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Monday, 13 August 2018


quote [ In a recent paper, researchers at the University of Toledo have begun to parse the process by which close or prolonged exposure to the 445 nanometer shortwave called "blue light" can trigger irreversible damage in eye cells. The results could have profound consequences for consumer technology. The blue light causes the retinal to oxidize, creating ?toxic chemical species.? The retinal, energized by this particular band of light, kills the photoreceptor cells, which do not grow back once they are damaged. ]

Stop masturbating to Smurf and Na'vi porn on your phone or you'll go super blind.

[SFW] [health] [+2 Insightful]
[by Ankylosaur@8:21amGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The World?s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

quote [ On December 3, 1984, 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the factory and scorched the throats, eyes, and lives of thousands of people outside these walls. It was?still is?the world?s deadliest industrial disaster.

In the decades since, many other sites of industrial waste?in New Jersey, Missouri, Ohio?have been cleaned up. But this 70-acre site in Bhopal has, apart from the riotous jungle basil, remained mostly unchanged. ... (though) people continue to think of Bhopal?s tragedy as one horrific night in 1984, the site still hosts hundreds of tons of contaminated waste. The Bhopal disaster is, in fact, still unfolding. ]

Despite the fact that I have taught about the history of this disaster, i did not know how bad things continue to be for the people of Bohpal today.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Informative]
[by Space_1889@11:40pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 25 June 2018

Americans Crave Group Sex

quote [ And other findings from the largest domestic study of sexual desire ever conducted ]

(...and yes, Republicans are sexually repressed perverts.)
[NSFW] [health] [+4 Hot Pr0n]
[by hellboy@7:20amGMT] [9 comments]

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Study links herpes viruses to Alzheimer?s diseases

quote [ In a landmark study, researchers connected two of the most ubiquitous viral infections to Alzheimer?s disease.
Scientists ?collected tisssue samples from 944 brains ?The team found over 500 types of viruses present in these brains. Two, however, stood out as existing in particularly high concentrations in brains with Alzheimer?s: human herpes virus (HHV) 6 and 7. ? herpes is derived from a Greek word meaning ?to creep? because of their ability to crawl up our nerves and plant themselves, in the case of HHV 6 and HHV 7, our brains. Scientists have estimated that 90% of the US population over the age of 5 have HHV 6 or 7, but never have any symptoms. ]

Alzheimer?s has stumped physicians and pharmaceutical companies for decades.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Interesting]
[by yunnaf@3:56amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

"This Place Is Crazy" - Prisons and Mental Health

quote [ Our mental-health-care system is broken. Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here?s what this crisis looks like from the inside?a series of lost lives and a few rare victories?as reported by a prisoner-journalist. ]

I was familiar with the relationship between mental illness and prison, but this article gave me a fresh perspective since it was written by a convicted murderer still in prison. Well worth reading, I think.
[SFW] [health] [+3 Underrated]
[by Space_1889@11:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

quote [ Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved. If we need a hug and another human isn't available, we can sometimes get a little bit of satisfaction from hugging inanimate objects like stuffed animals, but it seems like robots might be able to be somewhat more fulfilling. The importance of hugs goes way beyond "oh that feels nice thank you." There?s plenty of research showing that hugs offer tangible health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and increasing oxytocin levels, as well as significant improvements to mental health, like social support reinforcement and stress relief. ]


[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@10:24pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Claims about social benefits of sex robots greatly overstated, say experts

quote [ The market for anthropomorphic dolls with a range of orifices for sexual pleasure ? the majority of which are female in form, and often boast large breasts, tiny waists and sultry looks ? is on the rise. Writing in the journal BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bewley & Cox-George searched databases of scientific papers but found none that studied the health impacts of sex robots. "While a human may genuinely desire a sexbot, reciprocation can only be artificially mimicked." ]

Surely the IBM 1401 reciprocates.

[NSFW] [health] [+6]
[by Ankylosaur@1:18amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

quote [ Pollan?s initial skepticism and general lack of hipness work wonders for the material. The problem with more enthusiastic or even hallucinatory writers on the subject is that they just compound the zaniness at the heart of the thing; it?s all too much of the same tone, like having George Will walk you through the tax code. ]

I'll start listening to this as an audiobook on my commute in the next few days. I've read several of his books, and deeply enjoyed them, as well as seen him speak a few times. There's a link to a recent interview about the book with Michael Pollan by Sam Harris in the extended, along with a few of my own thoughts. NYT text also in extended.

[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by midden@12:41amGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 25 May 2018

Ireland Is More Likely than Ever to Vote to Legalize Abortion

quote [ On Friday, Ireland goes to the polls in a historic referendum that could overturn one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. It?s a landmark moment: giving the Irish public the biggest chance to change the law since a 1983 referendum when the population voted by 67% to enshrine in the constitution an equal right to life for a mother and a fetus. That vote came in the wake of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case in the U.S. that decriminalized abortion, prompting Irish conservatives to fear their own country could follow a similar path. ]

Ireland has a big decision to make, Americans and facebook are helping.

[SFW] [health] [+4 Good]
[by HoZay@2:51amGMT] [10 comments]

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The incredibly frustrating reason there?s no Lyme disease vaccine

quote [ LYMErix had the misfortune of being approved the same year some people were becoming suspicious of vaccines in the United States. In 1998, the journal Lancet published a now-retracted study that (falsely) claimed the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was linked to autism, and the modern anti-vax movement was born.

At the same time, a few members of the FDA panel that approved LYMErix had voiced a theoretical concern that the drug could cause an autoimmune reaction leading to arthritis. The idea was that as the immune system learned to attack the protein that covered the Lyme bacteria, it could overreact and start to attack healthy tissue in the body. This side effect didn?t occur in the clinical trial. It was just a hypothetical possibility. ]

Interesting read /25 chars
[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@9:52pmGMT] [6 comments]

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