Robot Suits Offer Super Powers That Help Elderly

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJapanese scientists showed off their intimidating and clunky AIR-PRESSURE ROBOT SUIT, designed to keep old people out of wheelchairs and on their own. In one scenario, caregivers don the robotic-looking suits and magically gain super-powers to lift old people out of bed… Thanks to Andrew for the story idea… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Former Gang Member Saves Street Kids – and Himself – with Break Dance

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”Once a gifted break-dancer in California, Tuy Sobil, 30, has resurrected his old passion – to help save Cambodian street kids from the sort of dead-end detour he took. And the kids, many neglected, some orphaned, love him for it.” (CS Montior) Inspiring! Thanks to Steve Ghent for the link. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

BlackBerry-sized Device Spots Cancer Quickly and Painlessly

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Toronto researchers have developed a BlackBerry-sized device they say will accurately diagnose prostate cancer in 30 minutes. The microchip technology, created by a pair of University of Toronto scientists, will be able to determine the severity of the tumors through a simple urine sample and produce quick diagnosis with no need for painful biopsies. Now heading into its engineering stage, the portable device should be available for doctors’ use within two to three years and eventually could be tuned to detect a broad range of cancers and infectious ailments, the researchers say. (Continue reading at Toronto Star) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

How One Man Planted a Million Trees (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGashaw Tahir, an American citizen, traveled back to his birth country of Ethiopia to find the green hills that surrounded his home eroded and stripped bare from deforestation. So he decided to do something extraordinary: Plant one million trees.He hired 450 young people and changed the ecology of his country.WATCH the video below… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Pakistan Thanks World for Opening Wallets

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 MoreAddThisMorePakistan thanked the world Friday for opening its wallets and said more than 20 million flood victims now know that nations and people around the globe are standing with them during the worst disaster the country has ever faced.Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Haroon said the initial outpouring from some 70 countries was ‘indeed heartening’ and ‘a good beginning,’ reports the AP news service.As of yesterday, 70 percent of the $460 million initially sought by the UN and its humanitarian partners to provide food, shelter and clean water for to up to 8 million flood victims over the next three months has either been contributed or pledged so far, while another $600 million has been provided or promised outside of that appeal, said John Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.So far UN agencies have reached almost 2 million Pakistanis with emergency food supplies and an estimated 2.5 million with clean drinking water. Medical treatment has been provided to about 3 million people, while more than 115,000 tents and 77,000 tarpaulins have also been distributed.(DONATE to the UN relief effort at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at http://ochaonline.un.org)last_img read more

Americans Deliver Fishing Boats to Japan on First Anniversary of Tsunami

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFamily fishermen in Japan took delivery of a very special donation, on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that wiped out their local fishing industry. An American humanitarian group donated ten new hand-crafted boats to shrimp and seaweed fishermen in Hikado Harbor who have been out of work since the disaster.Because the Japanese boat-building industry was also destroyed, the latest delivery by Operation Blessing International to fishing families in the Miyagi Prefecture will restore livelihoods and hope to many who might otherwise remain on waiting lists for new boats to be built.“There is currently an extended waiting time for new boats to be built – as long as a year, even longer, because Japanese boat builders are simply overwhelmed,” said OBI president Bill Horan.When the 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck, Japan’s fishing industry was nearly decimated as thousands of boats and large seaweed and shellfish cultivation operations were destroyed. As part of the Virginia Beach-based Christian organization’s ongoing efforts to help these fishing communities, OBI commissioned 20 boats to be built by General Marine of Biddeford, Maine. The first 10 boats were funded by the international software company, SAP, through their Solidarity Fund, set up for earthquake relief.Last September, OBI scoured Japan to find more than 50 used boats and motors and delivered them to fishermen who had families to feed.Since those boat donations were “a drop in the ocean of need‟ due to thousands of fishermen who’d lost theirs, OBI commissioned General Marine to build the 20 new boats, which are based on a design developed in consultation with the local fishermen.Determined to help cultivators along the coast get back to work and see the return of income, OBI placed an order with a Chinese manufacturer to produce a special rope used by seaweed cultivators that is currently hard to find in Japan because of huge demand since the disaster.In another project, OBI provided laptop computers to the JF Miyagi Fisheries Cooperative, for the fishermen to reach out to the nation via their own Web page. Since the project‟s launch, the cooperative has received pre-orders worth several million dollars for seafood to be delivered when the industry is revitalized.OBI also provided $650,000 worth of seaweed and oyster cultivation equipment to the Urato Islands, which are famous for oysters. They received anchors, rope, scallop shells used for cultivating oysters, floats, nets, small trucks, and computers.  In addition, the charity delivered industrial grade generators and refrigerators to the isolated islands lying off the coast of Miyagi. Due to OBI’s swift action, the oystermen were able to harvest in the same year as the tsunami, a timeline that was unthinkable by most in the community. In recognition of this achievement, the Mayor of Shiogama City honored OBI for getting them back on their feet so quickly.In the coming months, OBI hopes to continue its boat donation program and has found a manufacturer in China to produce a 23-foot fishing boat similar to a model favored by local Japanese fishermen.“We will be launching a new sponsorship program where community groups, churches and other organizations across Japan and elsewhere will be able to donate to the cost of building new boats for fishing families.”In the months following the earthquake, Operation Blessing also conducted eyeglass clinics along the coast of Miyagi and Iwate Prefecture providing free eye exams and prescription glasses to almost 2,000 survivors living in shelters and temporary housing who lost their glasses in the tsunami.DONATE to this fantastic effort at: www.ob.orgWATCH a video about OBI helping Japan’s fishing industry below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Concerned Facebook Community Prevents Soldier’s Suicide

