3,000-Year-Old Female Mummy Was Covered in Hidden Tattoos

Covered in more than 30 tattoos of flowers, animals, and sacred symbols, this 3,000-year-old mummy is one of the most unusual that archaeologist Anne Austin has ever seen. Though other mummies have been found with abstract markings like dots tattooed on their skin, no one had ever seen figurative drawings like these. Austin and her colleagues were stunned. The mummy, found in a village called Deir el-Medina, was once a woman who proudly inked sacred wadjet eyes on her neck, shoulders, and back, lotus blossoms on her hips, and cows on her arm. Her village was home to artisans who worked in the nearby Valley of the Kings, where they would have carved elaborate sculptures and inscriptions for pharaohs and gods.

Source: 3,000-year-old female mummy was covered in hidden tattoos

So, rather than Tramp Stamp… Sphinx Inks?

Kidding aside, I wonder what led to the process of making a tattoo?  Because of the pain, I’d have to think it originally was punishment.

We’ve Found the Neurons That Make Smelling a Predator Stressful

A mouse feels panicky. It freezes; its little nose twitches. Something is in the air, and it doesn’t like the smell of it. Not one… little… bit.

In mice, the scent of predators causes a surge of stress hormones to course through the blood and induces behavioral changes. Quite a lot is known about olfaction in mice—Richard Axel and Linda Buck split the Nobel Prize in 2004 for elucidating the organization of the thousand or so unique odorant receptors expressed by the sensory neurons in those little noses.

But the neural circuits that transmit a threatening scent from the nose to the hypothalamus, where the stress hormones are released, were not known. Until now.

Source: We’ve found the neurons that make smelling a predator stressful

The majority of predators a mouse is worried about are sight based predators, and they are (almost) hard-wired to follow motion (think your cat with a laser pointer red dot). Freezing until you know where the predator is is almost certainly a survival trait.  Hard-wired to follow motion, and much more capable of seeing motion. A mouse could be practically invisible against the background — until it moves and then it’s camouflage could be rendered useless.

Works in humans much the same way. At least, I know there have been many, many times where a bird was right in front of me and I didn’t know it, until it moved.  This is part of why blinking lights for cycling came about – solid, always on, lights don’t attract attention if they don’t move fast.  The blink/strobe makes the movement pattern more erratic, in hopes of making cyclists at night or low light situations more obvious.

How Frozen Pizza Pockets Are Made

I want to believe that the ingredients listed are real, and that additives aren’t necessary.

Keen watchers would notice that no one in the video are wearing gloves.  There’s some pretty good research that shows that gloves in food preparation causes workers to be less clean due to them believing they don’t have to clean / wash as much. I’m willing to believe that also. I’ve worked in some really high end restaurants – nobody wears gloves, ever, and it would be nearly impossible to make fine food doing so.

Off-Switch For Overeating and Obesity Found in the Brain

After tediously tracking calories and willfully shunning cravings, many a dieter has likely dreamt of a simple switch that, when thrown, could shut down hunger and melt away pounds—and scientists may have just found it.

Source: Off-switch for overeating and obesity found in the brain

The “it’s your own fault” view of obesity as a willpower issue does not hold up to logical scrutiny.

As far as I know, obesity is the only condition that has massively increased in humans, despite an overwhelmingly negative view of it by society, and shaming of sufferers. Look at smoking as an analog–despite how difficult it is to quit smoking, people have done so in huge numbers over the past few decades, while obesity has continued to rise, unabated, throughout the world. If it were a willpower issue, as smoking apparently is, we would most certainly not see this happening.

Topical Anesthetic Cream Can Ease the Pain of Shots

The implications go far beyond being scared of a needle prick: Not only do some adults avoid healthcare due to their fear of needles, but research indicates that poorly managed pain in early childhood can change how people feel pain, and may even make them more vulnerable to it later on.

The good news is that, with a few simple strategies, parents can ease their child’s fears, help manage the pain, and reduce the risk of their child developing a phobia.


Source: How to Help Kids Overcome the Fear of Needles

Getting anesthetic shots from the dentist in the mouth had to be the most uncomfortable I can remember…

I didn’t like needles when I had my first DVT & Pulmonary Embolism (PE), but weekly testing made short work of that.  After years of blood tests, I’ve come to learn that there are some who are really good at it… and some who are not.  Probably the worst was the one who stuck the needle in, then wiggled it side-to-side in hopes of finding the vein.  The result was probably the worst bruise I’ve seen.  There’s no way to know who is good and who is not – all I can do is know which arm is easier for them to work with.

Scientists Have Discovered the First Gene Responsible for Gray Hair

You can blame your parents for some of those gray hairs. A new study has identified the first gene known to be responsible for causing your hair to lose its color.

Source: Scientists Have Discovered the First Gene Responsible for Gray Hair

You can blame your parents for some of those gray hairs, but trust me – you get them from your children. 😉

24 of the Most Delicious Food GIFs of 2015

Our eyes got fat in 2015. With all kinds of yummy GIFs and daring food porn and meals that looked so good we considered eating our laptops and monitors in hopes of tasting the visual deliciousness, it was a hunger inducing year for eyeballs. Here are some of the best food GIFs we made in 2015…

Source: 24 of the Most Delicious Food GIFs of 2015

One of my favs:

It was this or the sushi one

Fear Can Actually Curdle Your Blood

The next time someone refers to a horror movie as “bloodcurdling,” they might actually be kinda right. A new study shows that the fear experienced when watching scary movies is in fact associated with an increase in clotting agents in the blood.

Source: Fear Can Actually Curdle Your Blood

The fear response includes a big squirt of epinephrine which increases your heart rate and constricts blood vessels so you can run from the bear faster and bleed less when it bites. That your body also dumps clotting factors dovetails with this system nicely. What’s really surprising is that this hadn’t been recognized previously.

But I’d like to see if the findings stand up in a larger sample size.

I’m Alton Brown, and This Is How I Work

Alton Brown is a chef, a television host, a storyteller and author, and a witty explainer of the fundamentals of cooking. He’s the embodiment of Lifehacker’s culinary aspirations and unsurprisingly we regularly feature his work.

Source: I’m Alton Brown, and This Is How I Work

Last I knew, most of Good Eats was on [US] Netflix…

Turbinado Sugar: How Much Vitamin K?

It’s sugar, so

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of turbinado sugar contains 0 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams of turbinado sugar contains 0 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)

There’s nothing in it but carbohydrates.

Another popular name for this sugar is “sugar in the raw”.  Turbinado sugar is from pure cane sugar extract. The term “turbinado” comes from the technique used in the making of this sugar. The sugar is spun in a cylinder or turbine. Turbinado sugar is brown looking like brown sugar, but paler in color with a subtle molasses flavor.

Related read: What’s the Difference? Muscovado, Demerara, & Turbinado