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I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.(Source)
Ain’t science beautiful.
You Can Finally Breathe Underwater With This Groundbreaking Device | Elite Daily
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The Real Walter White | VICE United States
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Sell me on intriguing books to read.

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We're All Going to Be Killed by Giant Hornets | VICE United States
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This Guy's Eaten Nothing but Raw Meat for Five Years | VICE United States

This is rad and super interesting.

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Wikipedia list of odd shit.

I didn’t know what else to name it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow%21_signal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_dodecahedron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_los_angeles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locked_room_mystery#True_crimes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_anomaly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_Abduction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Moncla
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentich_Disappearance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Island
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_squid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Villas_Boas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_Girl_Annihilator
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenoglossy#Other_Cases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forteana
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B%C3%A9lmez_Faces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_fighter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Island
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dialation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_authorship_question
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_energy_transfer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Antikythera_Mechanism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Antikythera_Mechanism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coso_artifact
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_spheres_of_Costa_Rica
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropa_stones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hoffa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_laser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Star
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ignition_Facility
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetized_target_fusion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Cases_Suggestive_of_Reincarnation 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Thunderstorm 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hairy_hands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-death_experience
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_19
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Castle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsolved_problems_in_physics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_tube_worm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skull#Mitchell-Hedges_skull 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starchild_skull
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinanus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinwalker_Ranch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dog_%28ghost%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_battery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piri_Reis_map
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klerksdorp_Spheres
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca_head
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_Runestone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomagnetic_reversal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_body_problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_mind
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seth_Material
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_Jones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MK-ULTRA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_body
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_%28cryptozoology%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly-Hopkinsville_encounter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_particle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic_Twelve
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiricom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel%27s_Hole
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_wave
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_induction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_pass_accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_wedge_of_Aiud
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lluvia_de_Peces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawfordsville_monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_White_%28reporter%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Gigas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_Poltergeist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Cosmonauts 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Serpo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannan_Isles#Mystery_of_1900
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waratah_(ship)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Celeste
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_Hum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babushka_lady
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Meier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptids
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_Masks_Case
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysburgh_vortex
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_A
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_in_the_Box_(Philadelphia) 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Penny
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilians#UFOs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japetus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Mystery_House
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door_to_hell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_(murder_victim) 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_hand_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_reply
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atuk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aum_Shinrikyo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Los_Angeles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_of_Exmoor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_of_Gevaudan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scout_Lane
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbly_Creek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia%2C_Pennsylvania
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandre_Oram
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bonnet_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_unconscious
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Junko_Furuta 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_reality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawfordsville_monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cure_for_Insomnia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28Mars%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_Teed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Parker_Ray
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehomag
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphine_LaLaurie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Footprints
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_argument
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_pass_accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ediacaran_biota
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_star
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faces_of_belmez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Lake_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_awakenings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_fighter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Plateau
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_A
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Ramirez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Goo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guided_rat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamster_zona-free_ovum_test
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_transplant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_Kitty_murder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Face_Fish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Parsons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Furuta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaspar_Hauser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly-Hopkinsville_encounter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Curse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_hadron_collider
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizard_Man_of_Scape_Ore_Swamp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_frog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MRSA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manises_UFO_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markovian_parallax_denigrate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Applewhite
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tofts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel’s_Hole
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_tree_phenomenon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_of_Glamis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorish_Science_Temple_of_America 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nannie_Doss
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omayra_S%C3%A1nchez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Whitecoat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Spanish_Kitchen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osho
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_place_artifacts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_panic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaistos_Disc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywater
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Lick_Monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pripyat%2C_Ukraine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_Church
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_ARTICHOKE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_BLUEBIRD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_immortality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Station_UVB-7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Chase
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Colony
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_J._White
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_the_Doll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_dodecahedron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-75
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_stones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinwalker_Ranch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starchild_skull
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_tunnel_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanganyika_Laughter_Epidemic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bloop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Thunderstorm%2C_Widecombe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grinning_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hermitage_%28Ontario%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Gasser_of_Mattoon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mahavishnu_Orchestra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_May_Day_Mystery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_information_awareness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Syphilis_Study
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Demikhov
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole-body_transplant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh_ben_Yahweh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Mystery_House
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_place_artifacts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronaut_theories
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_marble
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_Hypothesis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hardy_Reeser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Francis_Train
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Mountain_Lights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel_Amica
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waverly_Hills
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia%2C_Pennsylvania 

You will now be reading this for weeks. You’re welcome internet. 

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Pussy Riot: Dissent on Trial

"In February, four members of a feminist Russian punk-rock band named "Pussy Riot," protesting against President Vladimir Putin’s government, walked into the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. They wore bright-colored balaclavas and performed a provocative song called "Punk Prayer," with lyrics that called on the Virgin Mary to drive Putin away, and condemned the close relationship of the church and the Russian government. Shortly after, three of the women were arrested and detained for months as a 2,800-page indictment was compiled, accusing them of criminal hooliganism and religious hatred. On Friday, the three were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, after a trial widely condemned by outside observers as an attack on free speech. Gathered here are several images from the trial and the reactions of Pussy Riot supporters around the world."

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the female punk band Pussy Riot, raises a fist before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, on August 8, 2012.

Members of Pussy Riot staged several protests prior to the Cathedral incident in February. Here, the group protests at the so-called Lobnoye Mesto in Red Square in Moscow, on January 20, 2012. The eight activists, who were later detained by police, staged the performance to protest against the policies of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)

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