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Drones detecting body temperature and monitoring social distancing could soon be coming to hardest hit cities in US – The Sun

DRONES are being used to monitor public spaces as a major new tool to slow coronavirus spread across the US.

Public health and safety groups have started using drones to enforce social distancing rules and to scan people's temperatures to identify potential cases.

The drones can detect social distancing, body temperature, heart rate, and even when people cough, but apparently "don't identify individuals".

Canadian company Draganfly announced that it is in talks with private companies in the Seattle area and could be coming to the Pacific Northwest within months.

The CEO of Draganfly, Cameron Chell, says seeing drones in the sky is about to become much more common.

“We’re going to see this deployed on-scale across the United States in a couple of months," he told WPXI.

Infrared technology on drones is already being used by first responders and Fire and Rescue to search for people who are missing.


Draganfly stated there is no facial recognition in the technology, and the information isn’t tied to any one person.

The drones can, however, be used to scan a crowd and figure out if a higher percentage of people than normal have fevers or are coughing, providing leaders with real-time data to help make decisions.

Chell said: “Is it 0.2% today and 0.8% tomorrow? And is there social distancing happening there, and do we need to put more signage? Do we need to social distance this week or back it off?”

“Unfortunately, the decisions we’re asking public officials to make right now is based on data that’s looking backwards.”


In Daytona Beach, Florida, drones are already in the sky patrolling beaches and telling residents off via speakers that blare: “Because of COVID-19, this park is currently closed”.

There was a similar incident in a New York park in April.

The police department in Daytona Beach said it has tested but not deployed the temperature scanning technology.

In other countries, such as Columbia, the drones’ full capabilities are used to scan crowds.

Drones spray disinfectant in South Korea and warn residents to keep their distance in China.

Some people say they’re open to the idea of “pandemic drones" to maintain social distancing rules.

Ariel Eccetturo said: “If everybody wants everything to get back to normal and we want to get back to our lives, then it’s probably best we do something like that.”

However privacy advocates have said that they would feel invaded and have expressed concerns about where the line is on monitoring the public and other law enforcement uses.

Chell wouldn't say which cities or companies they are working with to launch their drones across the US.

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Footballers’ body transformations during lockdown, from Ronaldo maintaining his sculpted abs to a ripped McTominay – The Sun

IF you were thinking footballers might go easy on themselves during lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, you'd be wrong.

These stars have been pushing their bodies to the limit, and seeing results if these images are anything to go by.

From building up pecs to sculpting abs and losing a few kilos, they've taken to Instagram to show off their body transformations.

Here's the best we've seen who have taken training in quarantine VERY seriously.


The Scottish midfielder was one of Manchester United's most consistent performers until injury curtailed his season.

Having returned from his lay-off just weeks before Covid-19 put a halt on proceedings, his plans to get match-fit were delayed even further.

However, McTominay didn't let that bother him. 'McTerminator' has been working out like mad to stay fit.

He shared an image with a mate showing off his shredded washboard stomach, complete with the caption: "Big week complete."

But team-mate Bruno Fernandes couldn't help but poke fun at the 23-year-old.

He replied to McTominay's snap: "Scottttyyyyy training with the ball is really important, don't forget that!"

In April, he also took part in the 5 kilometre run challenge on social media and posted a staggering time of 16 minutes, one second.


To be fair to Ronaldo, his standards are so high when it comes to fitness he never lets himself go.

But, during lockdown the Juventus forward has looked pleasantly pleased with himself and his training efforts.

The 35-year-old has been hitting the gym daily, clearly multiple times, to keep his firm abs in shape.

And he hasn't missed leg day either, pumping weights and building up those thigh muscles, as well as doing running drills up and down his driveway with missus Georgina Rodriguez.

Ronaldo definitely looks more sculpted since lockdown.


Poor Eden hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to showing his class for Real Madrid since his move from Chelsea worth around £130m.

A run of injuries, plus an admittance that he's spent too much time in the pantry eating buns have seen Hazard's weight balloon.

In fact, when he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu he was seven kilos overweight.

During the coronavirus lockdown, however, he's resisted the temptations of those aforementioned buns.

"It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot," the 29-year-old told RTBF.

"I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy."

Recently, Hazard returned to Real Madrid's training centre and wowed boss Zinedine Zidane with his slimline figure.


The Chelsea outcast hasn't helped himself as he attempts to rebuild his career.

First, there was a nightclub fracas that put pay to his loan-deal at Burnley.

Then, on his second loan this season with Aston Villa he reportedly clashed with team-mate Jota and allegedly aimed a headbutt at the Spanish midfielder.

With his career at a crossroads, Drinkwater, 30, has gone back to basics and is training hard.

He stunned fans online by sharing a picture of himself mowing the lawn topless that showed off a new shredded physique.


