Monthly Archive: April 2015

When America Fought The Second Korean War

While America and the rest of the world focused their attention on the Vietnam War, another conflict along the Korean DMZ began to escalate. Kim Il-sung, the North Korean leader, wanted to launch a full-scale war in order to unify the two Koreas under Communist domination. Over a period of three years, he launched strikes against US and Republic of Korea positions, hoping to initiate a Vietcong-like insurgency, culminating in a North Korean attempt to capture the South Korean palace and assassinate the president.

The Unknown Eruption

The early 1800s were unusually cold, with crops destroyed and people starving because of an unseasonal frost. In fact, 1816 was dubbed the “Year Without Summer” and, in a reflection of how many people lacked food, the “Year of the Beggar.” Researchers believed that two huge volcanic eruptions were to blame by blacking out the Sun. The second one, the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption, was well known, but scientists struggled to find evidence and details of the first one six years earlier. In addition to markers in Antarctica and Greenland, scientists have finally found eyewitness accounts of the unknown eruption.

The Doctor Who Miraculously Restores Sight In Five Minutes

A lot of people look for a miracle cure to restore their eyesight to normal vision. According to a recent study, more exposure to sunshine can prevent, though not cure, myopia in children. Some people try relaxation exercises like the Bates method to treat certain eye conditions, although this type of method is not scientifically proven and has mixed anecdotal results. For a while, LASIK surgery was all the rage, but at least one former FDA regulator believes the risks were dismissed too casually. However, a Nepalese doctor has eclipsed them all by performing lightning-fast cataract surgery on poor people in the developing world who lack access to health care and lose their vision to preventable eye conditions. In just five minutes each, he has restored the sight of over 100,000 patients.

Itching Is As Much In Your Brain As On Your Skin

An itch is defined as a sensation that makes you want to scratch it, and it’s thought that the itching sensation and the pain sensations were somehow connected. Now, researchers have been able to isolate the chemical in our bodies that’s responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch to our brains and have successfully engineered mice that can continue to respond to other sensations while no longer being itchy. The discovery can have some incredible implications for those suffering from chronic itch, like the woman who scratched through her own skull and into her brain in an attempt to relieve the relentless itch.

The Pueblo Revolt Was The First American Revolution

During the 1500s, Spanish explorers enslaved the Pueblo people in the American Southwest and tried to destroy their religious practices. In 1680, the Pueblos organized the first revolution against a foreign colonial power on American soil. Under the leadership of medicine man Po’Pay, they successfully drove the Spaniards out of Pueblo territory in a surprise attack. However, Po’Pay soon began to act like a dictator himself and the Pueblo alliance fractured without the peace and prosperity the tribes had sought.

The Hero Who Tried To Stop The Nazis Before They Started

In 1933, a prosecutor named Josef Hartinger was called to Dachau to investigate a few suspicious deaths. It was his opinion that the bullet-ridden bodies had clearly been executed, and he filed official charges against the SS commanders in charge of the camp. Charges piled up and piled up, until they were ultimately squashed by Hitler. It wasn’t for nothing, though; when the charges were discovered by the Allied forces, they were used at the Nuremberg Trials to show just how far back the Nazi’s plans for genocide went.

Some People Have A Way Of Sniffing Each Other Like Dogs Do

Unlike animals that directly sniff each other, humans are more discreet. After shaking hands with another person, we raise our hands to our faces and smell the scent without realizing it. Researchers believe it’s an unconscious form of chemical communication. Earlier studies found that the scent of a woman’s tears turns off men and the smell of sweat can signal fear.

Where Posting On Facebook Is Punished As Harshly As Murder

In 2014, a researcher for the Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered that the South Carolina Department of Corrections was punishing inmates for using social media as harshly as if they had murdered, raped, or taken someone hostage. In one of the most draconian cases, Tyheem Henry received a sentence of almost 38 years in solitary confinement for posting on Facebook for 38 days. Inmates are often prohibited from using social media to ensure that they don’t engage in witness intimidation, contraband drops, or other illegal activity. However, even in South Carolina, the misuse of solitary confinement for these infractions may be changing.

Which Chronotype Best Describes You?

In addition to larks and owls, there are two other different kinds of sleepers. Some people feel wide awake, alert, and productive both first thing in the morning and very late at night, after suffering through a slump in the middle. There’s also a type that feel lethargic and tired all day long. And, in addition to the obvious difference like larks being more productive in the morning than owls, there are other differences, too, like larks tending to be more honest in the morning, while owls are more honest at night.