April 20, 2014

6:00 PM | Improbable Resurrections: 5 Real Cases
In celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Christ, here are some stories of people being revived against all odds, including from rabies, coma, catatonic states and brain-eating amoebas.
7:00 AM | The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal
One of the all-time scariest fictional villains, Hannibal Lecter has terrified moviegoers and book lovers for over 30 years. However, what's even scarier is the fact that the liver-eating cannibal was based on a real killer. Alfredo Balli Trevino was a Mexican doctor who met Thomas Harris in the 1960s and left a very strong impression on the young writer. The post The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 19, 2014

6:05 PM | DNews: Why You Get Angry When You're Hungry
Are you easily made angry whenever you're very hungry, and then as soon as you eat, you're fine? Why does this happen? Laci explains the science of being "Hangry."
7:00 AM | When Al Capone Was Literally Stabbed In The Back
Al Capone might be the most notorious mobster in American history, but he wasn't a match for James "Tex" Lucas. This 22-year-old bank robber wasn't afraid of anybody. And when the Texas crook met the Chicago gangster in Alcatraz, they didn't exactly get along. The post When Al Capone Was Literally Stabbed In The Back appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 18, 2014

10:38 PM | What do you do on a Friday Evening?! Apparently I Learn About Duck Sexual Organs!
So I just finished watching a film and was just looking through my tumblr when I cam across the cartoon above. I had guessed that it was referring to a ducks penis but curiosity and wanting to check the facts got the better of me. A quick Google search brought up an article from sciencedaily.com […]
7:08 PM | How Safe Are Ferries?
As divers continue to hunt for survivors of the Sewol ferry in waters off South Korea’s coast, questions remain unanswered.
9:45 AM | Proper attire for gardening
If your gardening shoes are no longer up to the job, you can recycle them into planters! Now that spring has finally sprung, we’re all spending more time out in the garden. It’s a great place to be when the weather is nice, and most of us could use the exercise after a winter indoors, but it pays to bear in mind some healthy and safety aspects if you want to avoid injuring yourself. It won’t take long, I’m just going to share with you some of the advice that I included […]
9:00 AM | Another way to look at the university research budget sand castle problem
Yesterday we noted that a clear awareness of a crunch-time for university based science and graduate training is 'in the air'.  This is the result of an oversupply of doctoral graduates and a shrinking level of research funding.  It's leaving young people and even some older ones high and dry.  It's associated also with the loss of societal support for higher education as a general societal gain--legislators are backing away from providing funds to state universities.  One […]
7:00 AM | The Bizarre Sewing Needle Bomb Of World War II
The military scientists of World War II were quite creative . . . in a scary sort of way. One of their weirdest inventions was the deadly sewing needle bomb, a device meant to drop poisonous darts on Nazi troops. And while the bomb never saw any action, it did kill quite a few sheep. The post The Bizarre Sewing Needle Bomb Of World War II appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 17, 2014

12:06 PM | Coconut: Nose to Tail
Coconut: Nose to Tail from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but it also plays a major role in many non-culinary parts of every day life. Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. Filmmakers spent the day with a family of 8 on their modest coconut plantation outside of Negombo, to see what the coconut has to offer.  This blog posting is © […]
10:25 AM | DNews: Why Do We Feel Emotions In Our Stomachs?
If you've ever been nervous or stressed, you might have experienced a weird feeling in your stomach. Why do we feel so many emotions in our guts? Laci did some digging to figure out what connects our brains to our midsections.
9:00 AM | Playing in sand castles is no game! Funding science
There are rumors that the proposed federal NSF budget will cut some areas (cut not hold steady) by amounts well into double digits (like around 20%).  That's a permanent cut imposed over just one year, I think, on top of the steady-at-best budgets of recent years.  And a new commentary by Bruce Alberts et al. in PNAS bemoans the similarly serious situation in biomedical (NIH-based) research.  These latter authors make many or most of the same points that we have often been […]
7:00 AM | The Strange Way We Might Save Cheetahs From Extinction
A number of factors have caused the population of cheetahs to plummet. Facing extinction, conservationists are turning to various creative ideas to keep the big cats extant. One strategy involves importing huge, fearsome guard dogs from Turkey to frighten the cheetah away from stalking within range of ranches and gun-toting farmers. The post The Strange Way We Might Save Cheetahs From Extinction appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 16, 2014

