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Archive for September, 2009

Hong Kong’s Oxyvital Bar: Please breathe responsibly

Among Hong Kong’s many bars, this one is fairly unique. Customers do not come here for alcohol, but instead they come for something else: oxygen. Check it out below in the video from Diagonal View:

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Honda unveils the electric unicycle U3-X in Japan

An electric battery-powered unicycle, shaped like a figure eight, has been unveiled in Japan last week. The unicycle unit U3-X, produced by Honda Motor Co, can be steered by leaning in the direction the rider wants to go. The vehicle, which is in the development stage, has a maximum speed of 6 km per hour (3.7 mph) and weighs less than 10 kilos.

Check it out in the video below by BBC News:

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Akbar: The huge 19.2 pound newborn baby

An Indonesian woman has given birth to an 8.7 kilograms (19.2 pounds) baby boy, the heaviest newborn ever recorded in the country, a doctor said Wednesday.

The baby, who is named ‘Akbar’ which in Arabic means ‘Great’, is 62 centimeters (24.4 inches) long and was born by cesarean section last week at a public hospital in North Sumatra province. He’s got strong appetite and the way he cries is very loud. The boy’s massive size was likely the result of his mother, Ani, 41, having diabetes.

Check how big he is compared to other babies in the video below by ITV News:

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Lebanese faking Canadian Permanent Residency exposed!

And you wonder why the term Lebanese is not very appreciated in the Western world.

It is a shame (at least for me) to bring you this. Last week, a documentary appearing on Radio Canada’s show Enquête exposed the Lebanese faking their Canadian Permanent Residency to seek the Canadian Citizenship. Here is the documentary split into four parts for those who didn’t have the chance to see it:

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Church priests take to the catwalk

I like it when religions update themselves. And now, religion takes to the catwalk as these British priests show off the very latest Spring/Summer Clerical Collection. Enjoy the show:

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Pantokrator: the Colombian Heavy Metal Church

I do believe that worshiping God should be fun, and should take any form the devotee is comfortable with, so I’ll introduce this church in Bogota, Colombia. Named ‘Pantokrator’ (Greek for ‘All Powerful’), this Colombian church is designed for devotees who want to express themselves through heavy metal.

Check it out in the video below by Diagonal View:

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Experimental drug shrinks skin cancer tumors

Scientists have discovered a drug which significantly shrinks skin cancer tumors, which let some doctors to call it “startling and unprecedented”. The drug works differently than conventional treatment; it directly blocks one of the genes involved in the spread of skin cancer. They claim that the treatment has the potential to extend the lifespan and quality of life of patients who would otherwise have little chance of survival.

More about this in the video below by BBC:

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Seasonal flu shot may increase the risk of H1N1

It’s the flu season and people usually prevent it through the flu shot, but now they should think twice. Four Canadian studies involving about 2,000 people found that those who have received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past seem to be more likely to get sick with the swine flu. Research has not been peer-reviewed or collaborated with other studies, but theoretically experts say the risk is there.

More on this in the video below by CBC:

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The 1972 self-lighting cigarette by Whang Kyu-bong

I like it when people create things out of a need they had, and this innovation is one of them, but sadly enough it didn’t pick up. I would have found a use for it at the time when I used to smoke. Check out the self-lighting cigarette that was created in Seoul, South Korea, in 1972 by Whang Kyu-bong in the video below:

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First artificial heart implant in Lebanon performed by AUB doctors

An American University of Beirut (AUB) medical team successfully performed the first “artificial heart” implant in Lebanon, thus saving the life of a 37-year-old man suffering from terminal heart failure, the AUB said in a statement issued on Thursday.

It said the six-hour operation led by two AUB doctors took place at the American University of Beirut Medical Center Aug. 28. AUB deemed the operation “successful” as the patient survived the first critical 72 hours, showing improvements in all his vital signs.

The “artificial heart” implant operation involves the insertion of a device called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) that takes over the functions of the left ventricle of the heart, the dominant chamber which is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood via the aorta to the rest of the body. The LVAD used in this surgery is called Heartmate II. It is manufactured by the U.S. medical technology company, Thoratec.

The two AUB doctors, Dr. Pierre Sfeir and Dr. Hadi Skouri, were assisted by a multidisciplinary medical team, including the leading expert on LVAD operations, Dr. Latif Arusoglu, a German surgeon, as well as a clinical specialist, both dispatched by Thoratec.

Lebanon's first artifical heart implant performed at AUB - Naharnet

Lebanon's first artifical heart implant performed at AUB - Naharnet

A new Japanese diner concept

In Tokyo, Japan, a diner has taken a new turn where the customers are served by ‘french maids’. However in this restaurant, all waitresses are… Find out below in the video from Diagonal View:

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Nubrella: the latest advancement in weather protection

It’s the most bizarre weather accessory you never knew you needed. Check it out in the video below by Diagonal View:

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