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Lyme Disease in the US — 10 Times Higher Than Reported

If you have symptoms of Lyme disease (eg. random fast twitches) treated it with a protocol of daily exercise (for oxygen), heat, healthy organic foods and non-antibiotic antimicrobials. If you do this faithfully for about six months, the symptoms should go away. … It’s worth noting that while many still attribute Lyme transmission exclusively to… Read More »

The quest to build a brain in the lab

“I’m a neuroengineer, and one of my goals is building brains.” Prof Steven Potter was disarmingly understated as he introduced himself. It’s not that tissue engineering is unusual. Nor even that doing it with neural cells should be an issue. If heart cells or skin cells can be reprogrammed, why not neurons? But “building brains”… Read More »

Vehicles: Baywatch cop busted in bid to save electric cars.

(woai) ‘Baywatch’ cop busted in bid to save electric cars. GM is shipping EV1s to be crushed. “Baywatch” actress Alexandra Paul and another woman were arrested Monday after blocking the path of trucks hauling GM’s pioneering EV1 electric cars to Arizona to be destroyed, police said. “The company said the cars never became popular enough… Read More »

Light bursts out of a flying mirror

A dense sheet of electrons accelerated to close to the speed of light can act as a tuneable mirror that can generate bursts of laser-like radiation in the short wavelength range via reflection. A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t (LMU) M√ºnchen, the Queens University Belfast (QUB)… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”. €  Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More »

Video: Girl Plays Three Intruments

Based on the misleading YouTube title “Girl plays three instruments at once! AMAZING!!” I was wondering if she was going to play the violyn with her teeth. It has been done. Well, she plays two at once at times, very well, and three alternating instruments, but not three at once. It’s still worth enjoying:

Florida Coeds have the right to bring guns on campus

Score one for hard-working public university students in the Sunshine State, just trying to get by with a couple of pump-action 12-gauge Remingtons in the trunks of their Civics. Most Florida state colleges had been trying to limit the availability of firearms on campus by barring students from keeping the weapons in cars parked at… Read More »

Feet home to more than 100 fungi

We all have nearly 200 different types of fungi colonising our feet, scientists have discovered. Fungi live all over the human body, but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study. A new map of the body’s fungal diversity could help combat skin conditions such as… Read More »

Talk to Aliens for $3.99 per Minute

Let me know if they talk back… “A group of engineers has offered a solution for people who want a direct line to aliens – by broadcasting their phone calls directly into space. People wanting to contact extraterrestrial beings through www.TalkToAliens.com can dial a premium rate US number and have their call routed through a… Read More »

UNC neuroscientists discover new “mini-neural computer” in the brain

Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that these dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. “Suddenly, it’s… Read More »

Bizarre poodle moth

A Venezuelan poodle moth is mystifying researchers, baffling the internet, and confusing everyone at a first casual glance. The insect, seemingly a blend of a large moth and a bright, fluffy white poodle, was discovered in 2009 and may be a new species. The Venezuelan poodle moth was first captured on film by Dr. Arthur… Read More »

Evidence that at least one mammal can smell in stereo

  Most mammals, including humans, see in stereo and hear in stereo. But whether they can also smell in stereo is the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Now, a new study shows definitively that the common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) — the same critter that disrupts the lawns and gardens of homeowners throughout the eastern… Read More »

Surprising Sex Specific Benefit from a Vegetarian Diet

In a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the association between a vegetarian diet lifestyle and that of mortality using data gleaned from 73,308 Seventh-day Adventist men and women who participated in the study by answering a quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire, the study participants were categorized… Read More »

Rats given sixth sense in laboratory

The rats had no reduction in their ability to “feel” things as a result US researchers have effectively given laboratory rats a “sixth sense” using an implant in their brains. An experimental device allowed the rats to “touch” infrared light – which is normally invisible to them. The team at Duke University fitted the rats… Read More »

Color panorama of Mars

a 14,494-pixel-wide panorama of Curiosity’s landing site on Mars. via Daily Grail Frontpage | TDG – Science, Magick, Myth and History. This color panorama shows a 360-degree view of the landing site of NASA’s Curiosity rover, including the highest part of Mount Sharp visible to the rover. That part of Mount Sharp is approximately 12… Read More »

