This is the 3-D printed pizza made by Natural Machines. Natural Machines is a company in Barcelona that’s developing a 3-D food printer called the Foodini. I mean, this is the future after all. Unfortunately, only the dough and pizza sauce were 3-D printed — the cheese and spices were still added by hand.
A sip from a can of beer he’d dropped in a river was all it took for this grandfather to catch a mystery bug that made his stomach balloon.
John Macdonald, 60, was on the Brisbane River, in Queensland, Australia, was on a fishing trip in March last year when the ‘tinny’ slipped out of his hand and into the water.
Without thinking Mr Macdonald picked it up up and carried on drinking from it.
Mr Macdonald was operated on at his local Caboolture hospital after antibiotics prescribed to him failed. Despite the drugs he was given more surgery.
He was transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for a third operation which initially was thought to be a success.
Instead he went into more shock when he woke up with an even larger and more grotesque hernia-like mass on his stomach.
John Macdonald, 60, has had to endure countless hospital visits and operations to try and rid of the large mass growing from his stomach
On May 8 this year, John was once again admitted for surgery at the RBH to remove the mass, an operation he thought would be his last – but now the condition has returned again.
Mr Macdonald is now making a worldwide appeal to anyone who can cure his mystery illness, the large mass had returned but he said he was told by doctors that there was nothing they could do for at least 12 months.
He said: ‘They operated and I was left with a flat stomach.
‘But not long after when you can see what you had for supper you know something is wrong, that was the day I knew I was in strife. I’m told we have to start the whole process again.
‘Clearly the Brisbane River is far more polluted than people think – it was a split second decision on my part – a stupid one – and I have to live with this for the rest of my life.
‘I want to tell my story to the world in the hope that someone somewhere might answer my prayers and finally get me well – I’m a good bloke and I want to be around for my kids and my little grandchild so if there’s a bloody good doc out there that can help, then give me a holler.’
A MAN has accidentally set several cars on fire by lighting a smoke while allegedly trying to steal fuel in Millicent overnight, police say.
Police searched the area and found a man with burns on his legs.
He had allegedly been trying to siphon fuel from one of the cars when he lit a cigarette, causing the fuel to ignite.
CFS crews were also called to the scene to battle the blaze and managed to stop it from spreading to nearby buildings.
The damage bill is estimated at $100,000.
Car yard owner Angus McDonald said things could have been much worse.
“We were just so lucky,” he told Channel Ten Eyewitness News.
“He was trying to get the fuel out of the car by punching a hole in the tank – that’s when the explosion happened.”
“There’s be about $110,000 worth of cars that have been lost and there’s a bit of damage to the walls. We were very lucky the workshop didn’t catch on fire because there’s cars just over the other side of the wall.”
The 26-year-old Millicent man was arrested and charged with arson and illegal interference with a motor vehicle.
A restaurant in the city of Fuzhou, China has a very special business model. No matter how much you order or eat, you get to decide how much to pay. Be it the full price or nothing at all, the restaurant does not make individuals pay a set price.
Liu Pengfei, the restaurant owner, being gravely concerned with the moral epidemic facing China these days, came up with the idea. By allowing people the choice to pay for their meal, the 50-year-old Liu wants to restore trust and morality amongst his customers. While we must commend Mr. Liu for his noble thinking, the reality is that his faith in humanity has landed him deep in the red.
The pay-what-you-want model is nothing new. Three years ago, the large restaurant chain Panera Bread attempted a similar model. One store stopped taking payments and asked customers to pay what they thought was fair. The main goal of the pay-what-you-want system was to provide assistance for individuals who didn’t have the money to afford a meal. The hope was that those that could afford to pay would cover the costs of non paying customers. The results were less than remarkable. Panera isn’t the only one that has tried this, though, as a number of other smaller restaurants around the United States have tried with varying results.
Mr. Liu’s restaurant, the “Good One,” opened in August of this year. It is a buffet that serves up a variety of Fuzhou style Chinese dishes in addition to other western themed foods. After customers finish their meals, they wash their own dishes and then have the difficult task of deciding how much to pay. Customers settle their bill by placing money into a box.
Unfortunately the results have been disastrous for Mr. Liu. According to investors of the restaurant, one in five customers don’t pay a single cent before returning home. In the first month the restaurant lost 100,000 yuan (US$16,440). This has led to a 250,000 yuan ($41,105) deficit since August.
