June 30, 2013

   

Brutal Heatwave Smothers the West

30 people hospitalized

The West is baking under intense heat, with the temperature at Las Vegas-McCarran International airport tying the official high of 117 degrees Friday. Meanwhile, more than thirty people were hospitalized for heat-related injuries and illness Friday at a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

"It's pretty intense," said Clark County spokesman Eric Pappa. "We're used to summer temperatures of 100, 105. But we're beyond 100. It's a scorcher."

The temperature in Death Valley, California, may top 130 this weekend, inching near the world record high of 134 set there on July 10, 1913. The extreme heat wave is expected to reach from Reno, Nevada, to Idaho. And officials believe it will match the July 2005 heat wave that killed 17 people in the Las Vegas Valley. 

Airlines are also monitoring the conditions because intense heat can make the air less dense, throwing flights off course. In 1990, triple-digit heat forced airlines to cancel operations at the Phoenix airport. 

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    Photo: Courtesy of Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuar

Duck to Receive 3-D Printed Prosthetic Leg

Will be able to walk again

Buttercup, the peg-leg duck, is set to receive a 3-D printed prosthetic foot this weekend. Hatched in a high school biology lab with a backward foot, Buttercup had difficulty walking and had his damaged foot amputated at an early age. 

"When he would walk outside, his leg would start bleeding," Mike Garey of Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary told USA Today. "I knew Buttercup would be better off as a peg-leg duck than a duck with a disabled foot."

Gary reached out to 3-D printing company NovaCopy and the company agreed to help Buttercup regain his footing. They scanned his functional right foot, and Garey took Buttercup in to get a cast for his peg to help the prosthetic fit comfortably. If all goes well, Buttercup will have a new foot by the end of the day.

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Study: You're Delusional About Your Health

Exercise only for vanity's sake

You're in denial about your health. According to a new study commissioned by the health-insurance company Aetna, most Americans exercise for vanity's sake and think they're healthier than they really are. While 67 percent of respondents believe they need to lose a considerable amount of weight (the median was 25 pounds), 54 percent believe they can still be healthy despite the added heft. 

Researchers surveyed 1,800 Americans about their health habits and what they define a healthy lifestyle to be. Compared to Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials don't define being healthy as getting recommended screenings or checkups. Instead, they focus on good eating habits and regular physical activity. But Millennials are also more likely to reach for booze when stressed than people from other generations.

Aside from generational differences, men are more likely to peg their health to a major fitness goal, while woman are more likely to focus on upcoming reunions and weddings to kickstart their healthier living. 

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