Briefs: Oct. 22, 2013<br>
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The U.S. government has resumed full operation after a 16-day shutdown due to lack of congressional consensus regarding the debt ceiling. A deal was reached Thursday night that will keep the government running through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. “We need to get out of the habit of governing by crisis," Obama told Americans in a speech from the White House, reminding the nation that there were “no winners” in the shutdown. This rings true both politically and economically: according to The New York Times, economists estimate the shutdown cost the U.S. economy several billion dollars.
London’s first captive-born tiger in 17 years drowned on Saturday, according to the BBC. Its birth in late September had been a momentous event for the zoo. Curator Malcolm Fitzpatrick said, “We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what’s happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.”
According to NBC, Dicarlo Bennett, an airline employee, was arrested on Tuesday for exploding several dry ice bombs at LAX. Bennett obtained dry ice from a plane and placed it in a plastic container in an employee restroom. While no one was hurt, one airplane had to be evacuated and several flights were delayed. “The motivation certainly does not suggest terrorism," Erroll Southers told NBC. "It does suggest, at least, vandalism — trying to disrupt the airport, trying to get someone's attention, which they did."
The BBC reports that a plane crash in the Mekong River in Laos killed at least 49 people on Wednesday. There are no known survivors. The Lao airline had a clean safety record previous to this incident. Although the exact cause of the accident is unclear, it is suspected that bad weather had something to do with it. Experts from the manufacturer of the plane that crashed have discovered the plane’s black boxes. The black boxes will be able to provide the experts with crucial information from the data of the last few airborne minutes before the flight crashed.
Frank, the world’s first bionic man, is currently on display at the Smithsonian museum, according to BBC Global News. Frank (short for Frankenstein) is composed of more than 28 artificial body parts — including a pumping heart, a kidney, pancreas, arteries and blood, all created through bionic technology. When asked by a reporter how closely Frank resembles a human being, designer Dr. Bertolt Meyer of University of Zurich replied, “He is very far off from a real human, mainly because we could not find a replacement for the human brain ... These artificial limbs were designed to interface with a working human body. Without a human body at the center, all of this technology is pretty useless, and he turns into a big prop.”