6 Years Ago, He Was Paralyzed. Now? He Can Play Guitar…This Is Amazing!

Ian Burkhart was just a teenager when he lost all movement in his hands and legs.

He dove into a wave in shallow water, and what was just supposed to be a fun outing with friends turned into a disaster. Damaging his spinal cord, he was paralyzed from the chest down with limited control over his arms. Burkhart, now 24, thought that he’d never be able to move his fingers again. He was, by most accounts, a quadriplegic.

But that all changed recently…

Scientists developed a chip that was inserted into his brain, allowing him to move his right hand.

“The first time moving my hand — that was really just like that flicker of hope,” Burkhart commented.

The implant traces signals in the brain that are then sent to a computer to be decoded. Once the signals are decoded, the computer stimulates the correct muscles through a sleeve on the arm, thus allowing movement.

All of this happens in less than a tenth of a second.

The Ohio State University researchers believe this is a huge medical breakthrough and the most significant of its kind since 2012, when a woman was able to control a robotic arm with her thoughts. Now people are able to control their own limbs!

Here’s more information on how the ground-breaking system works.

(via BBC)

Needless to say, Burkhart is excited about being able to move his hand with this technology. Scientists are overjoyed as well — this step forward could lead to something even bigger. If they keep developing this technology, we could potentially rid society of paralysis!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/paralyzed-guitar/

Bobbit Worms Are Pure Nope, So Why Would You Want To Catch One? I Have No Idea.

Bobbit worms are one of the biggest nopes of the ocean. The large worms dig themselves burrows on the ocean floor and then wait for prey to swim by. When they sense something good to eat is near, they strike lightning fast with sharp teeth and deadly venom. While humans are rarely their prey, the occasional bobbit worm bite has been reported.

That being said, there are some out there who make a hobby out of catching the creepy-crawlies. In the video below, YouTuber Trapula shows how he catches bobbit worms using a device very similar to a mouse trap. It’s a little on the long side, but stick with it. The payoff is well worth it.

According to Trapula, he catches bobbit worms to use as bait to catch bigger fish. In the video description he says, “I’m catching bobbit worms for my fishing needs and that’s the only reason I catch them…fish just can’t resist them.”

I would never try to pull one of those things out of the ocean floor.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bobbit-worm-capture/

Mount Roraima Looks Like It’s Straight Out Of The Movies, But It’s Entirely Real

This is probably what comes to mind when you picture a mountain — triangular, snowcapped peaks piercing the sky.

But Mount Roraima is about to change that notion.

The flat-faced tepui, or tabletop mountain, spans three countries’ borders in South America: Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana.

From afar, it might not look particularly impressive…

But upon closer inspection, the 1,300-foot cliffs are quite breathtaking.

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Roraima is part of Canaima National Park and the tabletop peaks are some of the oldest geological formations on Earth.

They date back to two billion years ago.

Because of this, tepuis like Roraima are inhabited by plants and animals that aren’t found anywhere else on the planet.

It’s not uncommon for the sky-high mountain to be enveloped in cloud cover.

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While it might seem impossible, people actually climb the plateau.

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Obviously, the view is worth the dangerous trek.

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If you’re lucky to witness a sunrise or sunset from the summit, you can count yourself as one of the luckiest hikers in the world.

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If that shot right there doesn’t inspire you to take a trip to the south, I don’t know what will! Who’s coming with me?!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/mount-roraima/

The Green Tree Frog Might Look Small, But It’s Decidedly Badass

The Australian green tree frog is one of the most common frog species in their homeland. For humans, they make great pets and can be an ideal form of pest control if they live near your home. But while they might look harmless, that changes if you’re…say, an innocent snake or giant spider just trying to get on with your life.

Then, these frogs turn into deadly, effective predators…

Green tree frogs are most easily identified by their bright green coloring. For anyone who’s familiar with the frog in their native Australia, they’re equal parts pest and pest controller.

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They can be found in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and wetlands. Out in the suburbs, they have a nasty habit of making a home for themselves near shower blocks and water tanks.

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For example, Redditor ElfBingley had a problem flushing their toilet about a year ago. When they went to check the tank, they found these buggers inside. Talk about an infestation.

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Still though, just because they’re frogs doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally put on a display of unusual badassery. Take this tree frog…he’s going toe to toe with a rather large snake.

Not only do tree frogs hunt snakes, they’ve also been known to occasionally take up residence outside of caves and catch bats to eat. Yikes!

