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Remember The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ 6 Years Ago? Well, It Funded A Major Scientific Discovery

Good job to everyone who did this challenge 6 years ago!


Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from 2014? Yes, that viral activity that involves dumping a bucket full of water and ice on an individual’s head in an attempt to increase awareness about the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease and to raise funds for it.

Although many naysayers thought that the said social media phenomenon was nothing more than “slacktivism,” it now looks like all these critics have just been proven wrong. Why? Well, the “crazy” trend eventually funded a major breakthrough research in ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became popular in social media back in 2014.
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The awareness campaign raised $100 million and part of which was used to fund the Project MinE research.
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Thanks to the $100 million raised by the successful online campaign, the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Project MinE has successfully identified NEK1 as the gene that directly causes the disease. The discovery was recently published in Nature Genetics.

In the United States, more than 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS every year.
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According to experts, over 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year in the United States alone. Fortunately, the new discovery will possibly lead to better treatment of ALS in the future.

The discovery of NEK1 as the gene that directly causes ALS can potentially lead to better treatment of the disease.
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Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE, said:

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world. This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS.”

This, of course, is a big step towards helping patients. Currently, most people who suffer from the disease die at least within 2 to 5 years following diagnosis. ALS aggressively attacks the nerve cells of the body which control the voluntary muscles. Although no cure is still available for ALS, the discovery of NEK1 is surely something significant for researchers.

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Alien-Like Skull Unearthed Beneath Russian Stonehenge

Did extraterrestrials land on earth 4,000 years ago?

A lot of people believe in extraterrestrial life, theorizing aliens may have visited our planet many times in history. Whenever likely evidence is found, speculations abound over whether it belongs to another planet. Case in point: researchers and archaeologists digging in the 4,000-year-old settlement of Arkaim, in the Southern Russian countryside, found something that may or may not have come from earth.

Arkaim is the Russian equivalent of UK's Stonehenge, where ancient peoples were thought to have studied the stars.

Map showing Arkaim in Southern Russia.

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10 Disturbingly Bizarre Archeology Finds That Will Make You Question Humanity

These have to be seen to be believed…

Archaeologists must hold really exciting jobs. Apart from tedious research and paperwork, they have a handle on most of buried history. Literally.

Sometimes a dig will turn up the most peculiar artifacts that force us to look at our past with a disquieting jumble of questions. Did these really exist? Did humans really do that?

Here are 10 pieces of disconcerting evidence archaeologists have dug up:

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US Military is Investing in Tiny Implants to Monitor Soldiers’ Health in Real-time

The US Army has given Profusa INC., $7.5 million in funding to further develop tiny biosensors to monitor soldiers’ health in the field.

Being a soldier is by far one of the bravest professions out there. And it's no wonder governments invest their funding into ensuring their welfare. From the highest grade weapons to the most durable armor down to the best nutrition, soldiers must have it all to maintain their strength in battle. But now, as an added step to maintaining their welfare in the battlefield, the US Army Research Office has funded the development of implantable biosensors that can monitor the soldiers' health.

The US Army Research Offcie gave biotech company Profusa a $7.5 million grant in order to develop these implantable biosensors that monitor the health status of the soldiers.

Ben Hwang, PhD, Chairman and CEO of Profusa explains, "Profusa's vision is to replace a point-in-time chemistry panel that measures multiple biomarkers, such as oxygen, glucose, lactate, urea, and ions with a biosensor that provides a continuous stream of wireless data."

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