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Hi everyone, back with another task! Previously I asked the Crowdholding community to share their best joke. You can read and have a laugh Here (Insert link).

For this task I’ve decided to tap into the researching skills of the Crowdholding community.

I’m looking for the most bizarre scientific observations, experiments, disorders, diseases, etc. out there!

Some conditions for submission:

  1. All submissions must include a source.

  2. It must be written by you, not copy pasted; Only original work is accepted!

  3. Provide a short summary of the article, book explaining the study and results.

  4. 1 or 2 paragraphs minimum.

Here are some example sources to get you started:  

  • The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science
  • https://www.improbable.com/ig-about/
  • Phantoms in the Brain Vilayanur Ramachandran
  • Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity

Looking forward to reading all that mad science out there!


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The nano bionic plants
Firefly cells are being included in the plants so they can shine in the dark.

Source;
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29148804
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321142196_A_Nanobionic_L...

Imagine what it could mean for places with little resources to illuminate roads and streets with green energy

2 days ago

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1 day ago

stephen black new user

One of the strangest conditions I've heard about and read up on is Morgellon's Disease. The uniqueness of it is that it has been around to some degree since the 1600s and no one still knows what causes it. The best doctors do for it now is treat symptoms not the actual disease. People who have been diagnosed with Morgellon's report a multitude of symptoms: fatigue, joint pain, skin lesions, itchy skin, tingly feelings, multiple neurological ailments, among others. The most odd part of Morgellon's are the lesions. Within many of them fibers grow out of them. They are not attached or stuck to the lesions but have been shown microscopically to have grown from within to protrude out of the lesion. The fibers look black and at first were thought to be just thickened hair. Withing the last ten years, microscopic research shows many of the fibers are blue and/or red, not just black. It is unknown what the fibers actually are and why they appear. Around the lesion, the inflicted person can not rid themselves of a feeling as if ants were crawling on their skin or under it. Researchers tried to link the disease to a virus or even bacteria but none were ever found. The best doctors, even to this day, can do for the patient is treat the symptoms not the actual disease. It has recently been reported over 13,000 households have been treated for Morgellon's. You can research it some on your own and find a multitude of pictures showing actual case of the lesions and microscopic photos of the fibers. The Morgellon's site is the most informative one I found. https://www.morgellons.org/faq-home.htm

4 days ago

I should not have googled images :) Interesting read, thanks!

4 days ago

Weak. I thought I had more time on this one. I'll just go with what I have:

Biophotons: Did you know that the human body releases light waves? It's true. In fact, all living cells emit a high frequency, yet very dim -- as in fractions less than what's picked up by the human eye -- light wave. It's still unclear what creates the light waves and what purpose they may serve, if any.

New Agers might point to this and say, "Well mystics have been saying this for millennia. Science is just now catching up with them." Instead of arguing over who can claim dibs on this, I think it better to point out what science is bringing to the table.

Regardless of your metaphysical perspective, science is demonstrating verifiable proof in the existence of life produced light rays. This discovery is a milestone in understanding more about quantum biophysics. Researchers are suggesting it could lead to various new forms of diagnostic and treatment procedures for health. What do you think?

Original sources linked below:

Cohen S, Popp FA. Biophoton emission of the human body. J Photochem Photobiol B Biol. 1997;40(2):187-9.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9345786 (sorry, couldn't find full text)

4 days ago

I have never heard about Biophotons, very cool bit of fact. Thanks for sharing, learned something new!

4 days ago

Cool. I had some peers into some wild stuff in school, so I was unsure how commonly known some of the things I was looking up were. Also, had to make sure there was clear science... Hippies 😂

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6 days ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

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6 days ago

Plagiarism doesn't get rewarded.

Some conditions for submission:

All submissions must include a source.

It must be written by you, not copy pasted; Only original work is accepted!

Provide a short summary of the article, book explaining the study and results.

1 or 2 paragraphs minimum.

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1 week ago

Completely irrelevant answer. Read the task.