Despite the building debt, Mr. Liu explained why he was committed to the pay-what-you-want model, stating, “The money isn’t the most important thing. It’s trust.” He added, “When I trust them [the customers], they will trust me and they will begin to love others.” Mr. Liu, a Christian, hopes his restaurant will have a positive affect on the Chinese people and encourage them to reevaluate their morals.
But Mr. Liu isn’t the only one who is concerned about China’s morality. In a Reuters report from September, Xi Jinping said he believes that China is “losing its moral compass.” Moreover, he is disturbed by his country’s vanishing morals and obsession with money. He sees a return to religion in order to remedy the growing crisis.
As for now, Mr. Liu still can’t figure out why some customers aren’t paying. He remarked, “It’s a little strange.” We can only hope the non-paying heathens have a spiritual revelation for the sake of Mr. Liu’s business.
Scary. Insane. Ridiculous. Invasive. Wrong. The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now. What in the hell is going on? What kind of world do we live in?
Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, told the Post that that sort of creepy spy laptop recording is “mainly” used in terrorism cases or the “most serious” of criminal investigations. That doesn’t really make it less crazy (or any better) since the very idea of the FBI being able to watch you through your computer is absolutely disturbing.
The whole Post piece about the FBI’s search for a bomb threat suspect is worth reading. It shows how far the FBI will go with its use of malware to spy on people and reveals the occasional brain dead mistakes the FBI makes to screw themselves over (like a typo of an e-mail address that the FBI wanted to keep tabs on). Good to know these completely competent folks are watching over us by any means necessary. [Washington Post]
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According to José Sotero Ruiz Hernández, an official with Mexico’s National Institute of Migration, a 17-year-old girl in Puerto Vallarta presented lacerations to her genitals that she said were caused by her addiction to krokodil.
“The young woman who used this drug had an infection that had rotted her genitals. It wasn’t sexually transmitted. She said she’d been using krokodil for the last two months,” Hernandez said, according to a Huffington Post translation of Mexican newspaper El Periodico Correo.
The woman told authorities that the drug was readily available on street corners. Hernandez added that the drug has also been reported in Mexico City.
Krokodil is a street drug with effects similar to heroin that is made by cooking crushed codeine pills with household chemicals. It is significantly cheaper than heroin, and reportedly ten times as potent. However, the impurities in the drug damage vascular tissue, which causes the flesh to rot.
WATCH: Inside A Krokodil Cookhouse (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Although it has been reported frequently since September, there have been no confirmed cases of krokodil in the United States since 2004. Skeptics maintain that cases where intravenous drug users presented scaly sores or rotting flesh associated with krokodil could have been caused from infections contracted as a result of using dirty needles.
Krokodil was first produced in Russia, where a scarcity of heroin and an abundance of over-the-counter codeine fueled a pandemic that peaked in 2011, when approximately 1 million people were addicted to it. Legislation restricting the sale of codeine has reportedly caused a decline in use in Russia since then, but krokodil remains a serious concern.
Microsoft researchers aren’t just thinking about operating systems. They’re thinking about undergarments with a purpose, specifically a smart bra that monitors the wearer’s mood with the aim of preventing stress-related overeating.
Mary Czerwinski, a research manager with Microsoft’s Visualization and Interaction Research Group, is studying how technology can help detect stress and give people tools for dealing with it. One of her recent projects involved the creation of a bra with embedded electrocardiogram and electrodermal activity sensors (PDF), as well as a gyroscope and accelerometer.
“It’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, and it turns out that a bra is perfect for measuring EKG,” Czerwinski told Discovery News.
Test subjects wore the removable sensors with their own personal bras, so it wasn’t one-size-fits-all. Data from the sensors was sent to a smartphone app so the women could track their moods. The researchers were able to see whether the women were stressed based on the collected signals, proving that a wearable, mobile mood-detection system is feasible.
The idea behind the prototype project is that women who have feedback about their moods can see the signs of stress that lead to overeating and make better decisions. The bra is simply a comfortable and discrete way to wear the sensors, though battery life was limited to about four hours.
The researchers attempted to create a similar garment in the form of men’s underwear, but the nether-location was too far from the heart to be effective. The work could lead to wearable garments that send alerts to users when it detects stress conditions that can lead to emotional eating.
Don’t worry, fellas, you may get your own sensor device soon. The researchers write, “We will continue to explore how to build a robust, real-world system that stands up to everyday challenges with regards to battery life, comfortability, and being suitable for both men and women.”
PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A Prescott man was arrested after he allegedly sold his vehicle on Craigslist and reported it stolen in a scheme to collect insurance money.
