Zika Virus threatens new life Jan. 28
The Zika Virus has been spreading “explosively” in over 20 Latin American countries and could possibly affect 4 million individuals by the end of 2016, according to the New York Times.
According to health authorities in Brazil, the spreading of Zika could possibly be linked to microcephaly, a serious birth defect affecting the brain.
The first case of Zika has been confirmed in L.A. County after a girl returned from a trip to El Salvador. The risk of Zika spreading in the U.S. is extremely low due to effective mosquito control, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Winnings washed away Jan. 28
Susanne Hinte of Worcestor, Mass. claimed to have won the $33 million jackpot; however, she put her ticket in the wash by accident, according to telegraph.co.uk.
She submitted her crumpled and torn lottery ticket to Camelot for verification, however, she will have to wait up to 180 days for a decision due to the damage.
A valid claim was recently made on the $33 million jackpot prize, leaving Hinte and many others out of luck.
Monkeys with autism studied to find cure Jan. 25
The first monkeys with autism have been created in China by Neuroscientist Zilong Qiu, according to cnn.com.
More than a dozen monkeys were generated with a genetic error that causes a rare syndrome in human children. These symptoms include mental retardation and autistic features.
Scientists tested potential treatments in the monkeys in hopes of developing a possible cure for autism.
A new side of Lego Jan. 27
Danish toy maker of Lego released its first ever disabled mini figures with wheelchairs that will also be part of a new Lego City releasing in June, according to cnn.com.
An online campaign called #ToyLikeMe collected over 20,000 signatures requesting Lego to produce figures that represent disabled children.
The toys were first spotted in Germany at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair.
Kangaroo to kangaBOOM Jan. 28
A teenager in Australia named Sevdet Besim has been accused of preparing a major Islamic State (IS) inspired terror attack in Melbourne, according to news.sky.com.
He revealed his plan was to stuff a kangaroo with explosives and use it to attack police.
Besim pleaded not guilty to four charges and could face a potential life sentence if convicted.
Covering up a culture Jan. 26
Iranian President Hassan Rounhani visited Rome, Italy where famous nude statues in Capitoline Museums were covered, according to cnn.com
The statues were covered to show respect to the Iranian culture and sensitivity.
Many Italians were infuriated and accused the government of betraying Italian history.