Liverpool's Egyptian star is dedicated to his craft.

Back in January, Salah, 27, showed off his impressive torso when he ripped his shirt off after scoring against Manchester United.

It was certainly a transformation from when he was a skinny winger plying his trade at Chelsea.

And it appears that Salah is continuing to hone his bulking physique, showing us last month that he's even bigger now since lockdown.

A snap on Instagram showing off his body certainly got team-mate Dejan Lovren jealous.

"So you do have photo sessions at home," the Croatian defender joked.

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This Award-Winning Body Cream Can Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite by 75%

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Woman, 46, wakes up in a body bag at Paraguay funeral home after doctors believed she was dead – The Sun

A WOMAN was declared dead only to then wake up in a body bag after being taken to a funeral home.

Gladys Rodriguez de Duarte was presumed dead at a private clinic in Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay.

Funeral home workers noticed the 46-year-old was still alive while she was lying in the morgue, reports Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color.

She is now being treated in intensive care where she is described as being in a “delicate but stable” condition.

Gladys – a cancer patient – was taken to the San Fernando clinic at 9.30am on Saturday with blood pressure problems.

She was reportedly treated by Dr Heriberto Vera, who then at 11.20am declared that she was dead.

The family were handed a death certificate which gave her cancer as the cause of death.

Undertakers from the Duarte e Hijos funeral home then came and collected what they presumed to be a corpse.

And once they returned to the parlour, they realised Gladys was actually still alive, according to a police report.

Gladys’ husband Maximino Duarte Ferreira has reportedly filed a complaint against the doctor.

He claimed the medic no longer wanted to treat her, so decided to declare her dead.

Gladys is now undergoing treatment in intensive care in a hospital after first being taken from the morgue to the Institute of Social Security.

Dr Catalino Fabio said she remains in a stable condition in hospital after her ordeal.

Prosecutors have opened a case against the doctor who declared the woman dead.

Paraguayan television network TV Aire reports Gladys’ daughter Sandra has slammed the doctor.

She said: “We trusted him, that's why we went there.

"But they disconnected her and passed her off to the funeral home.”


Sandra added: “He assumed she was dead and handed her naked to me like an animal with her death certificate.

"He didn't even revive her."

Dr Fabio said: “According to Dr Vera she had no pulse at around 11am last Saturday and the lungs were no longer active.

“He tried to revive her, but it was unsuccessful.”

The medic suggested Gladys may have suffered catalepsy – a condition where the body seizes up and slows down functions like breathing.

Reportedly one of the prosecutors in the case has had to step down as it emerged she was married to Dr Vera.

It comes after reports of a “miracle man” last year who died for 21 minutes before coming back to life in a morgue.

A meanwhile a woman declared dead after a crash was found to be alive in a morgue fridge when medics spotted her breathing in 2018.

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100,000 body bags ordered as 200,000 expected to die from coronavirus

The Pentagon orders 100,000 body bags for FEMA amid dire prediction of 200,000 virus dead – as it’s claimed defense chiefs warned Trump White House of potential coronavirus crisis in 2017

  • More than 4,770 people had died from COVID-19 in the US by Wednesday 
  • The government is expected to draw the next 50,000 body bags from a stockpile
  • Pentagon wants 100,000 remains pouches, according to a source 
  • The green nylon body bags are usually distributed to war zones and measure up at 94 inches (7.8 feet) by 38 inches (3.2 feet)
  • FEMA did not have a specific delivery date for the military-style remains pouches
  • A 2017 report from the Pentagon warns the Trump admin about the threat of a coronavirus and says it could be worsened by a shortage of PPE equipment
  • It predicts that proximity to international airports, crowded work places and unsanitary conditions could cause a novel coronavirus to reach pandemic levels
  • In New York, forklifts have been used to help list dead bodies into refrigerated trucks 
  • The COVID-19 death toll in NYC is 1,139 and 47,439 confirmed cases and hospitals have been using bed sheets to wrap bodies because they no longer have bags 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The Pentagon is ordering 100,000 body bags as experts predict the coronavirus will claim the lives of more than 200,000 Americans and a new report has suggested the Trump administraion was warned about the threat of coronavirus three years ago but failed to prepare.

By Wednesday evening the US death toll had surpassed 4,770 and 90 percent of the country was on lockdown to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

With more than 215,000 cases, the government was expected to get the next 50,000 body bags from a stockpile, however preparations were being made to triple up as hospitals and morgues became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and were quickly running out of space in states such as California and New York.

On Tuesday, a forklift was used to help lift dead bodies onto a refrigerated truck outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center. The COVID-19 death toll in the city is 1,139 and 47,439 confirmed cases and hospitals have been using bed sheets to wrap bodies because they no longer have body bags.

