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Patient Beautifully Sings Opera in the Middle of His Brain Tumor Surgery

What an epic OPERA-tion!

Advancements in medicine never fail to amaze us, especially because most of these innovations save a lot of lives. Reflecting back from where we were centuries ago, we can say that we have come a long way indeed. From savagely performed operations and outbreak after outbreak of deadly pathogens to robotic arm surgeries and life-saving vaccines – it was one hell of a ride.

While we’re on the subject of medical advancement, we cannot help but imagine how surgeons from centuries ago would react upon seeing the kinds of surgeries that can be performed today. Take for example an awake craniotomy, with the patient conscious and, well, singing opera. Doctor John Hunter would’ve had a heart attack!
 

A craniotomy involves removing part of the skull to expose brain tissue.

In the video below, you will witness an awake craniotomy being performed on an adult male patient. His name is Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne, a professional opera and choral singer who was diagnosed with brain tumor. Amazingly, he sang live for the surgery team who was with him at the time. Take note, he performed while lying on his side on the operating table, with his skull open.

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A craniotomy is the surgical removal of a part of the skull so the brain can be exposed. The bone is then replaced after the operation. You see, an awake craniotomy is just like a conventional craniotomy, except that the patient is awake during the procedure. Usually, it is the preferred technique if the surgery would involve functionally important brain regions as it allows surgeons to test the different areas before they are surgically removed. The technique also allows the doctors to monitor the patient’s functions throughout the procedure. Ultimately, the primary goal is to minimize the risk to patient safety. Well, it seems that the surgery was a success since Bajec-Lapajne is up and about and is continuing his singing career.

It may also be worthy to note that it seems fairly common for patients to be fully conversant during the procedure. But to sing opera while a surgeon tinkers with your brain?

That, we think, is way, waaaaaay beyond cool.

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Boiled Potatoes Produce Enough Power To Light A Room for 40 Days

Got no power? Here’s a potato.

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You'll never go wrong with potatoes. Mashed, boiled, fried, baked, roasted - you name it, it's delicious. And aside from almost always being a treat to the palate, it is also packed with vitamins B6, C, and D and with minerals including potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. As if those weren't enough, just know that potatoes are also rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

If you're still not a fan of potatoes even after reading the nutritional benefits that it offers, then hopefully, this next bit will bring a change of heart. You see, aside from filling our tummies, a potato can also be transformed into a powerful battery. Isn't that a-"peel"-ing?

Yes, you read that right. Potato. Battery. Not messing with you there!

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Engineers Develop Toy-Like Device to Detect HIV and Malaria For Only 20 Cents!

Old toys inspire engineers to invent a cheap device that can detect blood diseases.

Scientists from Stanford University have invented a revolutionary yet cheap device that may be used as an alternative to high-cost laboratory centrifuge - a tool that can separate blood components to determine certain blood-borne diseases. With rotational speeds that may reach approximately 125,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), no one would ever think that all it involves is a so-called "paperfuge," amounting to a meek 20 cents.

Old Toy, New Technology

Standford bio-engineer Prakash Manu and his team took inspiration from old toy whirligig. This toy is made by threading a loop of twine through two holes in a button. To start playing with it, the user holds on to the ends of the loop and pulls in a rhythmic manner. The coiling and uncoiling of the twine causes the button to rotate at topnotch high speeds.

Power In High-Speed Rotation

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Being Bald Is Way Better, According To Studies

Be bald and proud!

Got a problem with thinning hair? Well, you might want to shave your head instead after reading this article. According to a recent scientific research, being bald is so much better because of its many perks.

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