The chainsaw is a tool with myriad uses. There’s cutting down trees. There’s murdering hormonal teenagers at summer camp. There’s murdering hormonal teenagers as a food source. There’s using one as the world’s most badass prosthetic.

But the original purpose? Well there’s really no way to pussyfoot around this: The earliest models of modern-day chainsaws were designed to chop into women’s nether regions during childbirth.

5 Modern Things Created For Totally Different Purposes

What happens to an astronaut’s brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It’s besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study appearing in the May 1 edition of Science Advances.

Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles – much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights – cause significant damage to the central nervous system, resulting in cognitive impairments.

“This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two- to three-year round trip to Mars,” said Limoli, a professor of radiation oncology in UCI’s School of Medicine. “Performance decrements, memory deficits, and loss of awareness and focus during spaceflight may affect mission-critical activities, and exposure to these particles may have long-term adverse consequences to cognition throughout life.”

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anonymous asked:

Hey i wanted to stop by and say from one vegan to another: medical reasons are an extremely valid reason not to be vegan, whether it be vitamin deficiency or eating disorder. You telling people they're conditions aren't valid reason is very rude.

Medical conditions are not an ‘extremely valid reason not to be vegan’. Just because you have a medical condition doesn’t give you free reign to go about doing whatever you want. If you have a medical condition that prohibits you from eating 100% vegan all the time that doesn’t matter. Veganism is about removing animal products from your life as much as is practical and possible for each individual and rejecting the commodity status of non-human animals. As I’ve said about 50 times on my blog, if you have say, severe anaemia which means you HAVE to eat a small amount of red meat (which I doubt actually exists because my best friend has anaemia and is a vegan and it actually improved after she went vegan but whatever this is hypothetical), then fine. If you actually car about animals remove ALL animal products from EVERY other aspect of your life. Find out exactly what animal products you need to be healthy and get rid of everything else. Reject the commodity status of animals and remove animal products from your life as far as is possible for you and you are a vegan even if you’re forced to eat small amounts of animal products sometimes. Having a medical condition does not prohibit veganism, its just a fucking excuse like everything else. People say ‘I’m anaemic so I can’t be vegan’ and then go and buy a leather jacket. Just because you cant do everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t even bother.  

Also, stop fucking using some minuscule percentage of people who have some fantastical disease that prohibits veganism as an excuse for people to not go vegan. It doesn’t make sense.  Most people do not have a disease that means they have to eat animals, they’re just selfish.

Today in Lab History: Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, an Austrian, born May 6, 1856, is considered to be the “father of psychoanalysis.” He is most famous for his work on dream interpretation, studying the unconscious, psychosexual development — including the Oedipus Complex — and the theory of the id, ego and super-ego. After receiving his doctorate of medicine from the Univ. of Vienna in 1881 he began research into cerebral palsy, aphasia and neuroanatomy. He left the research field after meeting Jean-Martin Charcot, a neurologist who was studying hypnosis for scientific use.

Using hypnosis he treated a patient named “Anna O,” whose real name was Bertha Pappenheim, for a severe cough, paralysis of the extremities and problems with vision, speech and hearing. Under hypnosis she spoke about all of her problems. She also suffered from hallucinations and fainting and was diagnosed with hysteria.

Read  more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/today-lab-history-sigmund-freud

Hello, everyone. As you may have seen here on Tumblr, my boyfriend was recently diagnosed with cancer. He has a malignant sarcoma for the second time.

If you can spare any extra money, please consider donating to his GoFundMe account here. The minimum donation is $5. If you don’t have $5 to spare, but you want to donate something, you can donate to my PayPal here.

Until April 1st, Cody did not have medical insurance, meaning that all of his hospitalizations, surgeries, appointments, MRIs, PET scans, and CT scans have been coming out of pocket. Being that Cody comes from a low-income family, he has been unable to pay off any of his bills. They’re all being submitted to collections, and on top of student loans, we’re barely able to pay our rent or buy groceries. Cody’s on medical leave from work until further notice, but it will most likely last the next two months if not longer.

All of the donations received will be going toward paying off Cody’s medical bills, which currently add up to approximately $150,000.

Please consider donating and sharing this post. Share it on your Facebooks and Twitters as well. I understand not everyone can afford to donate, but if you share it, it will increase the chances of Cody receiving some type of help.

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Diabetes’ Sugars Linked to Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques 

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s could have a cause-and-effect connection, according to a study published this week.

According to a team from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, elevated glucose in the blood caused increased levels of amyloid beta, a fundamental ingredient of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s brains, in mice.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/diabetes-sugars-linked-alzheimers-brain-plaques