On your face, right now, there are tiny bugs that are closely related to spiders, living, and possibly mating, in the pores of your face. For years, these tiny bugs were considered harmless passengers that were riding the natural ecosystem that exists on your face. It wasn't until 2012, that scientists started to believe that these tiny bugs could be the cause of an ancient skin disease!
The disease, Rosacea, effects around 5 and 20 percent of people worldwide. The disease was nicknamed the "curse of the Celts" as it is often found in people who have very fair skin. A commonly thought cause of the disease was excessive drinking, and while it can make Rosacea more noticeable, it isn't the exact cause.
Kevin Kavangh of the National University of Ireland thinks he discovered the cause. Tiny mites, live in the pores of your facial skin. They love the hair follicles of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the areas around the noise, forehead, and cheeks. The mites it facial oil, and basically colonise your face at puberty! These little insects are called Demodex!
People can be infected with many different bacteria and viruses, but some people get sicker from these bugs than others. Do our genes cause some of that difference?
The answer is yes, different versions of important genes change how easy it is for a person to be infected. The study of these genes might lead to new drugs to block or slow down an infection.
There are people that are naturally immune to many diseases, for example, people that lack a protein called CCR5, a protein that is needed to open a door in our cells that allows the HIV go in, are naturally immune to it.
People inherit this gene from both parents and it can only be found in 1 % of Caucasians.
Just this year, scientists announced the discovery of two planets that may be the most “earth-like” yet! The planets are both in orbit around a “sun-like” star.
They are closer to the star than we are to our sun, but their “sun” is smaller than ours, so the planets remain in the habitable zone, where liquid water could exist, potentially paving the way for life.
62e is about 140 percent bigger than earth, and 62f is closer to twice our planet’s size – but don’t feel too bad, they probably don’t have the food we do.
However, this could mean that soon enough we might encounter some evidence of other life forms out there!
Located in the Bay of Bengal, North Sentinel Island sounds as if it's straight out of a nineteenth century novel!
The island is one of the Andaman Islands and is located away from the main settlements. In fact, the island is so remote the indigenous Sentinelese people still live there and speak their own language!
While Indians have always known that the island was there, there was never much use in colonizing it. The British recorded it's existence in 1771, yet it was again ignored for the next century.
It was not until 1867 that an Indian merchant ship encountered a storm and wrecked on North Sentinel Island’s shores. Almost immediately the natives began attacking the 106 surviving passengers.
They were only saved when a navel vessel rescued them. The most recent excursion onto the island resulted in the same outcome.
In 2006 two fishermen drifted their boat near the island and were killed. The Indian government has stated that they have no desire to interfere in native affairs and most are warned to stay away!
An old man dies. Such is life, my dear reader. And for all our sadness, life surely must go on.
Except when the old man didn't actually die, and woke up inside the morgue a day later. Then it's time for an explanation.
Like, what? An 80-year-old South African man got the rudest of awakenings after being reported dead by his family and then shut up in a morgue fridge for 21 hours. The undertaker even checked the man's vitals to be sure he was dead.
Another curious side to the story is that the morgue workers thought that the old man was a ghost! And they were planning on shooting him down! Luckily for the old man, he was able to get out of there harmless.