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1 week ago

Some of you might not accept this as science, since it is contradictory to what has always been taught to us and is "common sense", but I want to share my findings, since it will rank in the category of bizarre theories for sure. I am talking about the "German New Medizine",

founded by an actual PhD, Dr. Med. Geerd Hamer. After a lifechanging event in the year 1978, namely his son beeing shot by an Italian prince and after beeing in fear for the survival of his son, who eventually died, Dr. Hamer got diagnozed cancer. He assumed the cancer had to be in direct correlation of the dead of his son and began to investigate. At the time Dr. Hamer was an internist of cancer and so he analized the clinic history of his patients, coming to the conclusion, that all of them had previosly some shock event in their lives. He went on with his studies and developed the theory of the "Dirk Hamer Sindrome", named after his son and wrote his “Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine”. As you can imagine, his theories have not been well received in the conventional medical field. Eventually Hamer had seen his PhD title revoced, but he would anyway go on to practice, but needed to exile to Spain, was ultimately extradited to the French autorities and had to serve prison time in France. Hamer died 2017 in Norway at the age of 82.

GNM or "German New Medicine" remains quite unknow to this day, one could wonder why, but there are a few Doctors all over the world who apply the principles of Hamer and treat their patients after the theory of the “Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine”. The GNM does not promote alternative treatments to the conventional medicine, its supporters actually are well in favour of the conventional medicine, the difference is just the approach to give most importance to the cause of an illness, instead of the sympthoms, meaning medical universities teach their alumnis the reasearch of the symptons but never will analize the cause any other than promoting a healthy life style. GNM sees the cause of mostly all illnesses in the psychological event or shock, that eventually triggers the outcome, which in turn is already the healing process and has to be assisted by conventional medizine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryke_Geerd_Hamer

https://www.quora.com/What-is-German-new-medicine

https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/german-new-medicine-challenges-the-germ-theory-of-disease-and-medical-tyranny-that-destroys-lives/

1 week ago

I can appreciate the concept that high stress can be very demanding on the overall health and that any treatment should consider a holistic approach - Mind and body. I do mind fads that proclaim some kind of "super secret" or oversimplified treatment to a very real and horrible disease. It appears GNM does just that by reducing every ailment to a stress-full event. Again: I believe there's a correlation between stress (physical, emotional/psychological) and health; but I do not believe that every disease can be reduced to fit this paradigm.
Another issue with GNM is that it's impossible to test this theory for the simple reason that if you dig deep enough into ANY patient's history; you will find a high stress event: It's part of life.
Even if we present a new born baby with a disease as a counter example to GNM; proponents could still argue that "the act of being born" was stress full or they could go further back and argue that perhaps whilst in the womb the mother might have gone through something stress-full.
I hope I've shown why it's impossible to argue or enter a real debate with proponents of most pseudo science/ pseudo medicine: it's impossible to formulate a condition that would be accepted as a counterexample.

1 week ago

Thank you for your reasonable reply, Steven. You are correct, it is dangerous to oversimplify the cause of a disease. You also agree onto seeing generally illnesses from a holistic viewpoint and don't forget the psychological factor. What would like to showcase by providing my post here, to an open minded reader, since I have learned about GNM, I don't fear disease any more, as there is always some psychological cause, here I subscribe fully to the theory of "The Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine”. But this implies that I must take responsibility, since I cannot blame something or someone else for my illness. But on the other hand I never believed in the concept of bad faith or anything like that.

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1 week ago

good post, to bad it's pure plagiarism :( Sad.

https://www.healthline.com/health/alien-hand-syndrome

1 week ago

Lily Panter expert

I'm sugar, spice and everything nice

Rabies Disease

Rabies, the madman disease, is a deadly disease that is spread to humans from the bite or scratch of an infected animal with dogs being the number one source. The rabies virus can be found on every continent except Artartica. Infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mainly in Asia and Africa. The study of rabies dates back to 2300BC which could be as a result of the strange symptoms of rabies infection.

 

What really makes this disease bizarre?

First is the incubation period. Depending on the primary place of infection and viral load, an infected person may carry the virus for up to a year without any symptoms. However the common incubation period is two - three months.

The bad news is that once a person starts showing symptoms, the disease is already 90% fatal. Initial symptoms include

  1. Fever
  2. Body pains
  3. Headaches
  4. Prickling or burning sensation at the wound site 

Thereafter, the virus attacks the central neuvous system causing brain and spinal cord inflammation. after the CNS is compromised, the infected person either has what is termed Paralytic rabies or a Furious form of rabies.

