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Fifty-two-year-old Letizia Marsili and her mother, two sons, sister, and niece have had low sensitivity to pain since childhood. It's affected their family in a number of ways, including frequent burns from hot drinks and serious injuries from sports, Marsili explained to the BBC. “The members of this family can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain.
The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than a half million euros Saturday in the southeastern French city of Lyon. The giant skeleton -- mounted in a forward walking position with its enormous curved tusks with tones of caramel and ivory facing slightly downward -- was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company whose logo is of the prehistoric mammal. "We are going to display it in the lobby of our firm," said Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, the CEO of Soprema.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there.
President Donald Trump signed a directive this week that includes an initiative to send astronauts to the moon—and eventually to Mars. A full moon also referred to as a "super moon" rises in the sky behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as a plane passes through it as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, June 23, 2013. First we have 2-dimensional structures, and that’s things like landing pads, roads, parking lots, dust-free zones, even thermal areas that retain the heat for the lunar nights.
Biotech firm Orig3n planned to distribute "free" genetic tests at a Baltimore Ravens game as part of a September promotion dubbed "DNA Day." The Ravens ultimately postponed the event, questioning whether Orig3n needed to secure federal approval before distributing the tests. Corporations and governments can easily obtain and identify DNA samples to harm individuals and their relatives. Congress must now establish rigorous protections that protect citizens from genetic discrimination and privacy violations.
7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include 'transgender' and 'science-based'
Here are the words Donald Trump's White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year's budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post: vulnerable entitlement diversity transgender fetus evidence-based science-based The analyst learned of the directive at a "meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials," the Post reported. SEE ALSO: Journalists are being jailed for 'fake news,' and critics blame Trump "The reaction of people in the meeting was 'incredulous,'" the analyst said. "It was very much, 'Are you serious? Are you kidding?' " They weren't told why the words were banned, but you can draw your own conclusions. Mashable reached out to the CDC for comment, but the agency did not immediately reply. Here's another puzzling and troubling excerpt from the WaPo story: Well, great, because who wants the agency responsible for stopping epidemics from using science-based solutions? As the Post notes, the CDC is tasked with studying the effects of Zika on fetuses and stopping the spread of HIV in transgender populations, so it looks like officials might have to get creative with their language when writing their reports. WATCH: Someone shaved Donald Trump into the back of their head and it's frightening AF
News Brief: The scientists behind the Breakthrough Listen initiative say they haven’t detected any radio signals coming from a strange interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua, but there are still more observations to be made and analyzed. About 90 trillion bytes of data were collected Wednesday during the first of four planned listening sessions at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California at Berkeley has put out a call for outside experts to lend a hand with analysis of the data. ‘Oumuamua has sparked interest because it’s a visitor from far beyond our… Read More
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