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CREEPY: Blackhead Squeezing Now [VIDEO]


By Ollie McAteer
We present to you the daddy of all blackhead-squeezing videos. Because spot-popping is so yesterday.

Dr Vikram Yadav sends us on an educational tour of dermatology with a series of gruesome YouTube videos.

Using a special tool, he squeezes out blackheads from his patients – much to the satisfaction of many a viewer.

He explains that blackheads and whiteheads are not related to hygiene or diet. But they are much more common for smokers.

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Schoolboy Gains 'Superpower' After Near Death Experience

Schoolboy Gains 'Superpower' After Near Death Experience

By: Ollie McAteer
A schoolboy who was almost killed when he was knocked out by a massive electrical shock claims to have developed a superpower.

Nikolai Kryaglyachenko, 12, was walking home after school when he lent briefly against the lamppost that was live from a faulty wire, and was blasted across the pavement.

But when he woke up the next day he found coins that had been on the mattress stuck to his body.

His power to attract metal mirrors that of Magneto’s – a villain from Marvel comics.


Nikolai said: ‘I can do things I couldn’t do before but I don’t have a lot of control over it. Even when I do not want to do it, I still attract things. Once I even attracted a glass – it just moved towards me.’

He added that he has now decided instead of a fireman he wants to be a superhero when he is older.

Nikolai even claims that he seems to be able to share his power and can influence others so that other people turn into live magnets as well.

 

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25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

For some, it is in very early life that a fundamental understanding of existence is born. This intrinsic intelligence speaks of things that most people only grasp later in life; that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness, and truth is freedom.

This perceptiveness and deeper comprehension of the principles of life is a common trait amongst the Old in Soul.

Functioning as the emotional, intellectual and spiritual fringe dwellers of society, Old Souls can be likened to the modest Sages and humble Mystics of the days of old.

Finding it difficult to adapt to our modern materialistic and ego-worshiping society, Old Souls go along their quiet paths often unheard and unacknowledged.

After all, in a world full of Young Souls craving for occupational, financial and social success, who really has the time to stop, calm down, and listen to the deeper calls of life?

If you do have open ears and an open heart, however, you may find this article not only beneficial, but invaluable and enlightening.


25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

25 Lessons, Insights And Revelations

Posed to a group of more than 3,000 self-identified Old Souls, I recently asked the following question hoping to receive a variety of responses:

What lessons, insights and/or revelations do you have about life?

The following is a compilation of this warm and insightful group’s responses.

"Live life in love, by loving yourself first. Follow your heart, and your intuition. Trust your gut instinct because chances are, you are right! Protect our Mother Earth, Gaia, in any way that you can." – Jason Pednault

"There is the world of the manifest and the unmanifested. Consciousness makes the world manifest." – Annette Vaillancourt

"Life is about loving; loving yourself, loving nature, humanity and all of its mistakes, about loving everyone you know because you undertand them, about loving everyone you don’t know because they might be just like you, about loving every single thing you can do, did or will do with no regrets." – Pedro Claro

"Pay closer attention to your thoughts and actions. Let go of the things not under your control, which are most things. Don’t attach yourself to the wish of a great future while not enjoying the ‘here and now’." – Ashish Pratap Singh

"Irealized that in life I must seek beauty everywhere: in art, in nature, in God, in the human being; always beautiful, even when apparently there is no beauty." – Cinzia Onnis

"The greatest lesson I’ve had is realising that I am the master of my own destiny. My thoughts and feelings can change my life from second to second. Once I realised I had this much power, I knew that my life would take a positive turn." – Marie Carnie

"Every person finds the truth their own way, and the ultimate “truth” in life has many versions that suit the needs of the many that feel they need it, whether it be religion, spirituality, or lack thereof. As contemporary beings on the same planet, it is our duty, our social contract, to respect each others autonomy without ever infringing upon it." – Gabe Stroup

"Then the individual is ready or facing an Awakening, they are called to retreat. The “normal” things in life just become empty. This time is for you to be Alone, to ponder and retrospect, to start the Quest of finding your true self, for only in the quietness of your own can you truly see what you really are and embrace it. After that, your world will change and different more similar friends will come to you. In general, life will improve." – Andres Romero

"Atransformative moment came for me the first time I looked into a stranger’s eyes and felt unconditional love and acceptance for them. I felt for the first time how interconnected we all are." – Donna Warner

"There isn’t a destination. While we seek to arrive, we never will. Simply seeking to accept and share as much of the abundance as we possibly can continually, makes for a fluid existence." – Leigh Wiegold

"Life is creation, keep creating." – Rome Nimkar

"What is commonly called “heaven” and “hell” is not a place outside of this existence we call “life” but rather they are extremes in experiences right here and now. We experience “heaven” when we focus on the positive experiences and “hell” when we are mired in the difficult times without a sense of learning anything from the experience. In actuality, experiences are neither all-good or all-bad, they just are. It’s how we focus our attention that puts an experience in one category or the other… and all are opportunities for growth!" – Laura Marek

