Darren’s Daily Dose of News – May 01, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center report removing a donated kidney through a woman’s belly button. Doctors say the procedure means the 22-year-old Virginia woman won’t have a visible scar from the surgery. The kidney was given to a 54-year-old Maryland woman. Medical center officials say the hospital is the third in the country to offer the new technique. The benefits aren’t just cosmetic. Surgeons report the belly button approach means a smaller incision and quicker recovery time.  ***MARLAR: The downside is that the extracted kidneys have a tendency to gather lint.

A team of South Korean scientists has created the world’s first fluorescent puppy, according to New Scientist magazine. The cloned beagle, valled Ruppy, which is short for Ruby Puppy, made her photographic debut on Thursday. The four-legged experiment looks like a normal pup in daylight, but under ultraviolet light she glows red. The odd effect was created by cloning cells that include a red fluorescent gene that sea anemones produce. Scientists said they hope this will pave the way to model human diseases in dogs, whose relatively long life-span could make them better study subjects than other animals.  ***MARLAR: If the dog is going to be red, shouldn’t it be named Clifford?

People at a supermarket in Ireland got a big surprise when a bull got loose in the building, according to a Security cameras captured the huge animal running wild inside the store, even chasing one person up an aisle.  ***MARLAR: Investors were excited to hear about a bull market. 

Tiki the giraffe is 18 years old… and that’s pretty old for a giraffe. And, like many senior citizens, she gets cold easily. So workers at the Oakland Zoo are having a custom-fit coat made to keep Tiki warm this winter. The zoo staff got in touch with a horse-blanket designer who agreed to donate her services to tailor a coat for Tiki. To get precise measurements for the tailoring, the coat-designer had to scramble up a ladder. The result? A 40 extra, extra long. ***MARLAR: The matching scarf will cost triple that of the jacket.

Big city dog owners are excited about a new product that allows dogs to do their business without having to go outside. Basically, it’s a giant litter box called “The Pet Loo.” ***MARLAR: It also comes in handy for young adults having “Lord of the Rings” trilogy parties.

A recent survey shows 81% of Americans do more than drive when they’re behind the wheel. Eight out of 10 surveyed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance said they adjust the radio or music while they drive. ***MARLAR: As for the two out of ten – liar, liar pants on fire!

A poll of 3,000 Americans found that for 41 percent, the thing they’re most afraid of is speaking before a group of people. 32 percent stated they were afraid of heights. ***MARLAR: The remaining 27 percent clammed up when asked the question because they were afraid of people with clipboards.

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