Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris has an amazing TED Talk available right now that parents, caregivers, teachers and anyone who has children in their lives should watch. If you've experienced trauma in your life, you may want to watch it, too. The discussion is about how childhood trauma affects us our whole lives. Did you know that the risk of heart disease and lung cancer triple in cases of heavy trauma?
Humans make a lot of things out of other creatures, and some of them are things that we really shouldn't make. I cried when I read about what we're doing to horseshoe crabs. We're going to wipe their species out if we don't find an alternative.
Did you think a human ear growing on the back of a rat was freaky? Wait until you get a load of this! At Tufts University, it’s all about implanting eyeballs these days. Researchers have been able to give blind tadpoles the gift of sight, but it’s in a pretty unconventional way: by grafting eyeballs onto the tadpoles’ tails.
Did you know that your ear wax has a lot to say about you? For starters, in the Western world, most people have “wet” ear wax, while in the East, more people have “dry” ear wax. The wax, which holds lots of fats, functions to help keep out bacteria, dust and other substances from your ear, but it is also related to how much you smell!
There are a lot of claims about the mandatory vaccines including the seasonal flu vaccine, but perhaps the wildest claim is that the government is using the vaccine as a secret mind control device.
There aren't many taboos that you could truly consider global, but cannibalism is one of them. Thus it is perhaps not surprising that the act of violating the taboo is often considered to be an extremely powerful one.
A 19-year-old-girl in Indore, India went to the hospital last month complaining that she "hadn't been able to eat or drink for a few days." Doctors performed an examination and discovered a massive blockage filling her stomach and small intestine.
As a cat lady myself, I have long been fascinated with the strange puzzle that is the toxoplasma parasite. Alarmingly, a new study shows a strong correlation between toxoplasmosis in women and suicide attempts. Odder still, women with toxoplasmosis are more likely to commit suicide by violent means (stabbing, gunshot, jumping) than non-infected women.
Last December, famed pop star George Michael fell desperately sick with pneumonia. He ignored the symptoms for too long, and pushed himself too hard, and ended up in the hospital for five weeks - with fully three weeks spent in a coma. Michael and his medical team were fighting for his life, and he is very lucky to be alive.
Mummies in Egypt are as archetypal to our thinking of that area of the world as castles and Europe, samurais in Japan, or overalls and America. According to io9, from the 12th century to the 17th century, mummy powder was considered a valuable remedy for everything from stomach ulcers and headaches. Plaster casts of ground up ancient Egyptian were thought to cure skin ailments and broken bones. They were even given to sick hawks, which were popular for hunting in the Middle Ages.
Also hailing from the ancient times, ancient Rome to be exact, were the restorative powers of gladiator blood. Widely considered a cure for epilepsy, blood and liver would be harvested from fallen gladiators, and would even be administered directly from the fallen warrior’s arm. In fact, the gore was even sold at stands outside the coloseums directly after a fatal fight.