Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed as he fled Pompeii

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(CNN)A man managed to escape the first eruptive fury of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, only to be crushed beneath a block of stone hurled by an explosive volcanic cloud, new excavations at the site suggest. Archeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, found the man's remains almost 2,000 years after he died. Stunning pictures from the scene show a skeleton pinned beneath the stone. The impact crushed the top of the man's body. His head might still be buried beneath the block of stone. Lesions on the skeleton's tibia are signs of a bone infection that probably hampered the man's Read more

Quantum physics can help explain much of the world’s suffering

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Quantum physics is the science that describes nature at its smallest atomic levels. But tiny subatomic happenings can have huge effects: Quantum theory describes the universe as one giant entangled system, where what happens in one corner of the world can simultaneously effect something else across the globe. While physically separate, humans and the world they live in are fundamentally inseparable, according to a quantum model of the universe. It is therefore both unsurprising and yet paradoxical that populism—a political movement that supports the rights and power of ordinary citizens Read more

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

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Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms. Researchers around the world are exploring the drug’s transformative power to help people quit smoking; lower violent crime; treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder; and trigger lasting spiritual epiphanies in psychologically healthy people, especially when coupled with meditation or contemplative Read more

Here’s what a NASA camera sees just before it dies

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When NASA’s GRACE satellites headed skyward aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month, everything went relatively smoothly. That is, unless you were one particular camera perched near the launch site. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls had a pricey Canon set up in a grassy area with a nice view of the launchpad and, well, things didn’t exactly go as planned. Now, with the GRACE launch hype settling down, NASA decided to offer a detailed look at exactly what happened to the camera. We already knew that the rocket’s departure didn’t directly doom the camera, and that it met its end Read more

Spray your clothes with this chemical to keep ticks away

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In an especially nasty year for ticks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement about a possible method for preventing the spread of diseases carried by their bites, Live Science reports. By spraying clothing with an insecticide called permethrin, experts believe you can cause the bugs to get so-called "hot feet" and fall off before transmitting germs that cause Lyme and other tick-borne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to a study published in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Medical Entomology, permethrin caused ticks of Read more

Is cockroach milk back as a superfood trend?

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Food trends like cronuts and charcoal come and go, but one bizarre "superfood" is back, two years after it first debuted: Cockroach milk. The pesky bug is actually filled with an energy-rich milk-like substance. It's not your typical non-dairy milk alternative like almond milk, but cockroach milk is gaining popularity once again, after coming to the forefront in 2016. Read more... Read more

Oldest known case of dandruff found in 125m-year-old dinosaur

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Scientists have discovered fossilised dandruff on the skin of a feathered microraptor The oldest known case of dandruff has been identified in a small feathered dinosaur that roamed the Earth about 125m years ago. Paleontologists found tiny flakes of fossilised skin on a crow-sized microraptor, a meat-eating dinosaur that had wings on all four of its limbs. Tests on two other feathered dinosaurs, namely beipiaosaurus and sinornithosaurus, and a primitive bird known as confuciusornis, also revealed pieces of fossilised dandruff on the animals’ bodies. The prehistoric skin flakes are the only Read more

Student not allowed to attend graduation after putting school up for sale on Craig's List

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Independence School District after the district banned a senior from participating in graduation because of a Craiglist ad prank. Friday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of the school district. After the judge's verdict, a district spokesperson said the senior will not walk during Saturday's ceremony. On Wednesday, FOX4 first reported Kylan Scheele posted an ad on Craigslist that listed Truman High School for sale. The Independence School District suspended Scheele for three days and banned him from attending graduation Read more

Accused rapist shows penis to jury to prove innocence

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Now that’s junk justice. A Connecticut man on trial for sexual assault was allowed to drop trou and expose his penis to a stunned New Haven jury this week — to prove that it doesn’t match his accuser’s description. The accuser says she was raped in 2012 by a stranger whose penis was lighter than the rest of his skin — and picked Desmond James, 26, out of a photo lineup as her attacker. But James’ attorney on Wednesday argued that his client’s private parts are actually darker than the rest of his body — and the best way to prove it was to display his manhood. Judge Elpedio Read more

Woman furiously shits on floor of Tim Hortons, throws it at employees

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A woman in Canada was so incensed about something Tim Hortons employees did or didn’t do that she dropped her pants, took a dump on the floor, threw it, grabbed some napkins to wipe her ass, threw those too, and left. There is no pixelation in this sped-up LiveLeak video. You are going to see everything that this woman, full of rage and previously turds, does to forever sully the floor of this Tim Hortons located in Langley, British Columbia: What’s particularly baffling, aside from the obvious, is the other customers who don’t really react to what’s happening. Maybe that’s because Read more