Author Archives: Xeno

The Preserved Two-Faced Head of Edward Mordrake

The story of Edward Mordrake is one of the most captivating urban legends of the internet, featuring a wealthy man from the 1800’s who supposedly had a second face on the back of his head. According to the story, his extra face could laugh and cry but never spoke to anyone except Mordrake, when it… Read More »

PTSD treatments grow in evidence, effectiveness

This January 2008 article lists the best treatments for PTSD. I’ve been struggling with it for several years now and still need more therapy to stop being emotionally triggered by innocuous things. Some days are better than others. If you struggle with trauma of your own, check out these options. I’ve tried most of them.… Read More »

Video: What is Electricity?

Think about it for a minute. Do you really know what electricity is? Does anyone? What is electricity? Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion of electric charge. What is an electric charge? It is the physical property of matter that causes it to experience a force when placed… Read More »

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Bacteria can Shrink Tumors

If there is a microbial cause for cancers, and especially if certain microbes disable the human immune system in some way, then using other microbes to trigger the body’s immune system makes sense. In the 1890s, a New York surgeon named William Coley tested a radical cancer treatment. He took a hypodermic needle teeming with… Read More »

US Inventor: Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people’s brains to make them more intelligent, said Ray Kurzweil. The engineer believes machines and humans will eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost… Read More »

Behavior Modification of Spouses

Are humans “as easily manipulated as dogs” using behavior modification techniques? Attention, frustrated wives: if you want your husband to start listening to you and stop leaving his socks on the floor, all you need is a little patience and a lot of mackerel. Such is the putative relationship advice of Amy Sutherland, a journalist… Read More »

Surreal Chinese Giant in a Harbor

Although it looks like it might be a real oddly proportioned statue, this is an image created by artist Liu Di using photoshop. He has others you may like as well. Using Photoshop, he reproportioned animals and men and inserted them at gigantic scale into shabby urban settings. By shoehorning these bottom-heavy beasts and naked men… Read More »

Newer Antipsychotics No Better in Kids

Widely prescribed, newer-generation antipsychotic drugs are no more effective for the treatment of schizophrenia in children and teens than older, cheaper drugs, a government-funded study shows. Under the direction of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), researchers compared two of the newer drugs, known as atypical antipsychotics, to an older-generation antipsychotic. They found no… Read More »

What would be under water if the ice caps melted?

What would the Earth look like if sea level were 216 feet higher than today? Here are some maps of that scenario. As you can see, there is still plenty of land. Using the ice volume figures from above it is straightforward to estimate the effect on sea level were all this ice melted. Melting… Read More »

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised… Read More »

Video: Woman sued by her two frozen embryos

“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is being sued by her two frozen embryos in an unusual lawsuit as part of a three-year battle by her ex-fiance to see the embryos brought to life. The female embryos, which were created when Vergara was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb, are given the names Emma and Isabella and… Read More »