5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • A new prosthetic arm dubbed Iko can be custom-made by kids using Lego pieces. Chicago-based Colombian Carlos Arturo Torres designed Iko during his six-month internship at Lego's Future Lab to help kids "overcome the stigma of having a prosthetic by making it fun to wear." Children can build Lego creations on Iko via a "pop-and-lock connector terminal on the forearm component." While still in the prototype stage, Iko has been picked up by Torres's design consultancy Ideo, which is sponsoring a low-cost 3-D printed model. — Wired
     
  • An American dentist has been identified in the killing of one of Africa's most famous lions. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, allegedly lured Cecil, one of Africa's most famous lions, out of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe before shooting him with a bow and arrow. Preservationists say Cecil's 24 cubs won't survive without the protection of their father. Palmer has a history of shooting big game and paid $55,000 for the opportunity to hunt and kill Cecil. — Mashable
     
  • A 3-month-old baby has been left blind in one eye after a friend forgot to turn off the camera flash during a photo close-up. The mobile phone camera was held just 10 inches away from the baby's face and caused immediate, permanent damage, with reduced vision in his left eye and blindness in his right eye. Experts say the strong flash damaged cells on the macula, which is responsible for central vision and isn't fully developed in children until age 4. — Daily Mail
     
  • President Obama said he believed he "could win" a third term. In a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia, Obama said he thinks he is a "pretty good president," but he's actually looking forward to life after presidency and security detail. “It means I can go take a walk, I can spend time with my family, I can find other ways to serve, I can visit Africa more often." — ABC News
     
  • The Mayo Clinic has led a protest against big pharmaceutical companies to lower "unsustainable prices" for cancer drugs. The high cost of the drugs is sending many sufferers into bankruptcy and forcing them to spend their life savings. The average American family earns $52,000 annually, and cancer drugs can cost up to $120,000 a year, which leaves insured patients with out-of-pocket expenses anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000. There has been widespread support for the Mayo Clinic medical journal article, with signatures from many well-known oncologists.— NPR

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