Saad Chouhan

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Art

FYI: Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

I mean, it's not just me, right?<p>The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, …

What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the beer's flavor.<p>For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as "crisp." But to a brewer, the …

Tencent gives its Two Cents on World War III: Deconstructing China's Video Game Visions of War

PR escalation<p>Tencent, one of China's Internet commerce giants, released a chest pumping (but visually accurate) CGI video of a victorious PLA in time for China's 70th VJ day parade on September 3, 2015. Just like a recent technothriller featuring an unprovoked sneak attack on US soil …

Military

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Quantum Mechanics

South African Cave Yields Strange Bones Of Early Human-Like Species

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of an unusual human-like creature that lived long ago. Exactly how long ago is still a mystery — and that's not the only mystery surrounding this newfound species.<p>The bones have a strange mix of primitive and modern features, and were found in an …

Anthropology

Ever wanted to train like a Shaolin Monk? Now You Can!

Fat, thin, young or old, we all have a mind and body that can be trained. We are what we repeatedly do. At my Shaolin Summer Camp you'll be training 6 Hours a day. Be prepared to face frustration and fatigue. Be prepared to train at your highest …

Wild Monks: Origins of the Shaolin Martial Arts

Fightland Blog<p>Legendary monk-outlaw Lu Zhishen uproots a willow tree.<p>There is a contradiction at the heart of the Shaolin martial tradition, one that has irked devout Buddhists for centuries. The contradictions takes form in the person of the omnivorous martial monk, itinerant and outside of the …

Martial Arts

From Staff to Fist: Origins of Shaolin Martial Arts

Fightland Blog<p>Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images<p>The wild Buddhist monks who made up the first monastic armies of the medieval era were known for their staff fighting. Clerical warriors seem to be drawn to the staff, no matter which culture, and for Buddhists there is something of an explanation. The …

Martial Arts

Implanted Sponges Soak Up Cancer Cells

Better to stop cancer before it spreads<p>Metastatic cancer, or a cancer that spreads to other parts of the body, causes more than 90 percent of cancer deaths. Doctors constantly monitor patients’ blood to make sure that cancer cells haven’t broken off from the original tumor and started spreading, …

Cancer

How to light up a tumour

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Cancer

13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

Yellowstone National Park

I was sick of the hateful climate in Gujarat: judge explains why he quit after the riots

Former Ahmedabad City Court judge Himanshu Trivedi recounts the anti-Muslim sentiment expressed by lawyers and judges after the 2002 communal …

India