Is it possible that, because of the war on drugs, we have demonized a treatment for otherwise untreatable diseases? A way to increase personal well-being, permanently treat depression, break the cycle of addiction, and ease the transition from life into death? The solution to all of these problems (for many people) might be a nice, hallucinogenic trip, but taking that trip can be harder than you might think.
When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR’s Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.
Bitten by a venomous snake? There’s hope! French scientist Albert Calmette developed the first snake antivenom in the late 1890s, and did such a good job that we use his technique to this day. Antivenom works by stimulating the production of antibodies which can smother venom’s toxic effects, preventing spread and rendering them harmless. But how do you make it?
The story of the last glass eye maker in Britain.
On last Sunday at least one person was killed and 21 were injured as a massive storm front hammered the Midwest with fist-sized hail, blinding rain, and as many as 26 tornadoes. Twisters were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and local news reports.
Are you addicted to a TV show? See if you recognize any of these 12 signs.