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Medical Pet Sematary: Scientists Bring Dead Pigs Back to “Life”

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In what might be a scientific miracle or the overstepping of human ethics, scientists were able to get several dead pig’s hearts beating independently again. The pigs had died of cardiac arrest an hour before the experiment.

You may remember back in 2019 scientists from Yale were able to regain some brain function in dead pigs. The team gathered over 300 pig heads and removed their brains and pumped them with a special cocktail of chemicals for six hours. This project, called BrainEx didn’t result in the animal regaining consciousness, but the brain’s cellular function returned.

An extension of that project called OrganEx was recently used on intact dead pig bodies that had been clinically dead for an hour. A report says the animal’s heart, liver, and kidneys saw some reanimation where there wasn’t before. Cellular-repairing genes were also active. “These cells are functioning after they should not be,” Nenad Sestan, a project scientist told the Wall Street Journal.

Pigs (1973)

The machine they used on the carcasses resembled a “heart-lung machine.” They pumped a mixture of the animal’s blood and special chemicals into the bodies.

Advances in medicine have always been controversial, and this project is no different. Ethical questions have arisen as to the purpose of this experiment and what it suggests. Researchers say the primary purpose of these trials is to see if they can restore function to organs longer after death for use in future transplants. But if they can also potentially reanimate the brain, or use blockers to prevent it, what does that mean for potential human organ donors who have died?

And what if this new breakthrough could potentially revive recently deceased humans who died by drowning or heart attacks for example?

Frankenstein (1931)

Reviving humans who have died has long been a topic of supernatural horror movies. From Frankenstein to Re-Animator, bringing the body back leads to catastrophic results.

Perhaps there is no better example of the ethical question than in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. After the tragic loss of his two-year-old son, Gage, Doctor Louis Creed takes his corpse to a notoriously cursed and remote burial site in Maine. The area is known to bring the dead back to life. In his grief, Creed buries his son against the warning of his neighbor Jud who tells him, “sometimes…dead is better.”

Pet Sematary (1989)

Gage returns but is seemingly possessed by a murderous entity.

Fiction in this case is much stranger than real science. But the ethical question might be the same. Is it okay to revive humans after death in order to preserve their organs for terminally ill patients? And what if the process also restores some of the deceased’s brain function? What would they be like if they “came back”?

Thankfully OrganEx project bioethicist at Yale, Stephen Latham, says the tech is, “very far away from use in humans.”

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Mysterious Creepy Dolls Are Washing Up on South Texas Shores

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The Texas coast is getting waves of strange plastic dolls washing up on shore. Perhaps the only thing scarier than a creepy clown is a creepy doll, its dead eyes looking at you and its mouth set in a frozen smile. Now imagine one with a sea snail crawling out of its eye socket.

Workers at the Mission-Aransas Reserve have been gathering the plastic monstrosities off the beaches for months now and they aren’t sure where they are coming from. Most of the toys are being discovered about 140 miles Southeast of Houston.

The phenomenon is enough to creep out TV host John Oliver who says he will offer up $10,000 to get rid of them.

Photo: Mission-Aransas Reserve

“Burn them now,” Oliver said on his show Last Week Tonight. “I hate the dolls so much.”

The dolls have all kinds of anomalies thanks to the ocean environment. Researchers have gathered lots of dolls, some with barnacles attached to their eyes, while others are missing limbs or other body parts.

Even though the toys look like something twisted Sid would make in Toy Story, they have proven useful for education and conservation.

Jace Tunnell, the director of Mission-Aransas Reserve says if anything the dolls are a reminder of pollution and how plastic is a major problem that affects wildlife.

Photo: Mission-Aransas Reserve

The dolls are making a difference though. The Reserve has sold a lot of them with the money going toward helping rehabilitate sea turtles.

But John Oliver is convinced wherever they are floating in from is unnatural.

“Apparently experts say it is unknowable (to know where they came from) and that these dolls could actually be coming from anywhere in the world,” Oliver said. “Now, I am worried, that each and every one of them is coming from a little girl who is four thousand years old, lives on a floating Victorian house that haunts the Gulf, and holds the devil in her little heart.”

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Chilling Fan-made ‘Frasier’ Trailer Turns Psychiatrist Into Psychopath

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Ah, the 90’s. A time of “tossed salad and scrambled eggs.” If you don’t get that reference then you never watched Frasier. But that’s okay, you don’t have to know the classic TV theme song to enjoy this fan-made trailer which turns the titular character from psychiatrist to psychopath.

The mock teaser has gained a lot of coverage on social media with many saying they’d love to see this version happen. It’s probably not what the network is going for in its reboot of the sitcom later this year. The original series ran for 11 seasons and stars David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, and Jane Leeves.

So until then, if you hear “the blues a-callin’,” run!

https://youtu.be/GOoqnhn_6I0

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‘DALL-E Mini’ App: Fulfill Your Horror Mash-up Fantasies

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You’ve probably seen people posting pictures of strange, misshapen photos of people eating hot dogs, or horribly disfigured celebrities petting dinosaurs. It’s jarring at first glance, but damn is it not fun.

This is called DALL-E, a new app developed by  Boris Dayma. This trending image-generating engine has become the internet’s latest obsession. You can create your own f***ked-up art project in a few simple steps: Just open up the app page, let your imagination run wild in the search bar, then hit “Run.”

What pops up next is something you might find in the cursed Shutter camera. Your search criteria have scoured the internet and created a mash-up of your keywords.

Dayma says the model learns, “by looking at millions of images from the internet with their associated captions.”

The program keeps learning as more unique terms are placed in the search bar.  For instance, I typed in “Freddy Krueger eating Doritos.” The following image was generated:

DALL-E

Then I searched for “Ghostface eating a hot dog,” and here’s what went down:

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The app is extremely popular right now so don’t fret if you get an error message or your creation takes a few minutes. But hey, art takes time and what else are you doing while your hot pocket heats up in the microwave?

You can create your own nightmare mashup HERE.

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