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Kangaroo care saves baby

They call it the kangaroo hug - cradling a new-born baby close to the body, raising its body temperature faster and better than any incubator, and 90 per cent effective in restoring body temperature to premature babies. But what about the mother whose loving cuddle of her dead baby brought him back to life?

Australia. The name of the mother is Kate Ogg, who had twin babies born prematurely at 27 weeks - first Emily, who survived and then after three hours of labour, Jamie who was still-born and after 20 minutes of struggling to get him to breathe, the doctors pronounced him dead. They then handed Jamie to his mother, wrapped in a blanket, for her to say goodbye.

Kate Ogg took the child from the blanket and held him close to her breast for two hours, cuddling him, speaking to him, touching him..., telling him his name, that he had a baby sister and telling him all the plans they had for him for his life... and then the baby started to move and breathe. The first gasp of breath was brushed off by doctors as a reflex action... then the mother gave him some milk from her breast on her finger. Jamie began breathing normally, opened his eyes and reached out for her finger with his hand.

Today, Jamie is five months old and has recovered totally, living at home with his parents and his twin sister. The mother appeared on Australian TV and wished to highlight what is known as the skin-to-skin method to revive sick babies, even those who appear to have been still-born, cuddling the baby with its head on the mother's arm and breast-feeding.

This traditional method has been shown to have far better recovery rates than whisking newborn babies off to hospital incubators. The statistics win 90 per cent to 60 per cent and the kangaroo care, skin-to-skin method, keeping the baby close to the mother's body like the kangaroo baby in the marsupial pouch, keeps the baby fed, organizes stimuli and aids circulation and regulates the body temperature.

The result, according to researchers, produces a reduced risk of hypothermia, a reduced incidence of infection, a reduced incidence of severe illness and better sleep patterns for newborn babies, and especially for infants born prematurely.

Source: pravda


Monsters University stays top of US box office

Disney-Pixar prequel Monsters University has topped the North American box office for the second week running, taking $46.1m (£30.2m)

Fox's action comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, was the highest new entry at number two, earning $40m (£26.2m)

It pushed Brad Pitt's World War Z down one place to third spot, with takings of $29.1m (£19m).Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's White House Down debuted at number four.

1.         Monsters University - $46.1m

2.         The Heat - $40m

3.         World War Z - $29.8m

4.         White House Down - $25.7m

5.         Man of Steel - $20.8m

The debut buddy cop action thriller took $25.7m (£16.8m) over the weekend, early estimates have suggested, which is less than Sony expected.

Chris Aronson, Fox's president of domestic distribution, said: "I think the fact that we have a female-centric movie standing out in a forest of giant tent-pole movies is phenomenal,"

"Audiences really responded. We positioned this to be a female event movie, and we got the opening that we were hoping for this weekend."

Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution, said: "It turned out to be a very competitive weekend.

"We had hoped White House Down did better, just from the standpoint that we love this film, but I feel very hopeful that with the 4 July holiday coming up, it will be the perfect film for audiences, and it'll really add up for us."

Superman movie, Man of Steel, was at number five, with takings of $20.8m (£13.6m)


Source :BBC

Chinese Astronaut Gives First Space Lecture

BEIJING-  A special lecture began Thursday morning, given by a teacher aboard a space module about 340 km above her students on Earth, according to Xinhua news agency..

Female astronaut Wang Yaping, one of three crew members aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft, greeted about 330 primary and middle school students at a Beijing high school through a live video feed.

"Hello everyone. I am Wang Yaping. I will host the lecture today," she said, smiling toward a camera onboard the space module Tiangong-1.

Wang and her crew members set off for outer space aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft on June 11. The spacecraft docked with the Tiangong-1 on June 13.

The students she addressed were gathered at the High School Affiliated with Renmin University.

"I was very excited after learning that I could come to this class," said Luo Jiangyuan, a high school freshman who said he plans to study science in college.

