Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can’t Keep Up

Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994, reports the New York Times.All of the Earth’s continents float on tectonic plates, which glide slowly over a plastic-like layer of the upper mantle. And the plate that Australia sits on has been moving relatively fast, about 2.7 inches a year (northward and with a slight clockwise rotation).In contrast, the North American plate has been moving roughly one inch a year, though the Pacific plate moves three to four inches a year.

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Venomous Animals Kill in Horrible Ways—And Also Cure

There’s an incredible woman, Ellie Lobell, who has pioneered research into the use of bee venoms for Lyme disease because bee venoms contain potent antimicrobials. Lyme disease is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria that are notoriously difficult to kill, even in petri dishes. But bee venom contains compounds that are capable of doing it.

What happened to Ellie is a remarkable story. She had Lyme disease, which wasn’t knocked out by an initial round of antibiotics. She slowly deteriorated to the point where her mind and body were, basically, dying. Eventually she gave up and moved to California where she planned to die. But by chance she went for a walk and was attacked by a swarm of what people call killer (Africanized) bees. She went back to her room and laid down expecting to die. But after a week of the worst pain imaginable, she emerged better! She believes the overload of toxins in the bees’ venom killed the Lyme bacteria. She thinks it’s a miracle and now she is working with Dr. Eva Sapi, who soon hopes to publish a paper examining which components in bee venom might be used to tackle Lyme disease.

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After the Plane Crash—and the Cannibalism—a Life of Hope

What is the single most important lesson you learned on the mountain?That if you have sleep, water to drink, and decent food, you are lucky. Don’t wait for your plane to crash to realize how lucky you are. Be more grateful for life. You can wait for the helicopter, but don’t wait too long. In life there is a moment to wait and see what happens, but there is also a moment to get active. Walk out and search for your own helicopter, otherwise you will succumb. Don’t be seduced by your own ego and think you’re better than other people, because that’s the beginning of being unsuccessful. Every day, try to do something positive, so that when you put your head on the pillow you can ask yourself if you are a good person or not. The next day, try to do better. Every day, when I look at myself in the mirror, I thank God the same old jerk is still staring back at me.

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How electric cars in US may impact traffic in Developing nations?

Electric cars are probably going to make into the roads of US very soon as per reports coming up from various news agencies. If electric cars become a success in US, plenty of gasoline run cars will become unused and will be available for sell. Besides the unused ones there will be a huge number of new gasoline run cars not yet been sold which too will get added  to the stockpile of unused cars.

As usual, all that gets rejected in west gets dumped to the market of east i.e. the developing countries like India, Nepal etc. The craze for buying US cars can be high in the developing nations since many people who desire to own a western good branded car can’t simply get it because of its high price. Obviously, these cars if hit the shores of these nations will come in much low cost for stock clearance purpose. As a result, the already clogged and overtly polluted traffic situation of cities like Delhi, will worsen further.

Less likely the manufactures will wish to sell their electric cars now to the developing world immediately, they will probably wait for some time until they spot any deceleration in sales in western market. Let’s wait with patience to see the ultimate happenings in this regard.

Asia’s Kidney Black Market – Al Jazeera English

In rural Nepal, an entire village shares a secret. Every family here has at least one member who has sold their kidney to traffickers.Each year, international organ trafficking gangs convince 10,000 mostly poor people to give up a kidney. Sometimes the donors get paid for it, sometimes they don’t. But the cost to their health can be devastating.Most of their kidneys end up in India, often in Calcutta, which has been nicknamed “The Great Kidney Bazaar”.

Source: Asia’s Kidney Black Market – Al Jazeera English