BREAKING: BBC: Flu virus with “pandemic potential” found in China

According to the BBC,

It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. 

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. 

While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

Michigan-Flint cuts 41% of all lecturers

The Detroit Free Press has the details.

The layoffs arrive as U-M Flint administrators prepare for a projected shortfall of at least $8.4 million for the coming fiscal year, Hogan wrote in an emailed statement. U-M estimates it will lose $400 million to $1 billion systemwide by the end of the year.

Meet the man with a degree in… ninja studies

You read that correctly: a graduate with a degree in Ninja Studies.

The Japan Times introduces us to him.

The 45-year-old completed the master’s course at Mie University in central Japan, the region considered the home of the ninja

Now, there is something important to remember about this degree program, a professor at Mie University reminds us.

“We get many inquiries from overseas but I have to say one thing: This is a course to learn about the ninja, not to become one.”

Now, that kind of takes the fun out of all of it, no?