Why do people get headaches?Question: I've typed "do I have a brain tumor" into Google for the last time! I spent an hour late last night reading horror stories about headaches. I'm sick of not knowing whether my headache is a sign of some ominous diagnosis or is - just a headache. I get these bad ones all the time, right around my temples, sort of a dull ache that prevents me from functioning. Is there any way I can tell for sure when it's something to actually be worried about?
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- Could this trick ease embarrassment?Of all the gestures people make when flooded with embarrassment, burying one's face in the hands may be the most common. It's as if there's an instinctive need to hide; and now, a new study confirms that irresistible desire to "save face" when mortified.
Also see: 8 painfully embarrassing media moments
- The surprising way that yogurt can benefit youWhat do bacteria, yogurt and vitamin A have in common? For most of us, not so much. For Christopher Johnson, though, the not-so-obvious connections could well be the key to preventing 300,000 child deaths in India each year.
A few serendipitous breaks later and Johnson, now a first-year graduate student in bacteriology at UW-Madison, is well on his way to making a dent in the intractable problem of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.
Not bad for a
- A Voronoi structure design of by Sami Grover, Mother Nature Network
From working guns to a dead king's face, we've seen some pretty weird things created with a 3-D printer. It may seem like science fiction, but it seems almost certain that 3-D printing will play a significant role in many industries of the future. And there's good reason to be optimistic.
3-D printing could greatly reduce the amount of materials needed in manufacturing everyday items, and it would eliminate the need for a complicated, resource-intensive supply chain. (Why ship parts across the world when you can print them at your desk or local shop?)
3-D printing may also make recycling easier and more "hands on" - with one concept allowing homeowners to recycle their plastic bottles into useful household items. But how does a 3-D printer actually work? As someone who has always struggled with the intricacies of science and engineering, I thought it was about time I found out.
Printing in layers
When the UK's IndependentRead More »from How Does a 3-D Printer Actually Work?
- Is doing this better than a cup of joe?
Looking for a way to get your blood pumping in the morning? Want to give your morning yoga routine a boost? Take a cue from Tarzan and Jane, then greet the sun with a salute.
- Kayla visits a nursing home dressed as a three-legged pirate for Halloween — including a very convincing plastic chain.
Dianne DaLee was adjusting to life without her beloved dog Simba.
- Whiskie the dog watching the whales at seaSix years ago, Whiskie was a stray puppy at an animal shelter in rural Hastings, Mich. Today, she's a renowned whale-spotting expert who lives in central California, where she regularly joins research expeditions in Monterey Bay. According to her owner, she can detect the presence of nearby whales and dolphins with uncanny accuracy.
"Her favorite spot is to sit in one of the captain's chairs," Marine Life Studies founder Peggy Stap writes in a blog post. "If she gets out of the chair and runs to the bow of the boat, we stop the boat because 95% of the time there is a whale or dolphin in the area."
Also see: How does a dog see the world?
Whiskie's skills haven't been needed lately, however, thanks to an abundance of anchovies in Monterey Bay that's been drawing hordes of marine mammals to the area for weeks. And when the feast recently erupted into a feeding frenzy, with sea lions and humpback whales swarming around the boat, Whiskie was beside herself with excitement.
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Team Mom – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 8:53 AM ESTWhat would you name this baby?by Starre Vartan, Mother Nature Network
Usually you hear the same lines when someone mentions a celebrity or new parent who names their child something unusual. "That poor kid, he/she's going to get teased on the playground in a few years!" or, "Why would someone DO that to their child?"
I'm here to say that having an unusual name did get me teased on the playground (people sang Madonna's "Lucky Star" to me constantly, in a jeering tone), but then again, so did kids with normal names (or regular first names and last names that rhymed with butt, stupid or fart). Because here's a news flash: Having a regular name doesn't prevent bullying or teasing. When the Stir released its latest list of "hipster" baby names - including Zinnia, Eyelet, Mable and Django, Stellan and Abel - many of the comments echoed those above. But having a different name has plenty of advantages. Here are the ones I've directly experienced and enjoyed:
1. People tend to remember you. Whether it's people I've onlyRead More »from The Top 7 Reasons to Give Your Child a 'Weird' Name
- Was a cheese burger part of their diet?We commonly hear stories of people whose health defies the odds: the chain-smoking grannies who live to 100, the skinny dudes who pack away unreasonable amounts of calories without gaining an ounce. But often it's the reverse that prevails; the physically virtuous who drop dead way before their time. And it's never more surprising than when such a fate befalls the very people have become famous for espousing good health.
With a life expectancy in the United States for males at 76.3 years and 81.1 years for females (according to the CDC), it's confounding to discover so many diet gurus who have succumbed years ahead of the national average. And this isn't to suggest that their practices and philosophies contributed to their deaths in any way - who's to say where nature tramples nurture, so to speak - but the irony is hard to deny. We don't suggest throwing in the towel on healthy eating based on the unfortunate deaths of the diet gurus listed here, but it does provide some food for
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 9:05 AM ESTBoomer the DogThere are dog lovers, and then there's Gary Matthews - the 47-year-old Pittsburgh man who loves dogs so much that he wants to be one.
Matthews' affinity for canines began when he was a child. He nicknamed himself "Pongo," after the dog in "101 Dalmatians," but at the age of 12 he became a fan of the NBC series "Here's Boomer" and changed his nickname to "Boomer."
However, it was the Disney comedy "The Shaggy D.A." that gave him the idea of actually living as a dog.
Today, whenever he gets the chance, Matthews dons his shaggy dog costume he constructed from paper and becomes his alter ego, Boomer.
Matthews strolls the streets as Boomer, he eats out of a food bowl and sleeps in a 6-foot doghouse inside his home. He's even perfected his Boomer bark.
"I looked up to 'Here's Boomer' and picked up some of his personality and behaviors," Matthews wrote on his website. "When I bark, what you hear is the result of listening to my TV tapes and learning Boomer's voice from theRead More »from Meet the Man Who Wants to Live Life as a Dog (Seriously)