Paralytic rabies which happens in 20% of infections, is a less dramatic form and as the name implies, the infected person becomes paralyzed starting from the site of the wound. Thereafter, a coma sets in followed by death.

The furious firm of rabies is where things get really bizzare. Here, the infected person displays:

  1. hyperactivity,
  2. excitable behaviour,
  3. Confusion
  4. Hallucinations
  5. hydrophobia (fear of water) and sometimes
  6. aerophobia (fear of drafts or of fresh air)

There may also be excessive salivation sparked by the virus desire to spread and infect new hosts. Yes, if you get bitten by an infected person at this stage, you can become infected. With the hallucinations and confusion, this can happen. All of which makes rabies the perfect zombie disease. A person gets infected, they lose their mind and they want to bite other people. Now you know almost every zombie movie you've watched can happen.

The good news is that Rabies is treatable but early detection is key. The bad news as you already know is that a person may not know they've got rabies until it's too late. Prevention is the safest way to go by getting your dog vaccinated and washing any scratch or bite with soap and water to prevent the virus from entering the body through the open wound.

But if you suspect that the animal is infected, see a doctor immediately. There are vaccines for humans to prevent infection. 

 

Sources 

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rabies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351821

1 week ago

Thanks for sharing Lily. Well researched and structured ;)

1 week ago

Anthropic Principle

Recent evidence shows that were the universe just slightly different, it wouldn't exist long enough for any life to develop. The odds of a universe that we can exist in are very small, based on chance.

The controversial Anthropic Principle states that the universe can only exist such that carbon-based life can arise.

The Anthropic Principle, while intriguing, is more a philosophical theory than a physical one. Still, the Anthropic Principle poses an intriguing intellectual puzzle.

Jones, Andrew Zimmerman. "Top 10 Weird but Cool Physics Ideas." ThoughtCo, May. 25, 2019, thoughtco.com/interesting-and-weird-physical-ideas-2699073.

1 week ago

"Recent evidence shows that were the universe just slightly different, it wouldn't exist long enough for any life to develop. " What does this mean? My understanding is that life is possible in more ways than we currently know.

Please provide more content to that statement. It's extremely vague and without any additional information not interesting.

1 week ago

TOM STEEL guru

"Was that research done by him", I am really confused with these tasks. It seems you just mark the ones you don't like as scam, leave the ones you can't read unattended to and then reply to the ones you can and ignore the one you feel is not interesting, that's quite a tasks.

4 days ago

@Tom Steel - Pretty sure I reply to all comments. The criteria of the task is pretty well formulated: Write about something in your own words and reference your sources. Do not copy paste stuff. I only upvote interesting comments and mark ones that are irrelevant: i.e. say nothing interesting or well known. The task is called "Most bizarre, interesting and peculiar science out there!" after all.

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1 week ago

Sorry this is my source and you can read more at
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/17131.php

1 week ago

Appreciate the effort but this isn't exactly bizarre, interesting or peculiar as it's a well documented and understood virus (HIV) disease (AIDS). Most people know about it and I don't see anything interesting about what you wrote. Please take a look at the sources I've shared to get inspired.

And the "Muslim way" isn't a viable solution at all. It doesn't matter what religion people hold: People will always be people and they will do what people do. Abstinence, monogamy, etc. do not work as a preventative measure. In theory yes, in practice no. Even worse, religion can hinder people to use protection (condoms) of seek advice due to the social stigma; thus increasing the spreading of STD's.

1 week ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Good clarification. I was expecting something like this

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Stop stealing other users comments!

1 week ago

Deyner López guru

Crypto enthusiast!!! My opinion matters too!!!!

Hi Steven!!

