2018.11.09

News Headlines - 09 November 2018

Disney's new Netflix rival will be called Disney+ and launch late 2019

Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+ and launch in late 2019, CEO Bob Iger announced on the company’s earnings call Thursday.
The company announced in August 2017 it would pull all its movies from Netflix in 2019, and start its own streaming offering for its past titles. Disney also purchased Fox for $71.3 billion in cash and stock, further bolstering its library.

May and Macron pay tribute to war dead at Somme ceremony | The Guardian

Theresa May has paid tribute to first world war soldiers who died at the Somme, as she joined the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on his armistice commemoration tour, where he warned that Europe must stick together as nationalism threatens the continent’s fragile peace.

Kyoto team uses iPS-derived cells to battle Parkinson's in world first - The Mainichi

In a global first, Kyoto University Hospital doctors injected neural progenitor cells created from iPS cells into the brain of a Parkinson's disease patient to ease his symptoms of the devastating nervous system disorder, the university said on Nov. 9.
The iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells, are capable of turning into any type of cell, including neural progenitor cells. In the latest clinical trial started by the hospital, the cells injected into the patient's left brain are expected to grow into neurons and release dopamine to send signals to other nerve cells. Parkinson's disease is caused by a shortage of dopamine, causing symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement and dementia.

Meet adorable Zippy, Britain's second ever zonkey who was born on a Somerset farm - Somerset Live

Zippy, Britain's second ever Zonkey (an adorable cross between a zebra and a donkey), has been born in Somerset.
He is an ultra-rare Zebra-Donkey crossbreed who was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 55-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset... There is thought to be only one other zonkey in Britain, called Zambi, which lives on a donkey sanctuary in Shropshire.

BTS' Canceled Gig Underlines Japan & Korea's Awkward K-Pop Relationship | Billboard

On Friday (Nov. 9), headlines ran across both mainstream and music news outlets about BTS being dropped from a Japanese TV show over member Jimin wearing a T-shirt in 2017 that depicted the atomic bomb drop on Japan, among text celebrating Korea's liberation from Japanese rule during World War II. Fashion taste aside, what the stories are largely failing to recognize is the ongoing, politically driven tension that has plagued Korean acts in Japan for years, with this being the latest stumble in an already awkward relationship.


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