This Is Why You Cough When You Put Something In Your Ear

Not putting things in your ear is a good rule to live by. That includes Q-tips, wax removal tools and ear candles – which, we know, don’t technically go inside the ear canal but they can release wax that does. Ear candles don’t, by the way. Indeed, the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s advice is to avoid putting anything smaller than your elbow in there unless you want to risk hearing loss or a perforated eardrum. Though how exactly you’d get anything bigger in there is anyone’s guess. A less well-known side effect of sticking things in your ear is an automatic coughing reflex – nicknamed “Arnold’s ear-cough reflex” after the man who first described it, Friedrich Arnold, a 19th-century German scholar. So, …

Today My Dog Donated Blood And I Took A Few Photos To Show How Easy It Is

There is no doubt to the people in my life that I truly love my dogs. They live very comfortable lives. Last year, I heard that there was a critical shortage of blood donor dogs in my area. I had never considered it before, that to have blood for dogs needing a transfusion there must also be ‘blood donor dogs’. I find many people do not know that this program exists. There are many reasons dogs need transfusions, not just due to injury but also due to a variety of medical conditions like anemia, certain cancers, exposure to toxins and several other heartbreaking situations. I called right away to see if my dog was a candidate and scheduled his intake …

Joko Widodo: Has the shine worn off Indonesia’s Obama?

(CNN)When Joko Widodo became Indonesia’s president five years ago, he drew comparisons with Barack Obama. This time, though, it’s a completely different battle. Although pre-election polls suggest Jokowi, 57, is likely to win a second term, he’s copped criticism from analysts and former supporters who say he has failed to deliver on issues such as human rights — and compromised his values of pluralism to score political points. Jokowi’s choice of a hardline Muslim cleric running mate, for example, mightturn off people who voted for him in 2014 for his commitment to religious freedom. “Jokowi’s credentials as a reformer don’t look as good because he’s made so many compromises with the mainstream,” said Ben Bland, director of Southeast Asia project …

First US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR In New Gene-Editing Trial

A CRISPR clinical trial is currently underway at the University of Pennsylvania, where researchers are testing the efficacy of gene-editing technologies in treating cancer patients. “To date, two patients with relapsed cancers – one with multiple myeloma and one with sarcoma – have been treated as part of this trial,” wrote Penn Medicine spokesperson in an email sent to IFLScience. “Findings from this research study will be shared at an appropriate time via a medical meeting presentation or peer-reviewed publication.” CRISPR works by targeting certain genes responsible for certain functions or traits. When found, an enzyme called Cas9 binds to the DNA, “cuts” it, and shuts off that targeted gene. Beginning last fall, the team has begun the process of removing cells …

‘I was put in school isolation 240 times’

‘Sit in silence’ In a letter to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, the teenager – who we are calling “Sophie” – said: “I decided I’d rather die than be in isolation because of the mood it left me in. “I felt alone and trapped at school for such a long time that I felt as though it would be best, as no-one seemed to care anyway.” Her mother, “Philippa”, estimates that her daughter was placed in an isolation booth at her secondary school more than 240 times in total – beginning in year seven but becoming more frequent in years 10 and 11. The 16-year-old spent every school day from mid-January to March this year in the room, the family …

Barbering Behind Bars: Using A Community Cornerstone For Criminal Justice Reform

Inside the Mecklenburg County Detention Center’s walls sit five brand-new chairs between two pillars decorated like barber poles. The county opened a barber school on April 1 for teenagers in pretrial detention at the jail in Charlotte, North Carolina. The school, called Ausie’s Barber School, is the first of its kind in the state’s jail system. “I’m real excited about this program; it’s been a long time coming,” instructor Jeff Broadie told HuffPost. “We’re looking to have a grand time.” “You’ve got to know hair,” he said. “It’s more than just cutting.” The students will rack up as many hours as they can before eventually applying to take the state exam to become licensed barbers, ready to work. North Carolina …

‘I’ve lost four of my five children’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDennis Canavan: “I still wake up in the middle of the night sometimes, asking myself, is this true? Or has it been a bad dream? But very sadly it is not a dream.” One of Scotland’s most colourful politicians has revealed he suffers “indescribable bouts of depression” following the deaths of four of his children. Dennis Canavan has endured incredible personal tragedy after losing three sons and his only daughter since 1989. He rarely speaks about his personal life but gave a candid interview to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme. He admitted he still struggles with grief. Gordon Brewer asked Mr Canavan if his loss has strengthened him in any way. …

An interstellar meteor, Crusader DNA and water on the moon: This week in space and science

(CNN)This week, scientists discovered the interstellar origins of a meteor that crashed into Earth in 2014, and DNA was extracted from the bones of 13th-century soldiers who fought in the Crusades. An interstellar visitor on Earth In 2014, a 1.5-foot-wide meteor crashed near Papua New Guinea. But this one traveled a long, long way to do so — from another solar system. Researchers were able to determine this because of its velocity. It was moving so fast that it was able to make it to our solar system after probably traveling tens of thousands of years. They don’t know how old it is, but it’s probably ancient and contains a combination of a time capsule and message in a bottle …

