HUMANS GAVE LEPROSY TO ARMADILLOS, NOW THEY’RE GIVING IT BACK

In Brazil, it is not uncommon to eat armadillo, which reportedly tastes like chicken. But new research warns against the practice—it could give you leprosy. In a study published Thursday in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers found that 62 percent of the nine-banded armadillos sampled in Brazil’s western state of Pará showed signs […]

WHAT CAUSES YELLOW TEETH? REASON WHY TEETH TURN YELLOW

While celebrities and models may sport pearly white teeth, the smiles of most people are a tad duller. But this shouldn’t be too surprising. Many things can affect the color of your teeth and turn them that dreaded yellow hue, which may make some people feel self-conscious about their appearance and hesitant to smile. An […]

REASON BEHIND THE SPORTS PLAYERS SPITTING THEIR DRINKS

Close watchers of this year’s World Cup may have noticed players engaging in an odd practice: They’ll take a swig of liquid, but instead of swallowing, they’ll spit it out. Indeed, both England’s captain, Harry Kane, and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo have been seen expelling liquid from their mouths during matches, according to The New […]

SUN CHASING ROBOT MOVES IN & OUT TO CARE FOR PLANTS LIVES ON ITS HEAD

Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it. But what if plants could do more than […]

‘PUT THE LID DOWN WHILE FLUSHING THE TOILET’ & HERE’S THE REASON

We all know it’s important to keep our bathrooms clean. We also know that we must wash our hands when we’ve been to the loo. But it turns out there’s something else we’re meant to do once we’ve used the facilities. Which is putting the toilet seat down, closing it completely, before you flush it. […]

PLANNING FOR A SUMMER READ? BEWARE!! THERE ARE BOOKS THAT KILL

If you plan on doing lots of summer reading this year, be sure to keep the safety basics in mind: Always keep your page-turning fingers hydrated; never enter an unfamiliar fictional world without a compass; and — most important — watch out for poisonous books. Odd as it may sound, works on paper can actually […]

WOMAN BECOMES PREGNANT IN THE MOUTH WITH BABY SQUID

A bizarre claim has been made in a scientific paper Journal of Parasitology in June 2012: a woman’s mouth ‘fell pregnant’ with 12 baby squid after she bit into a parboiled portion of the cephalopod. The 63-year-old real-life ‘octo-mum’, from South Korea, was eating a portion of cooked whole squid when she felt a sharp […]

VAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE TEMPORARILY BANNED

The government has accepted a recommendation to temporarily ban vaginal mesh implants for women with urinary incontinence. The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review concluded there must be an immediate pause in the use of surgical mesh to treat stress-urinary incontinence (SUI) – a condition where urine leaks out when the bladder is under […]

PHOTOGRAPHY CAN HELP TO CULTIVATE MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE IN KIDS

If you were to think about teaching both mindfulness and gratitude to students, photography might not be the first method that comes to mind. But mindfulness is, at its core, a state of open awareness and attention—and to feel gratitude, we first have to truly notice the good things in life. Looked at that way, […]

HOW PARENTS CAN HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON ON THE SCREEN TIME

All parents want happy and successful children. Yet, too often we are led to believe that the best way to ensure that is to add more of everything to our children’s lives—more studying, more lessons, and more sports practices. That makes for a jam-packed, high-pressure family life for everyone. What children require to thrive is […]