permafrost melt. For the first time we see the elephants with mammoth DNA, which Church called mammoths, will have to wait five years while working to develop the embryonic stage and at least two years for a full term. He believes that within seven years or a decade, which is very little for this kind of progress, the world will see the first baby elephants adapted to the cold.

Criticism of the project are not lacking, the professor of ecology and conservation of Duke University in USA, Stuart Pimm, he told National Geographic that get this kind of research support and financial contribution under the guise of saving the environment, but the real purpose of complying with ambitious plans to create hybrids.

But George Church has faced ethical dilemmas ensuring that there are those who have the job of overcoming barriers and he is one of them. In addition also commented: "There is a very specific way to protect biodiversity with Asian elephants, we are not bringing back a species, we are strengthening the existing"

You know which country you can go 30 years in prison for like in Facebook

Does not that sound a bit exaggerated to go to jail for like on Facebook? Well, although that seems unlikely, the fact is that it happens in one of the most visited countries in the world. As reported by several news networks the world, a man in Thailand faces a sentence of around 30 years in prison for giving one I like a publication of the popular social network.

The name of the Thai citizen is unfortunate Thanakorn Siripaiboon 27 years and faces one of the toughest (and ridiculous) moments of his life. It happened that Thanakorn pressed the button "like" in a publication criticizing the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, king of Thailand. In addition, the accused shared with over 600 friends in an infographic that exposes corruption in the nation.

As a result of these actions would not lead to any sanctions in Western countries, the Thai has been charged with sedition, insulting the majesty (so called crime which is offending the king) and computer crime.

You know which country you can go 30 years in prison for like in Facebook
Thailand King

Behind this unusual trial, no more than the strict compliance with the law. Apparently Siripaiboon is the subject of a relentless political persecution, because it is part of an opposition group in Thailand is known as " Red Shirt ". Most troubling is known of people who have died in state prison after being accused of insulting the majesty and such is performed at home and abroad as an intimidation tactic to tie the hands of dissidents.

You know which country you can go 30 years in prison for like in Facebook
He is Thanakorn Siripaiboon, the man who faces a sentence of 32 years in prison for like on Facebook.

like in jail for Facebook
He is the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Several people have gone to jail for like Facebook, because this way publications have supported against the monarch. Meanwhile, organizations defending human rights as Human Rights Watch, said that those who have the misfortune to go to jail for offenses such as those alleged user of Facebook, go to military prisons where they are isolated and have no visitors or their families or their lawyers.

Does that seem fair that someone pay like in jail for Facebook? Should not the governments of the power to rule on this extreme limitation of individual freedoms?

Shocking story of a people poisoned with lead

A simple administrative decision of a mayor has now become a serious health emergency for a town. Such is the case of Flint (Michigan, USA), now known as the people poisoned with lead. It all began in April last year, when then-Mayor Dayne Walling , decided not to continue using the water supply coming from Detroit (state capital) and instead began using the waters of the Flint River to supply the people of the vital liquid. It seemed reasonable and beneficial to the community decision, but apparently rigorous studies are not conducted to determine the health of the waters flowing by said tributary.

Flint river water turned out to be much more corrosive than normal and therefore began to dissolve lead from pipes. Harmful metal began to concentrate on their drinking water thousands of people and there began the drama for this location. At first, its only inhabitants were told that it was not advisable to consume the water without boiling (totally useless when the water contains metals) and then, just this year, the truth was known about the toxicity of the water, which not only lead pulls but also copper.

Shocking story of a people poisoned with lead
In Flint, the people poisoned by lead, the authorities try to reduce the impact of water toxicity handing out special filters. However, the locals are engaged in their small town to reconnect the aqueduct of Detroit, the only guarantee that there will continue drinking contaminated water. There is an ongoing petition, with 26,000 signatures of support, so that the change is carried out immediately.

The current mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, said the emergence of their city and to request the intervention of the state and federal government. Not for less. Water contaminated with lead and other heavy metals is causing health problems, according to the World Health Organization, are irreversible, especially in children. Lead contamination in the body is producing diseases such as hypertension and renal failure, but more worrisome are neurological injuries: loss of vision, memory loss, learning problems and many more.