"It’s not that we are all connected, it’s more that we were never disconnected in the first place, and that we just thought that was the case. Once we realize that we really are all one being, and that things like good and evil are merely human constructs, logic will lead us to wisdom." – Kristopher Marlatt

"When your prayers are not answered, it doesn’t mean God has abandoned you or doesn’t exist. You cannot have everything you want. In every struggle, there is a lesson to be learned. And there will come a time wherein you’ll realize why those things happened and what you have learned from them. We live in this world not just to exist but continue on learning." – Irene Laroga Gunning

"Faith can be a humble expression of hope, or an arrogant and ignorant declaration of truth. I personally believe humility is in order when contemplating God." – Thomas Schneider

"No matter how mature you get, no matter how much you think you understand, as you go from one moment to another, one person to the next; through examples and mistakes, we will keep on learning. Because life is a journey. And in that journey, we will learn and relearn the lessons we have come to realize." – John Arvin Baygan

"The two words I live my life by are “just love”. I also strongly believe in the power of NOW and we are all one with each other and the universe." – Jess Habig

"Reality is nothing but the manifestation of Imagination. In the end what really exists forever, what we can call as the absolute, undebatable, undeniable, invincible truth is the creative force of our thinking patterns in the middle of an infinite void. The Source is experiencing all of us, our lives, our existence all together at once simultaneously in the same moment right now, even as I type these words." – Pranay Kumar

"We live life as artists creating our path of existence. In the end, we create this magnificent masterpiece with all its beauty to share with the Universe so that it grows as well." – Shiela Brown

"One of the major challenges we face in life is that our life is disjointed, both inside and outside. There are many parts of us that need to be integrated so that we can form a big picture. Khalil Jibran once said “Joy is your sorrow unmasked”. We have got to bring our hidden sides to consciousness and integrate them into a whole so that our joy increases profoundly and our life unfolds magically and effortlessly." – Hassan Qadeer Butt

"For so long I have sought answers from books, and teachers, only to find discontent for I could not live them out. My wisdom never came from philosophies or teachings; they only improved my understanding. True wisdom comes from within." – Nikko Palma

"Material things, physical appearances, labelling, and the need to see things as a form of evidence are all superficial. We just need to practice proper discernment. And to achieve proper discernment, we must practice graceful detachment." – Kevin Echaluse

"Over time, I have learned that my old soul sees a part of itself in every person it meets. It has the ability to see through others’ eyes. With this lesson, I have achieved greater humility, compassion, and kindness towards all mankind." – Maya Delion

"I have learned there’s pure joy in building bridges and not burning them, leading everything towards communion not fragmentation." – Kunjana Parashar

"Everything that happens in my life, whether perceived as good or bad, is for my benefit and growth, and for the benefit and growth of the original consciousness of the universe." – Brianna Leigh

If you gleaned something precious from this article, please share below. Similarly, if you have any of your own lessons, insights or revelations to share I would love to hear them in the comments section!

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Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

A French team of scientists from the University of Lille fell upon an unlikely find when they gathered remnants of plant material buried deep into the permafrost of Antarctica in 2013. To their surprise, the recovered plant material contained intact seeds, but it is only months later that a team of paleobotanists took up the challenge of reviving the 200 million-year old palm tree and, to their own disbelief, succeeded.

It is not the first time an extinct plant has been brought back to life since a specimen of Silene stenophylla, a plant that has been extinct for over 30,000 years, was just brought back into existence in 2012 by Russian scientists, but it is definitely the boldest attempt as the unknown species of palm tree is thought to be of the Jurassic period, possibly estimated to be 200 million-years old.

It is also a mystery that tropical plants could have managed to grow on the Antarctica continent 200 million-years ago and the experiment could bring to light vital information about atmospheric conditions on Earth at the time, such as levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

The unknown plant specimen is thought to be of the Cycad family, a close relative to our modern Cycas rumphii, which could stand a lengthy 200 meter tall and 6 meters wide according to physical evidence gathered from fossilized remains 
“Several prior tests were inconclusive at first because levels of CO2 were not proper for the micropropagation of the plant tissues. Current conditions on Earth are apparently extremely different from atmospheric conditions of the Jurassic period” explains lead team researcher Jean-Marcel DeKoninck.
“We’ve had to evaluate through trial and error what the proper dosage of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other elements were needed to make the plants thrive. Even though we have successfully brought back to life some strains of the specimens, it is not certain that we have reproduced exactly the conditions present at the time” he admits.

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

Understanding the plants biological needs could give scientists precious information about atmospheric conditions on Earth in the Jurassic period.

The plant material that has been through the process of micropropagation, a method that rapidly multiplies stock plant material to produce a large number of progeny plants using modern plant tissue culture methods, have undergone various trials before the team has successfully been able to breathe the gift of life into the specimens.

