Andrew Jay

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This Mad Genius Built His Own ‘Star Wars’ Lightsaber And It Runs On Alcohol

From the genius who built a Thor’s hammer that only he could lift, comes a real-life lightsaber, blue light and all, that’s essentially a flamethrower that runs on–you guessed it–alcohol.<p>The video above introduces Allen Pan lighting a cigarette using the lightsaber, so you just know that this …

12 Amazing Things We Learned About The Human Body In 2015

The human body is a source of mystery. But every year, scientists get just a little better at understanding its secrets.<p>Of course, 2015 has been no different. In the past year, researchers have created better access to proven therapies, developed futuristic new technologies that may change the way …

Medicine

He knew he was sick, but he didn’t have insurance

In about 2001, long before the Affordable Care Act was passed, I took care of a patient I’ll never forget. All doctors have them. I was a year and a half out of my family medicine residency, practicing at a safety-net clinic in Philadelphia. It was my day to cover the walk-in area of the clinic, …

Health Care

Norway was ranked as the best place to live in the world — here's why

<b>Norway ranked as the best place to live</b> in the United Nation's annual Human Development Report. It ranked the highest out of nearly 200 countries.<p>The report examines factors including education level, financial wealth, sense of security, and life expectancy, and then ranks the countries based on …

Demographics

A Video Game That Explores the Physics of Architecture

Scramble up the side of a futuristic skyscraper.<p>Chicago-based video game designer William Chyr has designed a world governed by a consistent bizarro-physics, where a player can walk up walls and ceilings and gravity is partially governed by colors.<p>The game, <i>Manifold Garden</i>, “is a metaphor for the …