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This week in 1973, researchers produced human blood cells in a living mouse.

Perishable Publications

Many, if not most, published research papers have titles that defy comprehension. They use specialized jargon, complex words and opaque phrases like "nonlinear dynamics." Sometimes they don't, and yet they're still hard to figure out. Here's an actual title of actual published research study: "Experimental replication shows knives manufactured from frozen human feces do not work."

The researchers wanted to test an old, well-known Inuit story of a man who, caught in a snowstorm, fashioned a knife from his own frozen poop and used it to butcher a dog. After producing the necessary materials, the researchers used metal files to shape various fecal blades and then attempted to carve up a pig hide.

The result was an intact but messy pig hide.

Self-Exam

Q: A keloid is ...?

A) A disease that mimics multiple sclerosis, causing misdiagnosis.

B) An overgrowth of scar tissue.

 

C) A fiber-rich food.

D) An instrument used in operating rooms to measure weight.

A: B) an overgrowth of scar tissue that can form after surgery or injury. Though often lumpy or alarming in appearance, it is usually harmless.

Curtain Calls

In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack during a race, but his body remained in the saddle -- and he won, crossing the finish line at 20:1 odds.

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