Vomiting, Exorcism, And Drilling Holes In The Skull: Historical “Cures” For Mental Illness

We’ve still got a long way to go in helping the mentally ill, but this look at bizarre historical cures for mental illness show just how far we’ve come.

Illness Treatments Lead

In the 21st century, mental illness is mostly treated with a combination of therapy and medication, often with excellent results. But it wasn’t always this way: Centuries of trial and error led us to the point where we can successfully assist the mentally ill with their chronic conditions, and help them live in relative harmony with the world.

Before our current processes became commonplace, many radical methods were used to treat patients regarded as “mad,” which included everything from drills to purges to religious rituals. Let’s take a journey back in time and explore the antiquated ways our ancestors sought to help their fellow man…

The Science Behind Why We Crave Junk Food

If you’ve ever wondered why we crave junk food, you might want to take a closer look at the way your brain really works.

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When we’re being constantly bombarded with warnings about the dangers of processed foods, why are the unhealthiest snacks consistently flying off the shelves? The answer is partly to do with willpower and cost, but it mostly revolves around how your brain interprets junk food — from its journey as a mere craving to the way it melts in your mouth when you indulge.

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New Study Shows Men Assume Other Men Are Smarter Than Their Female Classmates — By A Staggering Amount

Gender Bias Stem Classes

A new study shows that men in college-level STEM classes believe other males are smarter than their female peers, even when they aren’t. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Late last year, a dispiriting new study made headlines when it estimated that women’s pay won’t equal their male colleagues’ pay until 2133. But the process of getting a high paying job in many industries (and getting paid an equal amount) starts before a person even applies to a job; it starts with their education. And new research reveals that women aren’t only being treated unfairly in the workplace — they also face unequal treatment in their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college classes.

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Your World This Week, Feb. 21 – 27

This week in space: mysterious sounds on the far side of the moon, NASA sharing amateur artwork with the remote depths of space, NASA receives record number of astronaut applications, and a new, better-than-Hubble telescope gets the green light for further development.

What The Astronauts Heard On The Dark Side Of The Moon

When the Apollo 10 astronauts went around the far side of the moon, they were completely in the dark. Sunlight, and more importantly, radio communication with NASA headquarters, were gone. They were untethered and alone in space.

However, legions of conspiracy theorists are probably about to start telling you that maybe they weren’t totally alone. Recently unearthed NASA audio recordings (above) — first classified, then buried in the vaults — reveal the otherworldly sounds the astronauts heard on the dark side of the moon.

The tapes also reveal that the astronauts themselves were unnerved about what they heard and unsure as to whether they should tell NASA about it. Of course, NASA then made sure to not tell the public. “NASA would withhold information from the public if they thought it was in the public’s best interest,” said Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden.

Comments like that will certainly fan the conspiracy-minded flames. Decide yourself with the clip above and with the full, accompanying documentary on February 23 on the Science Channel.

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