Tuesday, 10 June 2014

In my sights!

After slaving away at my second year exams for the past 2 months, I am back and finally free! Hurrah! Even though I have been busy revising, there have been a couple of interesting developments and findings which have caught my eye.

  1. The first was that 2 sets of mono twins were born within a week of each other at the same hospital; The Akron General Medical Centre in Ohio. The first set Jenna and Jillian were born on May 9th and the second set JaNiya and Amaya were born on May 15th .These babies are identical twins and share the same amniotic sac and placenta. They are very rare, and the birth of mono-mono twins like these only occurs once in every 10,000 pregnancies.
  2. The world's smallest pacemaker was fitted in England, in Southampton General Hospital. A pacemaker is a device which electronically regulates the heartbeat and keeps it beating at a 'normal' rate. The device fitted was around 1/10th the size of the normal model, which speaks volumes for the intricacy of the pacemaker, and the technology required to create this implement and moreover the difference it could make to the quality of patient life and the ease of recovery after major surgery.
  3. I think it is always fascinating to know where the vegetables and fruits that we consume come from (where they grow! Be it a bush or a tree or underground) . The fruit which never ceases to amaze me is the prickly fruit, the pineapple! It grows on a pineapple bush! A bush! (sneaky Explorer Fact).

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