Ice Bucket Challenge Credited With ALS BREAKTHROUGH!

The ALS Association is reporting that money raised through the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge,” helped in the discovery of an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis gene that is among the most common that contribute to the progressive disease.

People across the world challenged friends and family by dumping buckets of ice water on their heads in an effort to raise awareness and money for ALS.

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The ALS Association says a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics reveals Project MinE researchers have identified the NEK1 gene’s connection to ALS. Continue reading

Toto ‘Rosanna’ Bassist Mike Porcaro Dead At 59

Mike Porcaro, Toto’s original bassist, died Sunday after a long fought battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka ALS.

Steve Porcaro, Mike’s brother and bandmate confirmed the sad news on his Facebook page. Mike passed away in his sleep and was surrounded by family.

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Mike played on the band’s iconic hits, “Rosanna,” “Africa,” and “I Won’t Hold You Back,” but retired back in 2007 due to his illness. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS Confirmed: Junior Seau Dead at 43

Former NFL star Junior Seau, 43, died at his Oceanside, Calif., home Wednesday.

Coincidence? Seau becomes the eighth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers, who lost Super Bowl XXIX to the 49ers, to die at a young age. The others: Chris Mims, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Lewis Bush, Curtis Whitley, Shawn Lee and Doug Miller.

San Diego native and current Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush tweeted:

Stars in Hybrid Cars: Bioelectricity Better Than Ethanol and Fossil Fuel

orlandobloom1 300x241 Stars in Hybrid Cars: Bioelectricity Better Than Ethanol and Fossil Fuel

Stars just love doing anything ‘green’. Many celebs like Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Ellen DeGeneres are known for driving battery powered hybrid cars. They are on the expensive side, but they are well worth it to save the planet. Here’s why…

Slashdot.org reports that ‘Carnegie Institute for Science’ scientists  say that using ‘Bioelectricity’ (battery powered) is a better bet than using ‘Ethanol’ (farm corn and switchgrass cellulose) to power cars in the long run. When the scientists compared which of the two energies lasted longer in driving distance, Bioelectricity lasts 80% longer than Ethanol.

Biofuels such as Ethanol offer an alternative to petroleum for powering our cars, but growing energy crops to produce them can compete with food crops for farmland, and clearing forests to expand farmland will aggravate the climate change problem.
Bioelectricity is said to also double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate (less harsh) climate change.

Soon enough we’ll all be driving affordable battery powered micro cars. Plug N Go! Zoom!