Penis hotpots and snake blood on the menu

Holding aloft a half-metre long horse penis, chef Xiao Shan confidently declares it “the most delicious” of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male genitalia, one of many supposed Asian remedies to boost the libido. Penises and testicles from donkey, goat, dog, bull and deer, the other contributors to the $200 feast, are laid … [Read the full story]

Drumming in a circle is dangerous…and shit

A recent report has found that drum circles could be dangerous to the health of participants. The feature is based on the case of a young woman from New Hampshire who fell ill and then tested positive for anthrax after being hospitalised with severe flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. It was found that … [Read the full story]

Listening to new music is good for the brain

A new study has discovered that listening to new music is good for the brain. A team of Canadian scientists have used MRI scans to establish that areas of the reward centre of the brain become active when people hear a new song for the first time. A report published in the Science journal explains … [Read the full story]

First book in America up for auction for $30m

A tiny hymnal from 1640 believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States is going up for auction, and it could sell for as much as $30 million. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness. Members of Boston’s Old South Church … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1900

German physicist Max Planck publishes his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a “blackbody” substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics is born. Through physical experiments, Planck demonstrated that energy, in certain situations, can exhibit characteristics of physical matter. According to theories of classical physics, energy is solely a continuous wave-like phenomenon, … [Read the full story]

We’re safe…the world won’t end this year

Three Guatemalan sages burned wood resin, seeds, fruits and flowers on a beach outside Havana in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle that some have wrongly interpreted as a prediction of a looming apocalypse. Raising their hands to the sky and praying in their indigenous language, they kissed each offering before … [Read the full story]

Dolphin bites a little girl in Florida

A hungry dolphin bit an 8-year-old girl at Sea World in Orlando, Florida, last week as she was feeding it scraps of fish. Jillian Thomas of Georgia suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes and a swollen left hand after the unexpected biting occurred, her parents told the Orlando Sentinel. Jillian’s father, Jamie Thomas, … [Read the full story]

New blood will keep us young looking

It might sound like something from Dracula, but old brains have been made sprightly again thanks to young blood. Giving ageing mice blood from much younger animals rejuvenated connections between brain cells and improved memory, experiments have shown. The treatment is so effective that 18-month-old animals did as well in memory tests as those of … [Read the full story]

Massive meteor shower hits San Francisco Bay

A fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way. The exploding streak was visible over the San Francisco Bay area and other parts of Northern California, and there were also reports of a loud boom. “It looked like a plane crash or rocket,” said Philip … [Read the full story]

The origin of man comes from a place in Africa

The theory that modern humans came from one place in Africa has been challenged by new research. A study showed the Khoe and San peoples of the sub-Sahara are descendents of the earliest diversification event in the history of all humans, some 100,000 years ago. The findings, involving 220 participants representing 11 populations across southern … [Read the full story]

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