“The present atmospheric conditions on Earth do not permit these once extinct species to live out of an artificial context. It is still a mystery to modern science how such species could attain such gigantic proportions compared to their modern relatives. Oxygen and carbon dioxide levels present at the time might have played a major part in the development of gigantic species of fauna and flora of the Jurassic period” explains PhD team researcher Jeanne Mancelot.

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

The research team is hoping to finance another trip to Antarctica in 2015-2016 which could reveal other remnants of extinct flora deep beneath the permafrost layer.

“It is a race against time as global warming, which is heating the permafrost with greater intensity every day, could damage potential specimens by bringing them prematurely in contact with the air, which could destroy specimens of great significance to further scientific research and which have the potential of increasing dramatically our understanding of ancient atmospheric conditions on Earth” concludes Dr DeKoninck.

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Are Extra-Terrestrials Real? NASA Is Preparing Public For First Contact [VIDEO]


“Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time.” – Apollo 14 Astronaut, Air Force Captain Dr. Edgar Mitchell

Just a few short months ago, American astronomers testified to congress that extraterrestrial life certainly exists. There’s no question about it. Given the size of the universe, and how many stars and earth like planets there are, they must exist.

“The number of habitable worlds in our galaxy is certainly in the tens of billions, minimum, and we haven’t even talked about the moons. And the number of galaxies we can see, other than our own, is about 100 billion,” said Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at California’s SETI Institute

During the testimony, Steven J. Dick, an astronomer and NASA historian said:
We’re looking at all scenarios about finding life. If you find microbes, that’s one thing. If you find intelligence, it’s another. And if they communicate, it’s something else, and depending on what they say, it’s something else! The idea is not to wait until we make a discovery, but to try and prepare the public for what the implications might be when such a discovery is made. I think the reason that NASA is backing this is because of all the recent activity in the discovery of exoplanets and the advances in astrobiology in general. People just consider it much more likely now that we’re going to find something — probably microbes first and maybe intelligence later. The driving force behind this is from a scientific point of view that it seems much more likely now that we are going to find life at some point in the future.


A theologian present at the testimony, Borther Guy Consolmagno, president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, said “I believe alien life exists, but I have no evidence. I would be really excited and it would make my understanding of my religion deeper and richer in ways that I can’t predict yet, which is why it would be so exciting.”

Astronauts, astronomers and theologians alike have come together to urge a sense of calm in the face of first contact.

Do you think there will be a first contact scenario in our lifetime? How do you think humanity might react?

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This Is The Most Heartbreaking Video You Will Ever Watch

This Is The Most Heartbreaking Video You Will Ever Watch

Little Lennon James Pico was given a heartbreaking bedside serenade by his father hours after his mother passed away during childbirth.

Before he was born, the tiny newborn would often move to music and kick his mum Ashley's tummy whenever a catchy beat was played.

Tragically, Ashley died hours after being rushed into hospital to give birth via an emergency C-section last Saturday.

So when tiny Lennon was born at 26 weeks, father Chris brought his guitar into hospital to try and lift his spirits.

This Is The Most Heartbreaking Video You Will Ever Watch

Chris sat next to poorly Lennon's incubator and strummed some of his favourite songs, and the pair were able to share a poignant few hours as father and son.

Sadly, Lennon passed away the next day in his father's arms.

The clip, showing Chris playing the Beatles song, which was was written by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney, was filmed via a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube yesterday, where it has since gone viral with 200,000 views.

A memorial website was set up to remember Ashley, a former nurse from Lorna Linda, California, who was 30 years old when she died.


Her family wrote: "Our dear Ashley’s life was tragically, devastatingly cut short this past weekend. Her dear baby flickered briefly for a few days after.

"But her song continues, the harmony enriching our lives, still, to be continued until in the Heavenly Kingdom, when we will all sing the Song of Moses and the Lamb.

"And Lennon James will add his sweet voice to the family reunion on Resurrection day, as daddy Chris joins in the most precious of all songs he sang in his life, and all the praying friends and family will join in lifting their Hallelujahs for eternity."

This Is The Most Heartbreaking Video You Will Ever Watch

A statement underneath the video reads: "Lennon's lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available.

"During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon's precious life.

"One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy's arms."

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The family statement added: "Ashley’s light shone far, her song was heard, and her sweet personality and gentle giving soul inspired us, and will continue to do so.

"Your life mattered, Ashley. And much-loved baby boy Lennon James, we will see you again. You belonged to all of us."

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I Had No Idea My Hunky Boyfriend Was Born A Girl

I Had No Idea My Hunky Boyfriend Was Born A Girl


By Chelsea Heatley



Madly in love and convinced she had found the perfect man, one woman was shocked to learn her boyfriend's deepest secret - he was born a GIRL.

And it is not difficult to see how Charlotte Urie, 20, had no clue that her handsome new beau, Kieran Moloney was born a female called Ciara.

With his chiselled jawline and bulging biceps Kieran would not look out of place on a Hollywood red carpet.

