Link25 (197) – The Tea and Consent Edition

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In a legendary account the famous 19th century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt recounted a dramatic battle between horses and electric eels that he witnessed on a field trip to the Amazon. In the following 200 years, however, there have been no scientific reports of similar behavior on the part of the eels, suggesting that perhaps von Humboldt exaggerated.

Last year, Vanderbilt University biologist Kenneth Catania accidentally discovered that, under certain conditions, the electric eels that he has been studying will react even more dramatically than von Humboldt described: When cornered by a threatening object that is partially submerged, they will (Click on the title to read the full article)




Life may have originated on hard, carbon planets rather than on structures that resemble our own Earth, a new Harvard University study has found.

Carbon planets, made up of graphite and diamond, may have been the “first potentially habitable worlds to form” in our universe.

“The work shows that even stars with a tiny fraction of the carbon in our solar system can host planets,” said lead author Natalie Mashian. (Click on the title to read the full article).


Well that did not go as expected




A sexual assault victim has written an unflinching account of the crime and its aftermath and delivered it directly to her attacker in court.

After midnight on 18 January 2015, Brock Turner was witnessed sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto.

Brock Turner, a former star swimmer at Stanford University in the US, was on Thursday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in a county jail and probation for three felonies relating to the assault – a fraction of the (Click on the title to read the full article).



Gawker Media Group, the parent of the news and gossip site Gawker, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday and put itself up for sale, in moves designed to shield its assets after it lost a $140.1 million privacy-invasion lawsuit to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in March.

Gawker has appealed the judgement against the company, its chief executive Nick Denton and its former editor, A.J. Daulerio, and had asked that it be reduced or stayed while its appeal is pending.

But on Friday, the judge in the case, Pamela Campbell, denied Gawker’s request for a stay, triggering Gawker’s bankruptcy-protection filing and (click on the title to read the full article)



A 25-year-old has just received a full heart transplant… but not before surviving for more than a year without a human heart inside his body.

Instead, Stan Larkin wore an ‘artificial heart’ in a backpack 24/7 for 555 days, which pumped blood around his body and kept him alive. The success of the procedure suggests that the device could be used to sustain other patients with total heart failure while they’re waiting for a donor. (Click on the title to read the full article).


You can change her direction with your mind



Dance off




Multiple sclerosis patients who were severely disabled are walking, working and even downhill skiing again following a breakthrough therapy which completely destroys, then rebuilds, the immune system.

The trial, which is the first in the world to show complete long-term remission from the debilitating disease has been hailed by experts as ‘exciting’ ‘unprecedented,’ and ‘close to curative.’

Although it is unclear what causes MS it is thought that (Click on the title to read the full article).





So sad!!!!!!!




Flailing in the swell of bestselling diet books, infomercials for cleanses, and secret tips in glossy magazines, is the credibility of nutrition science. Watching thoroughly-credentialed medical experts tout the addition or subtraction of one nutrient as deliverance—only to change the channel and hear someone equally-thoroughly-credentialed touting the opposite—it can be tempting to write off nutrition advice altogether. This month we hear something is good, and next we almost expect to hear it’s bad. Why not assume the latest research will all eventually be nullified, and just close our eyes and eat whatever tastes best?

That notion is at once relatable and tragic, in that diet is inextricable from the amount of healthy time we spend on Earth. Improvements in diet are clearly associated with significant lengthening of lifespan and dramatic decreases in risk of most chronic diseases. Combining disease and longevity into the concept of (Click on the title to read the full article).




LOS ANGELES — A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rocked Southern California early Friday, rousing residents out of bed around 1:05 a.m. local time.

The quake’s center was located about 13 miles north-northwest near Borrego Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Service reported.

On the west side of Los Angeles, about 100 miles (Click on the title to read the full article).




Waking up in the middle of the night to discover one of your arms has lost all feeling is frightening.

At first, the limb is limp and flops around like a useless bag of bone before coming back to life with a flood of “pins and needles” sensations.

When this happened to me as a kid, I panicked, thinking I’d done something horrible to my body, anxious that I’d never be able to move my arm again. But the feeling in my arm always came back.

This phenomenon is really common, says James Dyck, a neurology researcher with the Mayo Clinic. And it’s actually a cool example of how the body can protect itself even during the paralysis of sleep.

Dyck explained there’s a (Click on the title to read the full article).