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…in the English language, we know it as the “at symbol,” it goes by many other unusual pseudonyms throughout the world.

* In South Africa, it's “monkey’s tail”

* In Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia it’s the “Crazy”

* In the Czech Republic, it’s “pickled herring”

* The Danish refer to it as “alpha-sign,” “elephant’s trunk,” or “pig’s tail.”

* The French often refer to it as “little snail.”

* In Greece, it’s “little duck.”

* In Hungary, it’s called “maggot”

* In Mandarin Chinese, it’s the “mouse sign.”

* The Poles say “little cat” or “pig’s ear.” * Russians often refer to it as “little dog.”

* There’s no official word for it in Thailand, but “wiggling worm-like character.”

* The Turks lovingly describe it as “ear.”


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Magnetic field delivers nanomedicine

U.S. researchers have demonstrated a nanoparticle-based drug delivery concept. The system, developed by University of Buffalo scientists, involves a magnetic field directing the accumulation in tumor cells of custom-designed, drug-filled nanocarriers.The approach may lead to treatments that exploit the advantages of photodynamic therapy, or PDT, and that have the potential to reduce drug accumulation in normal tissues.

The in vitro results show magnetically guided delivery to tumor cells of customized nanocarriers allowed for more precise targeting, while boosting cellular uptake of the PDT drugs contained inside them.


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Man bites car. (You can’t make this up.)

A man resisting an order to leave his home became so angry he bit the police car he was being pinned against, German authorities said. Police tried to eject the 42-year-old man after a report of domestic violence. He became aggressive and officers pinned him face down on the hood of their patrol car and he began chewing its police markings."He was so angry he gnawed at the bonnet and bit through the paintwork," said a police spokesman in the western city of Bielefeld. "Who knows, perhaps he was hungry too."

The hood will need its markings replaced and a new coat of paint, the spokesman said.


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Mechanic, 99, still twisting wrenches

Britain's oldest mechanic is still working full-time – at the age of 99. Former Second World War Sergeant Major Buster Martin maintains a fleet of 100 vans for a plumbing firm, reports the Sun. He retired at 97 but he applied for his current job after three months because he found retirement 'boring'.He said: "There's nothing like a good day's hard grafting. I'm going to work until I die – which I reckon will be 125. There's nothing doddery about me. I love getting my hands dirty and bossing these youngsters about."

Buster, who is 100 in September, puts his good health down to "the odd daily pint, a walk to the library and press-ups.


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File Under “Strange Signs”

And speaking of strange signs. This sign from Australia apparently is cautioning you that there are people, 100 yards ahead, seated in wheel chairs and driving horse drawn wagons. Or something

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Plants predict where volcanoes will blow

Want to know where a rumbling volcano is likely to split at the seams? Look for the tallest and greenest plants. Vigorous plant growth on the flanks of a volcano…can indicate where magma is most likely to spurt out. Satellite images reveal that shrubs and trees grow taller and greener along stripes where the volcano eventually ruptures.Nicolas Houlié from the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues studied satellite images of Mount Etna in Sicily and Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When they compared before and after pictures of the volcanoes they found a significant increase in plant reflectivity and greenness along the eruption fissures. These changes were visible up to two years before the eruptions, the team says in a forthcoming issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Theories for why this pattern of growth occurs include better water supply in the cracks where the plants grow, and more carbon dioxide seeping out of the ground.


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