BOSS Gif – Upstream Wakeboarding, Edition!

Always looking for the new adventures

It’s a BOSS way to find the most adrenaline soaking exploit

Upstream wakeboarding!

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Robert Pokovec & Dominik Hernler travel Slovenia looking for new possible locations for the next edition of Red Bull Upstream. The two athletes tested out Bled Gorge before traveling to the famous Soca River, which fascinates with its beauty. Despite freezing water temperatures, Robert and Dominik put on a show at both locations. 

They’re being pulled by a winch, which is essentially a large spool of rope attached to a small engine (4 hp). They’re usually built in a frame similar to a generator, although the manufactured ones are more custom. (search “Grinch Winch Pro”  They are wearing life vests underneath the jerseys.

Like a BOSS!

Poetic Celebrity Parody – Simply The Best, Edition

72 years young
Still moving
Still rocking
Enjoying her life to the fullest
She is
Simply the best
Her troubles behind her
Her life is what she wants it to be
She is
Simply the best

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News Mash: Modern medical technologies are awesome and all, but then Guardian Angels are too!

NO matter the type of surgery…

Dealing with massive blood loss is a horrific, life-or-death obstacle for any surgeon to overcome.

Thankfully, now thanks to technology?

NOT so much of an obstacle.

[via PopSci] Massive blood loss, known as MBL in the medical world, is a major cause of death during cardiac surgery–and an accepted one, because it’s the best option we have. Blood transfusions help, but those aren’t without complications, either.

A new device could cut that step out of the process for some patients by collecting the blood from a surgery, concentrating the blood cells, and routing it intravenously right back to the person on the table.

The device, called HemoSep, has just been approved for use in Canada and Europe following clinical trials in more than 100 open-heart surgeries. When used, it reduced how often a transfusion was needed post-surgery.

During the process, blood is sucked from the surgical site or from another machine used in the surgery. A blood bag in the HemoSep uses a chemical sponge and mechanical agitator to concentrate the spilled blood.

After that, the concentrated cells are sent back intravenously.[Read More]

Have to say though…

I bet the surgeons on THIS (below) construction worker wished they had this device during his medical ordeal.

After all, I do NOT see how this guy teased the boundaries of suffering MBL during his surgery…

Do you?

[via Gizmodo]Construction Worker Impaled Through the Brain Is a Modern-Day Phineas Gage ~by Eric Limer

 

If you’ve taken so much as one psychology course, you’ve probably heard of Phineas Gage, the man who survived having a railroad spike driven through his skull. It sounds like a one-of-a-kind thing, but a Brazilian construction worker just survived a similar injury.

Eduardo Leite, the 24-year-old construction worker with a hell of a lot of luck, was hit by an iron bar that fell from the fifth floor of construction site and pierced both his hard hat and the back of his skull, popping out right between his eyes. Even after getting the new hole in his head, Leite remained conscious and lucid, eventually telling doctors what had happened to him.

The bar was carefully removed with a grueling 5-hour surgery. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at the hospital where Leite was treated, told the AP:

“He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain. …Today, he continues well, with few complaints for a five-hour-long surgery. He says he feels little pain.”

The damaged part of Leite’s brain clearly isn’t required to stay alive, but its specific function isn’t known. Leite is likely to remain at the hospital for up to two weeks following the surgery, and exactly what’s happened to his brain probably won’t be clear until he starts getting back to “normal” life. Whatever the damage may be, he’s damn lucky to be alive. [The Guardian] [Read More]

Wow.

Not sure who to give the props to here…

The doctors or the obvious Guardian Angel who was sitting on this guy’s shoulder when that bar fell.

Modern medical technology is grand and all, but sometimes?

I think there is a tad little more involved in miracle saves like this…

One can absolutely believe it!

In something MORE that is…

There just has to be.

News Mash: While Kanzi makes useable ‘tools’ man makes an Aerofex hover craft!

When it comes to a species advancing? useable

Oh, yeah…

No doubt about it TOOLS are important.

With some?

Being SO much more impressive than others.

[via New Scientist] Kanzi the bonobo continues to impress. Not content with learning sign language or making up “words” for things like banana or juice, he now seems capable of making stone tools on a par with the efforts of early humans.

Eviatar Nevo of the University of Haifa in Israel and his colleagues sealed food inside a log to mimic marrow locked inside long bones, and watched Kanzi, a 30-year-old male bonobo chimp, try to extract it. While a companion bonobo attempted the problem a handful of times, and succeeded only by smashing the log on the ground, Kanzi took a longer and arguably more sophisticated approach.

