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Chemical In McDonald’s Fries May Cure Baldness, Study Claims

Customers at McDonald’s may want to ask for a side of hair gel with their meal, according to the claims of a new study in Japan. Scientists say that a chemical used in the cooking of the fast food chain’s french fries may hold the cure for baldness.

Researchers at Yokohama National University found that the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, found in silicone and added to cooking oil as an anti-foaming agent, helped to mass produce hair follicles which grew new hair after being placed into mice. According to the findings, published in the journal Biomaterials, Japanese scientists were able to generate nearly 5,000 “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which the team said is one of the biggest obstacles in creating hair regenerative medicine.

“We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in a press release.

Working with the modified french fry-cooking ingredient, researchers created “HFG chips” which carried batches of the new follicles and implanted them into the mice.

The chips, transplanted into the backs and scalps of the subjects, reportedly began to grow new black hair from each patch.

“This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss,” Fukuda added.


Fisherman sues after dramatic boat crash caught on video

From NY Post (Open to see video too)

A fisherman who jumped ship into bone-chilling water to dodge a speeding motorboat has filed a $372,500 lawsuit, alleging the other driver was distracted by his cellphone just before the dramatic crash caught on video.

Bryan Maess filed the suit earlier this month against Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, over the Aug. 12 crash near the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, the Oregonian reports.

A GoPro camera mounted to Maess’ 20-foot fishing boat captured the chaos in the seconds before Larsen’s 31-foot motorboat crashes into the smaller, stationary vessel. A passenger on Maess’ boat frantically waves his arms and repeatedly screams “Hey!” in a desperate attempt to get the driver’s attention.

“Oh my God,” another passenger screams just before the trio leap into the chilly water.

The video — which was later posted to Facebook — shows the moment the speeding motorboat plows into Maess’ fishing vessel.

Deputies in Clatsop County and the US Coast Guard responded to the crash in the Columbia River near Tansy Point and found significant damage to the fishing boat. Maess and his two passengers, Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham, managed to jump from the fishing boat just before the crash and were later treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office.

Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, deputies said. Larsen was cited for reckless operation, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault.

Larsen told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving since he was sitting down. Larsen, who uses a motorized scooter on land, admitted that he probably should’ve been standing at the time, according to a sheriff’s report obtained by the Oregonian.

Larsen’s son-in-law, who was also on the boat at the time, told investigators that he occasionally saw Larsen using his cellphone while driving the boat. State law bans cellphone use while driving, but there are no specific laws governing cellphone use while boating.

Larsen has denied using his cellphone while driving the motorboat, claiming that allegations to the contrary were “fake news,” according to the Oregonian. He has pleaded not guilty as his criminal case unfolds.

Investigators said Maess and his passengers likely dodged serious injury or death by leaping into the water. More than five months after the crash, Maess, who is a police officer, continues to suffer vision problems, headaches and injuries to his ankle, leg and arm, according to the suit.


Special Guest Post From Marlin R. Taylor

My friend Mike and I – both train lovers – were chatting a couple of days back, talking about how great it would be to see the rail passenger’s “customer satisfaction” level improve in this coming year. In other words, what would it take to create a more satisfying Amtrak ride?

In letting you in on what this likely would require, we thought it best for you to read it from the perspective of an Amtrak P42 diesel locomotive we happen to know. He’s very friendly, loves hauling passengers on many different routes around the country and would love to see his railroad provide better service to its customers, those who love and need to travel by train, in the days ahead.

Here’s the “wish list” he shared with us:

  1. That the freight railroad owners would begin caring enough for the people of America to clear the tracks for my train to arrive on schedule.
  2. That my fellow locos and me receive better maintenance and loving care so that we experience fewer breakdowns, also helping us arrive on time. 
  3. When Amtrak replaces the Acela train sets, the new ones are designed to operate safely in severe snow and cold temperatures.
  4. That CSX would replace the bad track in the Carolinas so that my Florida-bound train passengers would have a smoother ride and not feel like they are on an antique roller coaster.
  5. That Amtrak acquire new single level coaches designed so the vestibules do not fill up with snow during storms, causing slippery and extremely unsafe conditions for passengers getting on and off the train or going from car to car.

What do you think it would take to create a more satisfying Amtrak ride?