For years the 23-year-old kept his sex-swap a secret, until he met Charlotte in 2012.


Kieran Moloney's buff physique did nothing to betray his secret

Despite the shocking revelation, the couple are stronger than ever, and are now hoping to get married and start a family -using Kieran's best friend as a sperm donor.

Charlotte, a barista from Camden, London, says: "I would never have guessed Kieran's secret, but as soon as he told me he'd been born a girl it didn't matter to me. I was surprised, but I love him for who he is and see him as a man.

"He's very masculine and has a great body, but he's also my best friend. I never had any concerns about dating someone transgender. Biology doesn't matter."

Kieran, originally from New Zealand, but now living in London, says: "When I first met Charlotte I was blown away by her beauty, but I was terrified of how she'd react if she found out I used to be a girl. I needed to know I could trust her, before I revealed my secret.


Kieran Moloney, left - as a girl, right - as he is today.

"Other girlfriends have been ashamed of who I am, but when I told Charlotte, she was so accepting. She's amazing."

Describing being told Kieran's news, Charlotte said: "Kieran sat me down and said he had something to tell me. He blurted out he~d been born a girl called Ciara. I was so surprised. He was so manly. I never had any suspicions.

"Kieran was really nervous and told me he'd understand if I just wanted to be friends. We talked it through for hours. I knew I still loved him and wanted to be with him. It didn't matter he'd been born a girl."

Kieran added: "So many girlfriends before had been embarrassed by me and I didn't want any more rejection. I felt such a connection to Charlotte I didn't want her to end the relationship. So when she reacted like it was nothing, I felt so relieved. Finally I met someone who liked me for me."

A few weeks later the couple became intimate for the first time.


Kieran Moloney as a girl aged 10 before his transformation

Charlotte explained that Kieran was not shy about showing off his body - and great six pack - and she made sure he was at ease.

Two months later they moved in together and now the couple are planning to tie the knot and have children together.

Kieran has been living as a man for seven years and after having a double mastectomy at 20, finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

He was unhappy with his gender aged four, and had no interest in girlie things - bursting into tears if his Mum put him in a dress.

When Kieran started primary school, he became a target for bullies.

And when puberty hit, the teenager's confusing feelings escalated.

He said: "I hated seeing my breasts develop and I was jealous of the boys at school when their voices dropped and they started shaving. I hated being a girl."

At 14, Kieran lost his virginity to a boy, but says it felt wrong.

 
Kieran and Charlotte are looking forward to having a family

He cut his hair into a short spiky bob and wore sports bras and baggy tops to hide his feminine figure.

After seeing a counsellor aged 16, Kieran was finally diagnosed as transgender.

He says: "I started taking hormone tablets which lowered my voice and gave me more body hair. I loved the changes."

Kieran's family supported him and his mum Bronagh Moloney, 49, a nurse, began calling him her son.

By 17, fine hairs started to grow on Kieran's face and with a rigorous gym workout, Kieran's body was transforming into a man's.

He began binding his breasts with sports tape, spending £20 a week in a quest to hide any hint of being a female.

Gradually his cup size dropped from a B to an A.


Kieran today, post chest surgery

In November 2009, aged 18, Kieran started monthly testosterone injections and, two years later, had a £5k double mastectomy, paid for by his mum.

He remembers: "When I saw the results I felt euphoric. I finally had a man's upper body, something I'd only dreamed about."

In August 2012, Kieran changed his name by deed poll and met girlfriend, Charlotte.

Kieran is yet to have full gender reassignment surgery, but the couple say Kieran's physical gender doesn't get in the way of them enjoying a healthy sex life.

He says: "We've reached the stage where we feel comfortable enough with each other to do whatever feels good - that's what sex is."

Charlotte says: "We both loved the same music and were into keeping fit. He's a man's man and loves football and going to the pub."

The couple started dating and a month later Kieran confessed how he had been born a girl and was transgender.

Smitten Charlotte said: "Kieran's my soulmate and we'd be the best parents. We'll explain his background to our kids when they're old enough they'll have two loving parents, that's the most important thing."

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6 Negative Behaviors of Others You Should Not Allow in Your Life

6 Negative Behaviors of Others You Should Not Allow in Your Life

Have you ever felt like you deserve something better? Then why settle for something less than you desire? You can decide from now that you won’t tolerate bad behavior in your life. People who try to bring you down suck the life from you and leave you feeling miserable. Why would you accept that when you can eliminate similar types of behavior? If you want to change how people are treating you and detox your life from the negativity, here are 6 behaviors you should not allow in your life.


Negativity.

We live in a world where the problems of people can actually bring them closer rather than their successes. Most people are not only comfortable to share their problem but this has also become a way to make friends. Whenever you hear someone trying to start a conversation with you using negativity as a catalyst, remind yourself that you don’t need more drama in your life. Choose your health over that, choose to stay in your “positivity bubble” rather than feeding your soul with unresourceful energy.

