Live crowdfunding tested out in Finland
There is a buzz of excitement at Helsinki City Hall. Large numbers of startup entrepreneurs and investors have assembled at PitchHelsinki, held this year for the seventh time. The event is making history: for the first time, live crowdfunding is possible from around the world.
Archaeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century B.C. that they believe is the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine.
Kosh Prasad Acharya, who teamed with archaeologists from Britain’s Durham University, said Tuesday that the structure was unearthed inside the sacred Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini. Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, is generally thought to have been born in about the sixth century B.C. at the temple site.
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10,000-year-old house unearthed in Israel
Live Science: At a road construction site in Israel, archaeologists say they’ve found some stunning finds, including stone axes, a “cultic” temple and traces of a 10,000-year-old house.
The excavation took place at Eshtaol, located about 15 miles west of Jerusalem, in preparation of the widening of an Israeli road.
"This is the first time that such an ancient structure has been discovered in the Judean Shephelah," archaeologists with the IAA said, referring to the plains west of Jerusalem.
Photo: Ya’akov Vardi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
As the student-constructed satellite orbits Earth, students and amateur radio users on the ground will be able to exchange data with it.
Leech Lake Native American Tribe of Minnesota Weds First Gay Couple
Fifteen years after meeting each other in an Oregon bar, decades of debating whether to marry or not, having plans shattered by California’s Prop 8, and spending 2 years fighting for their right to marry on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Arnold Dahl and Matthew Wooley finally tied the knot.
Native History: Astronaut John B. Herrington, Chickasaw, Becomes First American Indian in Space
Liftoff on November 23, 2002, set in motion a lot more than space shuttle Endeavour for NASA astronaut John Herrington, Chickasaw. After retiring from NASA, he embarked on a bicycle ride called Rocket Trek across Turtle Island to get Native students engaged with science and math—and discovered two life passions.
hman:Meet the First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest
“He’s become the first canine on record to climb Mount Everest after trekking for 10 days with Lefson to base camp, 17,000 feet above sea level…”
The story describes the dog, whose name is Rupee, as a bootstrapper—a former stray who was rescued and eventually became much more than just a stray.
Collegiate Debaters Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed Become 1st Black Women to Win National Competition
More than two decades ago, Ryan Vincent had open brain surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, resulting in a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery at home. Recently, neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital removed a different lesion from Vincent’s brain through a tube inserted into a hole smaller than a dime and he went home the next day.
Gavin Britz, MBBCh, MPH, FAANS, chairman of neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, used a minimally-invasive technique to remove a vascular lesion from deep within the 44-year-old patient’s brain, the first to use this technique in the region. Traditionally, vascular lesions or brain tumors that are located deep within the brain can cause damage just by surgical removal.
“With this new approach, we can navigate through millions of important brain fibers and tracts to access deep areas of the brain where these benign tumors or hemorrhages are located with minimal injury to normal brain,” said Britz. “Ryan’s surgery took less than an hour.”
Houston Methodist neurosurgeons Britz and David Baskin, M.D., director of the Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Tumor Center, are using this “six-pillar approach” that encompasses the latest technology in minimally-invasive surgeries — mapping of the brain; navigating the brain like a GPS system; safely accessing the brain and tumor/lesion; using high-end optics for visualization; successfully removing the tumor without disrupting tissues around it; and directed therapy using tissue collected for evaluation that can then be used for personalized treatments.
The new surgical technique is used to remove cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, lesions and cysts deep inside the brain. This approach reduces risks of damage to speech, memory, muscle strength, balance, vision, coordination and other function areas of the brain.
India’s first Mars mission launches flawlessly
India flawlessly launched its first ever mission to Mars today (Nov. 5) to begin a history making ten month long interplanetary voyage to the Red Planet that’s aimed at studying the Martian atmosphere and searching for methane after achieving orbit.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) thundered to space atop the nations four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) precisely on time at 14:38 hrs IST (9:08 UTC, 4:08 a.m. EST) from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, off India’s east coast.
“Our journey to Mars begins now!” announced an elated ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan at the ISRO spaceport during a live broadcast of MOM’s launch from the mission control center. “We achieved orbit and we can all be proud.”
Image credit: ISRO
He crossed the finish line hours after the winners, but Jimmy Jenson still set a record at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday: He’s the first person with Down syndrome to complete the race.
Tiger Woods hit balls from Europe into Asia on Tuesday when half of the six-lane Bosphorus Bridge was closed for the world’s top-ranked golfer.
In a publicity stunt for this week’s Turkish Open, Woods stood on a makeshift tee and launched drives along the world’s fourth longest suspension bridge, which spans 5,118 feet and is 210 feet above the Bosphorus River.
Woods said: “To be the first golfer to do this was very cool.”
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Frefalling over Mt Everest
In this handout picture released by Everest Skydive on October 28, 2013, French multiple sclerosis sufferer Marc Kopp (bottom) and tandem skydiving partner Mario Gervasi (top) free-fall over Nepal’s Mount Everest region on October 27, 2013. A French multiple sclerosis sufferer October 27 became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest, successfully completing his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution.
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