In Flint, the people poisoned by lead, the authorities try to reduce the impact of water toxicity handing out special filters.  However, the locals are engaged in their small town to reconnect the aqueduct of Detroit, the only guarantee that there will continue drinking contaminated water.  There is an ongoing petition, with 26,000 signatures of support, so that the change is carried out immediately.

It is estimated that more than 30,000 people were being poisoned by more than a year, amid the slow action of the government in power. The former mayor and other institutions Flint control and feel the weight of the demands, aimed at making accountable for acts and omissions in this unfortunate case. Although plaintiffs surely get a court victory, they lament the fact that the health lost can not be compensated by any amount of money.

Beijing's air is so polluted trigger Canadian company selling bottled air triumphs

In recent days, the media have published numerous photographs of the alarming air pollution in Beijing, the situation is so serious that apparently whoever breathe clean air have to buy bottled air. After that went on red alert in the capital of China after the terrible smog levels in the air of the city, a Canadian company called Vitality tries to capitalize on the situation by selling bottled fresh air.

Beijing's air is so polluted trigger Canadian company selling bottled air triumphs

On its website, the company says you get the pure, fresh air directly from the Rocky Mountains in North America, bottling it in containers without any pollution. And although it seems ridiculous, the Chinese are buying bottled air which costs between $ 10 and $ 60 depending on the volume of the bottle. The most sold containing 3 liters of air, which equals $ 80 inhalations and costs $ 19. Taking into account that an adult at rest inhales air between 12 and 20 times per minute, it means that on average 3 liter bottle reach only 5 minutes of breathing clean air.

Beijing's air is so polluted trigger Canadian company selling bottled air triumphs
The product in question in one of his presentations of 7.7 liters. Source: vitalityair.com

The representative of the Canadian company in China, Wang Harrison says his main clients are wealthy Chinese women buying bottles as gifts and exclusive nightclubs which are provisioned with the controversial product.

Most surprising of all is that the idea of selling air actually started as a joke, they admitted to The Telegraph the co-founder Moses Lam , who along with his partner Troy Paquette, decided to launch his company as a joke in 2014, selling air bags on eBay for $ 0.5. But the day he managed to sell one bag for $ 160, they realized they were behind a good deal.

Beijing's air is so polluted trigger Canadian company selling bottled air triumphs
Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao who also raised millions selling air in 2013
This absurd situation is not the first time this has happened in China. In 2013, billionaire Chen Guangbiao , who made ​​his fortune in the "business" of recycling, sold 80 million bottles of fresh air in just three days, he said, to draw attention about the environmental problems of China. Whatever the shortcomings, needs or problems of a country, it seems there is always someone with "initiatives" to bring good economic benefit instead of providing effective solutions.

Now scientists can reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases

The possibility of specialized cells capable of detecting other diseased cells and cure is something that looks like something out of science fiction higher. However, such medical technology is already becoming a reality. A group of scientists has managed to reprogram cells to detect and cure diseases, according to a recent issue of the prestigious journal Science. The specializing review the work of Professor Martin Fussenegger, leader of a research group at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The work of the scientist and his group was to modify cells so that they were able to detect two types of cytokines, molecules present in skin cells affected by psoriasis, a known skin disease. The healing cells are capable of generating other cytokines that reverse the effects of which are harmful, thus curing the disease. Swiss scientists have called this biological invention "cytokine-converting cells", but they are much more than that; are spearheads a new generation of cell therapies.

Now scientists can reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases

In Switzerland, a medical team made significant progress in order to reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases.  Initially it was a cure for psoriasis, but this opens the door many other treatments. In Switzerland, a medical team made significant progress in order to reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases. Initially it was a cure for psoriasis, but this opens the door many other treatments.