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Aside from snakes and bats, tree frog diets also include mice and giant spiders.

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(via Australian Museum)

When it all comes down to it, personally, I’d much rather have a frog infestation than a snake problem on my property.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/badass-tree-frog/

23 Times Neil DeGrasse Tyson Was So Sassy It Hurt

Astrophysicist with attitude.

1. On the end of the world:

2. On measuring the length of blood vessels:

3. On intelligent life:

4. On alternative medicine:

5. On professional athletes:

6. On middle fingers:

If we had twelve fingers, there’d be no middle finger to flip at people with whom you’ve run out of words to communicate.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

7. On The Los Angeles Angels:

Does it disturb anyone else that “The Los Angeles Angels” baseball team translates directly to “The The Angels Angels”?

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

8. On “toxins”:

The likelihood that a person uses the word “toxin” correlates strongly with how much Chemistry the person does *not* know

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

9. On Snoop Dogg:

If @RealJeffreyRoss and other comedians honored @SnoopDogg, would that be a “Pot Roast”?

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

10. On July 4th:

July 4 – Happy Birthday USA. Celebrating the day we declared Independence, and not the day we actually achieved it.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

11. On “total eclipses”:

Total Eclipses occur every couple of years or so. If anyone calls them “rare”, ask if they feel that way about the Olympics.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

12. On the state of television:

America 2012: The Learning Channel has HoneyBooBoo, History Channel has PawnStars: and the Science Channel has PumpkinChunkin

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

13. On the “Super Moon”:

Moon Lunacy strikes again: The impending Supermoon is to an average full Moon what a 16″ Pizza is to a 15″ Pizza. So chillax.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

14. On hip-hop:

I’m quite sure that Frogs were into Hip-Hop long before the music industry was.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

15. On soccer players:

I wonder what Rugby players think every time they see a Soccer player crying in pain from being grazed by another player.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

16. On psychics:

A news headline you hardly ever see: “Psychic Wins the Lottery Again”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

17. On Spanish sportscasters:

Good thing Spanish fútbol sportscasters don’t announce basketball, they’d spend 1/3 of playing time saying “Goooooooooooool”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

18. On plane cabins:

Flight Attendants say: “Cabin pressurized for your comfort & safety.” What they mean is: “otherwise you’d freeze & suffocate”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

19. On “Miss Universe”:

Astrophysicists are monitors of extreme adjectives. Which is why “Miss Universe” to us is just “Miss Earth”.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

20. On airport customs:

Had to wait in line to renew a Passport allowing me to visit members of my own species across artificially conceived borders.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

21. On Olympic curling:

I occasionally wonder whether people who are good at Olympic Curling are also good at sweeping out the basement.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

22. On Red Bull Stratos:

I’m told somebody’s jumping out of a perfectly good balloon from 23-miles up. The theory of gravity no longer needs to be tested in this way

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

23. And on his DJ name:

If I were ever to become a Hip-hop DJ,I think I’d choose the name “MC-squared”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/astrophysicist-with-attitude

When They Dropped Their Son Off At Daycare, It Was The Last Time They Saw Him Alive

Parents have one goal when it comes to sending their kids to daycare: to feel like the people they’ve trusted to care for their little ones are kind, competent, and caring.

But sometimes, proper daycare research can only do so much. If citations against facilities are kept out of public records, parents have no way of knowing the truth. This is something that one heartbroken family in Oklahoma learned the hard way.

When Derek and Ali Dodd — the wonderful parents of two young boys — dropped their youngest son off at daycare in April of this year, they had no idea that he would never come home.

One of the employees at the facility carelessly let little Shepard sleep in his carseat instead of putting him in a crib. She came to check on him two hours later, and when she touched his skin, he was ice cold. Although she called 911 immediately, the damage was already done. Sadly, the infant died from something called “positional asphyxiation.”

The baby suffocated in his sleep because he was left in his car seat to sleep.

At an early age, babies don’t have the strength to lift and support their own heads. If improperly fastened in a carseat, infants can become slumped over, which makes them unable to breathe. This act of laziness and disregard for Shepard’s safety on the part of the daycare employee is ultimately what took his life.

The most terrifying thing about the situation is that Shepard’s death doesn’t appear in public records.

Parents looking to keep their kids at this daycare center would then have no idea what happened. Fortunately, the facility has since shut down.

