Teacher Works Overnight At School. Kids Walk Into Classroom In The Morning, Are Lost For Words.

Teacher Works Overnight At School. Kids Walk Into Classroom In The Morning, Are Lost For Words.

His initial plan was to head over to the local Walmart and buy plastic Easter eggs so that his class can take part in an egg hunt. But his mind changed when he walked into the store and saw big, decorated Easter baskets full of chocolates and toys. Brent knew that these baskets would take his students by surprise.

That’s when Brent posted a heartfelt post on Facebook wondering if any of his friends would help donate whatever it is they can to make this Easter surprise possible for his students. The response he got was impeccable. In no time, Brent was able to buy enough baskets and material to fund for all three of his classes.

Now, all he needed to do was head back to the school and put his plan into action — he worked through the night to make it all possible.

The next morning, when the students came into the classroom, they didn’t know how to react to these special gifts.

Click below to watch the kids get happy and appreciate all that their teacher has done for them! This story will make your heart happy.

3 Young Siblings Are Hysterically Freaking Out After They Remove Wrapping From Mysterious Box

3 Young Siblings Are Hysterically Freaking Out After They Remove Wrapping From Mysterious Box

In this video, three siblings – an older sister, younger brother and little sis – are greeted with a wrapped gift on the ground. It’s a rather large looking box with a bow on top. They are standing around, hovering and anxious about what’s inside. Their curiosity is piqued, eager to find out what their surprise is!

Mom is just to the side, and she prompts them to “Work together, and lift up the box.” They waste zero time revealing its contents, and what happens next is hilarious. They are so overjoyed and overcome with emotion; it’s exactly as if all three of them are caught between two big waves!

Each kid breaks down. Little sis scrunches up her face, hysterically crying. Big sis covers her mouth, her face in absolute shock and disbelief. Little brother jumps up, holding his head and is the only one that can form coherent words.

This is a really funny over-the-top dramatic reaction to what’s supposed to be a wonderful gift. Check it out below!

This 62-year-old Indian woman has adopted more than 400 stray dogs off the streets in New Delhi. She does this while making ends meet as a rag picker. Her mission was inspired after a dog saved her life years ago.

This 62-year-old Indian woman has adopted more than 400 stray dogs off the streets in New Delhi. She does this while making ends meet as a rag picker. Her mission was inspired after a dog saved her life years ago.

62-year-old Pratima Devi, a rag picker who runs a small tea stand, cares after over 400 street dogs she has adopted, rescuing them from abuse, starvation, abandonment, and a cruel fate when left to themselves on the streets of New Delhi.

“Some people grab the stray dogs by their hind legs and spin them around, laughing as the dogs cry in fear,” she says, while petting one of the newest puppies added to the fold.

“But how do you look into a new dog’s eyes and not think that this is a long lost friend? An old friend who has been waiting for you all this time, but you never knew it.”

There are an estimated 400,000 stray dogs in New Delhi. Some New Delhi residents have demanded drastic measures be taken to prevent dog bites. But Devi believes each and every one of them deserves a proper home.

“To treat a dog inhumanely is to treat yourself inhumanely. It’s to lose your own humanity.”

While Devi has had a love for animals as long as she can remember, it was one life-changing experience in her twenties that cemented her affection for dogs.

“I was coming home from work late one night down a dark, secluded street. A group of thieves jumped out of an alley and threatened me for my possessions. I yelled for someone to help but there was no one. No one responded, no one was there to care. In such a busy city, a city that never sleeps, it was certain someone had heard me scream. I was so scared that I could not move and they began to attack me. I yelled for help again but again nobody. That is when I heard a dog rushing in, barking so loud it hurt my ears. He jumped onto one of the thieves and took a big bite. The other thieves panicked and fled.

“I sat down on the street and petted the dog as I cried. He saved my life.

“He did not care if I were rich or poor, or if I were of higher caste or lower caste.

“He did not care about being embarrassed in front of other people.

“For he was moved to action, spontaneous action out of a need to protect.”

Devi says she is guided by this spontaneous drive to protect other living things and that what she is doing should not be described as heroic, despite the hundreds of dogs depending on her.

“I am not ‘rescuing’ dogs. I am not ‘saving’ dogs. That implies the extraordinary. No, I am doing what my spirit demands of me.  I am listening to their call, and responding. You see, when the streets are asleep, I am listening, and that is when you hear the most. We have been trained not to listen. For it is such a noisy world. But listening is what is needed most in this world.”

