‘Ancient IKEA building’ discovered by Italian archaeologists

I bumped into a very informative article, describing how structural elements of a Greek-styled, 6th century BC temple in Magna Graecia (Southern Italy) had assembly instructions inscribed on them…

From April 22, 2010, by Richard Owen.   I reblog the article below:  

Το φυτό «στέβια», η ζάχαρη του μέλλοντος??

Διάβασα δύο πολύ ενδιαφέροντα άρθρα σχετικά με αυτό το φυτό, ένα στο Έθνος:

και άλλο ένα εδώ:

Η στέβια εντοπίστηκε από τον φυσιοδίφη Bertoni το 1887 στα υψίπεδα της Παραγουάης, στα σύνορα με την Βραζιλία. Εκεί, για πάρα πολλά χρόνια πριν από το πρώτο ταξίδι του Κολόμβου στο «νέο κόσμο» χρησιμοποιούνταν από τις τοπικές φυλές των Ινδιάνων, οι οποίοι γνώριζαν τις μοναδικές ιδιότητες της στέβιας ως ισχυρού γλυκαντικού, θεραπευτικού και «μαγικού» βοτάνου. διαβάστε περισσότερα

Trapped in his own body…

I read the amazing story of Rom Houben from Belgium, who was victim of an almost fatal car accident. He appeared to be in a coma… but that was only on the surface… in reality he screamed, but no sound came out, he could hear, remember and understand everything, but his total paralysis lead the doctors to diagnose him as a «vegetable»…

Sneak peek at immortality?

When it comes to immortality (or longevity), the «immortal cell» cannot be the solution. If it were, further reproduction of cells would have to cease; you see, there’s already a known situation where the cells forget to die and reproduce themselves forever, and it’s called a «tumor» or «cancer«.

But even if there was a way around it, that is to say, to make cells immortal, by unblocking the biological mechanisms that order a cell to die, regardless of it’s current condition and then to prevent the existing cells from further reproducing themselves, to avoid tumors, even then, «immortal» would not guarantee «in perfect condition»; the reason is that, in that case, exhausted, damaged or sick cells would never be replaced! «Normal wear» would take its toll… and inevitably… death would come, perhaps even sooner than before!! διαβάστε περισσότερα