Modern Farmer magazine, which is currently celebrating "Cow Week," took a good, hard look at the bovine portion of that rhyme. Tyler LeBlanc wrote this expose of sorts, and NPR's Wade Goodwyn asked him whether a cow jumping over the moon is as ridiculous as a cat playing the violin. Here's what he says.
A large part of Croatia is under water today as many parts of the country are unable to cope with the persistent heavy rain which has fallen over the last few days across the northern Balkans…
After areas on the Dalmatian coast flooded on Thursday, including the town of Vodice which saw dozens of homes and business premises flooded and kids evacuated from the local kindergarten, Saturday has claimed more victims.
One of the worst effected areas is the central town of Karlovac, where sirens went off at around 9:10am on Saturday to declare a state of emergency. All hands are on deck as river levels rise. The two rivers which run through the town, Kupa and Korana, measured very high levels on Saturday morning (790cm and 778cm respectively) with more waves of water expected to come later today. Buses are taking residents in nearby areas to safety after the town’s Mayor made the decision to evacuate the area at 9:30am this morning.
24-year-old woman who admitted herself to the hospital in China after suffering from dizzy spells and an upset stomach just received some unexpected news: after they scanned her brain, the woman's doctors found an empty hole where her cerebellum should be. She is only the ninth person ever to be discovered to have led a relatively normal life despite being born without that part of the brain. Most people who suffer from this rare condition die very young.
The cerebellum sits at the base of the brain, accounting for about 10 percent of that organ's mass but housing up to half of its neurons. It plays roles in coordination, balance and speech. As the woman's symptoms and previous life history show, these faculties were indeed somewhat impaired.She told doctors she'd had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn't walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.
Problems in the cerebellum can lead to severe mental impairment, movement disorders, epilepsy or a potentially fatal build-up of fluid in the brain.
The woman in question, however, seems to have largely managed to find workarounds for her missing cerebellum. Her speech is slightly slurred and her balance isn't the best, but as a whole she is doing much better than would be expected, her doctors say. As the doctors told the New Scientist, "her case highlights the remarkable plasticity of the brain."