While caring for all of them is challenging, Devi remains optimistic about her efforts to help the stray dogs of New Delhi. Devi has gone hungry before in order for the dogs to have food, but fortunately her efforts have moved dog lovers in the neighbourhood to make contributions so the dogs may eat.

“Even in desperation, there is love and care. It is the one constant motivating force through any moment of despair. That is what keeps me moving even when the work is hard.”

She sees her work as something that goes beyond helping her beloved animals. She wants to inspire people who feel just as lost and rootless as the wandering dogs who are burnt by the blistering sun or shunted into dusty alleyways.

“We all have a home, you must remember. It is here, this Earth, this universe. Never feel you do not belong to it, or you belong elsewhere. No, you belong here, with us, among all life, as much as any being, as much as anyone.”

Denton family makes dogs dying wish come true

Denton family makes dogs dying wish come true

Dog lives out last day with his favorite things

DENTON — Penny Navid and her two daughters set out to make their beloved dog Charlie’s final day one to remember.

“She was so happy, and we hadn’t seen her like that in a long time,” Penny said.

Penny’s husband Kevin remembers the day they brought the puppy home. He says she made her mark immediately.

“I remember she threw up on my wife twice, and we thought that was pretty funny,” Kevin said.

The dog would soon make her mark and other ways, sitting by Penny’s side and licking her bald head as Penny battled a breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy.

“She knew something was going on, and she took care of my wife,” Kevin said.

This week a veterinarian told the family that Charlie had a tumor in her brain. The family had to make the tough decision to put their dog down.

“I knew I couldn’t be there because I wouldn’t let it happen,” Kevin said.

By all accounts, the Shepard wouldn’t hurt a fly, but Kevin always believed she would be a good police dog. He even tried to train her from YouTube videos when she was young.

On Charlie’s last day, the family took her to get that burger and ice cream, they even let her wash it down with a rib-eye steak from a  restaurant nearby. And when they say a Denton Police Officer at the same park, they couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a picture.

“I don’t think it was a coincidence he was there. We are believers in this family,” Kevin said.

The officer posed for a photo with the dying dog and the department shared it on Facebook, dubbing Charlie its newest K-9 officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the Navid family.

“When I saw those photos I just thought there is my Charlie. She’s a K-9 officer all these years later,” Kevin said.

The officer in the photo was Jim Bryan. He says he was just doing his job and was happy to take a photo.

“I believe things happen for a reason,” Bryan said.

But the family said running into him during Charlie’s final hours meant more than anyone will ever know. After a full meal, and a walk in the park with her family, Charlie was honored as an officer, then went on to rest in peace.

Couple tips waitress $400, then offers to pay $10,000 of her student debt.

Couple tips waitress $400, then offers to pay $10,000 of her student debt.

A waitress at a popular Waikiki restaurant got a very big surprise during her shift.

Cayla Chandara had been pulling double-duty at two different restaurants in Waikiki.

She was waiting on a couple from Australia at Noi Thai Cuisine last week.

She says they hit it off, and they talked quite a bit as the couple dined at the restaurant.

“They asked me where I was from, and I told them I moved here for school but I was kind of in a little bit of debt and I couldn’t go back to school, because I couldn’t afford it and the cost of living here,” Chandara said.

The visitors rang up a $200 bill, paid their tab and left.

Chandara says she was shocked to see the tip was double the bill at $400.

“I just thought it was so generous of them. I never get tipped that big. I had to say thank you,” she said. “During dinner, they told me where they were staying, so I ran there after work to see if they’d still be there.”

They were, and Chandara was able to give them a thank-you card and flowers.

The next day, they gave her even more. The couple returned to the restaurant and offered to help pay off her student loans and debt, which totaled more than $10,000.

“I was like, ‘No way, you don’t have to do that for me. I just wanted to say thank you,’” Chandara said. “I still don’t feel like it’s real. I want to run around in the streets.”

The couple wanted to remain anonymous, but told Chandara the best way to thank them was to be her best possible self.

“I want to make them proud. I will take this opportunity with an open heart and be a better person that I can be every day,” Chandara said.

Chandara plans to study liberal arts and business when she returns to school.

Borussia Dortmund fans offer stranded Monaco supporters accommodation in classy gesture

Borussia Dortmund fans offer stranded Monaco supporters accommodation in classy gesture

Borussia Dortmund fans showed their class once more on Tuesday evening by offering accommodation for the night for Monaco supporters, left stranded after their Champions League clash was postponed.