Underestimating your abilities and strength

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something you want. Stay true to yourself and to your dreams. Don’t quit just because someone thinks differently than you. The important thing is you to believe in your potential. You are strong enough to pursue your most desirable ambitions.

Lies.

Paying attention to what people say and what they do in reality will definitely help you see who the honest people in your life are. If you get caught in a person’s trap of lies once, that is a sign that must remind you to be more careful next time you communicate with them. And remember- actions speak louder than words.

Bullying.

Bullying is not a problem just among kids and teenagers. It is a very common issue for adults, too. Many people just don’t recognize it because it is usually disguised as verbal aggression or other types of intolerant behavior. Bullying is not something that should just be accepted. Nobody has the right to make you feel bad for who you truly are. Unfortunately, there will always be people who try to bring others down by saying mean words. This kind of people will try their best to bring your ego to the ground but it is your responsibility not to let that happen. At first, it may seem frightening to fight back their toxic behavior but you will be glad you did. So, be aware of people who are trying to make you feel inferior. But also take note that bullying can even come from the most unexpected people, for example, your friends or family. Be alert of how others are treating you and when necessary, confront them.

6 Negative Behaviors of Others You Should Not Allow in Your Life

Others taking control over your life

You are the architect of your own world. Why would you let anyone else decide how to manage your life? Of course, it is human to feel out of control and ask someone to help you find your way back on the track but don’t let them take charge of your life..

Physical violence and abuse


If you are a physical abuse survivor or have been the block between an abuser and someone close to you, if you tried to forgive and to move on with your life, you are a hero! Most people know that physical violence is a serious issue that should never be ignored and you must never tolerate such behavior but it is still surprising how many families and relationships are going through this right now. So, if you know someone who is struggling with this or has had such an experience before, give him a helping hand and encourage them to let go of their past, anger so that they can move on with their life the healthy way.

You are a sum of your life choices, so choose wisely what kind of behaviors towards yourself you tolerate. Remember that you are in charge of your life and that you are stronger than you think. Live well and don’t settle for anything less than you desire.

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Sokushinbutsu And The Ancient Japanese Monks That Mummified Themselves To Death

Sokushinbutsu And The Ancient Japanese Monks That Mummified Themselves To Death

April Holloway. Ancient Origins.

Over 1,000 years ago, a practice was pioneered by a Japanese priest named Kukai, which was intended to demonstrate the ultimate act of religious discipline and dedication – self-mummification. The practice, known as Sokushinbutsu, was a ritual observed over numerous years, which culminated in death and the complete preservation of the body. If successful, the monk was posthumously placed in a temple for others to see and honor.

Kukai (774 – 835 AD) was a Japanese monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, artist, and founder of an esoteric sect known as Shingon, which combined elements from Buddhism, Old Shinto, Taoism, and other religions. He and his followers practiced Shugendo, a philosophy based on achieving spiritual power through discipline and self-denial. Towards the end of his life, Kukai went into a state of deep meditation and denied all food and water, eventually leading to his voluntary death. He was entombed on Mount Koya in Wakayama prefecture. Some time later, the tomb was opened and Kukai, known posthumously as Kobo-Daishi, was supposedly found as if sleeping, his complexion unchanged and his hair healthy and strong.



Since that time, the process of sokushinbutsu developed and evolved, and the process of self-mummification came to be practiced by a number of dedicated followers of the Shingon sect. The practitioners of sokushinbutsu did not view this practice as an act of suicide, but rather as a form of further enlightenment.

In Living Buddhas: The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan, Ken Jeremiah points out that many religions have viewed the incorruptibility of the corpse as a sign of special grace or supernatural ability.  


The process of self-mummification


The steps involved in mummifying one’s own body were extremely rigorous and painful. For the first 1,000 days, the monks ceased all food except nuts, seeds, fruits and berries and they engaged in extensive physical activity to strip themselves of all body fat.

For the next one thousand days, their diet was restricted to just bark and roots. Near the end of this period, they would drink poisonous tea made from the sap of the Urushi tree, which caused vomiting and a rapid loss of body fluids. It also acted as a preservative and killed off maggots and bacteria that would cause the body to decay after death.


In the final stage, after more than six years of torturous preparation, the monk would lock himself in a stone tomb barely larger than his body, where he would go into a state of meditation. He was seated in the lotus position, a position he would not move from until he died. A small air tube provided oxygen to the tomb. Each day, the monk rang a bell to let the outside world know he was still alive. When the bell stopped ringing, the tube was removed and the tomb sealed for the final thousand day period of the ritual.

At the end of this period, the tomb would be opened to see if the monk was successful in mummifying himself. If the body was found in a preserved state, the monk was raised to the status of Buddha, his body was removed from the tomb and he was placed in a temple where he was worshiped and revered. If the body had decomposed, the monk was resealed in his tomb and respected for his endurance, but not worshiped.


This ancient practice of self-mummification continued until the 19th century when it was outlawed by the Japanese government. Today, sokushinbutsu is not advocated or practiced by any Buddhist sect.