"When I learned about the laws of physics and weightless conditions in class, I had to imagine what would happen. But in today's class, I've been able to see what really happens. It is thrilling," he said.

More than 60 million students and teachers at about 80,000 middle schools across the country also watched the live broadcast on TV.

Nie Haisheng, commander of the crew, made a show of putting his legs into a meditation position while floating in the air. Such a show can only be seen in martial arts movies but unable to be achieved by any Kungfu masters in reality on Earth.

"Thanks to the weightless conditions, we are all masters," Wang joked.

Wang showed the students how astronauts measure their weight in the orbiter using a special scale, as normal scales operating under the influence of gravity do not work in outer space.

She also conducted several demonstrations to show how "gravity" works in space, using both fixed and mobile gyros to demonstrate physics concepts.

She demonstrated how zero gravity magnifies the surface tension of water by using a metal ring and a bag filled with water to create a ball of water that was suspended in the air.

"I like all these demonstrations, the gyro and water ball ones particularly. They are all impossible on Earth. How wonderful," said Qian Jianghao, a 10-year-old primary school student.

The students raised a number of questions for the astronauts, asking them how they can tell up from down in space, as well as inquiring about their water recycling system and their view of Earth from the orbiter.

"Through the front windows, we can see Earth and many stars. But we haven't seen any UFOs," Wang said.

The stars in space are brighter, but do not twinkle, she said.

"I tell you a wonderful phenomenon: we can see sunrises 16 times a day, as we circle the Earth every 90 minutes," she said.

At the end of the class, the three astronauts extended their regards to the students.

"I hope all of you will study hard, learn more and contribute to the Chinese dream," said Nie.

"Outer space is deep and has numerous mysteries. Exploration is limitless and we should work together in this regard," said Zhang Xiaoguang, one of the crew.

Born in east China's Shandong Province, the 33-year-old Wang is China's second female astronaut after Liu Yang, who entered the record books after participating in the Shenzhou-9 mission, which took place in June 2012.

The world's first teacher in space was Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old middle school teacher from the United States. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger when it disintegrated 73 seconds after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. McAuliffe and her other six crewmates were killed.


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New Apple feature aims to stop recent increase in violent smartphone thefts

If you own a smartphone, the scenes in the video above are scary; thieves prying a smartphone from a woman's hands in the subway and grabbing one on the street in broad daylight.

It's part of a growing crime epidemic.

Smartphone theft now accounts for an astounding one in three robberies across the United States.

Police even have a name for it - "apple picking."

"These devices are being taken point of gun, they're being taken after serious assaults, so it's no small crime," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

Last year New York City saw a 40% increase in mobile thefts. Students indicate that 40% of robberies across major U.S. cities involve mobile devices.

The challenge now is to take the incentive out of stealing these costly gadgets.

Until recently there has been little reason for smartphone makers and wireless carriers to improve security. After all, if your smartphone gets stolen you have to buy a new one.

But just this week, Apple unveiled a so-called kill switch that would deactivate an iPhone completely - the way you would a stolen credit card.

Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Apple says "With activation lock, if a thief tries to turn off 'Find My iPhone,' or if they even wipe the device entirely, they will not be able to reactive it because they don't know your iCloud username and password."

Obviously we don't know yet if hackers can get around Apple's new security feature but in the meantime you can protect yourself by being extra aware of your surroundings and keeping your iPhone out of plan view when you're not using it.



Russian Theater Festival set to debut in NYC next week

Russian theater is coming to New York City as part of a Russian Theater Festival set to begin next week. The event, the first of its kind here in the United States, will feature performances from theater groups around the world.

The three-day festival will open on June 14 at the Connelly Theater in Lower Manhattan.

Voice of Russia New York correspondent Vasili Sushko spoke with Mikhail Belkin, art director of the Russian Drama Theater in New York City, to discuss the festival.

Other theaters that will host performances include The Twosome Theater Group of Chicago and The Dialog Theater Group of New York, also of New York.