Dortmund’s team bus was rocked by three explosions that caused defender Marc Bartra to need hospital treatment and forced the postponement of the match until Wednesday.

That left many travelling supporters without a place to stay for the night. However, Dortmund’s supporters – through a #bedforawayfans hashtag campaign – have lent help.

The club ensured the message spread to supporters by tweeting the hashtag.

Texas masturbation bill is now in the hands of the Texas State Affairs Committee

Texas masturbation bill is now in the hands of the Texas State Affairs Committee

Photo: Harry Cabluck, STF

Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to healthcare and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, Farrar’s bill would require a “medically unnecessary digital rectal exam” before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra.Scroll through the gallery to see the key players in the ongoing Texas legislative session and the state’s long history with the issue of abortion. less
Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to healthcare and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Alongside the penalty for … more

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Biggest issues and players of the 85th Texas LegislatureThe Texas Legislature convened January 10 and will tackle a number of issues facing the state. Keep going for a look at the biggest issues and the players who will shape the session.  less
Biggest issues and players of the 85th Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature convened January 10 and will tackle a number of issues facing the state. 

Keep going for a look at the biggest issues and the … more

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Budget: With a revenue shortfall predicted to top $4 billion, the new state budget will have to go on a diet, even as Abbott and legislative leaders hope that President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to bolster federal border-security initiatives and curb skyrocketing health care costs could save the state billions. Less money will affect passage of proposals with big price tags, including franchise tax reductions and tuition reforms, they agree. less
Budget: With a revenue shortfall predicted to top $4 billion, the new state budget will have to go on a diet, even as Abbott and legislative leaders hope that President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to bolster … more

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Sanctuary cities: Though no one seems to be able to clearly define exactly what a sanctuary city is, or how many there are in Texas, Senate leaders are intent on banning them, bolstered by Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration. Despite lukewarm support in the House, Abbott has listed this issue as a priority. less
Sanctuary cities: Though no one seems to be able to clearly define exactly what a sanctuary city is, or how many there are in Texas, Senate leaders are intent on banning them, bolstered by Trump’s tough stance … more

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Voter ID: The issue of requiring photo IDs to vote in Texas has been in the courts almost since it first was OK’d by lawmakers in 2011, and an attempt to bolster the existing controversial law again will face heated opposition from advocates who say it intentionally suppresses Latino and African-American voting. With the GOP in control of both legislative chambers, the chances of passage look good. less
Voter ID: The issue of requiring photo IDs to vote in Texas has been in the courts almost since it first was OK’d by lawmakers in 2011, and an attempt to bolster the existing controversial law again will face … more

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Bathroom bill: The “Texas Privacy Act” would bar Texans from going in public-building restrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificate. While conservative Republican supporters insist it’s not akin to North Carolina’s highly controversial law, opponents – including business groups that say it would cost the state $8.5 billion in lost business – are not buying it. Look for a fight in the Senate and a likely roadblock in the House. less
Bathroom bill: The “Texas Privacy Act” would bar Texans from going in public-building restrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificate. While conservative Republican supporters insist it’s not … more

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Abortion: As has been common in recent years, Republican lawmakers have offered several abortion-related bills, most aimed at limiting the procedure. Among this year’s bills are those to increase criminal penalties for buying and selling fetal tissue and to ban partial-birth abortions, as well as one to prohibit insurance coverage for abortions. less
Abortion: As has been common in recent years, Republican lawmakers have offered several abortion-related bills, most aimed at limiting the procedure. Among this year’s bills are those to increase criminal … more

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Child protection: After more than two decades of reforms designed to curb chronic, systemic problems, state officials have designated this issue a top priority, perhaps even an emergency that would allow expedited legislative action. Whatever the fix, it will be costly, a tab that will affect the strained budget. Some lawmakers have suggested the state use some of its Rainy Day Fund to pay for a permanent fix. less
Child protection: After more than two decades of reforms designed to curb chronic, systemic problems, state officials have designated this issue a top priority, perhaps even an emergency that would allow … more

