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Nancy Drew and beer.

Tiffany Ava Mitchell, a 28 year old former psychic from Florida, seems to have been unable to look far enough into her future to avoid being punched in the face by Lindsay Lohan early Thursday morning.

The rest of us, however, definitely saw it coming.

The figurative–and literal–car wreck that is Lindsay Lohan will soon be charged with three crimes in Santa Monica according to information leaked to TMZ today by law enforcement sources. After slamming her Porsche (below) into a semi truck last June on California’s infamous Pacific Coast Highway, Lohan allegedly lied to cops about being a passenger in the car rather than the driver in order to, once again, avoid taking responsibility for yet another of her ridiculous escapades.

According to TMZ, the crimes LiLo faces in relation to the car accident are as follows:

  1. Giving false information to an officer
  2. Obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty
  3. Reckless driving

If Lohan is given the maximum penalty attached to each of these accusations, she faces up to 1 year and 9 months in jail.

Apparently unsatisfied with such a trivial potential amount of time behind bars, Lohan sucker-punched the aforementioned psychic in the face in New York after getting into an argument at a Manhattan nightclub with one of its patrons. The victim, Mitchell, called police after accidentally finding herself in the middle of a brawl between the actress and an unidentified club-goer and, subsequently, assaulted via a punch to the face.

After slipping into a back alley to avoid the police, the 26 year-old “Liz & Dick” star was finally apprehended by law enforcement officials outside the club around 4am and will most likely face misdemeanor assault charges in a New York court (a video of Lohan being led away from the club in handcuffs is below for your viewing amusement).

This isn’t the first time Lohan has wreaked havoc around the streets of Manhattan. If you recall, the ever-so-classy former child star was accused of hitting a guy with her car two months ago in the same city and also of choking out another New Yorker in September after he took pictures of her on his cell phone–both of these cases were eventually dropped, of course.

Lohan’s past run-ins with the law beg the question, Nation:

Will Lindsay ever do hard time for her ever-accumulating crimes?

Scientific Breakthrough: Curing Autoimmune Diseases

Since the first diagnosed case of the autoimmune disease known as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1849, scientists have worked tirelessly in search of a cure, but it wasn’t until microbiologist Stephen Miller and bioengineer Lonnie Shea began working together—over 160 years after that first MS diagnosis—that  a scientific breakthrough leading to a successful treatment was finally reached.

Approximately 2.1 million individuals in the world suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that damages the myelin sheaths that cover and protect nerve cells found in the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord and can result in any number of horrifying symptoms, such as: muscle spasms, numbness, inability to move arms or legs, stool and urine leakage, blindness, memory loss, hearing loss, slurred speech, and trouble swallowing, to name a few.

Autoimmune disorders such as MS occur when a type of white blood cell within the body (called T-cells) mistake the body’s own tissues for a foreign substance and attack them. Currently, the treatments offered to patients suffering from autoimmune diseases involve the use of medications which suppress the immune system entirely. These drugs “leave patients susceptible to infections and increase their risk of cancer as the immune system’s normal ability to identify and destroy aberrant cells within the body is compromised”.

Obviously, this form of treatment is not ideal and many patients with MS choose to opt out of the current treatment because of these dangerous side effects.

It is due to this lack of current options for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis that Miller and Shea, two professors at Northwestern University, decided to join forces in researching the disease after receiving funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The two scientists, along with a team of Australian and Californian researchers, were commissioned “to come up with a novel way of repressing only the part of the immune system that causes autoimmune disorders while leaving the rest of the system intact”.

 

And they have succeeded.

The details of this innovative and truly awe-inspiring scientific development were published this past Sunday, November 18th, in Nature Biotechnology, an online scientific journal. Using advanced nanotechnology, the scientists were able to create a biodegradable nanoparticle that “tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin”, the sheaths surrounding nerve cells. When the nanoparticles were attached to myelin antigens and injected into lab mice during an experiment conducted by Miller and Shea, the immune system was effectively reset to normal and no longer viewed the myelin as a foreign invader in the body.

The best part about this breakthrough?

According to Stephen Miller: “The beauty of this new technology is it can be used in many immune-related diseases. We simply change the antigen that’s delivered.” Among these “many” autoimmune diseases, Diabetes Type 1, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and even allergies and asthma are speculated to benefit–and hopefully be cured eventually–by this treatment.


Your turn, Nation:

How excited are you about this breakthrough?
Do you know anyone with an autoimmune disease and, if so, are they considering seeking this form of treatment?

Deadly Destroyer

‘The Silver Bullet': America’s Deadliest Destroyer

Deadly Destroyer

Nation, meet the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer: a $3 billion warship so advanced that once it is deployed (in either 2014 or 2015) it will be “the most technologically sophisticated warship ever to hit the water”: equipped with dual 155-millimeter guns controlled by a computer, “a battery of SM-2 antiaircraft missiles, surface-targeting Tomahawks, missile-destroying ESSM interceptors, […] vertically launched ASROC antisubmarine torpedoes”, and “an electromagnetic railgun, which uses a magnetic field and electric current to fire a projectile at several times the speed of sound”.

Is texting ruining the English language?

The list of texting acronyms added to the Oxford English Dictionary has been steadily growing with each passing year–beginning with the induction of the shorthand “OMG”, “LOL, “IMHO”, “FYI”, “TMI”, and “BFF” in 2011–and has led to a ‘battle’ of sorts between texting enthusiasts whose everyday conversations are full of these abbreviations, language purists who fear change, and every type of person in between.

Anyone remember hearing the story of the otherwise healthy baby born without a brain in 2008?
Or what about the story revealing that the cast of Jersey Shore made more money in one television season than the President makes in an entire year?

Well, if you take comfort in knowing that the possession of higher brain function is not necessary for survival in this world, then this is the story for you!

I’m willing to bet that we’ve all experienced the same type of dream (or, rather, nightmare) at some point in our lives in which we were thrown into a situation with no idea who we were, where we were, what was happening, or who exactly the people around us might have been. Much like in these dreams, the unbearable confusion and disorientation that occurs during moments of nightmarish uncertainty can become all too real as we age—and this time, without the hope of eventually waking up.


What’s better than a sexy female?

Trick Question: Nothing.

…unless that sexy girl has a Facebook and a Tumblr and an iPhone and human compassion which enables her to share these sexy often semi-nude photos with the world.

Man, woman, or tranny–gay, straight, or bi–you’re not gonna wanna miss out on this delicious eye candy featured in the gallery below!

You know how they say ‘first the worst’?

It’s true.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen the jumble of confusion that claims to be an ad for FaceBook (video embedded for your viewing…pleasure? That doesn’t seem like the right word…I’m so confused), but it sure is something else.