It is believed that many hundreds of monks attempted sokushinbutsu, but only 28 are known to have achieved mummification, many of whom can be visited in various temples in Japan. The most famous is Shinnyokai Shonin of the Dainichi-Boo Temple on the holy Mount Yudono. Others can be found in Nangakuji Temple, in the suburbs of Tsuruoka, and at Kaikokuji Temple in the small city of Sakata.  



The article Sokushinbutsu and the ancient Japanese monks that mummified themselves to death originally appeared on Ancient-Origins.Net and has been republished with permission.

Computers That Use Light Instead Of Electricity Will Be Here Within 10 Years

Computers That Use Light Instead Of Electricity Will Be Here Within 10 Years

Super-fast computers that process information using photons instead of electrons are a step closer, thanks to the creation of a material that can transmit data at the speed of light.

For the first time, scientists have created a material that allows computers to store and transfer information using light instead of electricity.

The research overcomes a major hurdle in the goal to develop optical computers capable of processing data at the speed of light.

Right now, computers process information via electrons. This data is moved around microprocessors and memory storage devices through nano-sized wires.

But although this technology seems tiny to us, it’s still alot bigger than we really need, and we’re at the pointy end of Moore’s Law where we physically can’t shrink the components much further, which means we can’t make computers much faster than they are now.

Computers That Use Light Instead Of Electricity Will Be Here Within 10 Years


The next step that many physicists are pursuing is optical computers that process information via particles of light, known as photons, rather than relying on electrons.

This is the same way that the internet already transfers information, but we haven’t been able to do the same with computers because scientists haven’t been able to create a material that could carry this optical data around a computer – until now.

“The challenge is to find a single material that can effectively use and control light to carry information around a computer,” said project leader and physicist Richard Curry in a press release. “Much like how the web uses light to deliver information, we want to use light to both deliver and process computer data.”

Curry’s team has now managed to find a way to modify a type of glass known as chalcogenide – which is already used in optical devices such as CDs and DVDs – so that they can be used alongside our current systems.

Chalcogenides have some useful properties – they’re able to conduct light across a pretty wide range of bandwidths, for example. But unfortunately they traditionally can only conduct positive charge, something that’s referred to as p-type conductivity. This means that in the past they’ve been completely incompatible with any type of existing computing technology.

“This has eluded researchers for decades,” said Curry in the release, “but now we have now shown how a widely used glass can be manipulated to conduct negative electrons, as well as positive charges, creating what are known as ‘pn-junction’ devices.”

Pn-junction refers to the interaction of both positive and negative conductivity, and it means that scientists will now be able to use the material to speed up computers.

The researchers unlocked the potential of chalcogenides by doping the glass with an ion of the element bismuth. This meant that they were able to create the useful optical material without needing ridiculously high temperatures, and also without using a large amount of doping agents – something that has, in the past, rendered chalcogenies incompatible with current computing technology. Their results are published in Nature Communications.

Computers That Use Light Instead Of Electricity Will Be Here Within 10 Years


“This should enable the material to act as a light source, a light guide and a light detector – something that can carry and interpret optical information. In doing so, this could transform the computers of tomorrow, allowing them to effectively process information at much faster speeds,” said Curry in the release.

They’re already using the glass to create next-generation computer memory technology, known as CRAM, and the next step will be to create completely optical computers with the material.

Excitingly, it’s something they believe they’ll achieve within the next 10 years.

While that may not sound that crazy to you, think about the fact that right now there’s information whizzing around the world that has to be ridiculously slowed down as soon as it hits our computers in order for us to be able to see it. But within a decade, we’ll have computers that are no longer held back by frustratingly slow electrons, and that are capable of transmitting information at the speed of light.

We honestly can’t wait.

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Ghosts Created By Scientists In Disturbing Lab Experiment [VIDEO]


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Ghostly apparitions and hauntings have pervaded folklore and legend for thousands of years, but now scientists have shown that they are just a figment of the imagination.

Artificial ‘spectres’ were conjured up by an experiment which proved so disconcerting for participants that two begged for it to stop.

Scientists have long suspected that ghosts are an illusion created by the mind. Patients who suffer from neurological or psychiatric conditions often report ‘strange presences.’

And people experiencing extreme physical or emotional pain often claim to have seen ghostly outlines or felt that departed loved ones were back in the room with them.

Now, however, scientists in Switzerland have shown that ghosts are probably just an illusion created by the mind when it momentarily loses track of the body’s location because of illness, exertion or stress.

Volunteers took part in an experiment which mixed up their movements and brain signals.



They saw up to four phantoms positioned around them and believed that ghosts were touching their backs with invisible fingers.

Professor Olaf Blanke, from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, said: "Our experiment induced the sensation of a foreign presence in the laboratory for the first time.

“It shows that it can arise under normal conditions, simply through conflicting sensory-motor signals.

