Friday, December 15, 2017

Marvel fans rejoice!

Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox assets for $52.4 billion in stock. The deal will include TV channels such as National Geographic and FX, Fox’s movie studio, stakes in Hulu and Sky, among other offerings. Fox will retain its news and sports assets. The acquisition, which will bring hot-ticket properties such as Marvel, X Men, and Star Wars under one roof, will boost Disney’s streaming ambitions as it gears up to launch standalone services to rival Netflix. (Buisness Wire)

Is This Getting To Be An Every Day Thing?

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley was suspended from PBS following allegations of sexual misconduct. Smiley hosted “Tavis Smiley,” a half-hour interview program on PBS that began in 2004. Smiley’s removal comes less than a month after the network parted ways with Charlie Rose over similar claims. Also in the news: Former employees of New York hotspot “The Spotted Pig” say co-owner and famed restaurateur Ken Friedman subjected them to unwanted sexual advances. Friedman is taking indefinite leave. (Variety)


More Americans are defaulting on student loans despite a strong economy

Roughly 4.6 million people were “severely behind” on their payments in the third quarter, a two-fold increase from 2013. Defaults accounted for 13% of the $631 billion in required payments, according to the Education Department. The trend could have longer-term implications for the economy’s growth: Defaulted borrowers — those who haven’t paid in at least a year — could hurt their credit and subsequently their ability to take out loans for homes, cars, and other big purchases. (The Wall Street Journal)


Strange tumbling motion of cigar-shaped interstellar ‘comet’ Oumuamua suggests it’s an alien probe with BROKEN engines, says leading astronomer

Today, scientists led by Stephen Hawking are using high-tech scanners to discover if a huge, cigar-shaped ‘comet’ is in fact, an alien probe. Now, one astronomer claims that the space rock, named “Oumuamua”, could be an alien spacecraft with broken engines that is tumbling through our solar system. Dr Jason Wright from Penn State University suggests that a broken alien spacecraft move in exactly the same way as the interstellar comet. Dr Wright suggests that the object could be a ‘Von Neumann probe’ – a theoretical self-replicating spacecraft that visits star systems. Dr Wright previously suggested the mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852 – also known as Tabby’s Star – could be caused by an alien megastructure called a Dyson Sphere. (Daily Mail)


Indian Woman Disfigures Lover with Acid to Make Him Pass as Husband She Killed

They say that love brings out the best in people, but there are times when it just makes them commit unspeakable acts, murder included. This was the route taken by two Indian lovers, who hatched a plot worthy of a crime thriller. Swathi, 27, and her lover Rajesh murdered her husband and disposed of his body by throwing it away in a forest. In order to be together and claim the assets of the victim, they took another drastic step: Swathi used acid on Rajesh’s face to disfigure him and pass him off as her murdered husband. The bizarre plot soon started unraveling as Sudhakar’s family grew suspicious. The burns began healing and the injured man dared not speak for fear his voice would give him away. Suspicions were confirmed when he proved unable to identify members of Sudhakar’s family. “They repeatedly asked the injured person (Rajesh) in ICU about details of family members. He didn’t speak a word as they would recognize his voice and started writing on the palm. As he was unable to give details, family members came to a conclusion that he was not who he claimed to be. The family went to police and lodged another complaint, stating some other person took the place of Sudhakar Reddy. Swathi was taken to the police station for interrogation and buckled under pressure, confessing the murder she and Rajesh had committed and revealing the location of the her husband’s body. She has been arrested and charged with murder, which will happen to Rajesh as well when the hospital discharges him. (Times of India)


Man intervenes in couple’s argument, is thrown from bridge

Connecticut police say a man threw another man 45 feet off a bridge because he intervened in an argument between the suspect and his girlfriend. Shelton police charged Gregory Rottjer with attempted murder in connection with the Thanksgiving morning encounter that left the victim seriously injured. Rottjer’s friend Matthew Dorso was charged with assault while Rottjer’s girlfriend, Jennifer Hannum, was charged with lying to police. Police say Rottjer and Hannum were arguing as they walked across the bridge over the Housatonic River between Derby and Shelton. The victim and his brother asked Hannum if she was OK, which prompted Rottjer and Dorso to start a fight that ended with the victim in the water. (WPIX TV)


Electric eel-inspired devices could power artificial human organs

Scientists are taking a cue from electric eels. They’re copying their electric current to develop a power source that could one day replace things like batteries for pacemakers. Not only would it potentially charge itself, but researchers say it would be less toxic than regular batteries. (Nature)


Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body

Doctors in the United Kingdom successfully performed surgery on a baby who was born with her heart outside her body. A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived surgery to insert it back into her chest. Vanellope Hope Wilkins, now three weeks old, was delivered by a team of 50 medical professionals at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK, on November 22. Born with ectopia cordis, a rare congenital condition causing her heart to grow outside her body, the baby girl underwent three intensive surgeries to put her heart inside her chest. She is now on the road to recovery. (CNN)


It’s Finally Friday!!! Bring forth the:

*Bill of Rights Day
*Cat Herders Day
*Free Shipping Day
*International Tea Day
*National Cupcake Day
*National Lemon Cupcake Day
*National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day  (Friday of second full week)
*National Wear Your Pearls Day
*Underdog Day (3rd Friday)

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