5 Lesser Known Stories From the Past Week (w/c 5th January 2014)

There are so many news stories every day that it can be easy to miss out on a lot of information.

Here I have selected 5 lesser known stories from the past week for you to read and hopefully enjoy.

 

5. Corpse wakes up

Paul Mutora was declared dead on Wednesday night, by doctors in a Kenyan hospital, after attempting to commit suicide by swallowing insecticides. His family came to see his body the following morning and then returned home to begin planning his funeral. By the afternoon the family received word that Paul was in fact still alive.

It is believed that the drugs doctors gave to him to reverse the effects of the insecticides caused his heart to slow and thus he presented as dead. Thankfully he was discovered before the embalming process and is doing well.

 

4. Hazardous asteroid

The Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE, has detected a new asteroid, the first since it was put back into use last year. The rock has been dubbed 2013 YP139 and is believed to be roughly twenty-seven million miles away from our planet. Infrared scans show the asteroid to be about half a mile wide.

The reason it is thought to be potentially hazardous is because its current orbit could bring it into close contact with Earth and being as large as it is, if it crashed into our planet, the effects would be felt around the world and could be potentially catastrophic.

 

3. Violence at anti-government protests in Bangkok

Unknown gunmen have opened fire on anti-government protesters on two separate occasions, injuring seven people in total.

The protesters want to overthrow the current Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of the former ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and are planning to block the election due to take place next month. They want the current government replaced with a “People’s Council” to fix the flawed democracy created by Ms Yingluck’s policies.

 

2. Deadly New Year

According to recent reports the first full week of the year has the highest death toll. This phenomena is apparently recorded around the world. It isn’t attributed to the colder weather, however, and is certainly baffling to professionals, but there does seem to be a link between hospital admissions and death during the first weeks of January.

Perhaps it is a mix of cold weather, viruses and weaker immune systems. Who knows? One thing does seem certain though, you are at a greater risk of death if you are admitted to hospital during this period, according to statistics.

 

1. Earliest signs of life in Australia

Bacteria under electron microscope

Bacteria has been found in rock formations in north-western Australia by a team of scientists from the University of Western Australia. Believed to be about three-and-a-half billion years old, this bacteria is thought to be the earliest signs of life on the planet.

The cells of the bacteria have long disappeared, but they left behind microbial mats that could be investigated by the team. Similar mats have been found on Mars.

 

What do you think of this list? Do you have any interesting stories to share? If so, pop us a comment below!

About Cassie Raine

Cassie is a home educating mum-of-two, living in the Kentish countryside. She has a keen interest in history, especially ancient history, literature, myths and legends, theology, environmental issues, self-sufficiency and current affairs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, country walks, knitting and learning new skills. She believes passionately that learning should be a pleasure, never a chore.
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