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Real People With Comic-Book Super Powers

1. Rock Crusher<p>Seken Tolebekov, 83, of Kazakhstan, can crush rocks with his bare hands. He started crushing rocks when he was 24.<p>“I think I have some …

Public-sector packages simply unaffordable

Canada Post Corp.'s recent disclosure of a $6.5-billion pension fund shortfall left the federal government with no practical choice but to support the Crown corporation's plan to provide less service at higher rates. Pouring in public money to bail out a gold-plated pension plan that is beyond the …

Notes From The Operating Table: On Waking Up During Surgery

By Jamie Delos Reyes,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1mrZd67<p>The surgery left four scars on my knee, ragged remnants of stitches where the surgeon …

2 of the Most Common Substances on Earth Are Anomalies

Solids are heavier than liquids, as a rule—because they are denser, as a rule. Two exceptions to this rule are, incidentally, the most abundant …

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

<b>Listen · 3:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother.<p>Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — …

When intensive care is just too intense

The treatment patients receive in intensive care usually works but many are left with deep psychological scars<p>I still remember the first patient I saw in intensive care. A naked man, covered by a white sheet, was plugged into banks of machines through cables that radiated from his body. His face …

Scientists Use Virtual Reality to Test Moral Dilemmas Involving Certain Death of Humans

Researchers have developed virtual reality experiments to test moral behavior in situations involving certain human death. Here is an example …

We All Have at Least Three Eyes—One Inside the Head

The pineal gland in the human brain has the structure of an eye. It has cells that act as light receptors, as the retina does. It has a structure …

Consciousness

Why Dennis McGuire had to suffer a horrible execution

State executions are never tidy affairs but the way a death row inmate was killed in Ohio this week is seen by observers as the latest sign of the chaos in which the American capital punishment system has plunged because of a scarcity of drugs.<p>Since European pharmaceutical firms refused in 2011 to …

So comedians are prone to psychosis? Comedy is more complex than that

I first did stand-up comedy in 2004. I’d always enjoyed making people laugh, which led me to take part in numerous comedy plays and the like in school and university. I never had the nerve to try stand-up though, I simply wasn’t brave enough.<p>Then I spent 18 months embalming dead people for a …

Heat Shuts Down Australian Open, Causes Hallucinations

To be fair, who hasn't hallucinated visions of cartoon dogs?<p>Extreme heat forced authorities to suspend play for more than four hours today (Jan. 16) at the Australian Open as temperatures topped 109 degrees Fahrenheit, although some players criticized officials for not halting play …

Australian Open (Tennis)

Zombies in Real Life: A Man’s Horrific Experience

In 1980, Clairvius Narcisse checked himself into a hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti, almost 20 years after his family had buried him in their village’s …

Occult

How salt fine-tunes drugs to treat brain disease

Scientists have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s …

No pain, no gain? Getting the most out of exercise

Staying in shape has all sorts of benefits, from maintaining heart health to warding off dementia and cancer<p><b>I</b>nactivity – fuelled by cars and a sedentary work life – has been dubbed the biggest public health problem of the 21st century, a global pandemic with dramatic impact on peoples wellbeing. …

Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

<b>Listen · 6:42</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When does our brain become our mind? Our heart? How does it become us, whatever we are? And how do we live with memories when they begin to burst inside?<p>E.L. Doctorow's new novel is called <i>Andrew's Brain</i>, and it plunges inside the brain of a man who …

Another Effect Of Racism: Accelerated Aging

For black men, racial discrimination speeds up aging at the cellular level, according to a new study.<p>A new study from the University of Maryland found that racism may speed aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men who reported being heavily …

Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

If you think buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been complicated, just wait. Buying dental coverage on the health exchanges, it turns out, is even more confusing.<p>Dental coverage for children is one of the benefits that must be offered under the law. But, it turns out, a …

The Nightmare of Flu-Induced Narcolepsy

What a difference a month makes.<p>Before the start of December, the annual flu season was expected to be normal with an average number of people suffering and a low rate of hospitalizations and deaths. Yet in the last week, that picture has changed completely as flu has spiked in certain regions of …

Public Health

This gene stops nerve fibers from decaying

Scientists have identified a gene that protects against spontaneous nerve degeneration, a discovery that could have implications for treating a range …

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

More substance abuse with severe mental illness

Among people with severe psychiatric illness, more than 75 percent are regular smokers, 30 percent engage in binge drinking, and about half regularly …

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …

How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions

Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more<p>1) SEIZURES<p><b>A device delivers targeted drugs to calm overactive neurons</b><p>For years, large clinical trials have treated people with epilepsy using so-called deep-brain stimulation: surgically implanted electrodes that can detect a seizure and …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

Little Boy Dances With Street Performer, Puts On Greatest Show Ever

We just love that little kids have a sense of propriety that differs from that of adults.<p>Like in the video above, for example.<p>A little boy decided to join in on a street performer's dance routine -- (when a regular grownup would've shied away) -- and ended up freestyling in the cutest way …

‘Decision fatigue’ may boost online buying

Long online transactions can take a toll on self-control, but adding more ways to express personal identity to the process can help reduce impulse …

Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

<i>Ticktock.</i> <i>Ticktock.</i> <i>Ticktock.</i><p>The seconds left in 2013 are slipping away. And you know what else is slipping away? The seconds left in your life.<p>Luckily for you, there's a new product called Tikker, a wristwatch that counts down your life, so you can watch on a large, dot-matrix display as the seconds …