Any thoughts or opinions?  Share your thoughts below…


Britain’s Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans escorts a Russian warship through the North Sea

Britain’s Royal Navy has escorted one of Russia’s warships through the North Sea near UK waters, officials said Tuesday, amid increasing tensions between the two countries.

The HMS St Albans with 190 sailors on board was used to escort the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate on Monday through what British officials called “areas of national interest” on Christmas Day.

In addition, a Royal Navy helicopter was used to track other Russian vessels in the area.

The navy said there has been a recent surge in Russian vessels traveling near UK waters. Officials said that on Christmas Eve, a navy vessel was used to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the North Sea and English Channel.

Defense Secretary Gavin William said Britain wouldn’t tolerate aggression.

“Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people and our national interests,” he said Tuesday.

There has also been an increase in recent years of Russian fighter planes testing NATO and British air defenses, leading to jets being scrambled to keep Russian fighters away.

The incidents at sea follow a difficult visit to Moscow by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson just before Christmas. Johnson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disagreed on a number of policy points, reflecting increasing tensions between Britain and Russia.

Johnson accused Russia of meddling in Britain’s internal affairs but said there were still areas in which the two countries could work together.

British officials warned this month that Russian ships may cut undersea internet cables in a bid to disrupt communications and commerce.

Indianapolis 500 versus Monte Carlo Grand Prix: Train to the Race

Yes as far as the races: Indianaplis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix; there are a lot of differeces. We won’t try and appear intelligent; let’s conclude they are HUGE spectator events that happen every May.

In 1911, The Peoria & Eastern  Railway will convey about 70,000 to the Indianapolis Speedway.  1963 The Peoria & Eastern runs the last of its “500” specials. The trains are profitable, but do not fit into the company’s long-range plans.

Beginning in 1929, the Grand Prix of Monaco is also a really huge event.  Compare to Monaco F-1 Grand Prix held end of May. SNCF (French National Railways) runs through Monaco over a high speed electrified line from French Riviera to Italy. Most trains are eight car Alstom-manufactured trainsets. Four of these are owned by the Principality of Monaco and painted royal colors of red and white with royal crest. Limited roads into Monaco and very limited parking. Frequent busses run in two and three sections. The course of the race has been modified over the years, but the current route from the beach to the casino used to be a tramway route.

See our WebSite on the Peoria & Eastern Raiway.




Running Away With The Circus

The New York Times Magazine created a great circus article.

Ringling Brothers Circus of 1890 was a mindblower. And yet its most popular feature that year was not its freaks or its flying-trapeze artists. It was not even the Boneless Wonder. No, the standout attraction was the incandescent light bulb.

There are light bulbs at the circus today, but they are used to illuminate the things that are most popular now: the trained animals, the women shooting out of a cannon through the air, the men balancing on high wires. Nobody would pay to see a light bulb anymore.

‘‘That’s my point,’’ said Kenneth Feld, the chairman and C.E.O. of Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus almost continuously since 1967. ‘‘The circus changes. It was a big deal, and then it wasn’t.’’

‘‘The train is like a city on wheels,” said Stephanie Sinclair, who spent 11 days photographing the ‘‘blue unit’’ — one of two units, each a completely different show, that travel the country each year. Everyone on the train knows one another, but the various sets of performers don’t mingle much. They practice so often and so rigorously that when the train is in motion — the average distance between cities is 350 miles — they shut down: They sleep, they watch TV, they read. The train stops only to refill the water stock and, occasionally, for the animals to stretch out on longer trips; whenever it does stop, the performers immediately begin rehearsing again.

There are more than 300 people in the blue unit, representing 25 different countries and speaking everything from Russian to Arabic to Guarani. A few travel in cars and trailers, but a majority, 270, live on the trains. Only about 100 of them are actual performers; the rest are support staff like trainers, teachers, animal minders, carpenters. (One of the show’s publicists lives on the train, too.) Most come from multigeneration circus families, to the extent that collectively, the circus staff represents thousands of years of circus history. They spend 44 weeks of the year traveling an average of 20,000 miles from coast to coast on a train that is 61 cars — a full mile — long. In total, the train comprises four animal stock cars, 32 living coaches, two concession storage cars, 19 equipment cars, a generator car, a shop car, an auxiliary shop car and, of course, the pie car, which is the train’s diner, open whenever the train is moving.