This Week in News

Struggling through midterms week and enjoying a long weekend at home for mid semester break, you may have missed some things that happened in the world this past week. Of course this includes more Ebola news along with a controversial College Football game and the start of this year’s World Series.

1. Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Alzheimer’s Research.

Researchers have accomplished a feat that has shocked some people around them. Under the lead of researcher Rudolph E. Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital l in Boston a team of researchers have created Alzheimer’s in a petri dish. This advancement will help with the previous problem of how to study this disease and it will help with the search for drugs to treat it. Before they came up with this their best method of research was studying mice who developed an imperfect form of the disease. Tanzi said that the key to the success of this project was an idea that came from his colleague Doo Yeon Kim to grow the brain cells in a gel to simulate the creation of networks as in an actual brain. They then gave them the genes for the disease and sure enough it worked.

2. W.H.O. Chief Calls Ebola Outbreak a ‘Crisis for International Peace’

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Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.” She described the outbreak as progressing from a public health crisis to “a crisis for international peace and security.” Dr. Chan stresses that she has never seen a disease outbreak that is threatening the survival of societies and governments like this. She also stressed that there are major risks involved in neglecting poorer countries who have outbreaks like this. She understands that if no attention is paid to an outbreak in a poor country it will eventually spread to the whole world, which has already begun.

3. San Francisco Giants win in walk-off fashion toadvance to World Series.

San_Francisco_Giants_hat_and_helmet_logoTravis Ishikawa hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Giants past the Cardinals putting them in the 2014 World Series. They will face the Kansas City Royals, who have not yet lost a game in this playoff run. The Series begins Tuesday night and it should be a good one. Madison Bumgarner will get the start on the mound for the Giants against the Royals’ right hander James Shields. Bumgarner finished the season with a 18-10 record and Shields finished 14-8. These are two good arms going up against each other in game one and it should be exciting to watch.

4. No. 2 Florida State stays perfect with comeback over No. 5 Notre Dame

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This might have been one of the most anticipated College Football games of the year and it left Irish fans disappointed to say the least. Florida State was down 17-10 at halftimeand rallied back to win in the second half behind star quarterback Jameis Winston. The play of the game came in the final seconds of the game on fourth down. Notre Dame put together a great drive to get them down to Florida State’s two-yard line. Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass to Corey Robinson with 13 seconds on the clock to put Notre Dame in the lead. However, the play was called back due to a pass interference call on Notre Dame. it was definitely a controversial call and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was not happy with the refs, as I’m sure Fighting Irish fans also were.

5. Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

In March an architecture firm owned by Bob Foreman ran up a phone bill of $166,000 in just one weekend. The interesting thing is that the company is run by just seven people and neither Foreman nor any of his workers were in the office that weekend. Obviously there had to be a mistake. It was not a mistake but hackers breaking into the firm’s telephone network and routing $166,000 worth of phone calls. The call records showed that calls were made to several premium-rate telephone numbers outside of the country. This type of fraud is one that mostly hits small businesses and this Georgia firm was hit hard. Last year this crime cost small businesses $4.71 billion around the world.

6. Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

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Last Monday the Pentagon released a report saying that climate change poses some threats to national security. The report stresses increased risk of terrorist attacks, infectious disease, and global food shortages. There are also worries of increases in extreme weather requiring military disaster responses. There is a road map in the report showing how military will respond to rising seas levels and storms. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concerns about the loss of glaciers straining water supplies and destruction caused by hurricanes. In the past the military looked at climate change as a future risk but this report is shifting the view to be a present problem that requires immediate action.

 

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