When first lady Melania Trump failed to make public appearances for a few days after being hospitalized for a “benign kidney condition,” the internet, and many in the media, began to speculate. On Thursday afternoon, the first lady tweeted: “I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing. Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”
Scientists 3D print a human cornea (The Independent)
3D printers are still a novelty for most people, but have proven to be a tremendous tool for medical professionals. Not only can these machines print prosthetic limbs and heart valves, now scientists have perfected a printed 3D cornea. This breakthrough could help millions of people suffering from certain types of vision loss or blindness.
When Cynthia Pettway was stuck in the hospital and unable to attend her own graduation, her school made sure she could still participate. The remote-controlled contraption included a screen where Cynthia could see and be seen in a video call, and even wore a graduation gown and cap. The robot wheeled across the stage when Cynthia's name was called, to applause from those in attendance.
It wasn't Hillary Clinton either. Or fellow mormon Evan McMullin.“I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president,” Romney said, revealing that he had written in the name of his wife, Ann. But Romney was under no delusions that Ann would win a write-in campaign for a position he had failed to win himself in 2012. He said that he knew his vote “wasn't going to go anywhere, but nonetheless felt that I was putting in a very solid name.” Romney is currently running for the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, following Sen. Orrin Hatch's retirement.
More details emerge about how a Russian journalist faked his own death (The Independent)
On Wednesday, a Russian journalist who was supposed to have been murdered on Tuesday showed up at a news conference alive and well. The murder, it turned out, was all part of a sting set up by Ukrainian authorities to help identify and capture an actual assassin hired to kill the journalist. Now some of the secrets behind the facade are being revealed. Arkady Babchenko said that pigs blood was used in place of his own. After he also said that after he was taken to a morgue, he changed clothes and sat down to watch the news reports about his own murder.
The small town of Montevideo, Minnesota, only has a population of about 5,300. But when a beloved fifth- and sixth-grade teacher needed a heart transplant, local businesses volunteered to help. On June 9, the town will hold a “Main Street Day,” during which a percentage from all sales will be donated to a nonprofit called “Help Hope Live” on behalf of the teacher.
Scientists say that the human brain was not made for the constant interruptions that smartphones bring. “There’s this phenomenon they call switch cost that when there’s an interruption we switch away from the task that we were at and then we have to come on back. We think it interrupts our efficiency with our brains, by about 40 percent. Our nose is always getting off the grindstone, then we have to reorient ourselves,” said Dr. Scott Bea, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic told KYW-TV.