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214 SUCCESSFUL TRANSFUSIONS DESPITE HUMAN BLOOD SHORTAGE
Artificial blood saves earthquake victims
Dateline: 17 April 2021
“We’re out of blood,” was the chilling statement released by Sichuan University School of Medicine in Chengdu. 4,700 people were left homeless following the earthquake which struck Chengdu yesterday. Rescuers and volunteers are still working through the rubble of the Tianfu Times Tower, but Chengdu’s hospitals are overwhelmed. “We called for blood donors,” says Doctor...

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New digital toys for those who have everything
Dateline: 3 November 2007
Leroy Johannsen, BioTech entrepreneur extraordinaire, owns two yachts, six homes in exotic locations around the globe, the latest mobile phone, platinum golf clubs, fleets of motor cars, …, in fact, Leroy owns virtually anything he may possibly want. So what will his lovely wife, Sarah, be getting the man who has everything this Christmas? “It’s...
HUMAN DRIVERS BANNED FROM ALL HIGHWAYS
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been widely welcomed. The loss of life due to motor accidents has hit an all-time high of almost 1.3 million deaths world-wide per annum. Statistics show that human drivers are responsible for over 90%...
High-tech Senior Service to implement latest Arab-Israeli peace deal
Dateline: 12 September 2073
The Senior Army will today be flying to the Middle East to monitor the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority as they embark on the latest US-EU brokered peace deal. Sergeant James Blackwell of the United Nations Joint Tactical Peace Keeping Force is the youngest man in his position in 20 years,...
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and London’s major airports are reporting the lowest passenger numbers for a decade. “We’re back to the passenger numbers of the late 1990s”, said British Airports Authority CEO, Mark Savage,...
Dramatic pre-emptive rescue on Cape Town's Table Mountain
Dateline: 12 September 2009
Herman Olifant, fifty years old and heavily overweight, should have taken more care climbing the steep slopes of Platteklip Gorge on Table Mountain, Cape Town. Feeling faint, he rested in the shade of some trees. He looked up at his wife, said “I don’t feel so good,” and fell over, unconscious – into the arms...
Anti-spam movement creates massive push for change
Dateline: 12 February 2010
The global advertising industry has called for an unprecedented week-long emergency session in New York, under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, to explore possible solutions and the economic implications of an industry under threat. What once was seen to be the ineffectual protestations of a few radicals has become a formidable groundswell of...
Your children could be your worst nightmare
Dateline: 1 April 2021
Dr Curtis Strange of Strange Industries – the secretive Russian biotech lab – has a new baby. He has cloned Elvis Presley. Dr Strange has developed a reputation for controversial publicity stunts. In 2017 he brought Adolf Hitler back to life and put him on trial for war crimes. The televised images of a confused...
Unlimited supply ignites world-wide turbulence
Dateline: 15 September 2008
Conventional wisdom had it for a long time that oil and gas was formed from the remains of plants and animals buried millions of years ago. Now we know that oil and gas can be formed abiotically through subterranean heat and pressure, and that the Earth contains a virtually endless supply – oil is the...
Venture capital is frozen by fear of failure
Dateline: 15 March 2007
Disappointing employment growth numbers out of the United States highlights the deepening employment crisis. Growth is positive, profits are up but there are few new jobs. American workers are in despair. Bob Halpern of the ‘Let’s keep Americans working’ campaign says “We have seen millions of jobs exported, and one in five graduates are now...
Government, retailers and manufacturers turn on Sony
Dateline: 1 December 2009
UK retailers ganged up on Sony just in time for the Christmas season yesterday. Claiming that Sony’s new ClothesMan II product would seriously stall sales of washing machines, tumble driers, steam irons and all sorts of washing materials, retailers have barred sales of Sony’s products until “at least March next year”. John French, CE of...

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