Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Police have not yet determined the motive behind Sunday’s Las Vegas attack that left at least 59 dead and 527 injured

The deadliest mass shooting in recent history was carried out by 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The hotel is still on partial lockdown. A person of interest identified as his female companion, Marilou Danley, has been cleared by authorities and was out of the country. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but the FBI said there is no link so far between the violence and international terrorism. (NY Times)

 

And The Award Goes To…..

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists studying our biological clocks — the internal mechanism that regulates sleep, hormone levels, metabolism, and other systems based on time of day. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young identified the gene that controls these circadian rhythms and also found indications that a “chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by our inner timekeeper” increases risk of diseases, sums up the Nobel Foundation. Nobel Prizes will be awarded during the first two weeks of October. (The Guardian)

 

Catalonia voted for independence

On Sunday, (10/1), Officials say 90% backed separation from Spain — but voter turnout was below 50%, with national police clashes leading to injuries and closed polling stations. The way forward for the country’s richest region is anything but clear: Spain’s central government insists the referendum is illegal and that the results will not be recognized. (BBC News)

 

110,000 passengers were left stranded as British airline Monarch filed for insolvency

Europe’s third operator to do so in just five months, as stiff competition forces carriers to slash prices. The government is sending 30 planes to return passengers currently overseas to the UK, but Monarch canceled 300,000 future bookings affecting up to 750,000 travelers. On top of the airline’s tough fight for market share, Monarch faced rising fuel costs (priced in US dollars) due to the slumping pound. (Bloomberg)

 

Big retailers such as Costco, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, and Neiman Marcus will remain closed on Thanksgiving

This will allow employees to spend time with their families. The move bucks a trend that had taken hold of many stores in recent years to maximize sales. These days, however, Black Friday may not be the guaranteed cash cow it once was: Store traffic has decreased on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday due in part to an increase in online spending — last year, Thanksgiving Day online spending was up 11.5%, while stores saw a 1% decline in traffic. More than 55 retailers  have already announced plans to close their doors on the holiday this year. (247 Wall Street)

 

Washington State University considers composting human remains

Washington State University wants to start a pilot program to test methods of decomposing human bodies that could offer an alternative to burial or cremation. Researchers with Washington State University’s Department of Crop and Soil are asking the school to approve a human remains composting pilot program. Department leaders said they already compost livestock carcasses, and that is what attracted the Seattle-based company Recompose. It is the sister organization of the Urban Death Project. Both organizations are looking for a more eco-friendly alternative to burial and cremation. Katrina Spade, the Recompose founder, says some current funeral practices are environmentally harmful. She said coffins and cemeteries take up natural resources and land, while cremation emits carbon dioxide and other particles in the air. Recompose is looking to change the way human remains are handled post-mortem. When a person dies, their body will be put in dirt. After some  time, the body will naturally break down and become soil. In turn, that soil will provide the nutrients to grow new life like a tree or flowers. She said WSU researchers have found a safe way to recompose livestock remains and she believes the same could be done for humans. (Seattle Times)

 

Is the ‘5-second rule’ real?

A food scientist and professor at Clemson University has tested the 5-second rule again and re-discovered pretty much what we all assume. A cookie or piece of candy — solid foods — dropped on a clean-looking or hard surface don’t transfer too much bacteria to be harmful. Wed foods or foods dropped on the carpet? Toss them. (Medical Express)

 

Humpin’ Along This Wednesday Because It’s:

*Balloons Around The World Day  (First Wednesday)
*Blessing of The Animals Day (aka Blessing of the Pets Day, World Pet Day)
*Improve Your Office Day
*Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day)
*National Kale Day (First Wednesday)
*National Pumpkin Seed Day (First Wednesday)

*National Taco Day
*National Ship in A Bottle Day

*Pet Obesity Awareness Day (First Wednesday)
*Sukkot  (at Sundown)
*Ten-Four Day
*Vodka Day
*Walk To School Day  (First Wednesday)
*World Animal Day

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