How Asia’s Super Divers Evolved for a Life At Sea

A Bajau diver holds up his wooden diving mask. Scientists are starting to uncover the genetic basis of the Bajau people’s incredible breath-holding abilities. by ED YONG The Bajau people of southeast Asia are among the most accomplished divers in the world. In the summer of 2015, Melissa Ilardo got to see how good they are firsthand. She remembers diving with Pai Bayubu, who had already gone fairly deep when he saw a giant clam, 30 to 50 feet below him. “He just dropped down,” Ilardo recalls. “He pointed at it, and then he was there. Underwater, the Bajau are as comfortable as most … Continue reading How Asia’s Super Divers Evolved for a Life At Sea

Does your dog tense up around sudden noises? Vets say they should be routinely assessed for pain, inflamed muscles

by: Jessica Dolores (Natural News) Ever wondered why your usually calm dog suddenly becomes nervous whenever he hears loud or sudden noises? The poor pet may be in pain. That’s what new research from the University of Lincoln found out. Animal behavioral scientists from the U.K. and Brazil studied dogs who were extra sensitive to loudness, different pitches, or sudden noises. They found that dogs with musculoskeletal pain showed greater noise sensitivity. The researchers say that pain, which could be undiagnosed, could worsen when noise makes the dogs tense up, or when these disturbances startle them. This adds stress to inflamed muscles or … Continue reading Does your dog tense up around sudden noises? Vets say they should be routinely assessed for pain, inflamed muscles

GLOBAL DEBT IS NOW AN INSANE $164 TRILLION, BUT WHO EXACTLY DO WE OWE?

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times If you’ve ever wondered why the world seems hopelessly fraught with endless conflict, ruled corrupt states, and bent on developing a never-ending supply of advanced weaponry, you’d need to understand the nature of our debt based economy. The IMF has just reported that total global debt is now at a staggering $164 trillion, which amounts to 225% of total global GDP. Every person on this planet could turn over everything they produce for the next two plus years and we’d still be in debt. The number is now so astronomically high that its impossible to … Continue reading GLOBAL DEBT IS NOW AN INSANE $164 TRILLION, BUT WHO EXACTLY DO WE OWE?

Painkillers and All the Other Things That Guys Claim Have ‘Turned Them Gay’

by Miles Klee In what you’d have to call a major scoop for any local British newspaper (and a bonanza for the nation’s infamous tabloids), Scott Purdy, an unemployed 23-year-old of Louth, in Lincolnshire, is claiming that a prescription painkiller turned him gay. He reportedly broke it off with a girlfriend of six months and is quite content. “It’s made me feel very open. It’s liberating,” he’s said, adding that “people should know about” this potential side effect of Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica, manufactured by the drug giant Pfizer. https://melmagazine.com/media/48c39b82ad80d0f133eb7bbac4b4db5a?postId=f1ad5b73e27a While Purdy’s story makes for a clicky headline, there’s no … Continue reading Painkillers and All the Other Things That Guys Claim Have ‘Turned Them Gay’

The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist

Director William Friedkin (left) and Reverend Gabriele Amorth William Friedkin’s new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, sees the director film a real-life exorcism while considering the legacy of his horror classic. by DAVID SIMS The Exorcist is to exorcisms what The Godfather is to the Mafia: That is, the film is the font of every cliché about its subject and barely rooted in fact. Just as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 mobster classic invented many of its gangland rituals out of thin air, William Friedkin’s landmark 1973 horror movie didn’t have much to do with the real-life case it was based on. One could view Friedkin’s new documentary, The Devil … Continue reading The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist

Not your Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan monks dressed as demons attend the Beating Ghost festival at the Yonghe Temple, March 2015. Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see? by Mark Hay is a writer on culture, faith, identity politics and sexuality. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Economist, Foreign Service Journal,Slate and VICE, among others. He is based in Brooklyn, New York. Edited by Pam Weintraub Tibetan Buddhism, in the pop-cultural psyche of the United States, is the Dalai Lama’s face, grinning from a cover in the self-help section of your nearest bookstore. It’s … Continue reading Not your Tibetan Buddhism

The Paradox of Freedom: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on Moral Aloneness and Our Mightiest Antidote to Terror

Art by Lisbeth Zwerger from a special edition of The Wizard of Oz. “Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given,”James Baldwin wrote in contemplating how we imprison ourselves, “freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be.” It is hard not to instinctually bristle at this notion — we all like to see ourselves as autonomous agents of our own destiny who would never … Continue reading The Paradox of Freedom: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on Moral Aloneness and Our Mightiest Antidote to Terror