SOMEWHERE in Silicon Valley, a man wakes early with the sunrise. Venturing into the kitchen, he pacifies his rumbling belly with a cup of coffee infused with a large knob of grass-fed butter. He’s in the middle of a fast, after all. After a two-hour meditation session, he’s off to spend thousands of dollars on his latest indulgence – stem cell injections. The clinic’s practitioner assures him that removing stem cells from his bone marrow and injecting them into other tissues will rejuvenate them from their fatigued state. He trusts their word, just as he trusts that spraying nicotine into his mouth will give him the benefits of a cigarette without the negative side effects. When he retires for the night, equipped with melatonin tablets and blue light-blocking glasses to ensure his sleep cycle isn’t disturbed, he’s satisfied with the day’s achievements. He’s taken another small step towards his goal. He may be a product of the 21st … [Read more...] about Cell injections, magnetic chairs and brain implants – Silicon Valley’s wacky quest for IMMORTALITY
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As part of their yearly training, East Ridge police officers used to stand before a now-retired instructor who would read use-of-force policies out loud and make the officers repeat after him. One of those policies instructed the roughly 45-person department that "arterial and or neck restraints (chokeholds) are considered lethal force and will not be used" when dealing with people trying to run from serious charges. As a result, East Ridge officers were not trained to use them and are not to this day. Though each academy and department varies on training and policy, East Ridge's position wasn't uncommon: Over the years, law enforcement agencies in Atlanta, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have banned chokeholds because they can cut off a person's windpipe and cause suffocation, brain and spinal damage, other serious bodily injury or death. This screenshot of the footage taken by a police bodycam shows the moment when an East Ridge police officer wrapped his arm around … [Read more...] about After video showing East Ridge police choking out a suspect, new policy doesn’t mention previously banned chokeholds
A 19-year-old died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high, according to a new case report, and doctors who treated the man in the Netherlands are using the case to highlight the fatal consequences of inhaling chemicals.Such cases are "very rare," according to Dr. Kelvin Harvey Kramp of Maasstad Hospital's intensive care unit in Rotterdam.Kramp explained that because deaths from deodorant inhalation are not common among the general population, the "consequences aren't really known," causing people to continue this dangerous behavior.The patient, who had a history of psychotic symptoms, had been admitted to a rehabilitation center for cannabis and ketamine abuse and was taking antipsychotic drugs.During a relapse in July, he placed a towel over his head and inhaled deodorant spray to get high, according to the report, published Thursday in the BMJ. He became hyperactive, jumping up and down, before blood flow stopped suddenly, causing him to go into cardiac arrest and collapse, … [Read more...] about 19-year-old dies after inhaling deodorant spray to get high
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?
You know all about the heat of battle, but forget about temperature for a moment, and think about the sound. Battlefields are noisy places, and pilots and soldiers often struggle to filter out information and communication from the chaos of combat. Ideally, the soldiers, air crews, or sailors would be able to ignore the unimportant sounds, identify the important ones, and tell from which direction they’re coming. That’s why, for more than six decades, the US Air Force has been studying battlefield acoustics. At the heart of this research has been a 30-foot cube at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Battlespace Acoustics Branch, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. That box is engineered to create an environment of near-absolute silence, so researchers can study how subjects perceive sound and develop technologies to help them do it better. And it just got an 18-month, $6 million renovation. The freshly modernized structure, called an anechoic … [Read more...] about Step Inside the Air Force’s Sound-Swallowing Anechoic Chamber