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Ethics reform: After a messy attempt at ethics reform two years ago, even though Abbott had made the issue a priority, the Legislature this year will get another shot at plugging loopholes in current campaign-finance and ethics laws that are big enough to drive a truck through. Asking the Legislature to impose new limits on its ethical behavior has historically proven akin to trying to thread an elephant through a needle. Expect a lot of talk, but most likely little significant reform short of some scandal. less
Ethics reform: After a messy attempt at ethics reform two years ago, even though Abbott had made the issue a priority, the Legislature this year will get another shot at plugging loopholes in current … more

School choice: This issue will be just as contentious between conservatives who say it will let parents get around failing schools and the public-school lobby, which insists it is just a ruse to kill public education. Call it school choice or vouchers, the pitch to pass this legislation will focus on giving parents the option to put their children in the school they believe is best for them. less
School choice: This issue will be just as contentious between conservatives who say it will let parents get around failing schools and the public-school lobby, which insists it is just a ruse to kill public … more

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Property tax cuts: Texans pay the sixth-highest property taxes in the nation, so who could hate legislation that would cut those taxes? Start with counties and cities and school districts and local taxing entities that are forced to up their rates to keep up with growing populations and needs. The result, according to legislative leaders, is likely to be a cut in taxes that is unlikely to provide real relief to taxpayers in a year when the state budget will be tight. less
Property tax cuts: Texans pay the sixth-highest property taxes in the nation, so who could hate legislation that would cut those taxes? Start with counties and cities and school districts and local taxing … more

Transparency: Two Texas Supreme Court decisions in 2015 carved huge exceptions in Texas’ sunshine law that restrict the ability of taxpayers to find out how local and state governments are spending their money. And while open-government advocates say the solution should be an easy legislative fix, with support from city and county trade associations, economic-development associations across Texas say the exceptions should be preserved.Players to watch less
Transparency: Two Texas Supreme Court decisions in 2015 carved huge exceptions in Texas’ sunshine law that restrict the ability of taxpayers to find out how local and state governments are spending their money. … more

Gov. Greg Abbott: In his second legislative session as governor, the genial former Texas Supreme Court justice widely is expected to play much the same role as two years ago: lawyerly and low-key, quietly working behind the scenes to get what he wants and to block legislation he does not. less
Gov. Greg Abbott: In his second legislative session as governor, the genial former Texas Supreme Court justice widely is expected to play much the same role as two years ago: lawyerly and low-key, quietly … more

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: As the most flamboyant and outspoken of Texas’ top leaders, the former Houston sportscaster and radio talk-show host clearly wants to lead passage of a conservative agenda featuring bills that promise to pass the Senate, after some arm-twisting, but likely hit a wall in the House. less
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: As the most flamboyant and outspoken of Texas’ top leaders, the former Houston sportscaster and radio talk-show host clearly wants to lead passage of a conservative agenda featuring bills … more

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House Speaker Joe Straus: Straus’ reasoned and low-key approach to leadership in the House has served him well. Watch for him to let House leaders take care of their business, with some gentle guidance, always remembering that he needs to protect his members’ interests. less
House Speaker Joe Straus: Straus’ reasoned and low-key approach to leadership in the House has served him well. Watch for him to let House leaders take care of their business, with some gentle guidance, always … more

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson: As the highest ranking Republican in the GOP-controlled Senate and the first woman to head the budget-writing committee, watch for the Flower Mound Republican to be a penurious nitpicker on spending issues, asking a lot of questions and demanding accountability from state agencies. less
Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson: As the highest ranking Republican in the GOP-controlled Senate and the first woman to head the budget-writing committee, watch for the Flower Mound Republican to be a … more

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Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton: Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee that deals with tax issues. A tough negotiator with the Senate in the previous session, expect him to be involved in talks on a number of key bills.Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston: A political confidante of Patrick, the former Harris County tax assessor is expected to be at the forefront of the contentious Senate proposal to curb rising property taxes. less
Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton: Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee that deals with tax issues. A tough negotiator with the Senate in the previous session, expect him to be involved in talks on a … more

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Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso: Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and an outspoken critic of Patrick, this former prosecutor can be expected to not be silent in challenging many GOP policies and proposals. less
Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso: Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and an outspoken critic of Patrick, this former prosecutor can be expected to not be silent in challenging many GOP policies and … more

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham: Now in just her second session as a senator after more than a decade in the House, she is author of the controversial “bathroom bill” and will make headlines trying to get it passed. less
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham: Now in just her second session as a senator after more than a decade in the House, she is author of the controversial “bathroom bill” and will make headlines trying to get it … more

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Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano: Author of a failed ethics-reform measure two years ago, this Plano businessman will give it another shot this spring as he hopes to fend off those who like the status quo.
Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano: Author of a failed ethics-reform measure two years ago, this Plano businessman will give it another shot this spring as he hopes to fend off those who like the status quo.

