The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Articles on female serial killers, murderous jesters and more.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Enjoy some neat articles, including one on why we like to scare ourselves.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and plenty of them are good. Here are the best of the bunch.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles. Many are terrible, but some are great. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

10 Medieval Torture Devices

Warning: This episode on instruments designed solely to produce extreme human suffering during the Middle Ages in Europe is very graphic in nature. Seriously, if you're squeamish, maybe pass on this one.

LSD, Jell-O, Mouse Pain and Obama's Pardonless Presidency: More Interesting Stuff I've Learned Recently

Here's more interesting stuff I've picked up in the last fortnight or so: 1) A group of Dutch and Canadian researchers have developed the cutest, most heartbreaking pain scale issued by science thus far. In a paper in the journal Nature Methods, the researchers describe a mouse pain scale they devised the hard way, by subjecting mice to painful stimuli and videotaping the mice's reaction to the pain. As the researchers predicted, mice, like humans, have facial expressions that are generally uniform that the researchers used to code and grade the pain the mice endured. So cheek bulge falls into severe pain, while eye squeeze falls into moderate, adorable pain. Guh. The researchers devised the scale to help guide other researchers as they continue to subject mice to Mengele-esque experimentation.

Being Stabbed in the Gut Not So Bad When You're A Yogi, Study Finds

Thanks to Xeno over at Xenophilia for posting about a recent study out of University of Manchester (Go, Fighting Happy Mondays!) that discovered meditating can lead to a decrease in the emotional experience of pain. We talked about pain in the recent SYSK podcasts about people who can feel no pain and people who can feel others' pain. There are two types of pain, emotional pain and physical pain, also called nociception. These two types of pain are entirely separate. We've got two different systems for handling physical and emotional pain, although the two can work in conjunction.

Mirror Neurons: Are there people who feel others' pain?

People with a condition known as mirror-touch synesthesia literally feel the pain of others -- but why? Josh and Chuck trace the cause of this condition to one culprit: the mirror neuron. Tune in to learn more about mirror neurons and neuroscience.