Category: Life Is Like Science Fiction

‘Brain-eating amoeba’ claims second victim this month | The Lookout

“Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer,” Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages.”

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Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds : NPR

“It is quite difficult to get the cognitive sewage out of the water, even after the real sewage is gone,” Nemeroff says. Around 60 percent of people are unwilling to drink water that has had direct contact with sewage, according to their research.

Read more at NPR.

Spoilers don’t ruin stories or films?

If you are angry that someone spoiled the plot of a movie or revealed the ending of a book, don’t be.

A new study by researchers from the University of California at San Diego shows spoilers may enhance enjoyment, even for suspense-driven story lines and film plots.

Read more at Reuters

Riots, wild markets: Did space storms drive us mad? | Reuters

Rollercoaster financial markets and the worst riots Britain has seen in decades have made it quite a week for a time of year that is usually so dead the newspapers are filled with “silly season” tales of amusing pet antics.

Read more at Reuters.

Montana dog becomes local celebrity for his math skills | Reuters

Labrador Retrievers are known for their hunting skills and friendly dispositions, but Beau, a black Lab who lives in Montana, is winning acclaim for his math abilities.

via Reuters.

AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

Read more at Yahoo! News.

Are Extra-Hot Summers Here to Stay?

In the study to be published later this month in the journal Climate Change, Stanford University researchers conclude that many tropical regions in Africa, Asia and South America could see “the permanent emergence of unprecedented summer heat” in the next two decades.

via LiveScience.

New strain of superbug found in cows

A new strain of the MRSA “superbug” has been found in British cows and is believed to be infecting humans.

Environmental campaigners say the new strain has emerged because of the over-use of antibiotics by dairy farmers.

via BBC News

Volcanic explosion causes panic in Peru

“We observed falling rocks, a long column of smoke, and then we were hit with a blanket of falling ash which has caused problems to our eyes and noses,”

via Living in Peru

E. coli outbreak: EU proposes 150m euros to aid farmers

Producers of salad vegetables have seen sales plummet in the outbreak, which has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,400.

via BBC News