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn October 24th, Michael Cali Moore, a National Guardsman, sent “Dan,” the anonymous founder of the Facebook page “Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said” a message concerning his Battle Buddy, a Guardsman in another platoon:“I don’t know where else to turn. I’m 100% certain that my friends is planning on killing himself tonight and I cannot get a hold of him or anyone that can get to him. Can you help me?” he wrote, adding details of his friend’s personal and financial woes.The answer turned out to be yes.(READ the full story from Yahoo News)Thanks to Julia Frerichs, LMT for submitting the story!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bumblebees Instead of Pesticides Save Berry Crop from Mold

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSquadrons of bumblebees are being deployed in the UK in a novel attempt to prevent grey mold from ruining the crop of summer strawberries.The bees are routed via a one-way system in their hive through a tray of harmless fungus spores which, when delivered to flowers, ensure that the grey mold cannot take hold as the fruit grows. New flowers on a strawberry crop open every day, which means that spraying with pesticides only protects those that are open at the time. “But the bees visit the flowers at the perfect moment for that flower.”(READ the story in the Guardian)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

UPDATED: Born Without Arms, Legs, Nick Vujicic Gets Married

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the most inspiring people in the world, Nick Vujicic, a well-known motivational speaker born without arms or legs, got married last year.He overcame incredible odds to live a relatively normal, but at times extraordinary, life.(GNN featured his 2011 Video and Book Here)He and his 25-year-old wife were married on Valentine’s Day 2012 and the couple gave birth to their first child six months ago.Their baby Kiyoshi has “all ten fingers and all ten toes” and his photo was posted on Nick’s Facebook Page.(WATCH the video below from CBS Sunday Morning)[This article was updated with current information on Nick’s family]AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Breakthrough Deal Reached With Iran Over Its Nuclear Program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSubstantive negotiations with Iran involving the US, UK, Germany France, Russia and China have led to an interim agreement signed last night that achieves a first step toward diplomatic agreement regarding its nuclear program.The agreement will halt progress of Iran’s nuclear program and even roll back parts of it. In return, Iran will get a temporary easing of some sanctions.“It achieves a great deal,” said President Obama. “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.” The deal, reached during a marathon session in Geneva that ended at 3:00 am, represents a historic breakthrough in the world’s decade-long nuclear standoff with Iran, and in the 35-year-long diplomatic freeze between Iran and the United States.Obama spoke personally with Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani earlier this fall. Rouhani sees the deal as an assertion of Iran’s right to nuclear energy.Secretary of State John Kerry said the next phase of negotiations – while even more difficult – will also be more consequential, because the ultimate goal of a comprehensive agreement will make the world safer.(READ the details from NBC News)Photo of by Iran’s president meeting with EU leaders – by Mojtaba Salimi – CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more