"This confirms that it is caused by an altered perception of their own bodies in the brain."

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To manifest their ghosts, the scientists set up a robot device that allowed volunteers to control the movements of a jointed mechanical arm with their index fingers.

The movements were relayed to another robot arm behind them which touched their backs.

When both the finger-pushing and back-touching occurred at the same time, it created the illusion that the volunteers were caressing their own backs.

That felt weird enough to the blindfolded participants. But something a lot stranger happened when the back-touching was delayed and about 500 milliseconds out of sync with the finger movements.

Suddenly the volunteers felt as if they were being watched, and touched, by one or more ghostly presences.

At the same time, they had the disconcerting sensation of drifting backwards, towards the unseen hand.

When questioned, several reported a strong feeling of invisible people being close to them. On average, they counted two, with up to four being reported.

Two of the 12 healthy participants were so disturbed by the experience that they asked the scientists to halt the experiment.

Co-author Dr Giulio Rognini, also from the EPFL, said: "Our brain possesses several representations of our body in space.

“Under normal conditions, it is able to assemble a unified self-perception of the self from these representations.

“But when the system malfunctions because of disease - or, in this case, a robot - this can sometimes create a second representation of one's own body, which is no longer perceived as 'me' but as someone else, a 'presence'."


A master-slave robotic system was used to allow participants to move their arms forward and receive tactile feedback on the back.
The experiment suggests that "feelings of presence" (FOPs), often interpreted as spirits, angels or demons, are really all in the mind, say the researchers.

Such experiences are frequently reported by people in extreme physical or emotional situations, such as mountaineers and explorers, or those grieving for a lost loved one.

They are also associated with medical conditions that affect the brain, including epilepsy, stroke, migraine and cancer.

In their paper, the researchers describe the case of mountaineer, Reinhold Messner, who had an FOP experience while descending from the summit of the Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat in June, 1970.

Accompanied by his brother, he was freezing, exhausted and oxygen-starved. He recalled becoming aware of a third climber "descending with us, keeping a regular distance, a little to my right and a few steps away from me, just outside my field of vision".

Before conducting the experiment, the researchers carried out brain scans of 12 patients with neurological disorders who had encountered FOPs in the past.

They identified disturbances in three specific brain regions, the insular cortex, parietal-frontal cortex, and temporo-parietal cortex. All were involved in self-awareness, movement, and sense of position in space.

The research was published in the journal Current Biology.

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Top Ten Mobile Flashlight Applications Are Spying On You. Did You Know? [VIDEO]

Top Ten Mobile Flashlight Applications Are Spying On You. Did You Know?

October, 2014 marks the beginning of the 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (see: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/). What better time than now to realize you are being spied on. Why does Brightest Flashlight need to Geolocate you? It doesn’t. For that and other privacy reasons, that’s why the FTC recently sued them. However, the FTC was mostly concerned with their privacy policy. Do you even read the privacy policy of the apps you install? Most people don’t. Here’s the story: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/04/ftc-approves-final-order-settling-charges-against-flashlight-app

Everyone wants a flashlight app on their phone. Finding your keys, searching for something you lost, looking for the light switch in a hotel room? What a great utility, right? Wrong! The top 10 free flashlight apps in the Google Play store alone account for nearly 1/2 BILLION INSTALLATIONS are all spying on users with an application size ranging from of 1.2 to 5 megabytes.

 In fact, an optimized flashlight application should only be 72k which is 10-50 times smaller than the smallest one of these apps. So, why so big? The size is significant because there’s a lot more code than necessary embedded in these applications which allows them to eavesdrop on you. Nothing in life is free. These flashlight apps do some very strange things – geolocate you, read your contacts list, read your device storage looking for personal, sensitive pictures and videos, read and write files, check to see what apps are running, look for ways to communicate over the internet (wifi or cellular), get your phone number and so much more that SnoopWall considers all of them well designed MALWARE. All of them!!!

Top Ten Mobile Flashlight Applications Are Spying On You. Did You Know?

It’s obvious to us at SnoopWall that these applications are designed to expose your personal information to cybercriminals or other nation states (such as China and Russia). In addition, you are at significant risk if you are doing Mobile Banking on the same device as one of these free Flashlight Apps. Our strong recommendation is to uninstall your flashlight app immediately.

For a full copy of SnoopWall’s Flashlight Apps Threat Report, visithttp://www.snoopwall.com/threat-reports-09-29-2014/

While the FTC.gov has gone after one of these ten vendors, it seems they are still at it and the other 9, as well. It seems time to ask “where’s the outrage?” – shouldn’t you UNINSTALL your FLASHLIGHT APP today? The answer is yes! You might also want to contact the FTC and tell them you are concerned.