Both had been taught to knap flint flakes in the 1990s, holding a stone core in one hand and using another as a hammer. Kanzi used the tools he created to come at the log in a variety of ways: inserting sticks into seams in the log, throwing projectiles at it, and employing stone flints as choppers, drills, and scrapers. In the end, he got food out of 24 logs, while his companion managed just two.

Perhaps most remarkable about the tools Kanzi created is their resemblance to early hominid tools. Both bonobos made and used tools to obtain food – either by extracting it from logs or by digging it out of the ground. But only Kanzi’s met the criteria for both tool groups made by early Homo: wedges and choppers, and scrapers and drills. [Read More]

And by some tools being so much more impressive than others?

Uh huh…

A flying ‘hover bike’?

Definitely applies.

[via The Blaze]A California-based company has taken a science fiction design similar in concept to “Star Wars” speeder bikes, which were featured most notably in the “Return of the Jedi” chase scene, and refined the technology to make it feasible for human use.

InnovationNewsDaily reports the firm Aerofex has fixed stability issues with such a hover craft by including a control bar at the the users knee level that allows the pilot to better lean and balance the vehicle.

“It essentially captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement — which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot,” De Roche told InnovationNewsDaily. “Since [the pilot’s] balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him.”

De Roche told InnovationNewsDaily the company is not ready to market it for human use yet but sees a future for the craft as an unmanned aerial vehicle by the military:

Even the soldiers or Special Forces might use such hover drones to carry or deliver heavy supplies in the tight spaces between buildings in cities. U.S. Marines have already begun testing robotic helicopters to deliver supplies in Afghanistan.

The hovering drones would not fly as efficiently as helicopters because of their shorter rotor blades, but their enclosed rotors have the advantage of a much smaller size and safety near humans.

“They are less efficient than a helicopter, which has the benefit of larger diameter rotors,” De Roche explained. “They do have unique performance advantages, though, as they have demonstrated flight within trees, close to walls and under bridges.”

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*drops to knees, begging*

“Santa, if you can hear me…

Please, please, prettyplease can I have a hover bike for Christmas?

P L E A S E ?!?!”

After all, do you see mankind advancing, at ALL, without this technology made readily available?

No… *slashes hand through air*

I don’t think you do.

News Mash: Medical mysteries today still exist…That’s no clowning around!

Even as advanced as we become…

When it comes to medical sciences?

There is still so much which remains a mystery.

Such as how a known DEADLY disease…

Is not deadly to all?

[via ScienceNewsFor Kids] Rabies is a terrible way to die. The disease is caused by a virus that spreads through animal bites. Without treatment, it attacks the brain and can cause symptoms like hallucinations, paralysis, fever and severe pain. Untreated, the disease is usually deadly — except to some people in a few Peruvian villages, scientists now report.

“Why these individuals don’t die is very intriguing,” Amy Gilbert told Science News. Gilbert is a disease ecologist, a scientist who studies the relationship between germs and their homes. She works for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her new study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene identified these unusual people who caught the rabies virus and survived without treatment.

The survivors live in a part of the Amazon rain forest populated by vampire bats — known carriers of the rabies virus. In those communities, about 1 in 7 people seem to have developed a natural resistance to the virus.

Each year, some 55,000 people worldwide die from rabies. Gilbert and her colleagues now find that all of the Peruvian villagers who survived rabies reported having been bitten by a vampire bat. Only one person reported having received a rabies vaccination.

All of the survivors came from communities that lacked formal roads. One community is a two-hour boat ride away from the nearest health clinic; the other village is six hours from doctors.

Studies like this one show that researchers still don’t understand everything about this common disease.

“Rabies used to be a disease we said was 100 percent fatal. It was the most deadly disease of all diseases,” Carol Glaser, an infectious disease doctor with the California Department of Public Health, told Science News. But no disease is known to kill every person it infects. In fact, last year, a few people in the United States survived a bout with rabies. [Read More]

As well as how such a seemingly treatable, harmless strain of E. coli…

Can translate into a deadly cancer.

Scary!

[via Scientific American]The DNA-damaging bacterium is found to flourish in the guts of mice with inflammatory bowel disease, putting them at higher risk for colorectal cancer

The trillions of microbes in the human gut contribute to obesity and to the risk of diseases such as diabetes. This microbial menagerie — the microbiome — also has a role in cancer, researchers report today in Science1.

Mice with inflammatory bowel disease contain higher proportions of toxin-producing bacteria that may lead to colorectal cancer, the researchers say. Moreover, people with colorectal cancer were found to be more likely than healthy people to harbour these bacteria.