John Oliver enlists help of Michael Keaton for scathing deep dive into the opioid crisis

John Oliver does not hold back.  His latest deep dive is proof of this. In his video for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he tears into drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the U.S. opioid crisis — an epidemic fuelled by fentanyl, OxyContin, and heroin. Though he’s covered the topic before, Oliver chose to tackle it again because statistics show an alarming number of people are dying from opioid addiction. According to figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017.  As Oliver points out, there’s a dearth of literally any video footage of OxyContin billionaire Richard Sackler talking — so he enlisted the help of Michael Keaton to …

This smart collar is like a ‘Fitbit’ for your dog

The Fitbit Inspire HR can do a lot for a relatively low price.Image: Zlata Ivleva / Mashable Fitbit Inspire HR $99.95 The Good Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 📘Learning Curve 2.5 💵 Bang for the Buck 4.5

Weed Helped Save My Mental Health, So Why Is There Such A Stigma? Betches

Okay, story time: I used to work as a front desk girl for a popular “boutique” spinning studio. Not gonna name names because you’ve clearly figured it out already, and I lasted a month there. The place prided itself on being super open-minded and all about getting in touch with yourself, overcoming challenges, and following your soul.  Once, we played an icebreaker game where we went around the room, said our name, the studio we worked at, and something we do to relax. Every. Single. Person. said alcohol is their way to unwind, along with watching a TV show or, of course, working out. I was last, and I said, “taking an edible and tanning.” The CPR woman looked like she …

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank Of Trying To Stymie His 2020 Campaign

In a Sanders pointed to published last week by ThinkProgress ― a website associated with though editorially independent from CAP ― as evidence of the think tank’s animosity toward him and other progressive candidates in the race. Donald Trump, Sanders said in the letter. Hillary Clinton, who defeated Sanders in the long and bitter 2016 Democratic presidential primary. The The ThinkProgress bothers him a bit” that he keeps getting asked about becoming a millionaire. CAP spokesperson Daniella Gibbs Léger responded on Sunday to Sanders’ barbs with a statement saying the group does not “suggest, edit, approve, or see” ThinkProgress articles before they are published. Last year, CAP released an ambitious new health care proposal which its authors call “unveiled last week. CAP’s …

Is Britney Spears Being Forcibly Held In A Mental Facility? Betches

Just when you thought you might make it out of Aries without another massive scam blowing up, you thought wrong. A Britney Spears fan Instagram account and podcast called Britney’s Gram has exposed some very disturbing news about Britney’s conservatorship. Apparently, Britney has been forcibly held in a mental facility (!) since mid-January (!!) by her very own father (!!!). As everyone knows, Britney has been held in conservatorship by her father Jamie Spears since her breakdown in 2008. I think we all remember it. Now, suddenly the #FreeBritney movement is going viral by a hot pink square on Instagram — the true mark of any modern day scam worth its 15 minutes. But behind the pink square is a story …

China’s economy had a steady start to 2019

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s economy could be showing renewed signs of life in 2019. Chinese government statistics showed that growth in the first three months of the year was supported by strong manufacturing production and greater spending by Chinese consumers. While China’s current economic growth rate is still its slowest in decades, there have been signs of positivity in recent weeks, with indicators including property prices and bank lending suggesting a more bullish hue. Analysts said that investors will now turn to the possibility of an agreement on trade issues between the United States and China in the coming weeks. Investors’ “risk appetite should improve as China’s economic downturn risk is contained,” Hui added. Stimulus starts to bear fruit Chinese …

Pornhub is offering a sexy new way to save the bees this Earth Day.

As part of their new “Beesexual” campaign, the online porn company is tapping into Beerotica. Yes, you read that right. Most of us do not associate pornography with sustainability, but the creative executives at Pornhub have found a way to tap into a “save the world” theme just in time for Earth Day. As part of their aptly named “Beesexual” campaign, a partnership with French advertising agency BETC, the sex video purveyor is attempting to educate people about the threatened population using something they know their patrons visit them for — sex appeal. I know, I know, it sounds super weird, but let us explain. While we weren’t aware that bee-porn was actually a thing, Pornhub has created a whole …

Dozens Of Colorado Schools Close As FBI Seeks Woman ‘Infatuated With Columbine’

mass shooting at Columbine High School. All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed “credible and general,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday’s complete closures were announced. Denver Public Schools said that all facilities and programs will be closed Wednesday, and there will be no afternoon activities or athletic competitions. The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro-area school districts due to the ongoing safety concern. “We always have heightened awareness close to high-profile anniversaries like this,” Billinger said. …