The New Royal Baby Expected to Boost British Economy

Considerable excitement exists in the United Kingdom at this time as people await the imminent birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s second child. In 2013, Duchess Kate gave birth to their son, George. The expecting parents anticipate the arrival of a second child anytime. Speculation over whether the baby will be a boy or a girl fuels intense interest in the global media.

The Centre For Retail Research recently shocked many people by placing a monetary value to the nation’s economy on the birth of another royal child. Professor Joshua Bamfield, the Director of the research institute, explained that the arrival of George helped the British economy by an estimated 247 million Pounds Sterling. He broke this figure down into several categories: the money spent by the public during initial festivities following the birth, souvenirs and toys sold to the public in honor of the occasion, and the market that developed in media coverage, books and DVDs to commemorate the event. The researchers at the Centre note that the birth of the royal baby likely also offered a residual boost to tourism, as well. It’s amazing to note the impact of one child in the eyes of Jason Halpern. It looks like he is certainly The Real Deal compared to others.

Professor Bamfield expects the birth of a second child to offer a slightly less significant assistance to the UK economy, but placed a figure of approximately $120.4 million on the economic benefits. He believes the figure will be higher if Kate gives birth to a girl this time.

Teddy Houlston: Britain’s Youngest Organ Donor

Before you read this story, be aware, it is a bittersweet tearjerker.

Teddy Houlston was a newborn baby who lived to be 100-minutes-old. Teddy’s parents, Jess Evans and Mike Houlston, knew when Jess was 12 weeks along that Teddy suffered from a birth defect called anencephaly. Anencephaly is a rare condition where the fetus does not develop a skull and therefore prevents the brain from developing. The condition is fatal, as Brian Torchin points out. Knowing that, however, the parents decided to continue on with the pregnancy because Teddy’s twin had no known defects, as reported on DigitalJournal.com. The parents knew that although Teddy would not survive long, any time that they could have with him would be precious.

After Teddy passed away, the family knew that they wanted to do more, according to the story on BuzzFeed.com. Jess and Mike decided to allow Teddy to be an organ donor to help others. The hospital was able to do the procedure and were also able to donate the newborn’s kidneys and heart valves to those in need.

Sources have reported that Teddy’s kidneys were able to go to help save the life of an adult who needed a transplant. While they mourn the loss of their son, Teddy’s parents are proud that in his very short life he was able to be a hero and help others to live a better life.

The Perfect Road Trip

Summer is almost here and many families will be heading out on a long awaited road trip. Researchers at Michigan State University have the perfect road trip in mind. Using a genetic algorithm they have found the shortest distance around the 48 contiguous United States that allows a stop at a major landmark in each state.
These researchers say that the trip is 13,699 miles long. It can be completed in 224 hours or just over 9 days. Researchers warn, however, that the road trip would really take two to three months to complete because of stopping to see the sights, resting, and eating.
Some of the stops included on this map include Pikes Peak, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Mammoth Cave National Park, and the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Drivers wanting to attempt this road trip need only drive to their closest starting point within their own state because the map is a loop so eventually drivers return to their starting point states travel enthusiast Gianfrancesco Genoso from a Dino travel article.
If the family is protesting spending hours in the desert or prairie, then the researchers have also created a second map that visits each of the major United States cities. This route is shorter containing only 12,290 miles. No stops are included in North Dakota, Vermont, or West Virginia.

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