Honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells and when the venom's main component is combined with existing chemotherapy drugs, it is extremely efficient at reducing tumour growth in mice abc.net.au/news/2020-09-0…
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Mitochondria and chloroplasts were originally separate prokaryotic organisms (single celled organisms) engulfed by eukaryotic cells (plant and animal). Now they are part of our DNA due to a continued endosymbiotic relationship. nature.com/scitable/conte…
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about Scurvy, chronic vitamin C deficiency. "Bones that had previously broken rebreak. Old wounds open up. This is because one of the major effects of scurvy is that the body can no longer produce collagen, the glue of the body’s cells" nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There is a group of human mutant who are virtually resistant to HIV infection. They have a mutation called CCR5-Ξ”32 which make their T-Cells impervious to HIV nature.com/scitable/blog/…
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are human microscopic colonists- like bacteria, archaea and fungal species. bbc.com/news/amp/health-4…
The first cell phone was sold about 35 years ago and cost $4000. That's about $8000 in today's money. mashable.com/2014/03/13/f…
The first ever Cell Phone call was made by a Motorola researcher. He called his rival at Bell Labs who had also been working on creating a working cell phone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The wood frog can hold their urine for up to 8 months. They recycle urea, the main waste of urine, to protect their cells and tissues (i.e. heart, brain, bloodstream stop, etc). This is possible due to the presence of special microbes in their guts to recycle urea. nypost.com/2018/05/02/the…
The β€œhorny layer” or β€œStratum corneum” is outermost layer of the epidermis. It has about 20 sub-layers of flattened, dead cells depending on where on the body the skin is. These dead cells are shed regularly in a process known as desquamation. britannica.com/science/hu…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
The liquid inside a blister is actually called serum, not pus, and is essentially blood without red blood cells and clotting agents your.md/condition/blister…
Scientist have created the first living robot called Xenobots. These robots are made from frog stem cells. intelligentliving.co/xeno…
Nikola, a company that alleged it had developed hydrogen-powered fuel cell batteries to power electric trucks, was short-sold by a firm named Hindenburg Research marketwatch.com/story/sho…
The worlds smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned about β€œlittle-ease,” an old torture cell in the tower of London. It measured a mere 1.2m square. Its cramped size prevented prisoners from settling in any bearable position: they were unable to stand, sit or lie down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Photoreceptor cells in our eyes are regularly damaged because of their very high metabolic activity. The damaged parts of the cells are shed and β€œeaten” by adjacent retinal epithelial cells. iovs.arvojournals.org/art…
Cooking lasagna (and other acidic foods) covered with aluminum foil is notorious for dissolving the aluminum in a chemical reaction called the "Lasagna Cell" amazingribs.com/more-tech…
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…
The term "Death Row" came from the sentencing of Giuseppe Zangara, who in 1933 tried to kill President FDR before he was inaugurated. At the time Florida Law prevented inmates sentenced to death from sharing a cell so they had to expand the waiting area into a row of cells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Some densely populated countries use Election ink to prevent double voting. The ink uses silver nitrate which stains the skin and is only removed by shedding of external skin cells, therefore providing a sure way of knowing who has or hasn't voted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In 2008 a team of medical scientists built a "bioartifical heart", where they took a cell-less heart framework and reseeded it with cells. By the eighth day, the structure was able to beat and pump like a natural heart. nature.com/articles/nm168…
Plant cells can have very high internal pressures. Root cells can be up to 0.6 MPa (90 psi), leaf cells up to 2 MPa (300 psi), and pollen tubes up to 21 MPa (3000 psi). This allows plant cells to rapidly grow as well as to be able to break through obstructions like asphalt and concrete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
A simple blood test can diagnose the number one cause of death in hospitals, sepsis. The technology is "founded upon research demonstrating that the mechanical properties of immune cells are altered during the disease." immunofrontiers.com/diagn…
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/…
Today I learned about Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC), a highly fatal aggressive cancer that kills people in a few months after diagnosis. It effects 1 in 20,000 people with Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). 1 in 14 African Americans have SCT. Median age of diagnosis is 24 years old. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
There are tiny viruses that infect other viruses. Sputnik, a virophage, targets one of the largest viruses known and hijacks its abilities to replicate in a cell. arstechnica.com/science/2…
In 1962, scientists discovered a limit to how many times human cells divide before they become exhausted. They also figured out that telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes and prevent them from fraying, shorten each time a cell divides. When they get short enough, a cell stops dividing. slate.com/technology/2020…
There are stem cells in breast milk. nature.com/articles/s4159…
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…
Dandruff is not caused by bad hygiene, and is alleged to be caused by rapid replacement of skin cells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1991, Huguette Clark (American painter, heiress, and philanthropist) was admitted to Doctors Hospital in Manhattan to treat various basal cell cancer lesions on her face. Though she successfully recovered, Clark remained as a hospital resident for the following 20 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
Today I learned about Kaspar Hauser, a teenager who randomly appeared in Nuremberg, Germany in 1828, claiming to have been brought up in an isolated cell. He was taken care of by the local nobility, went through several assassination attempts, and got killed under mysterious circumstances in 1833. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
Each neuron in your brain has one long cable that snakes away from the main part of the cell. This cable, several times thinner than a human hair, is called an axon, and it is where electrical impulses from the neuron travel away to be received by other neurons. qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain…
Stress causes grey hair by activating flight-or-flight response, which drives pigment-producing cells away from hair follicles massivesci.com/notes/grey…
Insulin promotes fat cell growth, and so lipohypertrophy occurs at injection sites where insulin is delivered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip…
Pain receptors detect histamine from damaged cells. Injecting histamine causes pain. nba.uth.tmc.edu/neuroscie…
It's a myth that a person has 10x more bacteria than cells in their body. The ratio is closer to 1.3 bacteria for every human cell nature.com/news/scientist…
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…
Scientists observed the transition of unicellular yeast to multicellularity by repeatedly separating cells by gravity and collecting the cells settled at the bottom of the tubes. The cells eventually formed clusters and subsequent genetic mutations favored the clusters over the individual cells. pnas.org/content/109/5/15…
Phosphorus Was Discovered By A German Alchemist Trying to Make Gold Out of Human Pee Pee and Its Name in Latin Means "Lucifer." Phosphorus is in every cell of the human body, mostly in the teeth and bones underwaterville.com/under…
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 order to get landline telephone service in the US, phone companies only rented you the phone, usually around $7/mo. Many people continued to pay even as cell phones took over the world; 300,000 still "rented" their telephones in 2012 from just one unidentified telco company. consumerist.com/2012/04/3…
Today I learned of boxing fighter Edwin Valero, one of only two fighters with 100% KO ratio. Despite his record, he failed to attract big names to climb into the ring with him. Later, Valero was jailed after stabbing his wife to death, and hung himself in his prison cell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
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…
Richard Ramirez was sentenced to die in California's gas chamber. He stated to reporters after the death sentences, "Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland." He later died of complications from B cell lymphoma while awaiting execution. theguardian.com/world/201…
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…

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