To help cope with their grief, Derek and Ali now work to raise awareness for positional asphyxiation so that parents and caretakers can avoid making this devastating mistake.

To learn more about their heartbreaking story, watch the video below:

(via Wimp)

No parent should ever have to endure the loss of their child, especially at the hands of someone else’s carelessness. If you want to learn more about the dangers of positional asphyxiation, check out this Facebook page, which was created in Shepard’s honor. This knowledge could save a child’s life.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/death-at-daycare/

Did You Know Pressing On These Spots On Your Body Relieves Headache Pain?

For most people, the first sign of a headache means a trip to the medicine cabinet to fetch some Tylenol or Advil. But what if you could stop the annoying ache without any drugs?

Sure, you can debilitate an attacker with a well-placed finger on the neck — it’s called pressure point fighting — but those little trigger spots all over your body can actually be used to knock a headache out, too. All it takes is a few minutes.

The best part is that you can do this to yourself! I may just throw or give away all of my Tylenol and Advil — no need for it anymore.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pressure-points/

Pregnancy Can Be Beautiful…And Amazingly Creepy

If there’s one dream that millions of people around the world share, it’s to grow up and start a family.

Those dreams come complete with white picket fences, sprawling backyards, and laughing kids running around when the weather finally gets warm. And that’s a beautiful thing. In fact, pregnancy itself is pretty spectacular.

But even in the presence of so much beauty, there are a few things about pregnancy that are…well…a little weird. After all, something as hardcore as creating another human life is bound to have its creepy charms.

1. The only scientifically proven way to induce labor without medication is nipple stimulation. It’s a practice known as “the comfort technique.”

2. Pregnant women who suffer from heartburn are more likely to give birth to babies with full heads of hair.

3. Babies develop fingerprints during the first trimester.

4. New mothers and pregnant women can lactate at the sound of babies crying (and they don’t need to be their own).

5. A baby girl is born with all of the eggs she’ll use in a lifetime.

6. Babies pee in the womb and then drink that pee. Yum.

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7. One out of every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.

8. A full-term pregnant woman can produce more estrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman can over the course of a few years.

9. A woman’s uterus can expand to over 500 times its normal size.

10. It’s not likely, but it’s possible for a woman to become pregnant through oral sex.

11. If you give birth to a son, you are more likely to develop an autoimmune disease.

12. In the womb, babies are known to cry.

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13. Babies can taste the foods that their mothers eat while they’re in the womb.

14. There are more twins born in Central Africa than anywhere else in the world.

15. The longest pregnancy ever lasted over a year! That poor woman.

16. During pregnancy, a woman’s heart and feet increase in size.

17. Blood volume increases when carrying a child, which leads to pregnant women getting frequent nosebleeds.

18. About 90 percent of women experience changes in skin tone during pregnancy.

19. Pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell, which is supposed to protect them from eating foods that’d be bad for the baby.

20. Newborns, on average, are getting heavier and heavier every year.

21. After pregnancy, it is common for women to experience hair loss.

22. Pregnant women are more likely to break bones because heightened hormone levels affect bone density.

(via Mom.me)

Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but that doesn’t mean that the process isn’t a little wacky. Props to all the ladies out there who have endured the miracles of pregnancy and birth! You are tougher than the rest of us.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/creepy-pregnancy/

This Is What Happens When You Light 6,000 Matches On Fire At Once

I can only imagine that when man discovered fire, he was just as amazed by it as I am of this video.

The powerful element is both awe-inspiring and terrifying all at once…that’s why this video of a 6,000 match chain reaction is so incredibly awesome and simultaneously disturbing.

Don’t get any ideas, kids. You should absolutely never try this unless you are a professional and have a safe space to do it. If you are one of those people, though, please make more videos like this because it’s totally rad.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/6000-matches/

Lobotomies Were Brutal Procedures — And Seeing One Happen May Scar You For Life

Lobotomies were brutal procedures that involved doctors sticking metal instruments into patients’ brains and severing connections in the frontal lobe. It may sound medieval, but it actually wasn’t that long ago that lobotomies were being performed regularly.

The following video is a brutal demonstration of the lobotomy procedure that was used on 20,000 patients between 1940 and 1951.

Not only was this the standard procedure for treating mental disorders, but it was also heralded as a great innovation. The man who invented lobotomies, António Egas Moniz, even won a Nobel Prize. Just let that sink in.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lobotomy/