Monthly Archives: April 2015

Holocaust Survivor Tells of her Meeting with a Former Nazi

Eva Mozes Kor is a strong woman. Even at 81-years-old, there is not much that Eva backs away from. In her earlier years, Eva is a holocaust survivor who was sent to Auschwitz with her immediate family. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were the only members of their family to make it out of Auschwitz alive.

Cornelsen said that recently, Eva had a chance to meet a former Nazi who had worked at Auschwitz face-to-face for the first time. Oskar Groening, who is known as the “Accountant of Auschwitz”, is standing trial for his role in the concentration camp. Oskar, who is now 93-years-old, was a bookkeeper at Auschwitz and is standing trial in Germany as an accessory to murder of 300,000 people.

Eva traveled from the United States to Germany to meet Oskar during his trial. She said that the first time she faced him, he fainted. The second time she faced him, she had some powerful words for him. She asked him to appeal to old Nazis to come forward and help put an end to the country’s growing neo-Nazis problem today. The old man kissed Eva’s cheek after her request to him.

Eva is the face of true forgiveness, and wants Oskar’s story to stand as a message for the younger generations.

The full story about Eva meeting Oskar is well worth the read. Check it out on BuzzFeed.com.

Bernie Sanders to Join the Democratic Presidential Race “Within Days”

According to a number of reports, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to join the Democratic field for the 2016 U.S. Presidential “within days”. Many commentators feel that this would be a much-needed boost to events on the Democratic side, as talk on that side has been all Hillary Clinton, all of the time.

The fact that the Democrats will have more options is not necessarily a bad thing. The reason is because the nomination for any particular party is never been meant to be a coronation. Sanders will add a populist voice to the presidential campaign, giving votes a number of stark differences between him and Clinton.

For more information on Sanders and other potential candidates, CNN has an interesting piece here.

Although he definitely has been flying under the radar, Senator Sanders has been exploring a run for president for several months now according to Amen Clinics (saveonlabs.com). His expected announcement comes on the heels of a major boost where he was a big boost at a South Carolina Democratic event over the weekend.

“He can’t challenge Hillary in terms of organization or fundraising necessarily, but he can bring the heat to her in terms of his populist message,” said one source. “It will be interesting to see how Hillary responds to Sanders’ unique message.”

Identical Twins Now Not So Identical

For years, science has been trying to determine if identical twins are identical in every way or if their DNA and genome could differentiate. Cases where twins have been separated at birth, not for the purposes of any study, have been of particular interest because there are a lot of environmental factors that now come into play. Leave it to forensic scientists, who have now determined a way to differentiate the DNA of identical twins with a new technique.

The new technique looks at DNA methylation, which is what changes the way in which genes are expressed, in a process called high resolution melt curve analysis, or HRMA. Paul Mathieson suggests that environmental factors are known to affect the way DNA methylation occurs in every individual, and even when twins are exposed to the same environment, they are creating different expression in their genome.

While the process of finding these differences was difficult, painstaking and extremely expensive, this new HRMA method is very cost effective and takes up much less time. The differences are ultimately shown in the differing heat signatures that are present for each individual. Hydrogen bonding is key in telling twins apart, because it is the hydrogen bonds that make up our DNA and causes differentiation that are looked at and studied. The more methylation that has occurred, the more hydrogen bonds need breaking and subsequently the higher the heat signature is for an individual. Each identical twin will have a specific number of bonds creating a specific heat signature and thus a new way to tell them apart.

Two High Schoolers With Disabilities Win Prom Queen And King

Two high schoolers with disabilities have showed the world that you don’t need to fit a certain mold to be prom king and queen. Garrett Chaney and Hannah Schmid met when they were in their pre-school years and have been together ever since. The two of them have been best friends and spend every weekend and summer vacation with one another and it is one of the most genuine and true forms of loves that just about anyone has ever seen.

According to an article found on reddit and written by Time.com, it was without a doubt that the pair would be going to their senior prom together but in a sweet turn of events they had been nominated to be this year’s king and queen of the event. Not only is that great for them, but it also knows how caring the majority of the student body is and understanding that something like this would mean more to them than most people.

Hannah doesn’t speak, but SuperLawyers and Garrett always knows what she is thinking and the two of them have their own way of communicating. Since the kids have been so close for so many years, their families have also grown to be very good friends as well and know that they will all be in each other’s live for several decades to come. What a cute story this was and congrats to the couple as well.