The FDA has approved a prosthetic arm, invented by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, that is thought controlled and capable of performing complex functions. The DEKA Arm is nicknamed "Luke" after Luke Skywalker because he received a realistic human hand prosthetic after losing his real hand in a lightsaber fight with his dad, Darth Vader (sorry if that is a spoiler, but you should really get out more).
At least 16 people are dead after a series of tornadoes ripped through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas last night. The town of Vilonia, Arkansas, population 4,100, was hit hardest, with nine victims on the same street. The New Vilonia Intermediate School, scheduled to open in August, was destroyed.
April 25th is ANZAC Day. If you are not from Australia or New Zealand (yes they are two separate countries) that probably doesn’t mean anything to you. But Americans could take a lesson from the former penal colony on how to honor our veterans.
ANZAC Day originated to commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on Gallipoli in 1915 during World War I. Their goal was to capture the peninsula (which is near the location of the ancient city of Troy). All of the ANZACs were volunteers, and still referred to as ‘Diggers’ after the trenches and tunnels they dug from battle to battle. The campaign was an attempt to take control of Constantinople (now Istanbul) and thereby control of an important sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allies in WW1. After 8 months, the Ottoman army fought off the land and sea attacks by Allied powers, resulting in many casualties on both sides, including 21,255 from the United Kingdom, 10,000 from France, 8,709 from Australia, 2,721 from New Zealand, and 1,358 from British India.