Front Page Portallime -- Friday, June 03, 2005 -- 12:16:19 AM
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Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet has died, a military hospital in Santiago said Sunday.
Days earlier, he had been moved from the Santiago Military Hospital's intensive care unit to an intermediate care room.
In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.
Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.
"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."
The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market.
Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I'm going to mash up 50 Cent's vocals with Queen's instrumentals? I'm going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?
The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is you.
The hottest trend in marketing owes its growth, at least in part, to a couple of guys in Buckfield, Maine, with Diet Coke and Mentos.
Fritz Grobe said he recognized the commercial potential the very first time his friend, Stephen Voltz, showed him what happens when you drop a few mints into a soda -- which is that it becomes a fountain of bubbly soda, spewing 15 to 20 feet in the air.
"We tried it and I said, 'That's really cool. How far do you think we can take this?' " said Grobe, who grew up in Brunswick and now lives in Buckfield.
The answer is pretty far.
Their videos of "experiments" that harness the power of Mentos and Diet Coke have been seen millions of times -- the latest has been seen more than 3.4 million times as of Monday afternoon, according to Google.
That popularity led to marketing deals with Coca-Cola, Mentos and Google Video, television appearances and trips to set up cascading fountains of diet soda all around the country and as far away as Istanbul and Holland. And that's in just six months since the video was first posted on the duo's Web site, EepyBird.com.
A man at a gas station dresssed as Santa lured kids to his motorcycle side car, then drove off with an 8YO girl. The girl's father chased the motorcycle in his car, and eventually "Santa" pulled over. The girl was unharmed.
Rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on stormy Mount Hood and abandoned the frustrating, 9-day-old search Wednesday.
"We've done everything we can at this point," said Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler, choking back tears after returning from one last, fruitless flyover of the 11,239-foot peak.
Wampler said the men's families made the decision to end the search as yet another snowstorm barreled in.
"It was pretty much their conclusion. The chance of survival is pretty nil. I don't think I can justify putting any more people in the field with the hope of finding them alive," the sheriff said.
He said the operation is now a "recovery effort."
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.
The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.
"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future."
Merry Christmas everyone!