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The Daily Catch - published on 08/23/16

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Clever First-Aid Blanket That Helps To Save Lives – (

These are going to be everywhere in a few years. If someone is having a medical emergency, unroll this handy mat and you’ll have all the instructions on how to save a life, while the person in danger doesn’t have to lie on the hard ground. (Pics in the link):

Designed by Zhejiang University, China, the blanket, which won the prestigious Red Dot Award for conceptual design in 2014, is specifically designed to assist in cases of drowning. From how to unblock airways and check for circulation to how to correctly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it’s full of useful information that even a person without knowledge of First Aid can follow. The instructions are clearly printed alongside simple diagrams to help you provide basic assistance to somebody in need until paramedics arrive on the scene.

Mouse’s body made entirely transparent to reveal nervous system – (

Scientists have developed a method of turning a mouse’s body transparent by using a solvent to wash away all the water and fat. It all sounds a little confusing to the layman, but the result is a stunningly clear 3D image of a mouse’s nervous system:

Ali Ertürk of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany and his team have refined a technique called tissue clearing, so that the whole bodies of mice and rats can be studied in more detail than ever before. Other methods exist for making transparent rodents, but Ertürk’s technique also shrinks the body to around a third of its original size, making it possible to view the whole animal under a microscope, and subject it to detailed laser scanning for the first time. This enabled the team to image all the nerve cell connections inside a mouse from head-to-toe, a feat never before accomplished, says Ertürk. “We imaged the complete central nervous system of mice, and you can track individual cells several centimetres long that reach from the brain right through to the tip of the spinal cord,” he says.

Jazz harmonica legend Toots Thielemans dies aged 94 – (

Many people may remember him for his sleek harmonica tunes, but I’ll always remember him for his whistling:

Legendary jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans has died in Belgium at the age of 94. Belgian media reported that Thielemans died in his sleep Monday morning. Broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said “there were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out.”

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