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"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."

Bits & bobs of things I love or relate to + happy thoughts & occasional clots of a part time pessimist and furtively depressed kid.





Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. 

Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. 

Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.


how does one train a bee

"The bees can be trained within 10 minutes," explains Soares. "Training simply consists of exposing the bees to a specific odour and then feeding them with a solution of water and sugar, therefore they associate that odour with a food reward."

Once trained, the bees will remember the odour for their entire lives, provided they are always rewarded with sugar. Bees live for six weeks on average.



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do you ever just want someone to come over and sit on the floor with you for a few hours

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Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

Jon Krakauer (via apoetreflects)

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… and the very folds of the curtains contained secrets and sighs.

Anaïs Nin, from Under a Glass Bell (Gemor Press, 1944)

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There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Victor Hugo, from Les Misérables (A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven, & Cie, 1862)

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Flower Arrangements by Parker Fitzgerald for Kinfolk magazine Vol. 7

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