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A stupid radio stunt, where contestants had to keep drinking water and were not allowed to urinate, has resulted in the water intoxification death of one of the participants. A woman who competed in a radio station’s contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication,…

Watching the movie “The Good Shepherd” got me thinking about something: are truth serums real? And if so, has any been proven to work? There was a scene in TGS where a prisoner who was believed to be lying was administered LSD. Now obviously THAT wasn’t a real truth serum (unless you want to hear…

Go check out this post over at OmniBRAIN about …er….illustrative warnings against smoking the ye old cancer stick. Then, riddle me this? Is the tumor scarier, or the mustache? Either way, nightmares are in my near future.

My oh my oh my, parrots really are the cause of so much human suffering aren’t they? I couldn’t wait to post this until Friday Grey Matters, well, because Irene Pepperberg’s interview will be featured this week (a long time coming, but we finally had a little chat Sunday night). So stay tuned for that,…

At 16 years old, kids can drive a car, but can they make decisions regarding their health? This is a topic which interests me—a month ago I blogged about the topic in reference to a child whose parents had involved him in a circumcision lawsuit. When exactly are children old enough to determine what happens…

Note: ScienceBlogs has been following the 16th Annual AIDS Conference, with a special temporary blog reporting on the goings-on. I encourage you to all check it out. ————- As more and more women are acquiring AIDS in South Africa, a new trend is emerging: in order to not look HIV positive, women are becoming obese…

The 18-year-old French woman was hospitalized with scaly skin on her legs and hands, appearing unsteady and mentally sluggish, doctors said. They found the condition puzzling, especially since the woman’s twin sister displayed similar, but less severe, symptoms and there was no family history of the problem, the doctors reported in this week’s New England…

I received my PADI certification when i was 14, although I haven’t had much oppertunity to use it. I’ve dived a little off the coast of South Carolina and in the Florida Keys, and it was fantastic! Although, I’ve always wondered whether the repeated use of pressurized artificial air was a risk factor for increased…