UN says world’s population reached 8 billion on Tuesday – Secret spaceship lands in Florida – Nine people with paralysis walk again after new discovery – Jay Leno suffers “serious burns” – Christina Applegate gets Hollywood star
The United Nations announced that the world’s population has reached eight billion people. According to UN projections, the eighth billionth person was born somewhere in the world on Tuesday.
It took only 12 years for the world’s population to grow from seven billion people to eight billion people. However, overall growth rates around the world are slowing. Because of the decline in population growth, the UN projects it will take 15 years for the world to reach nine billion people, projected to occur by 2037, the Hill reported.
Over the weekend, a series of sonic booms and flashes left Florida locals near Cape Canaveral fearing everything from a meteor strike to a UFO, the New York Post reported. The booms could be heard as far as 60 miles away.
What landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was a 30-foot-long, robotic, unmanned X-37B military ship that had been on a secret mission lasting 908 days in orbit, according to the space force and USA Today. The ship looks like a miniature version of the space shuttle, emblazoned with Boeing and USAF on its side.
New scientific research has identified a group of neurons involved in recovery from paralysis. First identified in mice, human trials involved nine individuals with severe or complete paralysis, all of whom regained or improved their ability to walk following treatment, IFL Science reported. The study was published in the journal Nature.
Comedian/TV host Jay Leno suffered third-degree burns after being sprayed with gasoline while fixing a clogged fuel line on his 1907 steam car. A spark triggered an explosion, which set Leno on fire. A friend saved Leno from more serious injuries, Yahoo reported. He’s expected to be hospitalized for up to ten days while he recovers and may need skin grafts to his face and hands.
Award-winning actress Christina Applegate, 50, most famous for her role in TV’s Married With Children, received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday. It was the first public appearance in over a year since Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Applegate walked with a cane while receiving her award, CBS reported.