Dickinson reported that unknown suspects forced entry into his home and took his 2009 Sinister sandrail from the garage, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A new 2009 Sinister sandrail has a value of more than $50,000.
The deputy who took the report suspected Dickinson might have filed a false report as part of an insurance fraud scheme and contacted detectives at the Sheriff’s Office.
A detective with the agency’s criminal investigations bureau found the report suspicious for several reasons, including a lack of physical evidence.
The detective obtained a copy of an insurance claim filed by Dickinson, confirming the man received a $53,000 check for the sandrail after it was reported stolen.
The detective also discovered that the owner of Sinister Sand Sports, a custom sandrail manufacturing company, was contacted by a California man regarding a 2009 Sinister sandrail he purchased through Craigslist.
The vehicle identification number plate was reportedly removed from the vehicle, but descriptions of manufacturing details provided by the California man indicated it was the same sandrail reported stolen by Dickinson in August, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Special agents from the National Insurance Crime Bureau visited the California man’s home in mid-November to examine the vehicle. The agents confirmed the vehicle matched the one in Dickinson’s report and impounded it.
The California man told investigators he saw the sandrail advertised on Craigslist in early October. He and Dickinson reportedly negotiated a price of $35,000, and he took possession of the sandrail Oct. 30.
The man also told investigators he was suspicious about the sale because Dickinson allegedly refused to provide ownership paperwork.
When he picked up the sandrail, he photographed Dickinson’s license plate and contacted Sinister Sand Sports. The owner of the company told him the vehicle was reported stolen in Arizona.
The man told the Sheriff’s Office that he confronted Dickinson about the burglary report. Dickinson allegedly claimed the report was not related to the vehicle advertised on Craigslist, and offered the man his boat in hopes of working things out.
On Nov. 25, Dickinson allegedly dropped the boat off at an Arizona home, where the California man’s mother lives, and signed over the title.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at Dickinson’s home on the 7500 block of Traders Trail in Prescott Valley, where they found a Certificate of Origin for the sandrail. They also recovered tools and other items that were reported stolen.
The search also revealed two rifles, which Dickinson was not legally allowed to own because he has been on active probation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Dickinson is being held without bond on charges including fraudulent schemes, trafficking in stolen property, theft, and prohibited possession of a firearm.
Citing Argentinian news sources, LifeSite News reported that video footage had been taken of a mob of angry women, many of them topless, harassing the men who stood in front of the cathedral to protect it, reciting prayers. The men did not retaliate as the women drew Hitler mustaches on their faces with marker, spray painted their faces, clothes and crotch areas, and sexually harassed them.
The women chanted, “To the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, who wants to get between our sheets, we say that we want to be whores, travesties and lesbians. Legal abortion in every hospital.”
The footage shows the men attempting to stay stoic, though many are visibly upset or in tears. About 700 more people prayed inside the cathedral.
When they were not able to get inside, the crowd burned a human-sized effigy of Pope Francis, shouting, “If the pope were a woman, abortion would be legal.”
Police were not on hand at the time. They reportedly told media they couldn’t intervene because the protesters were women.
The incident took place on Nov. 24, Argentina’s National Women’s Encounter, held annually to bring together Argentinean feminists. It is sponsored by the Department of Culture as a social interest event.
Abortion is a contentious issue in conservative Argentina, where only in March of 2012 did the Supreme Court decriminalize abortion in cases of rape. Abortion is illegal in Argentina, and is only permitted if the mother is mentally incapacitated, if her life is at risk, or, recently, if she has been raped.
Even so, an estimated 460,000 abortions are performed each year in Argentina. Argentina’s health ministry estimates an average of 100 women a year die from improperly performed abortions.
Because Pope Francis is from Argentina, the tension is particularly high between Catholics and liberal women’s rights advocates in the country.
Today is work in the nude day. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied
PUT down your morning coffee. And take off those clothes.
Today is Work in the Nude Day, an event run by small business community group Flying Solo, who wanted to find a way to celebrate the freedom and flexibility working from home can bring.
“We were looking for something where we could connect some of the energy and sentiment of our community into something enjoyable,” said Flying Solo’s founder and director Robert Gerrish.
It’s the second time the annual event has taken place, with people invited to take naked selfies and upload them online.
Mr Gerrish said last year’s day led to plenty of photos from all around the country, showing the freedom that people working from home have.
“They were so empathetic and warm. We never had anything grubby. It just really showed us this is a lovely thing to be doing … It was normal people showing their warts and all bodies,” he said.
The images can be posted online on Flying Solo’s Facebook page.