In my modest opinon the most bizarre and negligible things done by mankind were made by Nazis..so, after my research i let you with 2 Nazi bizarre things and an incredible piece of techused nowadays (out of the Nazi orbit...for a change)

Nazi Bizarre things:

  1. Nazi "super cows": Do you know that Heck cattle race was an attempt to breed back domestic cattle to their ancestral form? This experiment was developed in Germany between 1920 and 1930 and supported by Nazis in their efforts to produce the perfect Aryan race, not only for people else for animals too. At the end these animals became so angry sometimes that in 2015 Devon farmer Derek Gow had to put down seven of his rare breed Heck cows. The reason for this? The cows were so aggressive that they had tried, on multiple occasions, to attack him and his farm hands. Read more here: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/british-farmer-forced-to-turn-half-his-murderous-herd-of-nazi-cows-into-sausages-9958988.html
  2. Nazi secret weapons: if there is a thing Nazis are well known is by developing almost incredible weapons that would help them to win WWII. Nazi scientist were gifted with a privileged minds and given resources to make ideas possible they managed themselves to develop an incredible arsenal of wonderful weapons very advanced by the time they come into life. From real weapons to researched ones like "The Sun Gun" Nazis bring to live many incredible weapons you can be aware in here: https://gizmodo.com/the-definitive-collection-of-secret-nazi-weapons-1473126559

Incredible technology:

Hope you enjoy reading...as i did!!!

1 week ago

Didn't know about the Nazi Super cows. Will dig a bit deeper into that ^^

1 week ago

Ejay Dario guru

I'm more experience and know the circulation in this Blockchain Industry.

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2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Have you heard of the Gravity Light? It is a lighting system powered by gravitational energy. Yes, gravitation! It doesn't require any type of hydro electricity energy or solar energy to glow. Read more here https://www.quora.com/share/What-are-some-mind-blowing-technologies-that-exist-that-most-people-dont-know-about-286


Did you know that the Linux kernel contains 20 million lines of code, about 10,000 people have contributed code to it and almost all of IoT (Internet of Things) devices that need an OS at all, will be running Linux? Yet, people who wrote it are often completely unaware that it’s slipped quietly into some aspect of their lives. Read more here https://qr.ae/TWhXjJ 


I know the aging problem in humans has been studied for a long time but it seems it has been solved. Here https://qr.ae/TWhXdA


There's actually been an invention of a transparent aluminium armour which works better than a bullet-proof glass. Then there are the colour-changing contact lenses that alert diabetics of glucose levels. Have a taste of them here https://qr.ae/TWhXLV. What of the amazing uses of graphene? Read that one here https://qr.ae/TWhXL0


Do you know of car tyres that do not only move forwards and backwards but sideways as well? Well, people have already began experimenting with them. While checking that you can also look at the personal air purifier. Yes, if you want cleaner air to breathe, you can get one. http://time.com/4572079/best-inventions-2016/


Finally, I'm sure most of you have heard of the Spider Silk - the strongest biomaterial known to man. All attempts to create another biomaterial stronger than this have failed - up until now. Researchers at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, have been able to develop a biomaterial stronger than the Spider Silk. More importantly, the material is biodegradable. I hope you know what this means. Check it out with another set of amazing inventions here https://interestingengineering.com/7-new-materials-invented-in-2018-that-could-change-our-lives

2 weeks ago

1. Yes I've seen that one in action before. It's a nice concept, a bit unpractical perhaps, but it certainly has it's use case.
2. Didn't know that about Linux. IoT will only continue to grow imho, definitely something to keep an eye on.
3. I don't buy it. Seems a bit oversimplified. Iirc aging is related to the lengt of telomere. and death is determined by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayflick_limit.
4. ALON looks like an awesome material! Color changing lenses I'm not convinced about.
5. http://time.com/4572079/best-inventions-2016/ interesting read that one! Love those kinds of lists
6. I've first heard about the spider silk thing over a decade ago, same with graphene. I believe there's a scaling issue to actually apply these materials in production.
Ps: Here's a test about the strength of spider silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMN_wQ6Zyy0

Thanks for sharing!

1 week ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

You're welcome.

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I once came across this disease and it is probably the most interesting disease that I have ever heard about. The disease is called Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (I'll use the already existing acronym FOP from now on). FOP is an extremely rare disease (1 in 2,000,000 and only 800 known affected people). Every injury to the muscle or joint is not healed properly, with regular scar tissue - instead, the space is filled with bone. Imagine every scar, every time you've been hurt to have a permanent, non-moving bone there. Typical life expectancy is only 40 years but it gets worse. Even a slightly akin activity to working out is critical. Working out works by literally tearing muscle fibers apart and filling them with more muscle fibers. This normaly results in bigger muscles, but with FOP, the broken fibers are filled with bones, remember? Still, if you somehow manage to not get hurt in any sort of way, the bone transition happens also spontaneously. The condition can later get so severe that there comes a time in affected person's life they have to choose a body position in which they later spend the rest of their lives, as they will not be able to move at all. The worst part of it? It has no cure. It cannot be eased. If you think "Oh, but what if someone simply removes the extra created bones?", you might be onto something but unfortunately, there is no way to remove bones from living beings without cutting them open. And if you cut into person with FOP, you only create more bones as the cuts need to heal. Truly terrifying disease and images of skeletons of such people are disturbing. If you want to discover more about this disease, here are some links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibrodysplasia_ossificans_progressi... https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/6445/fibrodysplasia-os... https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progr...

