Everything: What’s Missing Is What Gets Scientists Most Excited

What makes most scientists most excited is the same thing that—if they’ve heard about it—makes many non-scientists wonder if scientists are nuts: Way more than half of “the stuff the universe is made of” is still a mystery to scientists. Which may strike you as a crazy thing to realize, and a crazy thing to say. […]

Mysterious importance of an expanding waistline

The title of this medical report alludes mysteriously to “the importance of an expanding waistline”: “Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions Acyclovir-induced acute renal failure and the importance of an expanding waist line,” Ahmed Seedat and  Georgia Winnett, BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006264. The authors, at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS, […]

A man who pricked his finger & smelled putrid

Four doctors in Wales [at the hospital pictured below] rose to fame because of a man who pricked his finger and smelled putrid for five years. The doctors were hit nose-on with one of the most baffling medical mysteries on record. It all started with a chicken. The case ended happily – yet mysteriously – […]