Although the experiment was done with human cells, the subject of successful studies were mice. A single injection of reprogrammed cells enough to stop the symptoms of psoriasis for several weeks, thus making clear the success of therapy. The possibilities that this development poses are great, as in the not too distant future could reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases such as cancer or kidney and liver failure among others.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

He fought with her baby on social networks and what is not forgiven

The pride of parents will always be children. But what happens when pride and passion mix? Did the Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera 'Paquirri', which ignited social networks with a photo in which he appears bullfighting with his baby. Little is none other than Carmen, her five months old. 'Paquirri' justified its publication as a way to honor the bullfighting tradition of his family.

"Debut of Carmen, is the fifth generation in our family fights. My grandfather and my father goaded. My father and goaded me, and I have done with my daughters: Cayetana, and now Carmen  #orgullodesangre ". He said it was not the first time he did and proud of his craft again published a second photograph in which he was seen fighting while carrying on his shoulders another daughter, Cayetana.

Francisco Rivera Paquirri
Francisco Rivera Paquirri

Thousands of users in social networks joined the discussion on whether this should be considered an irresponsible or not. Some even called for take away custody of Carmen, her baby. Others recalled that 'Paquirri' has not been the only one familiar mix passion and pride. We must remember the famous 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin Australian, who dared to feed one of these animals as she held her small Bindi.

Elephant Calf, in the sight of wild dogs
A new chapter in the struggle for survival in the animal world had starring a baby elephant and 16 wild dogs that tried to give chase. It looked like the end for this baby elephant. Out of nowhere, two adults were members of his flock, ready to defend the attack of his executioners.



The scene was captured by Dennis Browning, 32, visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Fortunately for breeding, this time the wild dogs were left without dinner.

Example Japanese efficiency
The grooming equipment bullet train, one of the transport of passengers fastest in the world, showed that Japanese efficiency is more than a good reputation.

They entered the train, which carries an average of 400,000 people a day to your routine challenge: clean their cars that can accommodate a hundred people. The work was seamless and synchronized. They disinfected trays all the seats in 12 seconds, then reviewed and cleared the baggage compartments; they went to the windows to let them shiny; and, at the end, they trapearon the floor.

The whole process took seven minutes, not a second more. And most surprising: grooming equipment consists of employees of 52 years on average.

Patient on the run!
An unconventional exhaust stuck in a security camera of a veterinarian in the United States. Its protagonist was a huge dog that three nurses tried to control for treatment. In an oversight, the animal on the run. With no telling what it was that would take on its back to a medical care facility. Video added on Monday more than half a million views online.

Is the best job in the world? A baby sitter pandas

This woman awakens today the envy of millions of netizens. See also the animal sanctuary inspired by John Lennon and the slowest train in the world. Many say they do not charge for care for these newborns pandas. And with reason, because they are adorable. But the Center for Protection and Research of the Giant Panda Chin insists on paying for and does it very well.

The salary is 214,000 yuan per year (about 702,229 USD), without which the worker is entitled to accommodation, food and use of a company vehicle. However, keep the vacancy is as difficult as winning the lottery.

In 2014, the only seat available was opened as caretaker of pandas in this animal refuge located in the province of Sichuan. More than 100,000 applications were submitted! For nature lovers and, of course, these plump, fluffy animals, there is no better employment to be caregivers, 365 days a year.

Is the best job in the world? A baby sitter pandas

If you are one of them, evaluate both know about pandas. Here are some questions that surely you could do in a job interview:

What do you like to eat a giant panda?

What is your life expectancy?

How much is the gestation period?

What does Panda in Chinese?

An animal sanctuary inspired by John Lennon
The late artist John Lennon imagined living in a world without borders and composed a hymn to share his dream. Today, a Chilean organization actually does, but in the animal world. What better name for this sanctuary that of inter species equality, a place where truth is stranger than fiction.

Species believe that one could never cohabit do so without suspicion. This is Laura, a rescued pig from a farm, and Marina, a cat that was about to die in the street case. They are best friends and younger guests at this shelter. The motto here, as described by Lennon, is to live in a world filled with love, respect and tolerance, regardless of what species it belongs.


The only occupant of this train is Vivienne, a girl who failed to make the first round and was already asleep. It seems that this little forgot to make a technical stop to rest and preferred to continue their march locomotive. Sweet dreams for the passenger. Nobody's fault, is that at that speed, whichever gives up.