2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Scary. Very Scary.

2 weeks ago

Very interesting read, thanks for posting!

1 week ago

Tim Prior guru

Crypto / Blockchain enthusiast and investor.

Hey, Steven.   For my submission I'd like to introduce you (if you're not already familiar) to the work of, Masaru Emoto.  And in particular his work with ice-crystals.  Much in the same manner as the eperiments that involve playing different kinds of music to plants, to observe the effects on their health.  Masaru's work focuses upon the photogrpahy of ice-crystals, when subjected to varying emotional states.  

Masaru's experiments involve taking ice-crystals, and saying things like "I love you", or "I hate you" to them. Or exposing them to other varying conditions or locations.  And then photographing them.  

His hypothesis being that emotional vibrations can effect the physical structure of water at a molecular level, and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer, and positive thinking.  And while this is considred by many to be a pseudoscience, the resultting imagery is truly fascinating...

Which I find even more interesting when we consider that human beings are primarily made up of water.  And leads me to the book by, George Ohsawa - titled "You are all Sanpaku".  That explores the effects of negative living, and of how this can manifest in a condition that is visible in the eyes (the windows to the soul), known as Sanpaku...

Sanpaku itself is the condition of the whites of the eyes being visible above, or below, the iris, when looking forwards.  And while you shouldn't run off now and worry, should you go check in the mirror, and think that you might suffer from it. It is a condition some believe to be more frequently present, in those suffering imbalance.  Potentially being even more prevalent in those with psychotic tendencies...

:D

2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

This partly explains why Christians believe if you have faith, you can tell a mountain to move and if you don't doubt in your heart, it shall be done for you. Inanimate objects do listen

2 weeks ago

I've read about this some years ago. Iirc it was debunked, but the images are nice. :) Maybe for another list "Most fascinating pseudoscience" ^^

1 week ago

Karen M guru

We are experiencing a 'once every 17 yr phenomenon'.  Have you heard of cicadas? They are giant insects that some people refer to as locusts. They appear in our area every 17 yrs. They are harmless and don't seem to really have a purpose. They are loud. You can hear them in the trees, which is where they hang out after the eggs hatch. They stick around for 6wks then they're gone again----for 17 more years!

Some folks find them annoying but kids like to play with them. They're easy to catch and fascinating to watch.  It's said you can even eat them (not me)!  Being that they are regional, I'm sure lots of people have never heard of them. Check out more info https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/brood-viii-will-emerge-in-2019-in-pennsylvania-ohio-and-west-virginia/

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Tim Prior guru

Crypto / Blockchain enthusiast and investor.

They're surprisingly pretty - for bugs...

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Karen M guru

Their wing pattern is very intricate! And they have big red bulging eyes!

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Ryan Olesen expert

Have acted as an advisor on multiple blockchain & crypto currency related ICO's!

That's interesting but makes my skin crawl. Thanks for sharing!

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

Lol. A lot of people here feel the same!

2 weeks ago

My thought exactly. Thank you

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

17 years? So they appear 5 times in 85 years and stick around for 30 weeks in all those 85 years? Mad.

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

Yes! Totally mad. The news people report on them & we usually know approximately which week they will emerge.

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Love all animal / insect facts! First saw this one in a documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjLiWy2nT7U Highly recommended!

1 week ago

Karen M guru

That sound in your video link, is the sound we hear all day long! It's interesting that even though they're only found in eastern US, other countries are aware( that documentary was BBC)....I wonder if in the future, they will spread to other areas??? Hmm...

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Mubashir Ahmed expert

Sometimes, thoughts could taste like dark chocolate

Interesting.

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