INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
Life itself is the proper binge.
Sleep isn’t the only thing affected by circadian rhythms. Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that circadian rhythms exist in nerves in the stomach, which may help regulate eating habits according to different times of the day. Read more
- SLICE OF HISTORY
A Hartford, Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells inhales nitrous oxide—commonly known as laughing gas—and then has his assistant pull a wisdom tooth from his mouth. Although the assistant would later write that the tooth "required great force to extract," Wells feels no pain. After the gas wears off, he declares the beginning of "a new era in tooth-pulling." Wells was right, but his experiment didn't change just dentistry; it introduced the concept of giving anesthesia to patients before surgery. Sadly, Wells didn't see his discovery become common medical practice. He became addicted to chloroform and, in 1848, committed suicide while in a New York City jail. Read more