Extreme exercise an ‘escape from life’, Cardiff Uni says

Extreme exercise an 'escape from life', Cardiff Uni says

  • The experience is “deliberately marketed” as painful, with obstacles including wires delivering 10,000 volt electric shocks.
  • Dr Rebecca Scott, of Cardiff Business School, said: “On the one hand, consumers spend billions of dollars every year on pain relief, while exhausting and painful experiences such as obstacle races and ultra-marathons are gaining in popularity.”
  • The research, a joint project between Cardiff, Singapore’s Nanyang Business School, and Kedge Business School, France, also found pain “facilitates escape” and provides a “temporary relief from the burdens of self-awareness.”
  • Professor Bernard Cova, of Kedge Business School, added: “Electric shocks and ice-cold water may be painful but they also allow participants to escape from the demands and anxieties of modern life.
  • “By leaving marks and wounds, painful experiences help us create the story of a fulfilled life spent exploring the limits of the body.”

Extreme adventure challenges can help office workers deal with the “anxieties of modern life,” research suggests.
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Biologists And Citizens Disover New Species With iNaturalist App : All Tech Considered : NPR

  • Stalin Murugesapandi takes photos and makes field sketches to record the different insect species he sees.
  • Like a social network for wildlife, her location paired with the photo help both amateur and expert naturalists identify the species.
  • Like a lot of bug fanatics, Lindqvist doesn’t just take photos of moths – she uploads them to iNaturalist .
  • Bug enthusiast Anna Lindqvist uploads photos like this – of the Ailanthus Webworm Moth ( Atteva aurea ) to the iNaturalist app.
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@NPR: “It’s like a social network for wildlife. iNaturalist has nearly 250,000 users and about 3 million observations.”


Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.


Biologists And Citizens Disover New Species With iNaturalist App : All Tech Considered : NPR

CRISPR-Cas9: Chinese scientists to conduct live human gene-editing trial

Chinese scientists to conduct first ever human gene-editing trial  treating lung cancer

  • Chinese scientists to conduct first ever human gene-editing trial
  • Chinese scientists to conduct world’s first gene-edited trial in humans
  • Early in the research, scientists focused on integrating human cells into mouse embryos.
  • The cells will be modified using CRISPR-Cas9 — a new method of genetic engineering that allows scientists to edit DNA with precision and relative ease.
  • The technique is based on a decade-old discovery that certain bacterial cells can identify invading viruses and chop up their DNA. CRISPR-Cas9 adapts that technique to allow us to edit genes, removing harmful diseases and even allowing the creation of hybrid human-animal organs to fill the transplant gap .

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@rossdawson: “Chinese scientists to conduct first ever human gene-editing trial treating lung cancer”


Chinese scientists will become the first in the world to inject people with cells modified using gene-editing technology in a groundbreaking clinical trial next month.


CRISPR-Cas9: Chinese scientists to conduct live human gene-editing trial