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Is Cannibalism Unhealthy Or Just Awful?

If, say, a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario, would it be unhealthy? Or gross? Or just generally awful? It would, in fact, be all kinds of bad. Allows us to explain how.


The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers Of Venereal Disease

During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for US troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. Protect Yourself is a new book that collects this peen propaganda in one place.


UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.


Scientists Can Now Cut HIV Out Of Human DNA

HIV is a sneaky virus. Its MO involves integrating its own genes into your DNA, so that even as antiretrovirals hold everything in check, HIV lurks quietly inside your cells. Now scientists have found a way to edit the virus straight out of the human genome — a potential cure for even latent infections.


This Pacemaker Is Made By Injecting A Virus Right Into A Pig's Heart

Pacemakers are — even at their tiniest — intrusive bits of metal wired into the heart. But now scientists have come up with something completely different: a “biological pacemaker” in a pig made by reprogramming the heart’s own cells with a modified virus carrying a specific gene.


Would You Let An App Monitor Your Mental Health?

Fitness and health tracking apps and devices are so trendy that fashion designers are set to make a killing on sparkly bracelet cases for them. We like the idea of gadgets telling us when we haven’t exercised enough, or when we need to sleep more. But what about an app to track mental health?


This Tiny, Inexpensive Microchip Can Diagnose Diabetes Instantaneously

Stanford researchers recently published work on a small microchip they have developed that scans for diabetes in a fraction of the time of current tests. Additionally, their test is reusable for upwards of 15 patients, can be performed on site, and is more accurate in differentiating the biomarkers that distinguish type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In other words, it’s a major milestone in diabetes research.


How The Internet Is Helping A Father Fight An Illness Unknown To Science

In 2012, Matt Might sat down to write a blog post. The 5000-word essay titled “Hunting Down My Son’s Killer,” which was also republished on Gizmodo, documented his and his wife’s harrowing attempt to make sense of their son’s mysterious illness. The post went viral online — setting the family down a road that could change medical research. In the New Yorker, journalist Seth Mnookin tells the story of what’s happened since.


Shame Bathroom Slobs That Don't Wash Their Hands With This DIY Alarm

Here’s the deal: If you use a public bathroom for any reason, you need to wash your hands before you leave. Don’t try to debate it, don’t get defensive, just do it, or else you might be publicly shamed by this DIY alarm that lets everyone know your hands are probably a cesspool of disgusting.


Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we’re all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don’t fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest innovation for preventing that is heart monitoring car seats that have a pretty good idea of when drivers are getting drowsy.