Scientists implanted mice brains with human brain cells and the mice became "statistically and significantly smarter than control mice." They then created mouse-human hybrids by implanting baby mice with mature human astrocytes. Those cells completely took over the mouse's brain. cnet.com/news/mice-implan…
Elephants rarely get cancer because they have extra copies of two cancer-fighting genes: P53, which hunts for cells with miscopied DNA, and LIF6, which obliterates the mutated cells before they can form a tumor. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
When your skin gets sunburned, it's because your skin cells are basiclly commiting suicide so that they don't becomes cancerous. untamedscience.com/biolog…
Today I learned about the The StingRay. Used by Law Enforcement for surveillance, it mimics a cell tower forcing all nearby mobile phones and other cellular data devices to connect to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
You don't get vitamin D from the sun. You make vitamin D from cholesterol in its inactive form. Inside your cells, this inactive form gets subjected to UV light which is provided by the sun and then gets activated. That's where the whole "vitamin D from the sun" idea comes from. webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-61…
In 1980, a Somali government prisoner was sentenced to life in solitary confinement. He contemplated suicide until the prisoner in the next cell tapped out the words of a book in modified Morse code. npr.org/2017/09/11/550058…
Human anus are covered by cells similar to those in our mouth. Hence why spicy foods can burn down there just as much as in mouth. menshealth.com/health/a19…
Elephants rarely get cancer, thanks to an extra cancer-fighting gene called P53. This gene recognizes dangerous cells and killing them before they become cancerous. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Silicon transistors in modern computer chips are only 14nm wide, which is 400x smaller than a red blood cell. We are reaching the theoretical minimum size of silicon transistors, at which point quantum mechanics prevents them from working properly. popularmechanics.com/tech…
There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, which is more trees than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy and cells in the human brain. usatoday.com/story/news/2…
"University of Georgia researchers & colleagues from other universities have developed a jelly-like substance that may help catastrophic breaks knit together. Stem cells are the key ingredient in what the scientists call 'bone putty'" aka "Fracture Putty". georgiahealthnews.com/201…
The "dun dun" sound effect from Law and Order is meant to be a synthesized imitation of the sound of a prison cell door locking. The sound isn't one sound, but was created from half a dozen sounds, one of them being the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping on a hardwood floor. nydailynews.com/entertain…
A common variety of slime mold (which is comprised of many single cell organisms) is capable of solving mazes and having preferences. To accomplish this, the slime mold is believed to use a form of democratic-ranked-choice voting discovermagazine.com/mind…
The first person to ever observe individual living sperm cells was Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who collected a sample from his wife immediately after intercourse. In his 1677 letter to the Royal Society, β€œde Natis e semine genital Animalculis,” he describes a scene teeming with tiny β€œanimalcules.” gizmodo.com/the-first-tim…
There is a contagious dog tumor which spreads through sexual interaction with other dogs and those tumors can be traced back to a dog which lived 11 thousand years ago which means the living cells of this dog survived through other dogs. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There was a time when Mitochondria WASN'T the powerhouse of the cell. Our progenitor cell consumed (in whole) the bacteria from which mitochondria have evolved and they formed a symbiotic relationship. ettemalab.org/projects/or…
Donating a pint of blood is equivalent to donating a chocolate bar calorie-wise, mainly from the regeneration of 2 TRILLION red blood cells in bone marrow at a rate of 2 million/sec. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Many starving children in developing nations appear bloated with swollen bellies due to a condition called kwashiorkor, an illness related to malnutrition caused by a lack of protein resulting in an osmotic imbalance where the cells hold onto too much water. nhs.uk/conditions/kwashio…
Viruses are not alive because they do not have cells, they cannot turn food into energy, and without a host they are just inert packets of chemicals. Then I learned they are not exactly dead, either: They have genes, they reproduce, and they evolve through natural selection. discovermagazine.com/envi…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
In 1989 Will Smith had his bodyguard attack a man who was arguing with him. The attack nearly blinded the man and Will Smith had to spend a night in a cell uk.news.yahoo.com/news/sm…
If you look at a blue sky you can actually see white blood cells moving around in your eyes. sciencedirect.com/science…
Certain fish skin can be grafted onto burns and diabetic wounds. The material recruits the body’s own cells and is eventually converted into living tissue. kerecis.com/why-kerecis
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
:how the process of shedding antlers work. Deer grow their impressive antlers in approx. 120 days. ~1.27cm/day. They grow inside a layer of skin commonly called "velvet" which provides nutrients for fast growth. Antlers fall off because of cells called osteoclasts, which split the antlers at base texashunterproducts.com/b…
