Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

It might look like a frozen wasteland, but beneath the inhospitable surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, life could be thriving in warm underground seas, scientists believe.

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has picked up the first evidence that chemical reactions are happening deep below the ice which could be creating an environment capable of supporting microbes.

Experts said the discovery was ‘the last piece’ in the puzzle which proved that life was possible on Enceladus, a finding all the more remarkable because the small moon is 887 million miles away from the Sun.

Prof David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University, said: “At present, we know of only one genesis of life, the one that led to us.

“If we knew that life had started independently in two places in our Solar System, then we could be pretty confident that life also got started on some of the tens of billions of planets and moons around other stars in our galaxy.”

Human golden retriever to be given ice cream

Human golden retriever to be given ice cream

Sure, it’s a surgery usually associated with elementary school, but for UFC lightweight Sage Northcutt, it could be a huge help in his fighting career.

And he’ll also get to eat a bunch of ice cream, so there’s that, too.

Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who just recently celebrated his 21st birthday, today took to social media to reveal that he was undergoing a recently scheduled tonsillectomy.

This past December, Northcutt was submitted by Mickey Gall in a welterweight contest. “Super” Sage had hoped to try and rebound with a win in his native Texas at UFC 211 next month in Dallas but will have to reschedule following today’s procedure.

Northcutt has battled strep throat multiple times in his octagon run. UFC President Dana White famously admitted he “blew it” allowing the prospect to compete against Bryan Barbarena while ill at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016, when Northcutt was handed his first professional defeat.

The UFC fighter’s father, Mark Northcutt, recently told MMA Fighting his son developed another case of strep throat while training with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley ahead of UFC 209, necessitating today’s procedure.

Patients are usually directed to consume soft foods for one-to-two weeks following a tonsillectomy. In a potential blow to apples everywhere, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery also recommends drinking “plenty of fluids,” including “water or apple juice.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Firefighter Andrew Klein pulls unconscious dog from burning apartment, gives him CPR to save his life

Firefighter Andrew Klein pulls unconscious dog from burning apartment, gives him CPR to save his life

LOS ANGELES — California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.

The dog’s owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire.

Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go inside, she said Thursday.

Moments later firefighters arrived and Lamirande told them her dog was trapped inside.

That’s when firefighter Andrew Klein sprang into action, getting on all fours to search the apartment for Nalu as another firefighter sprayed water to keep the flames at bay. Klein found the unconscious dog a few feet from the fire in a bedroom.

“He was totally lifeless,” Klein said. “I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog … Failure was not an option.”

As Lamirande knelt nearby crying, Klein and his crew spent the next 20 minutes working on reviving the dog using oxygen, CPR and what’s known as mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

Video taken by a passerby and posted on Facebook shows Klein and another firefighter patting Nalu’s belly as he starts breathing again with the help of oxygen.

“Alright, bud,” Klein tells the dog as he continues to rub him and encourage him to walk.

Lamirande, a radiology nurse, said she couldn’t believe how much time the firefighters took to save her dog, who she describes as family.

“His eyes were glazed over and he was not breathing and I assumed he was dead,” she said. “The firefighter said ‘I’m a positive person. Let’s just get him back.’”

Lamirande said Nalu spent the next 24 hours recovering in an oxygen chamber and was almost back to his normal self again Thursday.

“He’s been coughing but right now he’s fine and he’s so happy and smiling,” she said.

Klein, a self-described dog lover with two four-legged friends at home, said he felt proud of the outcome.

“He was essentially dead, so to see him kissing people and walking around wagging his tail was definitely a good feeling,” he said.

“He’s very happy, and we’re very happy, too.”

Texas girl back home after facing rare bacterial infection

Texas girl back home after facing rare bacterial infection

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — Gean Hammet and his family has experienced a community coming together, most recently while his daughter Raylee spent more than seven weeks at Texas Children’s Hospital with a rare bacteria.

“We’re trying to raise some money to help with the financial burden that we still do you have after going back-and-forth to Houston for her medical appointments plastic surgery and all that good stuff,” said Hammett.

Now the toddler is home and life is back to normal, except for the stack of medical bills the family now faces as a result of 30 nights stay in intensive care, 50 nights total.

Patricia, Raylee’s mom, spoke about the overwhelming support her family has received lately. “Yeah we’re so grateful and blessed so I tell people we’re just so blessed to be able to bring her daughter home with all the prayers she really is a miracle,” she said.

This weekend the family is hosting a ragball tournament this in Bridge City. Games start at 9a.m. Sunday morning at the Bridge City Little League fields. It will cost $125 to enter a team into the tournament.

If you recall, back in February the community rallied for Raylee by donating more than 400 pounds of aluminum tabs in her name to help out the Ronald McDonald House, a facility that supported the Hammet’s for nearly two months while their daughter was in the hospital.

“It made it easier on us less of a financial burden,” said Gean.

Now they’re asking teams to step up to the plate to help put a dent into thousands of dollars in medical bills.

“The outreach of prayers and support was amazing we never expected to have so much love and help in prayer from the community,” he said.

If you want to sign up, call 409-221-7319 and register your team. So far there are nearly a dozen teams in the field.

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Let me tell you about my handsome son, Mizue. He’s a cat. He cuddles up beside me and pushes his little furry head against me when he wants to be petted. He purrs and rubs up on everyone he meets. He’s the best dude, is what I’m saying here, and I am goddamn sick of people saying that cats aren’t nice.

But don’t take my word for it. Thanks to new research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, there is scientific evidence that cats are, according to empirical study, nice. In fact, the study concluded, cats like interacting with humans more than they like eating food. Let that sink in: more than food. I don’t like anybody more than food.

The motivation for the study was to apply cognitive tests that have already be tried out on dogs and tortoises on cats, in order to clear up some misconceptions around cats’ bad reputation for being unsociable.

“Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities,” the authors wrote in the paper. “Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for.”

The test took 50 cats both from people’s homes and from a shelter and deprived them of food, toys, and people for a few hours. Then, researchers presented the cats with different stimuli within four categories: human socialization, food, scent, and toys.

The researchers concluded that there were no significant differences between the homed and the shelter cats, and that most cats preferred human socialization to any of the other categories. Half of the cats preferred social interaction to every other stimulus type, while only 37 percent preferred food.

“While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency,” the authors wrote, “we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.”

So, what does this mean? Basically, that cats are nice. But, the authors write, individual cat preferences for socialization may be influenced by life history or even breed.

A study of a few dozen cats might not be grounds for concrete conclusions, but this rings true for me. My cat doesn’t spend every minute of the day with me when I’m around. More often than not, he’s skulking around or chilling out on a sofa. But he’s friendly with everybody and we have our moments. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment with the person I live with, either. And for the people who think cats are standoffish—are you immediately open and friendly with random humans you meet?

Your cat loves you. Love it back.

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Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man is about to celebrate his 109th birthday, which is on Wednesday.

Robert Weighton was born in March 1908 – when Edward VII was King and Britain had yet to fight in two world wars.

He is still fit as a fiddle and although he received one letter from the Queen when he turned 100, he decided not to opt into getting a card for every additional year.

He said that in “the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties.”

Britain’s oldest man refuses card from the Queen because Her Majesty always looks “so miserable”

This is so as not to clutter up his comfortable house.

The centenarian, who was born in Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was the middle of seven children – with three brothers and three sisters – and has three children of his own, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.