We’ve come up with a list of what we think are best practices for increasing privacy and security on your device without spending any money. This is based on SnoopWall’s counterveillance research for improving your privacy from eavesdroppers and helping you from getting infected with spyware that could cost you your identity. They are:

1) Disable your GPS at all time except in an emergency or when you need to use your smartphone for navigation purposes;

2) Disable your NFC (Near Field Communications) or on Apple devices, iBeacon, permanently (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048);

3) Disable Bluetooth at all times except when you are in your car, driving, if you want to have hands-free calls, if supported by your car;

4) Verify Apps behavior and privacy risk BEFORE installing – do some research and ask the questions “why does this app need GPS, MICROPHONE, WEBCAM, CONTACTS, etc.?” – most apps don’t need these ports unless they want to invade your privacy. Find an alternative before installing risky Apps;

5) Either put masking tape over your webcam and microphone when not in use or pull the battery out of your smartphone when you are not using it.

Obviously for #1, there’s no need for geolocating you, unless you don’t mind being spied upon by these malicious flashlight apps – or worse – your children’s location being monitored by online predators. Best to keep this hardware port disabled until you really need it.

For #2, you’re probably wondering “what the heck is NFC and why should I care?”. We’ll it’s a new protocol for ‘bumping’ or getting close to other devices, within 3 meters or so, to exchange information such as photos and contacts. Is it secure? No. Can it be hacked just like Bluetooth? Yes. Go into your device settings, find NFC, if you see it, disable it.

Ok, for #3, you’re thinking ‘that makes sense’ – Bluetooth is an easily hacked protocol and folks can eavesdrop on communications over Bluetooth; broadcast into your earpiece (yes, it’s been done); access your contacts list and hack your smartphone device over Bluetooth. So, if you disable this protocol everywhere except when you are in the car, wanting a hands free experience for making and receiving calls, you should be much more secure.

For #4, how many times do you install an app with excitement about promised features and functions, only to find that it requires incredible privacy risk? If it’s too good to be true it probably is and nothing in this world is free. There are 9 major advertisement networks and some deploy spyware. Free apps use these networks to monetize their businesses and some are developed by professional cyber criminals, enemy nation states for spying or by hackers for malicious reasons.

We really don’t like making recommendation #5 but until you try out our SnoopWall product, there’s really nothing you can do to block webcam and microphone eavesdropping, so why not make it hard for the bad guys to see or hear anything useful?

Because some of the Flashlight Apps write settings and have access to your device storage, it may be to install additional backdoors or remote access Trojans (RATs), therefore you might need to reset your phone completely after an uninstall of your favorite Flashlight App. Some might even wish to go to FACTORY RESET or a WIPE. Once you’ve cleaned off the Flashlight RAT, you might still want a flashlight app on your phone that you can trust.


WARNING: Don’t reset or wipe without backing up ONLY those contacts and files you are certain to trust. If you do a complete device backup and restore, you risk also restoring malware. Ask a friend who is an expert with your kind of phone or the staff at the store you purchased your smartphone or tablet on how to do this the right way.

We developed the SnoopWall Privacy Flashlight for Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows smartphones and tablets. The file size of the SnoopWall Privacy Flashlight application is approximately 72 kilobytes. It only accesses the light of the webcam and the screen display which is all a flashlight app should be doing anyway. Get it today at: http://privacyflashlight.snoopwall.com

We’ve also developed another free application called Privacy App which will scan your Android or Windows device and show you which apps are spying on you. If you have suspicions, confirm them with Privacy App. Learn more about our technology and products at: http://www.snoopwall.com/products/

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Watch What Happens When You Microwave A Glow Stick [VIDEO]

Watch What Happens When You Microwave A Glow Stick

When it comes to things you feel like you don’t need to tell people, “Don’t microwave a glow stick and hold it near your eyes” is probably up there on the list alongside… You know, “Don’t microwave a glow stick…” might be in its own league, as evidenced by this video.

YouTube user DaveMatthewsBandFan4 gave us this incredibly educational video that teaches us a lesson that, well, one would hope most people wouldn’t have to learn.

“Jack (my little brother) decided to film himself microwaving a glow stick,” the video poster writes in the description, “and what happens next is hilarious!”

Great to see that level of brotherly concern. Posting a video of a glow stick blowing up in someone’s face and then calling the incident “hilarious” is the sort of schadenfreude one only gets with brothers. It’s really the type of story that would otherwise only be recounted when Jack’s future fiancee comes over for dinner, but the magic of the internet means that we can all join in on the family experience.

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Probably one of the best bits of the video is Dad’s reaction. There’s a sort of long suffering annoyance seen only with the parents of kids that go on to microwave glow sticks.

“God d****t, Jack,” Dad sighs. “Come here, I have no clue what to do with this.” Whether “this” means the glow-stick-juice-in-eye problem or the my-son-microwaves-glow-sticks problem is one of the true mysteries of the clip, but what is clear is that Jack had been forewarned.

“God, I told you not to mess with it,” Dad says.

Fortunately, young Jack didn’t sustain any permanent damage. The video poster says that his little brother is now okay. The same, unfortunately, cannot necessarily be said for Jack’s “beautiful shirt.”


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