A single worksheet on Microsoft Excel contains 16,384 rows and 1,048,576 columns, for a total of 17,179,869,184 cells. answers.microsoft.com/en-…
Everybody is technically allergic to bee stings, but only 5 to 7.5 % of people are severely allergic. Melittin, which makes up 50% of bee venom's dry weight, is the allergen that causes red blood cells at the sting site to burst and expand. It's the most important ingredient in the venom. beeculture.com/bee-venom-…
Dogs go crazy for stinky horse hoof trimmings!! A bit of manure, keratin cells, and the whole array of smells in the barn will bring your dog running for this vile treat when feet are being trimmed. Dogs welcome the farrier with open paws so they can get one of their favorite treats. equimed.com/health-center…
Today I learned about JoaquΓ­n "El Chapo" GuzmΓ‘n, a Mexican drug lord who escaped from one of Mexico's highest security prisons by having his goons dig a mile long tunnel to his cell, taking over a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
In 1997, Cornell University created the world's smallest guitar at 10 micrometers. This is roughly the size of a single cell. news.cornell.edu/stories/…
The 1933 worlds fair began by focusing the light from only the 37 light year distant star Arcturus onto photoelectric cells using telescopes. The resulting current switched on the floodlights at the exposition grounds. space.com/25904-may-skwat…
Baker's yeast, used in making bread, is a single-cell microorganism found on and around the human body en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Viruses aren't living beings like bacteria, but rather they behave more like androids that hijack living cells and then replicate. This is why antibiotics don't work with viruses as they do with bacteria; with viruses it’s hard to kill something that isn’t quite alive to begin with khanacademy.org/test-prep…
In 2006 muggers accosted magician David Copperfield, who promptly turned all of his pockets empty despite carrying his wallet, cell phone and passport cbsnews.com/news/david-co…
The number of planck lengths (smallest thing in existence) you could stretch across a brain cell is equal to the number of brain cells it would take to stretch across the observable universe (largest thing in existence). This makes humans the middle (in terms of size). youtube.com/watch?v=Pxb5l…
An off-duty Brazilian policeman in uniform had a cell phone in his back pocket when he visited his parents to do laundry. His parents were being held hostage by 2 robbers; when the policeman turned to flee, the robbers shot him in the buttock, but his Nokia Lumia 520 phone stopped the bullet. pcmag.com/news/brazilian-…
Only about 43% of the human body's cells are human. The rest are microscopic organisms. bbc.com/news/health-43674…
Mud or β€œdirt” daubers are harmless wasps that rarely attack humans, females prey on spiders to feed their young sometimes fitting up to 25 in a single cell, and when their larvae reach maturity the new adult burrows their way out. Blue dirt daubers prefer black widows. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
Today I learned about a single-cell organism called Cafeteria Roenbergensis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf…
Canadian researchers discovered how to convert blood types A, B and AB to universal donor O-negative. They found that human gut bacteria makes a class of enzymes which react with the non-O type red blood cells, essentially transforming them into O-negative. cbc.ca/radio/quirks/aug-2…
In 2015 a Hezbollah cell was caught stockpiling ammonium nitrate in London telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
Herpes Zoster (Chickenpox/Shingles) and Herpes Simplex show an up to 50% T-cell cross-reactivity. jimmunol.org/content/196/…
Our skin is covered in invisible stripes. First observed by Alfred Blaschko in the early 1900s, they appeared not to follow any known body system. Visible only under UV light, these stripes now known to be cellular relics of fetal development from singular-cell beings to fully formed humans. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
People with the sickle cell mutation have crescent (sickle) shaped blood cells that provide resistance against malaria. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sickle…
70% Ethanol (alcohol) is a more effective disinfectant because pure alcohol on a single celled organism triggers coagulation (clot) preventing it from penetrating deeper into the cell wall rendering it dormant but still alive. The water in 70% ethanol allows it to penetrate before it can clot. compliancenaturally.com/b…
You are more microbe than human - over 60% of your body's cells are microorganisms living in/on you bbc.com/news/health-43815…
The epidermis is composed of five layers - basal, spinous, granular, clear, and cornified. Skin cells follow a genetically programmed process of death in forming the cornified (outermost) layer. sciencedirect.com/science…
Spicy foods are spicy because they trigger certain cells inside the tongue that are the same type of cell that detect extreme heat, and it has nothing to do with taste. sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
There are microscopic living things in solid rock up to 7 km deep, called Endoliths. So little energy is available they undergo cell division once every 100 years, and some may only divide once every 10,000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Albert Baez, the father folk singer Joan Baez, while enrolled at Stanford's doctoral program in physics co-invented (with his doctoral program advisor) the X-ray reflection microscope for examination of living cells. Later in his career he helped develop the x-ray telescope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Phlegm in medieval medicine actually referred to the fluid made by white blood cells and platelets, as each of the four humors were based on the different layers that would form when blood is separated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned about Blue Field Entoptic Phenomenon. It’s caused by white blood cells moving in the capillaries in front of the retina of the eye. The white blood cells are almost too large to move through the capillaries and cause a gap of plasma to build up in front of the cell. seevividly.com/info/Physi…
