A Wooden Skyscraper?

The current estimated construction cost of the W350 is an eye-watering 600 billion Yen (around US$5.6...
The current estimated construction cost of the W350 is an eye-watering 600 billion Yen (around US$5.6 billion)(Credit: Sumitomo Forestry)

New “world’s tallest” timber towers sprout up quite regularly nowadays, but Japanese lumber and housing firm Sumitomo Forestry could smash all current records if its ambitious plan to build a supertall timber skyscraper in Tokyo is realized. Rising to an impressive 350 m (1,148 ft)-tall, the tower would be a real feat of wooden construction.

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Stunning – Lab Grown Kidneys

A stunning medical breakthrough has seen human kidney tissue capable of producing urine grown in the lab, in a world first.

Experts used stem cells to create mini-kidneys that were implanted into mice, with tests revealing they were able to filter and excrete waste.

The research will allow medical researchers to model kidney diseases using the new structures, advancing our understanding of a number of conditions.

It is also a key step in creating working kidneys for transplant, grown from a patient’s own tissue, a more realistic possibility in the future.

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LG’s Portable 4K Projector

LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors
LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors

With regard to your living room, LG is turning up to CES all guns blazing this year, preparing to show off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED displaywith its very first 4K projector alongside it. read more

New Flu Pill Works in One Day – And You Can’t Have It

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Many of us don’t think much of the flu, other than the warnings on commercials for various remedies, that it’s cold and flu season. It’s never been thought of as a killer disease or affliction.

However, the fact is that Worldwide, the flu has become an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, “these annual [flu] epidemics to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 290 000 to 650 000 deaths.”

Up to 650,000 deaths worldwide from an illness, that until recently we’ve put in the same class as the common cold.

But one might say – okay, that’s worldwide, and worldwide means a lot more third world nations with poor healthcare than developed nations. Yes, to some extent this is true, and it skews the curve as it were, but even here in America, influenza kills about 50,000 per year. That’s 137 Americans dying every day. In fact, it’s number eight of the top 10 killer diseases in America – above kidney disease and approaching the same level as number seven, diabetes.

But fear not, for a Japanese pharmaceutical company, Shionogi & Co. has developed a drug that is capable of killing the flu virus in a single day. That’s right – one pill – one day. read more

New Single Dose Flu Vaccine Works in One Day

from the Daily Mail:

Experimental flu drug could kill the virus in ONE day – but the medicine won’t be available until next year

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will be no good to this year’s epidemic because it won’t be available to the United States until 2019.

Scientists in Japan said they have developed an experimental pill that kills the influenza virus in 24 hours, three times faster than what it takes Tamiflu to rid the virus in sick patients. Tamiflu is one of the most popular drugs to treat people sick with the flu.

Researchers said a late-stage trial on American and Japanese flu patients showed that Shionogi & Co. compound wiped out the virus in as little as a day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Scientists in Japan developed a new flu drug that is said to kill the virus in 24 hours 

Come to the Olympics – Get a Puppy…Burger

This is just tragic!

from the Daily Mail:

Dog meat on the menu for Olympic tourists: Restaurants ignore official orders to stop serving the food in region where Winter Games are held

Almost all the dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, have disregarded a government request to stop serving the food.

South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy. The greasy red meat is boiled for tenderness and is believed to increase energy and health.

Activists have launched several campaigns to ban dog consumption, with online petitions urging boycotts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over the issue, and protests in Seoul. read more

Worms that Eat Plastic

Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they're...
Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they’re not averse to polyethylene either(Credit: César Hernández/CSIC)

Plastic bags are a bane of modern life. As you read this, nearly two million of them are being used around the world right now. By the time the year is over, this number will probably reach a trillion, ending up in landfills, oceans, streams, and the digestive tracts of marine animals. Over the years, scientists have been coming up with various solutions to tackle this problem, from devising ways to give it a second lease of life to making greener and more sustainable plastics. But nature might have a simpler solution: wax worms. read more

Canada Won’t Help with Hookworm

Yes, Canadian healthcare is the best!

from The Insurgent:

Warning! Walking barefoot on the beach can be hazardous to your health

But not as hazardous as socialized medicine.

Who doesn’t dream of a romantic, moonlight walk along the beach? Walking barefoot, feeling the sand between your toes. Sounds delightful.

But a couple of weeks ago, a Canadian couple returned from their vacation in the Domincan Republic to discover that the itchiness they were experiencing in their feet was the result of hookworms that they picked up from that barefoot walk on the beach.

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