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Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana: The veteran chair of the House State Affairs, as well as a staunch Straus ally, he can be expected to help closely scrutinize controversial issues from the Senate that the House will face. less
Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana: The veteran chair of the House State Affairs, as well as a staunch Straus ally, he can be expected to help closely scrutinize controversial issues from the Senate that the House … more

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Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth: A no-nonsense longtimer who is no fan of the ultra right, Geren is a confidant of Straus who will work to protect House members from Senate pressure to pass controversial measures. Keep clicking to see a cartoon recap of the Texas Legislature’s 84th session in 2015, by Houston Chronicle cartoonist Nick Anderson:
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Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth: A no-nonsense longtimer who is no fan of the ultra right, Geren is a confidant of Straus who will work to protect House members from Senate pressure to pass controversial … more

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Texas masturbation bill is now in the hands of the Texas State Affairs Committee

In March, Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed a bill that would penalize men for “unregulated masturbatory emissions” and the bill has now made its way into the hands of the Texas State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

The committee is typically the panel that hears abortion-related legislation and it will now address Farrar’s House Bill 4620, which is named the “Men’s Right to Know Act.”

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“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar told Chron.com in March. “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”

The bill contains provisions that would put restrictions on masturbation, vasectomies, Viagra prescriptions and colonoscopies, including:

* The state must create a booklet called “A Man’s Right to Know” that contains information on the benefits of and risks of vasectomies, Viagra prescriptions and colonoscopies. A man must review the booklet before getting the procedure.

* A doctor must get consent from the man before providing any of the treatments. The man may only get the treatment after waiting 24 hours and reviewing “A Man’s Right to Know.”

* A man will be fined $100 for “unregulated masturbatory emissions.” The fines will benefit children in the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

* A man must receive a rectal exam and an MRI of his rectum before receiving treatments.

* A man can’t sue a doctor for refusing to provide these treatments if the procedure violates the doctor’s “personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs.”

* The state must establish a registry of nonprofit organizations and hospitals that provide abstinence counseling, a supervising physician for “masturbatory emissions,” and semen storage.

* “Masturbatory emissions” must be stored for the wife to use for conception at a later time.

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The bill is a response to the current state law that requires doctor’s give women considering an abortion the “A Woman’s Right to Know” booklet, which Farrar refers to as a “guilt mechanism.”

This Night Owl Gene Mutation Turns People Into Sleep Martians

This Night Owl Gene Mutation Turns People Into Sleep Martians

Researchers have found a genetic mutation that turns people into Martians — at least when it comes to sleep patterns.

People with the mutation tend to be night owls because it keeps them on a perpetual 24 ½ hour schedule — close to the Martian 24 hour, 39 minute day, researchers reported in the journal Cell.

With their body clocks always running a little longer than everybody else’s, it’s like having perpetual jet lag, the researchers at the Rockefeller University report.

“Carriers of the mutation have longer days than the planet gives them, so they are essentially playing catch-up for their entire lives,” said Alina Patke, who headed up the research effort.

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About 1.2 percent of people carry one or two copies of the mutation, so it doesn’t explain why so many people are night owls. But it’s one of many known to change the body’s internal clock, the so-called circadian rhythm.

It’s one of several causes of delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD).

“It’s as if these people have perpetual jet lag, moving eastward every day,” said Michael Young, who oversaw the study. “In the morning, they’re not ready for the next day to arrive.”

“It’s as if these people have perpetual jet lag, moving eastward every day.”

The mutation is in a gene called CRY1 and when people have it, every cell in their body runs on the wrong time. They can end up being night owls but often, the effects are much more disruptive, Patke said.

“For some, it causes a fragmented sleep. They actually went to bed rather early. They only slept for about two hours. Then they took long naps throughout the day.”

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Circadian rhythm affects more than just sleep patterns. The people with the mutation also have disrupted cycles of body temperature, and Patke’s team wants to study other effects — such as the risks of various diseases.

The team found six Turkish families affected by the mutation. It didn’t matter whether people had one or two copies of the mutated gene, it affected circadian cycles in the same way.

Patke described the case of one 46-year-old American volunteer who stayed in her team’s sleep clinic for three weeks to be studied.

“Her internal clock is one closer to one from another planet.”