More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets. According to a UN report from 2015, 2.5 billion of the world's 7 billion people lack access to a toilet, particularly in areas of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. While another report put the number of mobile phone users at 6 billion. blogs.worldbank.org/opend…
Scientists have improved upon CAR-T: a living drug made by genetically engineering a patient's T-cells kill cancer cells. They found a new type of T-cell that could attack a wider range of cancers than the existing CAR-T. This raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment. bbc.com/news/health-51182…
Measles can cause immune amnesia. When infected with Measles the virus replaces your memory cells with new ones and essentially resets your immune system. You are then not only infected with Measles but are susceptible to infections that you previously had built immunity to. asm.org/Articles/2019/May…
Mr. T had T-cell lymphoma. He said, β€œCan you imagine that? Cancer with my name on itβ€”personalized cancer.” Fortunately he was able to beat it and is cancer free. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Deer antlers grow more like bone cancer cells than like regular cells. However, deer have one-fifth the cancer rate of other mammals. This could lead to new ways to fight cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ. snopes.com/fact-check/fet…
Young Spotted Salamanders are the only vertebrates known to host algae inside their cells making them technically photosynthetic blogs.scientificamerican.…
Anchorites took their religious devotion to extreme levels, vowing to remain walled into a cell for the rest of their lives. This mostly happened to the Middle Ages, but also in modern times, some chose the life of an anchorite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Shark teeth and tastebuds develop from the same stem cells in an embryonic shark’s mouth, and hence hundreds of millions of years ago teeth may have first evolved from tastebuds theconversation.com/shark…
Number 4 (ε››; accounting 肆; pinyin sΓ¬) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death" (ζ­» pinyin sǐ). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the "4": e.g., Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about Dr. Chester Southam who injected live cancer cells into people with questionable ability to consent, including senile patients under long-term care. He was charged with unprofessional conduct and later went on to become President of the American Association for Cancer Research en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Lab-grown meat has been made from living animal biopsies, fresh meat, cell banks, or feather roots & has been made from muscle, fat, or stem cells. Cells go into a vat of culture medium to proliferate into meat cell mush; patties & sausages have been created but fillets have not yet been made. theguardian.com/food/2020…
Your peripheral vision is more light-sensitive due to the fact that there are more light-detecting cells by the edges of your eye than in the center. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope captured an image of granular looking convection cells on the surface of the sun, which are each about the size of Texas. Features as small as 30 km can be resolved from the image physicsworld.com/a/convec…
A boy whose whole body looked like an open wound because of a genetic condition which led his skin to be paperthin, had a skin sample taken, its DNA repaired, & the modified skin cells grown to make skin grafts totalling 0.85 sq m. He now leads a normal life. bbc.co.uk/news/health-419…
Some trees can survive temperatures as low as -269 degree Celsius. They have evolved a supercooling method where the insides of their cells turn into glass. Its a kind of suspended animation where the molecules don't really move. nature.com/articles/natur…
Today I learned the blisters from Poison Oak/Ivy are our immune systems response to the chemical Urushiol and our immune systems cause the cells to blister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uru…
Today I learned of HMP Peterhead, a prison that was known as β€œScotland’s Gulag; a prison of no hope”. A report in 2005 found that electricity had just been added to all the cells and human waste was still manually emptied. It closed in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_…
Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies, gave a woman who was dying of kidney disease $20,000 to get a banned stem cell treatment outside the US that could save her life. He only met her once, when he was lost and she gave him directions in a parking lot. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/t…
Today I learned of Kris Boesen, a young man who is the first fully quadriplegic person to regain use of his arms after an experimental stem cell injection surgery; he was paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash, and then had surgery which injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells. huffpost.com/entry/paraly…
The song "Midnight Special" is about a steam locomotive that used to pass the Louisiana State Prison and its light would shine into the cells. Prisoners developed a superstition that having the light shine on you would bring fortune and freedom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
