arnie1967: (InsideOut - Sadness)
BBC link.

Researchers are in a race against time to identify over a million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.

I hope they manage to identify them all. :o(
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
BBC article.

Letting water get anywhere near your contact lens can let Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) infect your eyes.

AK is "a rare but serious eye infection caused by a micro-organism that's common in tap water, sea water and swimming pools".

Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include the following:

Sensitivity to light and excessive tearing
Blurred vision with eye redness and pain
Sensations of having something in your eye
Severe headaches
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
From Bored Panda.

Okay, they refer to them as doppelgangers but we know the truth. It's time travel, baby! \o/
arnie1967: (Hearts sky)
Check it out!

Apparently it's to celebrate NASA's announcement of the relatively nearby galaxy with 7 Earth sized planets they've discovered.

No way!

Feb. 15th, 2017 03:46 pm
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
Woman appeals against divorce refusal.

A woman who says she is "desperately unhappy" in her 39-year marriage is fighting a legal battle against a court's refusal to grant her divorce.

Why? Because her husband disagreed and said the couple still had a "few years" to enjoy. (He's 78, she's 66.)

Judge Robin Tolson ruled against Mrs Owens in the family court last year, concluding that her allegations were "of the kind to be expected in marriage" and refused to grant a divorce petition.

To be quite frank, fuck that. No one can force you to remain married in the UK.
arnie1967: (Atlantis PentapusJohn)
I don't blame the artist who made this for calling out these people on their extreme lack of awareness.
Read more... )
arnie1967: (Book and glasses)
BBC article.

I remember reading this article when it first came out. I can't imagine being so calm under the same circumstances. The sheer nerve they had!
arnie1967: (Winter - LampPost)
Link to a BBC article: How Antarctic bases went from wooden huts to sci-fi chic.

Okay, it's probably not crowded at all, but there are a lot more people down there than I thought.

It's also interesting to see how the shelters there have developed. From wooden huts to space age, climate controlled pods.
arnie1967: (Truman Show - pin)
The spy with no name.

In 1977, Johanna van Haarlem finally tracked down the son, Erwin, she had abandoned as a baby 33 years earlier. She immediately travelled to London to meet him. What followed, writes Jeff Maysh, is an unbelievable story of deception and heartbreak.

This is an article from the BBC website. It's about a man living in Britain who was supposedly Dutch, but he was actually a Soviet Union spy who'd been given Erwin's identity.

It's fascinating to read, and it must have been rather bizarre for the fake Erwin to have the real Erwin's mother contact him.

There's no mention of the real Erwin though. What happened to him? I wonder if the Soviet Authorities had a good reason to know the real Erwin wasn't going to turn up and expose their agent as a fake. :o(
arnie1967: (Clock)
Yep, the year sucked but 4 good things happened.

Don't want to click? To sum up:

Peace in Colombia - after 50 years. (If you read one bit of that article, make it that one.)

Gene editing - foods and humans.

Malaria in Sri Lanka - has been eradicated.

Solar plane circumnavigation - Early one Monday morning, Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi airport on the start of a 35,000 km journey round the world; a journey powered by nothing but the sun.
arnie1967: (Write - penwriting)
The BBC has an article about why stationery is still being bought.

Lisa Rutherford, buying manager at John Lewis, agrees that stationery is a "fashion accessory" these days...

And, she adds, you don't need to feel guilty about spending the money because stationery is useful. It's a virtuous purchase.

Ha! See? *pats stack of notebooks and beams proudly*
arnie1967: (Birthday cake)
...the BBC posted 90 images of her life.

They're definitely worth seeing. Even if you don't like or don't admire the lady herself, there's the change in fashions, the styles of photography, or the sheer fascination of seeing someone age from newly born to 90 in the space of one page.
arnie1967: (Book and glasses)
I was reading the BBC news site, and came across this in their 10 things we didn't know last week:

The FBI may list someone as missing even if it knows where they are.

The story behind that one line is fascinating.

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