She stayed in a studio apartment with no outside cues about time — no windows, no clocks, no television or internet access.

“They didn’t know what time of day it was,” Patke said. “The idea was to see what they lived like when they were just controlled by their own clock.”

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The volunteers, including the woman, didn’t sleep eight hours straight. Instead, she slept in fits and starts, although the normal sleep brain wave rhythms were typical, with the usual transitions into and out of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Left to their own natural devices, they had a 24 ½ hour daily schedule.

“Her internal clock is one closer to one from another planet,” Patke said.

That might help some people who want to work at NASA, Patke joked. “I remember reading that for people who control these Mars rovers at JPL (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory), they have to work on a Mars sol (day) cycle. The rovers are only active when the sun shines on Mars,” she said.

NASA may even want to recruit people with the mutation to eventually travel to Mars, so they’d be less prone to the jet lag that will almost certainly affect Mars visitors.

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“Somebody who has that mutation might be well suited as a volunteer but there may be more factors that go into that,” Patke said.

Patke is herself a night owl and tested herself for the genetic mutation. She doesn’t have it.

Other genetic mutations almost certainly underlie tendencies to be morning larks or night owls. And there are ways to cope.

“An external cycle and good sleep hygiene can help force a slow-running clock to accommodate a 24-hour day,” Patke said. “We just have to work harder at it.”

France and the UK top WWF list of countries for low carbon policies — Le WWF classe la France, 1er pays en UE pour sa stratégie bas-carbone

France and the UK top WWF list of countries for low carbon policies — Le WWF classe la France, 1er pays en UE pour sa stratégie bas-carbone

C’est la France qui arrive en tête de ce classement avec une note de 78% devant le Royaume Uni (71%) et la Finlande (68%).  Le WWF identifie deux points d’amélioration pour la France : son niveau d’ambition (son objectif de réduction des émissions (75% d’ici 2050) pourrait être revu à la hausse) et la transparence des procédures.

 

Pascal Canfin, directeur général du WWF France : « Nous nous réjouissons de voir que la France arrive en tête du classement des pays de l’UE et de leurs stratégies bas carbone grâce à sa loi sur la transition énergétique et les dispositifs associés. Cela renforce l’idée que le prochain gouvernement doit appliquer cette loi et non la remettre en cause. Nous rappelons néanmoins que de bons objectifs ne suffisent pas à eux seuls à faire une vraie politique ! Preuve en est le retard important que la France accuse dans le développement des énergies renouvelables. »

Chypre figure à la dernière place avec une note de 25%, note qui s’explique en partie par le fait que le pays avait seulement présenté une ébauche de stratégie.

Imke Lübbeke, responsable Climat et Energie du bureau des politiques européennes du WWF : « Une bonne stratégie bas-carbone devrait être alignée sur les objectifs inscrits dans l’Accord de Paris et être également réalisable, transparente et développée avec les entreprises et la société civile. Quelques pays y parviennent, tout au moins partiellement et certains, comme l’Allemagne par exemple, ont déjà réalisé des mises à jour de leur stratégie, plus ambitieuses que la stratégie remise en 2015. D’autres, à l’inverse, ont encore beaucoup à faire ! »

Man helps amputee up stairs, then returns to build ramp

Man helps amputee up stairs, then returns to build ramp

After spending days in the hospital, Jennifer Austin was just happy to be heading home after her husband Don underwent a partial leg amputation.But as they reached the front door, Don quickly realized he had not yet regained the strength or balance he needed to hop up their front steps with his crutches. Defeated, Don sat down on the front steps – and Jennifer wasn’t strong enough to help him back up.They didn’t know what to do next, but then a stranger driving by saw them struggling and circled back around. A man named Steve pulled up and asked if he could help, then lifted Don up and helped him into the house and onto the couch. Calling him an “angel,” Jennifer was stunned by his random act of kindness.”I hope he realizes how much his thoughtful act is appreciated. He was a hero today, and we are so grateful that he was willing to stop and take the time to help people he has never met before,” she wrote on Facebook.But Steve Smith’s work wasn’t done yet. As it turns out, he was a welder, too. He returned to their house the next day – with some extra hands – and built a wheelchair ramp to the Austin’s front door.”Brought Don, his mom, his nurse and myself to tears,” Jennifer wrote on Facebook. “We just couldn’t believe it. Wow. To be on the receiving end of such kindness is so humbling.”———-