Thirteen Cows Mysteriously Jump Off a Cliff in Switzerland

Farmers in the village of Levron in Switzerland are trying to determine why 13 young cows mysteriously jumped off of a cliff to their deaths — except for one late-jumper that survived by landing on the others. Was it animal suicide? If something scared or attacked them, why did yaks in the same pasture stay put? Will it happen again? According to local newspaper Le Matin, the mass jumping occurred…

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage

When we think of unexplored domains and mysterious frontiers, many of us may look to the uncharted wildernesses of the world, to the deep sea abysses, or to the vast, yawning chasm of space. Yet often just as impenetrable and unexplored are the mysteries within each and everyone of us, and the human body in many ways remains little understood. There are numerous cases that seem to defy everything we…

Merging Two Souls: Cellular Memory and Organ Transplants

Modern medicine is a wondrous and complex thing.  As an institution it has its beginnings in pre-history, with herbalists and shamans who treated every ailment, every illness with magic and salves and fireside dancing.  Of course, the state of medicine has advanced 1000 fold since then.  We graduated from superstition, to fledgling theories about the transmission of disease – such as the miasma theory of medicine – to germ theory,…

Mystery Illness Puts Kazakhstan Villagers to Sleep for Days

Imagine living in a town where one out of six people sitting in a restaurant or theater suddenly fall asleep. Imagine these people cannot be woken up and stay in this sleep for up to six days. That’s what’s happening in Kalachi, Kazakhstan, where over 100 of the town’s 680 residents have fallen victim to a mysterious disease even the doctors are comparing to Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”…