7:44 PM | Hipster Beard Trend May Have Peaked
A study indicates that we may be maxing out on men's facial hair. Continue reading →
6:07 PM | Non-vaccine Drug Ready to Fight Measles
A new drug that can be administered orally could contain outbreaks. Continue reading →
1:12 PM | DNews: When People are More Likely To Attempt Suicide
Millions of Americans suffer from depression and some choose to end their lives. When are people more likely to commit suicide, and what can we do to prevent it? Tara discusses how you can seek help if you're struggling with suicidal thoughts.
1:00 PM | How Social Media Overload Can Lead to Break-Ups
People who spend more time on social networking sites report more conflict in their relationships and are more likely to break up.
11:20 AM | DNews: 5 Tips To Survive Final Exams
Finals week is approaching and some of you might be stressed out. While exams are stressful, there are ways to make them more manageable. Join Laci as she covers five helpful tips to do better on finals.
10:27 AM | DNews: How Trauma is Passed Down Through Sperm
As time goes on, more and more research is being done on the effects of your sperm on your children. Tara discusses a recent study that found mental illness caused by traumatic events can be passed on through sperm.
7:00 AM | Ik ben wit, dus geen terrorist
Closer Blog: Waarom noemen we de schietpartij in Kansas City op drie joodse burgers geen terrorisme? Read more: Ik ben wit, dus geen terrorist
7:00 AM | Alleged Grave-Robbing Cannibal Brothers Arrested -- Again
The two brothers stand accused of repeatedly eating dead people.
7:00 AM | The Cartoon That Launched A Raccoon Invasion
Baby raccoons might look cute, but when they grow up, they start getting a tad unruly. After all, they're wild animals. That's something the Japanese learned the hard way after a popular cartoon encouraged kids to adopt the little critters as pets. When the families tired of them, many were released into the wild although they are not native to Japan. They have been wreaking absolute havoc on the ecosystem ever since. The post The Cartoon That Launched A Raccoon Invasion appeared first on […]
12:58 AM | Julio Verne y la ciencia … ¿ficción?
claimtoken-5350d67ebb750 Julio Verne es considerado uno de los escritores más leídos de todos los tiempos (es el segundo escritor más traducido en el mundo después de Agatha Christie) y uno de los padres del género literario de ciencia-ficción. Retrato de … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

7:20 PM | Why People Still Join the Ku Klux Klan
The Internet has played a major role in keeping extreme groups like the Klan alive.
5:18 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 12)
Came across this blog post on the so-called salt mummies of Iran, which has pictures of the mummies on display in the Zanjan Museum... which seems to need an osteologist.  These are two shots of one mummy, from the feet and from the head.  Check out the tibiae/fibulae and humeri.  Those are wonky, no?Saltman no. 2 , currently on display in Zanjan Musem.By Mardetanha (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL […]
4:08 PM | Viagra Ice Cream Arouses Controversy
The long list of unnatural food combinations just grew a little bigger: Viagra and Champagne ice cream.
2:20 PM | Pot Vending Machine Also Sells Snacks
A pot-selling machine in Colorado lets users discretely take away bud and a little snack.
1:18 PM | My CV – if anyone’s interested!
I decided to put my CV on my ‘About Me‘ page just in case. Some of you might want to know a little bit more about my education background and work experience and so I thought I would share it. To view my CV click here. Please get in touch if you have any questions […]
1:00 PM | Voodoo Dolls Shed Light on Domestic Spats
Having low blood glucose means you are more likely to stick pins in a voodoo doll that represents your spouse.
12:18 PM | Grow Wild!
Check out this video from the official launch of the Grow Wild campaign (supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), which aims to get young people sowing seeds for UK native wild flowers to brighten up our urban areas and provide new habitats for our beleaguered pollinators and beneficial insects. You can get your hands on some free seeds via their Facebook page. Sowing them is easy – as they say in the video, it’s just like sprinkling salt on your chips! You don’t […]
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