Tiny Bytes: Keralite with rare Bombay blood group, Antarctica melting away and more


Keralite with rare Bombay blood group thaws the Gulf's frosty ties with Qatar!

It just took a few ounces of Malayali blood for the Arab countries to lift the blockade imposed on Qatar! It was Nidheesh Raghunath who forced the Arab nations to put the diplomatic wrangles with Qatar on the back burner, at least for a while.

His very rare blood type, Bombay A+, was the game changer that helped in building ‘blood relations’, breaking all frontiers. Nidheesh, hailing from Payam in Kannur district, is working as a tour coordinator in Qatar. He is a member of the Kerala chapter of the Blood Donors Forum.

The Arab countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, had severed ties with Qatar in December 2017 blaming it of destabilising the region with the help of Islamist groups. But Nidheesh overcame the challenges of blockade and went to Kuwait to save two lives. He donated blood to Mangaluru-native Vinitha Dayand Gowda, who had severe complications while giving birth to her baby.

Sorry Trump, majority of millennials don't like you

Over 60 per cent of millennials in the US disapprove of Donald Trump's performance and only 37 per cent view the president favourably, according to a survey.

The poll conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the US found that Trump, his Twitter activities and Twitter in general are not popular with millennials. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted prior to the government shutdown, the researchers said..

Sixty-two per cent of all millennials -- Americans aged 18 to 37-- surveyed said they disapprove of Trump's job performance and only 37 per cent said they view the president favourably.

Antarctica melting away at alarming rate

A new study has revealed that melting of the ice and snow from the entire continent of Antarctica has accelerated by 280 per cent in the last four decades. The study released on Monday led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, found that the rate of that ice loss has not been consistent, with ice disappearing faster in each successive decade.

Ice loss in Antarctica has increased from 40 gigatonnes per year from 1979-90 all the way up to 252 gigatonnes per year from 2009-17, a 6-fold increase. According to the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Antarctica holds a majority of the planet's ice and if melted, would cause the average sea level to rise 188 feet.

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