DISUM 27-03-2018: New human organ, Necromunda gangs in Caracas, and gun-toting anti-gun rapper.

1. Great choice of image


 

2. Not every day you can say a new organ has been discovered, and a pretty big one.

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads – New Scientist 27.03.2018

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells around the body.

This discovery was made by chance, from routine endoscopies – a procedure that involves inserting a thin camera into a person’s gastrointestinal tract. Newer approaches enable doctors to use this procedure to get a microscopic look at the tissue inside a person’s gut at the same time, with some surprising results.

[…]

Theise reckons that every tissue in the body may be surrounded by a network of these channels, which essentially form an organ. The team estimate that the organ contains around a fifth of the total fluid volume of the human body. “We think they act as shock absorbers,” says Theise.

This organ was likely never seen before because standard approaches for processing and visualising human tissue causes the channels to drain, and the collagen fibres that give the network its structure to collapse in on themselves. This would have made the channels appear like a hard wall of dense protective tissue, instead of a fluid-filled cushion.


 

3. Rapper who performed at March for Our Lives was arrested for gun-related crime last year – The Blaze 26.03.2018

Performer Vic Mensa sang at the March for Our Lives on Saturday in Washington, D.C., a demonstration event advocating for gun control. But did you know the rapper was arrested last year for keeping a loaded firearm in his car without a permit?


 

4. In Venezuela, hungry child gangs use machetes to fight for ‘quality’ garbage – Miami Herald 27.03.2018

At 16, Liliana has become the mother figure for a gang of Venezuelan children and young adults called the Chacao, named after the neighborhood they’ve claimed as their territory. The 15 members, ranging in age from 10 to 23, work together to survive vicious fights for “quality” garbage in crumbling, shortage-plagued Venezuela.

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The reason for the violent takeover, which in gang slang is called a “change of government,” was simple and sad — Chacao’s many restaurants offer a better chance to find food in the garbage.

There are at least 10 gangs in the capital, social workers and police estimate. “There were always children on the street in Venezuela, but now we are seeing a new phenomenon — kids who get more food on the street than at their homes,” says Beatriz Tirado, who leads “Angeles de Calle,” or Street Angels, a non-governmental charity.

Tirado claims that all of the Chacao gang members have homes where at least one parent lives.

“Our kids are finding ways to survive because neither in their homes nor in their communities is there enough food,” explains social worker Roberto Patino, who has established 29 public diners all over the country to feed hungry children.


 

5. It does really look as if it was made on purpose, though.

Social media slams Heineken for ‘racist’ commercial that sees a barman slide a low-calorie beer past black people, into the hands of a fair-skinned woman who turns to talk to white men – then ends with the slogan ‘sometimes, lighter is better’ Mail Online 26.03.2018


 

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