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Flu breakthrough: Universal vaccine may be in sight | Medical News Today

Influenza A, B, and C viruses are widespread globally and infect a significant number of children and adults each year. For example, during the 2017–2018 flu season, there were 30,453 cases of hospitalization due to influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the same period, 185 children died as a result of the flu, approximately ... Read More »

Loneliness Is Bad for Your Health. An App May Help. | New York Times

Loneliness is bad for your health. Social isolation is associated with a significantly increased risk of premature death. And the problem resists fixing; solitary people who participate in experiments meant to nudge them into joining groups tend to have high rates of recidivism. According to a study published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, however, it ... Read More »

How Karl Lagerfeld’s Choupette became the world’s most famous – and possibly wealthiest – cat | Telegraph

They both had soft, immaculate hair the colour of fresh snow on high ground. They both possessed a icy gaze that, even with the best will in the world, couldn’t help but look judgmental. They would both quite happily spend days playing with balls of thread. And they could both be adorable when stroked correctly… but vicious if rubbed up ... Read More »

One blind backpacker’s journey around the globe | BBC

Tony Giles won’t let his blindness or his deafness keep him from experiencing the world. Already, he’s been to more than 120 countries. Source: One blind backpacker’s journey around the globe | BBC   Read More »


As the old saying goes, “behind every great man is an even greater woman.” Enter Megan Hine, a 32-year-old survival expert that abseils mountains, catches fish with her bare hands, and helps to keep Bear Grylls safe. As an expedition leader, Hine’s job involves taking film crews into some of the world’s most dangerous and remote places in a bid ... Read More »

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Sailors Hold Heathen Religious Services Aboard Deployed Aircraft Carrier | Navy Times

If you’re deployed aboard the carrier John C. Stennis and consider yourself a practitioner of Norse paganism, you’re in luck. The carrier, now operating in the Persian Gulf, is holding lay services in the ship’s chapel to serve a “small, committed” group of sailors identifying as Heathens, according to a recent news release from the carrier. More   Read More »

Iraqi forces capture 5 top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid| Military Times

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a “significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi ... Read More »

So Long, 5.56: The Army Is Testing A Bigger Bullet For Its SAW And Carbine Replacements | Task & Purpose

For decades the U.S. military’s rifles and machine guns have chambered either 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. Now, the Army’s newest weapons are being tested to fire a new caliber bullet that’s faster and more accurate  to give soldiers an edge over their adversaries. The Army is not saying exactly what types of defenses that this new bullet is meant to ... Read More »

The Battle of Kamdesh, which netted two Medals of Honor, is coming to the big screen ― twice | Army Times

Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood have signed up to play two heroes of the war in Afghanistan in “The Outpost,” adapted from CNN host Jake Tapper’s 673-page complete history of the legendary Combat Outpost Keating, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes six months after Deadline reported that “Red Platoon,” the memoir by Medal of Honor recipient and former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, would enter the ... Read More »