The findings suggest a broader avenue of cancer research. The microbiome found elsewhere in the body could also initiate tumours, so tinkering with it might help to prevent cancers, says Jeffrey Pollard, a microbiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the latest study.

Common danger
Researchers have known for decades that microbes can cause cancer. Many viruses turn infected cells cancerous as means of spreading their genetic material.The pathogenic bacterium Helicobacter pylori lies at the root of most of peptic ulcers, which can seed stomach cancers. The latest work, however, indicates that an ordinarily harmless strain of Escherichia coli, a common gut bacterium, can cause cancer when the gut is inflamed.

“They’re not exactly your flagship disease-causing bacteria,” says Christian Jobin, a microbiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who led the study. “They wear a different mask. They wear the bad-guy mask now.”

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease develop colorectal cancer at rates as much as several fold higher than people without troubled stomachs. Researchers have attributed this to DNA-damaging molecules produced by immune cells in the gut, which are overactive in these diseases. But the latest work suggests that bacteria are key.

Jobin and his team reared mice with a mutation that makes them susceptible to inflammatory bowel disease in germ-free cages. They then moved these mice to cages where mice teeming with bacteria had previously lived. After five months, all of the mutant mice had developed bowel disease, and 60–80% of them had colon cancer.

The mutant mice also developed a different gut microbiome than normal mice, with a much higher proportion of E. coli. One strain, called E. coli NC101, stood out. It has been linked to aggressive forms of bowel disease in mice and makes colibactin, a protein that damages DNA.

E. coli strains that did not make colibactin also flourished in the guts of the mutant mice, causing bowel disease but not colorectal tumours, the researchers report.

Food for thought
Many humans also harbour bacteria that produce colibactin. The researchers found them in the stools of 20% of 24 healthy people, 40% of 35 people with inflammatory bowel disease and 66% of 21 people with colorectal cancer. But how the colibactin-producing bacteria lead to cancer isn’t clear, Jobin says. [Read More]

What we know of medical sciences today?

Won’t be the exact same thing we know when it comes to medical sciences of tomorrow.

We are ever evolving, ever expanding, ever reaching towards new insights…

And that is a GOOD thing when it comes to treating diseases.

Or…

At least it was!

Check out this last mystery.

Yikes!

[via Yahoo News] JERUSALEM (AP) — Doctors in Israel are beginning to believe in the power of clowning around.

Over the last few years, Israeli clowns have been popping into hospital operating rooms and intensive care units with balloons and kazoos in hand, teaming up with doctors to develop laughter therapies they say help with disorders ranging from pain to infertility.

This is not how things are done in most of the world’s hospitals. Clowns often visit pediatric wards to cheer up young patients, but in most places the clowning ends where the medicine begins. When it comes time for a child to get a shot or go under the knife, the clowns step aside.

Israeli clowns thumb their shiny red noses at that approach. They quote studies which suggest that a clown’s participation in treatments can help patients — especially kids — endure painful procedures and speed their healing.

They say it’s time for the medical community to recognize medical clowns as legitimate paramedical practitioners, like occupational or physical therapists.

Israel’s hospital clowning guild, Dream Doctors, founded 10 years ago, is the leading advocate for infusing more medicine into the artistry.

“It’s not just putting on a red nose, floppy shoes, and playing a ukulele,” said Dr. Arthur Eidelman, recently retired chief of pediatrics at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and chair of the Dream Doctors’ scientific committee. “We see medical clowns as an integral part of the health care team.”

One Israeli study, published last year in a leading reproductive science journal, Fertility and Sterility, suggested that a woman’s chances of getting pregnant after in-vitro fertilization rose from 20.2 percent to 36.4 percent if a clown was brought in to entertain and relax her immediately after the obstetrician implanted a fertilized egg.

Of the 219 women who participated in the yearlong study, about half received a surprise visit by a clown dressed as a bumbling chef. Dr. Shevach Friedler of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center said his study indicated that the laughter therapy might reduce stress or strengthen the immune system in the womb to increase the success rate of the treatment….

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Might?!

That’s a mighty big supposition on your part. I know, Science, you are guessing as to WHY clowns might work in the medical field, so you might want to toss this guess into the pot…

Fear.

Yes, fear is a HUGE motivator, whether consciously or subconsciously. And honestly, I do NOT see how anyone could look at a clown and not be reduced to a big ball of human skin and terror.

So when it comes to this last mystery, yeah…

Going with ‘fear’ as the answer as to why clowns work. It HAS to be the right one. So, there you go, mystery solved.

You’re welcome.

My oh my, you got me under a spell, I’ve got you under my skin; Your love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell!

Love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell.
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Under my skin I cannot run away. Fading slowly.
~ Red