Streams Below Fracking Wastewater Treatment Show Elevated Salts, Metals, Radioactivity

“Radium levels were about 200 times greater in sediment samples collected where the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility discharges its treated wastewater into Blacklick Creek than in sediment samples collected just upstream of the plant,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The new Duke study… Read More »

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health.€ Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one… Read More »

Environmental Toxins Linked to Childhood Obesity

Are toys, pacifiers and even shampoo driving the epidemic of childhood obesity? Researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between a class of chemical substances known as “phthalates” and obesity in young children. Phthalates are man-made chemicals that disrupt your endocrine system… Read More »

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience

… Scientists are just now beginning to understand how traumatic early-life experiences can alter how genes are expressed. A developing field of study, known as epigenetics, examines how environmental factors like stress and parental attachment can turn genes regulating the brain’s stress response system on or off. Ruiz states, “Emerging research on the biology of… Read More »

King Midas in space? Rare star collision produces gold.

King Midas in Brides and grooms have stars not only in their eyes, but also in their wedding bands, scientists have found. Researchers at Harvard University say they have observed an unusual astronomical event that sends gold flying into space. A similar event could have been responsible for the glittering metal’s presence on Earth. Most… Read More »

The Anchoring Effect

Your teen is in desperate need of a new wardrobe. You set a day for a shopping trip. Lucky you. It’s not long until your daughter finds the perfect pair of jeans. Great, you tell her — until you check the price tag: $149.95. “Sorry honey, no deal. Too expensive. I’m sure you can find… Read More »

Priest Fined $1000 For Ear Biting

A West Australian priest has been fined $1000 for biting off the ear of a fellow elderly clergyman in a dispute over a sprinkler. Thomas Henry Byrne, 81, was spared a criminal conviction after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm on Tuesday, because a Perth magistrate accepted dementia had played a central role in… Read More »

Chupacabra found and killed.

Here are a few more close up pictures of the mouth of the Lufkin, Texas chupacabra. See our chupacabra article for more. You really can see a line of hair down this one’s back in the last photo. Sad that they shot and killed it. Better to trap one so it could be examined alive.… Read More »

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories

Scientists – and parents – have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3. As all parents know, no matter how momentous an event is in a toddler’s life, the memory soon drifts away and within months there isn’t even a wisp of it left. Now a new study shows that… Read More »

Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon

An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of an 88-pound (40 kg) rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA scientists said on Friday. The explosion on March 17 was the biggest seen since NASA began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. So far,… Read More »

Video: How many people are in this frog?

Artist Johannes Stoetter has gained worldwide attention for using body paint to create stunning animal creations. In this video created by Stoetter, you may think you’re seeing a frog and a chameleon — but in fact you’re seeing human beings, painted and intertwined to create an incredible illusion. You can see more of Stoetter’s work… Read More »

Special Nose Cover Can Stop Snoring + Singing and EO Cures

Abstract Primary snoring, defined as snoring in the absence of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea OSA, is a very common problem that can significantly worsen the sleep quality of the bed partner and has been linked to important medical conditions. Health- care providers are frequently asked by their patients for snoring treatment recommendations. Unfortunately, although there are… Read More »

Scientists discover bees of the sea

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land. Just like their terrestrial cousins, grasses under the sea shed pollen to sexually reproduce. Until now, biologists assumed the marine plants relied on water alone to spread their genes far and wide. But… Read More »

NASA Goes Low-Tech: Sends Balloon to Study Comet ISON

As stargazers keep their hopes up for an awesome show from ISON, dubbed the “comet of the century,” a balloon NASA sent into space is intended to bring back more information about the celestial event. But this is not your average balloon. At 671 feet tall, NASA’s balloon – named BRRISON, which stands for Balloon… Read More »

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is mounting evidence from researchers at leading research institutions about the benefits of meditation for brain health and function. One of the latest series of studies, from researchers at Harvard, was explained at length in the Washington Post. The short story – meditation improves brain function and grows the brain in important ways. Sara… Read More »

Mysterious Stinking Foam Errupts from Road in China

Stinking white foam leaked from Wende Road after the pavement cracked in Pukou District in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province on May 11, 2013. According to the World Bank in 2007, 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China. (AFP/Getty Images) via Photos: Strange and Mysterious Happenings in China | Photos –… Read More »