There’s a protein made by placenta cells called syncytin which aids in the attachment of the placenta to the uterine wall, making it essential for nutrients to get to the developing fetus. The gene that codes for the protein actually came from a virus millions of years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
'120 Days of Sodom' was written by the Marquis de Sade in the Bastille prison in 1785. It was considered lost by the author after the storming of the Bastille. It was later rediscovered in the walls of his cell and published in 1904. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
How often you hold your baby actually affects their DNA. The researchers looked at a process called DNA methylation. When they compared the methylation between the children the cells of the low-contact children were less mature than they should have been given the child’s actual age. miamiherald.com/news/nati…
While George Orwell's Room 101 has become a euphemism for torture, the other great anti-totalitarian novel of the 1940ies, Darkness At Noon (1940), had its protagonist trapped in cell... 404. encyclopedia.com/arts/edu…
People who have lost nerve function in their hands have either slight or no wrinkling when they are immersed in water (AKA bathing). I also learned that the outer layer of our skin is made up of dead keratin cells. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
The Wood Frog can go eight months without peeing. While it hibernates, it uses the urea (the main waste in urine) to protect their cells and tissues, even as the critters heart, brain and bloodstream stop. phys.org/news/2018-05-woo…
A woman's advanced metastatic breast cancer was cured with an experimental immunotherapy treatment. DNA in Judy Perkins' tumor tissue was analyzed for mutations specific to her cancer; billions of her unique T cells were lab-grown & infused back into her body with the aid of two drugs. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Today I learned of Army Sgt. Joe Kieyoomia; captured by the Japanese, he was first tortured as a traitor, until he could prove he was Navaho, then tortured to get him to help break Code Talker (he couldn't), then kept in a cell in Nagasaki for three years, freeing him three days after the bombing. thepeoplespaths.net/artic…
A cell phone contains 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Recent studies have found 17,000 bacterial gene copies on phones and also that Americans check their phones about 47 times per day. time.com/4908654/cell-pho…
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count and the rest are microscopic colonists bbc.com/news/health-43674…
Japanese researchers transplanted lab-grown heart muscle cells onto a human patient's damaged heart as a successful alternative to whole heart transplant. They turned adult stem cells into heart muscle cells, placed the cells on degradable sheets, & covered the damaged parts of the heart. lehren.com/news/tech/arti…
A leopard gecko's tail houses much of its spinal cord; when grabbed, it detaches, a blood clot forms, radial glia (RG) cells multiply & regrow a tail. Humans lose RGs as adults & scar tissue would block RGs. Scientists believe RGs & bypassing scar tissue are keys to human spinal cord healing. popsci.com/gecko-tail-reg…
B Cells are called B cells because they mature in the Bone Marrow whilst T cells mature in the Thymus ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
Heart cancer is not as common as other kinds of cancer because heart cells do not often undergo cell division, which reduces the chances of mutations that might ultimately lead to cancer. scienceabc.com/humans/why…
In 1941 California built a prison for violent inmates where cells were unlocked and there was only a short barbed-wire fence around it blavity.com/when-america-…
Spanish Civil War jail cells were built like 3-D modern art paintings in order to torture prisoners news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
A volcano eruption in Martinique in 1902 eradicated a city of 30.000. Of the 3 survivors, one was a man who ended up in jail after a brawl the night before. His underground solitary cell was the safest building in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture; then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us! boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
One of the last grizzly bears in CA was captured in 1889, brought to San Francisco as a publicity stunt, then spent 22 years on display in a concrete cell in Golden Gate Park. After he died, 1200-lb β€˜Monarch’ was stuffed, again put on display, and became the bear depicted on CA’s state flag. scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
Cancerous cells are produced in our body every day but out immune system kills them. It is only when we can’t keep up that it is a problem. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
Alcatraz's reputation as a tough as nails prison was a Hollywood myth. Many inmates requested transfer there on account of its good food and one man per cell policy. history.com/news/10-thing…
An Israeli company, (Aleph Farms) 3D printed meat in space from cells extracted from a cow. businessinsider.com/meat-…
About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract which is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, that are influenced by bacteria. The inner workings of the digestive system don’t just help digest food, but also guide moods and emotions. health.harvard.edu/blog/n…
Being a carrier of sickle cell anemia provides resistance to malaria ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Nudibranchs (sea slugs) can steal the sting of their prey. They do this my eating the tentacles of a jellyfish for example and storing the stinging cells for later use. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…

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