“Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.”
Lakehead University in northern Ontario set up www.yaleshmale.com in a bid to attract potential new students.
It shows a picture of Yale graduate Mr Bush with the caption: “Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.”
“It was literally a tongue-in-cheek way of getting attention,” university president and vice-chancellor Frederick Gilbert told Reuters news agency.
The website had received more than 7,000 hits, he said on Monday, and online comments had been 95% positive.
But he acknowledged the university had received e-mails which were “running in the opposite direction”, which was a concern.
“Older generations” and some of Lakehead’s students considered the campaign inappropriate, he said.
Is it too late for me transfer???
Soccer Stars Saving Offspring Stem Cells to Treat Their Future Injuries
Top British footballers are storing stem cells from their newborn babies as a potential future treatment for their own injuries on the pitch.
Five professional footballers are known to have frozen cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of their babies, which could be used to treat cartilage and ligament problems, The Sunday Times reported.
“We decided to store our new baby’s stem cells for possible therapeutic reasons, both for our children and possibly for myself,” the paper quoted a Premier League player as saying.
“As a footballer, if you’re prone to injury, it can mean the end of your career, so having your stem cells – a repair kit, if you like – on hand makes sense.”
Um, you can only save the umbilical cord stem cells (hematopoetic) with the method described. Has this really been shown to repair cartiledge injuries? Leave a few for the “footballers” of tomorrow, yo.
And more on stem cells…….
Clinical Trials Beginning in Liver Regeneration Study
The three-year-old, Bangalore-based Cryo Stemcell Karnataka Private Limited has inked a pact with the Center for Liver Research Diagnosis, Hyderabad to conduct clinical trials using Autologous bone marrow stem cells for liver regeneration in chronic failure conditions. For the trial, expected to commence by the end of the month, 10 patients, suffering from liver failure due to cirrhosis, have been identified for the procedure.
“This is for the first time that clinical trials on liver regeneration process using bone marrow stem cells is being conducted in India. The initiative is a part of our stem cell banking efforts which will allow us to provide regenerative and cell-based treatment,” Dr S G A Rao, founder and director, Cryo Stemcell (Kar) Pvt. Ltd. and Raghavendra Biotechnologies told Pharmabiz.
Cryo has a franchisee network creating awareness on cord blood storage among maternal mothers. With a baby born every 3 seconds and with 25million births a day the market for umbilical chord blood banking is huge.
Prophetic Fish Screams Apocalyptic Warnings
A Jewish fish-cutter in New York was busy slaughtering a batch of carp when one of them started shouting apocalyptic warnings to him in Hebrew. ‘The fish shouted that everyone needed to account for themselves because the end is near,’ says Zalmen Rosen, the fish-cutter.
The fish told Zalmen to pray and study the Torah, before identifying itself as the soul of a local man who had died the previous year. After a moment of stunned silence all hell broke loose. Mr Rosen’s co-worker Louis Nivelo was convinced the talking fish was the work of Satan, and ran around screaming: ‘It’s the devil! The devil is here!’ before collapsing into a pile of packing crates.
Zalmen panicked and tried to kill the fish with a machete-sized knife. But the carp bucked so wildly that he succeeded only in slicing a huge gash in his own thumb, and had to be rushed to hospital. The fish flopped off the counter still muttering in Hebrew – and was butchered by Louis Nivelo.
Mmmm, I’ll have my prophecies with a side of tartar sauce please.
“Deaf” Toddler Regains Hearing
A baby girl from Nottinghamshire who was born profoundly deaf has astonished doctors by gaining her hearing.
The parents of 14-month-old Emily Yeomans, from Newark, were told to learn sign language after their daughter failed to respond to noises.
But staff at Newark Hospital were astonished when the toddler started to recognise sounds.
Now, doctors have carried out further tests to discover her hearing has returned to normal.
Experts believe the recovery may be due to Emily’s hearing system not being fully developed at birth but growing during the first year of her life.
The story failed to mention that the toddler’s mother often listened to Kenny G whilst pregnant, and hence induced spontanous deafness in her progeny which took years to recover from the trauma.
New Pope Prepares to Embrance Intelligent Design
There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of “intelligent design” taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism.
Last December, a US court sparked controversy when it ruled that intelligent design should not be taught alongside evolution theory. Cardinal Schönborn said: “The debate of recent months has undoubtedly motivated the Holy Father’s choice.” But he added that in the 1960s the then Joseph Ratzinger had “underlined emphatically the need to return to the topic of creation”.
The Pope also raised the issue in the inaugural sermon of his pontificate, saying: “We are not the accidental product, without meaning, of evolution.”
A few months later, Cardinal Schönborn, who is regarded as being close to Benedict, wrote an article for the New York Times backing moves to teach ID. He was attacked by Father George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory. On August 19, Fr Coyne was replaced without explanation.
UPDATE: As noted (see comments), and reported at Stranger Fruit Coyne was not replaced due to beliefs regarding ID, but rather as a normal retirement.
(Hat tips to somnilista, FCD, Bob Abu, and Jayson “Magical Panties” B)