Weegee (1899-1968), [Joe Gould and poem], ca. 1944, (9388.1993)
—Joe Gould (1889-1957), bohemian, poet, subject of two profiles by Joseph Mitchell in New Yorker, Professor Sea Gull (December 12, 1942, p. 28), and “Joe Gould’s Secret,” (September 19 and 26, 1964,p. 61) not the author of Oral History of Our Time [“Revisiting Joe Gould’s Secret” by Sewell Chan, NY Times City Room blog, August 17, 2007] is affectionately and amusingly photographed and preserved, pickled perhaps, in the above photo-montage….via.
What a Brazilian man’s pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy
—In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began selling french fries from a street cart. The fries quickly proved popular, in part because they were delicious—thin and crisp and golden. Even more enticing, João often served them up for free. All you had to do was ask, and he’d scoop some into a box, no charge. What money he did take in, he frequently gave away to children begging in the street or used to buy them sweets. Day after day, he came home to his wife and son without a single real in his pocket.
—In his previous life, João—a chubby man with pointy ears and arched black eyebrows—had been stern and serious, prone to squirreling money away. But after suffering a health crisis in 1990, at age 49, he wanted to live differently.
Earlier this week, Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will not being growing up into genetically modified people, I suspect this week will go down as a pivotal moment in the history of medicine. David Cyranoski and Sara Reardon broke the news today at Nature News. Here I’ve put together a quick guide to the history behind this research, what the Chinese scientists did, and what it may signify.
—There are thousands of genetic disorders that can occur if a mutation happens to strike an important piece of DNA. Hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis– the list goes on and on.
Today’s picture shows a Bedouin on Horseback. The picture was taken in the Transjordan region of the Middle East. The picture was taken around 1920….via.
Five hundred years ago when the Incas were expanding their empire over the highlands of the Andes, they developed an incredible network of roads to move armies, people and goods quickly and efficiently over the mountains. But the landscape was treacherous comprising mostly of high peaks and deep valleys, which meant they needed bridges, and lots of them.
The bridges were an integral part of the incredible Inca road system that stretches for 40,000 kilometers, from modern-day Ecuador to Argentina. Depending upon the availability, the bridges were made of a variety of materials – wooden logs, stones, floating reeds or hand-woven from straw and tall grasses that grew on the high Andes. These bridges had short lives and needed to be replaced every few years. After the last of the Incas disappeared in the early 17th century, so did almost all of these bridges. Only one has survived, thanks to the effort of the local villagers who rebuild it each year using the same technique used by their Inca ancestors.
John Meints was tarred and feathered in Minnesota during World War I (c. 1917–18) for not supporting war bond drives.
Adolf Hitler meeting Indian Nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, May 1942
Three-day old human embryo. Image: RWJMS IVF Program/Wikimedia
A group of Chinese researchers has declared that they’ve taken a step forward in transcending nature’s constraints on humans.
—Scientists from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong, China announced this week that they attempted to modify a disease-causing gene in human embryos using a controversial new gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9.
—Their study, published in the online journal Protein & Cell, marks the first time scientists have reported tampering with the genetic material of human embryos.
US Marines carry their weapons as they go to take a bath near their camp in Chu Lai, Vietnam, January 16, 1966
The manchineel tree, which ranges from South Florida to northern South America, is an endangered species. It’s also a very dangerous species, dubbed ‘little apple of death’ by Spanish conquistadors.
Japanese Soldier prepares to execute Australian Soldier Sergeant Len Sifleet
Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) was the world’s first who make a million dollars. She launched her business in Australia making face cream from the lanolin in sheep wool, then opened her New York salon in 1915.
Hundreds of migrants have perished trying to make the trek through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. Just days ago, over 700 hundred are feared dead in a sunken boat disater off the coast of Libya. Near the Greek Island of the Rhodes, rescued efforts continued, as boats carrying migrants crashed into rocks. With such a huge loss of life, European leaders are forced to respond to this humanitarian crisis as emergency meetings are planned this week.–By Leanne Burden Seidel
The first object revealed itself immediately: a man’s black Reebok, size nine. That there was only one, inches from the steel bars, implied struggle. The absence of dust on the shoe—which coats everything in this swath of Texas—meant it hadn’t been here long.
—“It wasn’t there when I took my walk this morning,” said Mark Clark, a painter who lives half a mile away.
This massive boulder is inscribed with the story of a sensational hostage negotiation dating back to Colonial times
September 2, 1953. Los Angeles, California. “Marilyn Monroe with mandolin.” Color transparency by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine…. via.
Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a number of Ebola viruses
–More than 10,000 people are reported to have died in the current Ebola outbreak
–An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said.
–The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.
–All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days.
For extortionists, undocumented migrants have become big business.
Can biogen beat the memory thief?
—Of the leading causes of death, Alzheimer’s Disease is the only one for which there is no way to prevent it, cure it, or slow its progression. A Boston-area biotech may be closer than ever to solving the puzzle.
illustration by Sinelab
—Even before Jeffrey Sevigny stepped to the podium, it was clear that something momentous occurred in the world of Alzheimer’s research. Before Biogen’s senior medical director for clinical development could click on the first slide of his PowerPoint deck, tens of billions of biotech investment dollars had already been wagered on what his presentation would say.
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The economy of Germany was in shambles at the end of World War I. The population was decimated. The government-this was the Weimar Republic, which was in power from 1919 until 1933-looked to popular eugenic theories for ways to restore and improve the health and physical wellbeing of the populace.
In 1932, inspired in part by Laughlin’s Model Eugenics Law and other writings in the United States, the Weimar government drafted a plan for sterilizations of individuals with “hereditary illnesses.” Many people were living in institutions, and they were costly to the country. Sterilizing them would prevent them from having children; some might then also be able to leave the institution and live on their own. The plan involved those to be sterilized (or their guardians) in decisionmaking, requiring prior consent to the procedure.
Nearly 130,000 pages of declassified Air Force files on UFO investigations and sightings available in one place online. (projectbluebook.theblackvault.com)
William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor.
Crowd eating free barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair, 1940.
As Mexico’s drug wars heat up, powerful drug lords have doled out milions in bribes to infiltrate American customs officers and border police. Last year alone, 1,000 American agents were investigated on corruption charges. But many more are still operating undercover.
Cartels save $100 million a week to bribe vulnerable Americans
—For decades, corruption and bribery have been daily facts of life in Mexico, greasing the gears of the country’s daily operations. The drug war has given free rein to this culture. Handsomely paid and protected by various cartels, crooked local cops often warn gangs of impending long years since a bloody drug war erupted in Mexico, spilling over the border into the United States and exposing citizens of both countries to unprecedented levels of violence and bloodshed.
A change in perspective can make everything look a little different. Patterns emerge, shapes coalesce, and chaos simplifies. (32 photos total)
Today we feature a photograph of Florence Nightingale. She is remembered as the founder of modern nursing. She rose to prominence in the Crimean War, where a group of women she trained provided care for wounded soldiers….via.