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New Alzheimers Drug Shows Promise

New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise

Sanjay Palta-Hill January 23, 2023

Lecanemab, a promising new drug, has been granted accelerated approval for use in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that harms an individual’s...

Canadian Police Release List of 10 calls that “Missed the Mark” in 2022

Canadian Police Release List of 10 calls that “Missed the Mark” in 2022

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

The (RCMP), based in the West Canadian province of Saskatchewan, provides crucial services to the community regarding public safety. Within the organization, dispatchers also play an important role...

Gary McKee: The Daily Marathon Runner

Gary McKee: The Daily Marathon Runner

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

Although running is a pastime enjoyed by many around the world, very few run marathons, and even fewer run one every single day. Gary McKee is one of those few; in 2022, he ran a full marathon, all 26.2...

Australia Cuts Almost One-Third of Beach Plastic in Six Years

Australia Cuts Almost One-Third of Beach Plastic in Six Years

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

In a study conducted by the Australian National Science Agency in early 2023, it was determined that the amount of plastic on Australian beaches had declined a full 29% since a prior survey in 2013. The...

Nevada Bear Destroys Inflatable Rudolph Decoration

Nevada Bear Destroys Inflatable Rudolph Decoration

Jonathan Buscher December 12, 2022

On Saturday, November 26, one of the last things that Dave Lester expected to see on his Ring security camera was a bear mauling his newly erected holiday decorations. A man from Zephyr Cove, part of the...

Grandmother Shares 7th Thanksgiving Dinner With Randomly Texted Stranger

Grandmother Shares 7th Thanksgiving Dinner With Randomly Texted Stranger

Jonathan Buscher December 12, 2022

In 2016, a unique friendship formed between Wanda Dench, a grandmother, and the then 17-year-old Jamal Hinton after a texting snafu in Mesa, Arizona. The first accidental text was sent to Hinton saying...

Grandma Takes Notes on Marvel Movies to Connect With Grandchildren

Grandma Takes Notes on Marvel Movies to Connect With Grandchildren

Jonathan Buscher December 12, 2022

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: A beloved movie franchise that has grown to enormous proportions since the release of Iron Man in May of 2008, as it now spans 14 years and 30 films with the recent Black...

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Over the past few decades, amphibian populations have been declining on a global scale due to factors such as disease, invasive species, and more human-derived problems, such as urbanization, road construction,...

Record for Fastest Time Eating 10 Carolina Reapers is Set

Record for Fastest Time Eating 10 Carolina Reapers is Set

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Greg Foster, a California man who owns Inferno Farms Hot sauce recently earned another Guinness World Record involving peppers, this time, consuming ten Carolina Reapers.  Foster also claims two other...

Diver Saved by Group of Three Mermaids

Diver Saved by Group of Three Mermaids

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Pablo Avila, an experienced Argentinian diver, was scuba diving off Catalina Island, California on October 23, 2022, with both his son and one of his friends when he lost consciousness. Beginning to foam...

Massachusetts Names Official State Dinosaur: ‘Swift-footed Lizard’

Massachusetts Names Official State Dinosaur: ‘Swift-footed Lizard’

Jonathan Buscher November 11, 2022

Podokesaurus Holyokensis, whose name means "swift-footed lizard of Holyoke," a dinosaur discovered in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was named the state’s official dinosaur on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. This...

David Rush at it Again With 250th Guinness World Record

David Rush at it Again With 250th Guinness World Record

Jonathan Buscher November 11, 2022

David Rush, one of the most famous Guinness World Record holders on the planet to date has returned to claim his 250th official Guinness World Record, this time, with one he has already held before: furthest...

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