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Tibetan Monks Can Raise the Temperature of Their Skin Through Meditation

Tibetan Monks Can Raise the Temperature of Their Skin Through Meditation

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2011 17

Today I found out that some Tibetan monks can control the temperature of their skin through meditation.  Specifically, they have been shown to be able to raise their skin temperature, measured from their toes

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There is a Nocebo Effect which is the Evil Twin of the Placebo Effect

There is a Nocebo Effect which is the Evil Twin of the Placebo Effect

Daven Hiskey July 9, 2011 4

Today I found out about the “nocebo effect” which is more or less the evil twin of the placebo effect.  The nocebo effect is an effect where a patient is given or told something

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A Typical Human Gut Contains About 100 Trillion Bacterial Cells

A Typical Human Gut Contains About 100 Trillion Bacterial Cells

Daven Hiskey March 1, 2011 6

Today I found out the human gut contains about 100 trillion bacterial cells, about 10 times as many cells as make up the human body. The human gut is basically sterile until you are

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The Effects of Scurvy

The Effects of Scurvy

Daven Hiskey December 31, 2010 5

Yar me maties, today I found out what be causing scurvy. Like most people, I already knew that scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C and that it was a major problem

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The “Pull and Pray” Method Works About as Well as a Condom for Preventing Pregnancy

The “Pull and Pray” Method Works About as Well as a Condom for Preventing Pregnancy

Daven Hiskey December 21, 2010 35

Today I found out that the “Pull and Pray” method statistically is just about as effective as condoms for preventing pregnancy. Indeed, according to Dr. John Guillebaud in his book Contraception: Your Questions Answered,

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Why Poop Is Brown

Why Poop Is Brown

Daven Hiskey November 22, 2010 29

Today I found out why poop is brown. Poop is brown due to bile from your gall bladder being metabolized by the bacteria in your intestines.  This results in a byproduct called stercobilin, which,

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Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Causes Pain in the Abdomen

Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Causes Pain in the Abdomen

Daven Hiskey October 28, 2010 23

Today I found out why getting kicked in the balls hurts in the abdomen, not just the region that was actually impacted. Testes originally form in the abdomen near the stomach and kidneys.  The 

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How the Heart Works

How the Heart Works

Scott September 16, 2010 9

Note: This is a guest article contributed by a paramedic and fire fighter, Scott. Today I found out how the heart works. I know what you’re thinking; I hope by the end of this

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What the Things You See When You Rub Your Eyes Are Called

What the Things You See When You Rub Your Eyes Are Called

Daven Hiskey September 8, 2010 10

Today I found out what the things you see when you close your eyes and rub them hard are called, namely “phosphenes”. A phosphene is characterized by perceiving some form of light when there

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What Causes Muscle Soreness After Exercising (Note: It’s Not Lactic Acid)

What Causes Muscle Soreness After Exercising (Note: It’s Not Lactic Acid)

Daven Hiskey August 6, 2010 22

Today I found out what causes muscle soreness after workouts. Since the early 20th century, this specific type of muscle soreness, called “delayed onset muscle soreness” (DOMS), was thought to be cause by lactic

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Turkey Does Not Make You Drowsy After You Eat It

Turkey Does Not Make You Drowsy After You Eat It

Daven Hiskey July 29, 2010 2

Today I found out turkey does not make you drowsy after you eat it. Now to be clear, turkey does contain tryptophan.  Tryptophan is an amino acid which the human body doesn’t naturally produce,

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Shaving Does Not Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker or Faster

Shaving Does Not Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker or Faster

Daven Hiskey July 27, 2010 55

Today I found out shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker, stronger, faster, or any other “er”.  In fact, contrary to what parents the world over tend to tell their kids when

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How Deaf People Think

How Deaf People Think

Daven Hiskey July 20, 2010 69

Today I found out how deaf people think in terms of their “inner voice”.  It turns out, this varies somewhat from deaf person to deaf person, depending on their level of deafness and vocal

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Sugar Does Not Make Kids Hyper

Sugar Does Not Make Kids Hyper

Daven Hiskey July 9, 2010 6

Today I found out that sugar does not make kids hyper.  In fact, it has been proven in numerous studies that it doesn’t affect their behavior at all. In one such study, it was

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How to Tell if You are a Supertaster

How to Tell if You are a Supertaster

Daven Hiskey June 12, 2010 17

Today I found out how to tell if you are a supertaster.  What’s a supertaster you ask?  More or less, it’s just someone with a heck of a lot more taste-buds than the average

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What Causes the Pain in Your Side You May Occasionally Feel While Running

What Causes the Pain in Your Side You May Occasionally Feel While Running

Daven Hiskey June 7, 2010 17

Today I found out what causes the pain in your side you may occasionally feel while running or doing other jarring activities. This pain, known often as “side stitch” and more technically as “exercise

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What Causes “Eye Floaters”

What Causes “Eye Floaters”

Daven Hiskey June 3, 2010 149

Today I found out what causes “eye floaters”. For those who’ve never experienced this phenomenon, eye floaters are little oddly shaped objects that appear in your vision, often when one looks at bright light

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The Tongue Doesn’t Have Zones for Different Tastes

The Tongue Doesn’t Have Zones for Different Tastes

Daven Hiskey May 11, 2010 34

Today I found out that the tongue doesn’t have zones specializing in specific tastes, contrary to popular belief.  So why did your third grade teacher tell you they did and make you memorize each

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