Your World This Week, Volume IV

Car Bomb Afghanistan

The aftermath of the bombing near Khost, Afghanistan. Source: The Independent

Bombings Rock Iraq, Afghanistan

A small, but terribly destructive, wave of bombings hit Iraq on Sunday, leaving 35 dead and 100 wounded. Deadliest among the attacks was a car bomb coupled with a suicide bomb that killed 19 in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad. However, smaller attacks killed several others across the city throughout the day as well. While ISIS is, naturally, the key suspect, the group has not yet made any claims of responsibility.

Also on Sunday a car bomb killed 25 and wounded 10 near Khost, Afghanistan. The area is home to a military base that holds some American soldiers, although the U.S. military has officially stated that none of its personnel were injured.

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A Spatula Can Go THERE? The 20 Weirdest X-Rays Known To Humankind

X-ray technology has without a doubt prolonged and saved countless human lives. But for those of us with a little more misanthropy coursing through our veins, x-rays also provide us with visions of painful human injuries, some of which are so off-the-wall crazy that they will leave you scratching your head and wondering just what kind of idiot would ever find herself in the position where a spatula would be lodged in her throat. Here are some of the weirder x-rays that have been uncovered from around the world. From what information is available, all of these people survived.

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A Chinese woman was cooking in her kitchen, when she suddenly found herself unable to breathe. It wasn’t because she had a spatula crammed down her throat–yet. She’d do that herself in a panic when she couldn’t clear her airway by any conventional means. The woman’s four year old daughter managed to get her help; doctors removed the spatula but failed to find the source of her original breathing problem. Image: Rex Features.

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Fluorescent Coral: Lighting The Path For Improved Medical Technology?

Who would have thought that the keys to improving medicinal technologies could be found dozens of meters within the Red Sea?

Buried 150 feet deep within the Red Sea are these stunning fluorescent coral specimens. Not only are the coral aesthetically pleasing, scientists from the University of Southampton and Tel-Aviv University hope that the protein which enables them to glow under ultraviolet light may be used to improve medical imaging technology.

Your World This Week, Volume III

Unfuck Greece

Anti-austerity protestors congregate in Athens. Source: N+1

What Comes Next For Greece?

Greece said no. On Sunday, Greek citizens voted on a multibillion dollar bailout plan offered by international creditors that would require the Mediterranean nation to make additional cuts to its spending, which many worry will only stymy–not enable–economic growth. Over 60 percent of Greeks voted against the bailout, which has placed Greece on what some have called a “collision course” with European political leaders and may just signify the beginning of the end for the euro.

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