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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

JAN 9, 2018 - 12:33 PM ET - 10 NEWS ITEMS

*"Stephen Hawking Turns 76: How Has He Lived So Long With ALS?

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer | January 8, 2018 07:27am ET



Credit: The World in HDR/Shutterstock

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking turns 76 today (Jan. 8) — an age well 

beyond what he was expected to reach when he was diagnosed with the 

incurable neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more than 50 

years ago.

Hawking was 21 years old when he was diagnosed with ALS in 1963, and he was 

given just two years to live. The disease causes the progressive degeneration and 

death of the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movements, such as 

chewing, walking, talking and breathing, according to the National Institute of 

Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)." Read more:

https://www.livescience.com/61354-stephen-hawking-turns-76-als-

survival.html?utm_source=notification

*"White House addresses Oprah's possible 2020 bid: 'We welcome the challenge'

Ms Winfrey has some commonalities with Donald Trump."  Alexandra Wilts 

Washington DC. http://www.independent.co.uk/. Video uploaded to Twitter, 

Facebook and other social media sites.

*"HTC’s Vive Pro will add more pixels to an otherwise familiar-looking VR 

system.  HTC will also launch wireless Vive adapter this summer, but no prices 

yet. SAM MACHKOVECH - 1/8/2018, 4:50 PM. https://arstechnica.com/gaming.



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*"Senate holds hearing on Cuba 'sonic attacks.' Cuban Minister rejects US sonic 

attack claims." By Patrick Oppmann and Laura Koran, CNN. Updated 1:15 AM ET, 

Tue January 9, 2018. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/politics.



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*"Israel transport minister Katz plans to name a railway station after US 

president Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Israeli transportation minister Yisrael 

Katz told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth he had decided to name a railway 

station "Donald John Trump Station" after the US president Donald Trump, which 

is to be built near the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, a Jewish holy site.

Saturday, December 30, 2017. https://en.wikinews.org/.



Western wall.

*Google celebrates "Har Gobind Khoraana's 96th Birthday." 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Har Gobind Khorana (9 January 1922 – 9 November 2011) was an Indian 

American biochemist. He shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 

with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley for research that showed how 

the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, 

control the cell’s synthesis of proteins. Khorana and Nirenberg were also 

awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in the same 

year. Khorana was born in Raipur, British India (today Kabirwala in Pakistan)."



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*"The stranger at my brother's grave."

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-41946080/the-stranger-at-my-brother-

s-grave. Video uploaded to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

*"WashPost: Mueller Will Likely Grill Trump Within Weeks." www.newsmax.com.

 Follow us: @Newsmax on Twitter | Newsmax on Facebook.




Special counsel Robert Mueller (Alex Wong/AP). Monday, 08 Jan 2018 07:40 PM.

*"TOKYO. The U.S. has apologised to Japan over a recent series of accidents 

involving U.S. military equipment that have sparked anger over American 

operations in the country, a ministry spokesman in Tokyo said.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologised to Japanese counterpart 

Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents including the emergency landing of 

an American military helicopter in Okinawa on Monday." 

https://japantoday.com/.




A U.S. military helicopter at the U.S. Marine Corps air base at Futenma in 

Okinawa  Photo: AFP

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