15th February 2019

Other Stories – 15th February

Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them here are some of the stories that caught our eye including foetal repair surgery, 50-day long earthquakes and an all-you-can-drink tequila train.

Image: Jose Cuervo Express 

Pioneering surgery repairs unborn baby’s spine. A team at University College Hospital in London has successfully carried out a four-hour “foetal repair” surgery to correct the unborn baby’s spina bifida. The procedure involved opening the womb and lifting the baby into position in order to mend the tiny gap in her lower spine. BBC News

The world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago. Analysis of data collected from satellites has provided a glimmer of light among the relentless environmental gloom. China and India are leading the way, with the former launching a massive tree planting programme. Nasa

Be wary of children named Ella and Joseph. A new study of 63,000 kids by School Stickers claims that girls named Ella and boys named Joseph tend to be the naughtiest at school. Amys and Daniels, on the other hand, are more likely to be little angels. Mirror

All-you-can-drink tequila train launched in Mexico. Drinking as much tequila as you can is generally frowned upon on most trains. Not this one – in fact, the Jose Cuervo Express lets you do it in style. The journey from Guadalajara to (where else?) Tequila takes place on a restored luxury train. Metro

Frozen cat revived after being buried in snow. Fluffy was found by her owners buried under 40cm of snow in Montana, USA. She must have had a few lives left as, against all odds, staff at the local clinic were able to fully revive her. Fluffy is reportedly back to her normal, healthy self. EuroWeekly

Turkish earthquake rumbles on unnoticed for 50 days. We often think of earthquakes as fast, destructive events, but they can often be so non-intrusive that no one even notices them. In 2016, one such “slow slip” went on for 50 days in Turkey, while one that occurred in Alaska is thought to have lasted nine years. National Geographic

Nasa says goodbye to the Opportunity Mars rover. The rover, nicknamed Oppy, has been roaming around the red planet since 2004. But after losing contact with Earth due to a huge dust storm, there hasn’t been a peep since last June. Nasa has now stopped trying to make contact. BBC News

Fancy living forever as an AI clone of yourself? It may not quite be what you think of when someone promises you immortality – but Eter9 wants to create an AI version of you to persist after you physically die. The robot-you learns what you’re like through social media posts. The Sun


Quote of the week

“God forgives him who has estranged
Me from you for the whole year.
I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine.”

Taken from the oldest known Valentine ’s Day poem, this verse was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, for his wife in 1415. If it seems a bit depressing, it may have something to do with the fact he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time. Telegraph and Vintage News

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