Living With Body Integrity Identity Disorder

The relatively unheard of condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (or BIID) causes people to disassociate themselves with one (or more) of their limbs—often their left leg—and drives them to desire amputation. The ethics behind amputating a perfectly healthy limb remain controversial, although some sufferers see it as the only option for a happier life. New York Magazine recently spoke with a 71-year-old man who …

Beer for Cannabis Connoisseurs

A new beer by Colorado-based brewery Oskar Blues keeps cannabis-inclined drinkers in mind. The new brew—dubbed “Pinner” (referring to the term used for small joints)—features a heavy, hoppy aroma that likens itself to the scent of marijuana. Alcohol content is also kept on the lower side, allowing drinkers to easily knock back more than a couple. The Oskar Blues Pinner IPA will hit shelves on …

The Smell of Rain Explained

Two MIT scientists have finally figured out the smell of rain (aka petrichor). As a raindrop falls, it traps tiny air bubbles beneath it, and if the ground conditions are right and the droplet hits the earth at a particular velocity, those air bubbles will push up through the raindrop and burst into the air. The result: that very unique aroma.