Wednesday

Hundreds are feared lost in major fire overnight in London


As if London hasn’t been through enough in recent day, hundreds of firefighters – and 40 engines – have battling a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in London overnight. The blaze broke out early Wednesday this and quickly spread through the 27-story building, which holds 120 apartments.

Emergency crews reportedly did their best to evacuate people from the building in West London – and approximately 50 people were sent to local hospitals – but a large number remain unaccounted for. Adding to the misery? There are reports that the majority of residents of the building were families and/or disabled. Witnesses have reported hearing people screaming for help – with children and even babies being thrown from windows.

One resident, who did not want to give his name, said he first heard a neighbor’s smoke alarm and “thought nothing of it.” He realized the reality when he heard that neighbor shouting. “I’m lucky to be alive – and lots of people have not got out of the building,” he told “The Guardian.” “I’ve lost everything I own. I’m standing here in everything I’ve got.” The cause of the fire is unknown – officials have no idea when they’ll be able to enter the structure to search for victims. Even worse - they may not be able to. Officials say the damage is so severe, they're concerned the entire thing may come tumbling down.


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Want that "glow" without the risk of skin cancer? There may be a way after all


A new drug aims to give you a tan with no actual sunlight required, artificial or otherwise. Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital created the drug, which makes skin produce brown pigment. It could give people that sun-kissed look with no risk of skin cancer.

And get this – it could even work on red heads who tend to just burn. The drug isn't ready for commercial use yet, but research continues. This study, which is in the new issue of “Cell Reports,” is a follow-up to a 2006 study that identified the molecular pathways underlying the tanning response.

Dr. David E. Fisher, who led both studies, notes – “We are excited about the possibility of inducing dark pigment production in human skin without a need for either systemic exposure to a drug or UV exposure to the skin.”

Source: Massachusetts General Hospital

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