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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 »

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 »

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 »

ultra-rare “impossible” quasicrystal found in Russian meteorite

A quasicrystal’s atomic structure combines the symmetrical properties of a crystal and the chaos of an amorphous solid. Originating in outer space, these crystals aren’t just incredible because of how rare they are – their atomic structure is so peculiar, for decades their existence was dismissed as “impossible”, and they cost the scientist who first… Read More »

Eerie otherworldly blue clouds descend over Antarctica

Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though dense layers of ice crystals to create a brilliant, glowing haze that can be seen from space. But according to new images recorded by NASA, those otherworldly clouds made their annual appearance way earlier than expected this year,… Read More »

Video: Healthy Bacon Flavored Mushrooms?

A Tucson mushroom company claims their oyster mushroom variety tastes like bacon when cooked, but is much healthier. It’s fitting that Craft Bacon Flavor Mushrooms were conceived in Tucson, AZ, the first World City of Gastronomy (UNESCO) in the United States. Tucson’s Foodie scene is rivaled only by it’s amazing local selection of craft beer… Read More »

Video: What are Ultraterrestrials?

Coined by ufologist John Keel in the 1970s (in his Operation Trojan Horse) to explain the mystery airships, and the Mothman, among other things, ultraterrestrials are like extraterrestrials: a much more technologically and scientifically advanced civilization than ours. Unlike extraterrestrials, however, the ultraterrestrials come not from space but from our own Earth. They have been… Read More »

Ice rink with embedded dead fish sparks uproar

There was a backlash on social media about this. The owner said he just wanted to educate people about fish. He apologized and said he did not anticipate the negative reactions. The rink, which opened inside Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, southern Japan on November 12, created the unusual fish display in an apparent… Read More »

Video: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by 167 theremin nesting dolls

The theremin instrument was invented by Laeon Theremin in 1920. The sound is like that of the Tannerin, an electrotheremin which appeared in The Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations. In the musical performance below, the performers are playing an invention of Masami Takeuchi. € Takeuchi placed the frequency antenna of a theremin inside a Russian nesting… Read More »

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare, but… Read More »

Sunken City: Kekova-Simena

The ancient Lycian city of Simena, often referred to as Kekova-Simena, once straddled the long and narrow island of Kekova in the Mediterranean Sea near the Turkish coastline. In the olden times, Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes. Part of the city lies on the… Read More »

Moose battle encased in lake ice

Two moose have been found encased in ice in a lake while battling each other in a remote Alaskan village. Brad Webster, a teacher in Unalakleet village, was out walking with a friend at a nearby Bible camp when he spotted moose antlers poking out of the ice. He said the discovery in western Alaska… Read More »

Woman sees dragon faces

A 52-year-old woman whose rare condition was reported in The Lancet suffered from hallucinations that caused her to see human faces as dragons. “She could perceive and recognize actual faces, but after several minutes they turned black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright… Read More »