FEMA did not have a specific delivery date for the next 100,000 military-style remains pouches. Pictured, dead bodies are loaded onto a truck outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York on Tuesday

A forklift is used to help as dead bodies are loaded onto a truck outside Brooklyn Hospital Center. NYC hospitals have been using bed sheets to wrap bodies because they no longer have body bags, pictured Monday

President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a ‘hell of a bad two weeks’ ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not have a specific delivery date for the military-style remains pouches, sources told Bloomberg Wednesday.

The green nylon body bags are usually distributed to war zones and measure up at 94 inches (7.8 feet) by 38 inches (3.2 feet).

A source said, the bags have not yet been ordered but the Defense Logistics Agency’s Troop Support unit, which manages the Pentagon’s stockpile, was looking into the request. A FEMA spokesperson said there will be ‘prudent planning’ that includes preparing for ‘mortuary contingencies’. 

After it was predicted the death toll in the US would hit 200,000 President Trump told the country to brace for a tough time ahead.

‘This is going to be a painful two weeks,’ Trump said at a White House coronavirus briefing on Tuesday. ‘Our strength will be tested, our endurance will be tried.’

A COVID-19 patient arrives at a field hospital built by Christian humanitarian organization Samaritans Purse, Central Park, New York on Wednesday

Dr Tony Fauci, the country’s leading virus expert, painted a grim picture for Americans on Tuesday when he warned that people should be prepared for 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus

On Monday, the vice director of operations for the the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Jeff Taliaferro, said they ‘are in close partnership’ with FEMA to ‘identify what their needs are. 

Taliaferro said Monday’s ‘mission assignments’ included requests for prepackaged Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), and ‘other supplies’ as well as ‘a mission assignment from FEMA for a mortuary affairs support team for New York’. Taliaferro added they are ‘in the process of identifying’ personnel. 

FEMA is working with state and regional health and emergency managers to distribute pouches where needed. 

However a new report has claimed Trump was warned about the devastating effects of a coronavirus on January 6, 2017.

‘The most likely and significant threat is a novel respiratory disease, particularly a novel influenza disease,’ the USNORTHCOM Branch Plan 3560: Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Disease Response, states. ‘Coronavirus infections [are] common around the world.’ 

The Pentagon document, obtained by The Nation, leans on findings from 2012’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a type of coronavirus, and ‘incorporates insights from several recent outbreaks’.

The 103-page documents warns that an outbreak could reach pandemic levels due to a number of factors that are the case with the 2019 virus; unsanitary living conditions, crowded workplaces, and proximity to international airports.

It also warns that it would be worsened by a shortage in PPE. 

‘Competition for, and scarcity of resources will include…non-pharmaceutical MCM [Medical Countermeasures] (e.g., ventilators, devices, personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves), medical equipment, and logistical support,’ is mentioned in the document. ‘This will have a significant impact on the availability of the global workforce.’

Above shows how the number of coronavirus cases and deaths have escalated in the United States

Pentagon Influenza Response by Ken Klippenstein on Scribd

The document also predicts a lack of hospitals beds.

‘Even the most industrialized countries will have insufficient hospital beds, specialized equipment such as mechanical ventilators, and pharmaceuticals readily available to adequately treat their populations during clinically severe pandemic,’ it states.

The document has been shared after the likes of California and New York’s governors have stressed they are fast running out of space to accommodate COVID-19 patients and Navy hospital ships Mercy and Comfort have supplied 1,000 extra beds for patients who are not suffering from coronavirus.

Recent images out of New York and New Jersey have shown medical workers hauling bodies into refrigerated trucks. The states have the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the country. 

New deaths from the coronavirus rose by 908 on Wednesday while new infections across the country increased by 25,676. 

More than 40 percent of the country’s fatal cases come from New York state where the death toll rose by 391 to 1,941. New York state also saw an increase of 7,917 cases to bring the total number of new infections to 83,712. 

New Jersey is second behind New York with 267 deaths and 18,997 infections. 

Michigan now has the third highest death toll in the country after reporting a spike in its figures over night. The state recorded 75 new deaths, bringing its death toll to 259. Michigan has more than 7,600 confirmed cases. 

Trump was warned about the devastating effects of a coronavirus on January 6, 2017 in a document from the Pentagon

The document also predicts a lack of hospitals beds. ‘Even the most industrialized countries will have insufficient hospital beds, specialized equipment such as mechanical ventilators, and pharmaceuticals readily available to adequately treat their populations during clinically severe pandemic,’ it states

Volunteers from the International Christian relief organization Samaritans Purse set up an Emergency Field Hospital for patients suffering from the coronavirus in Central Park across Fifth Avenue from Mt. Sinai Hospital on Tuesday

A convoy of ambulances with Ohio and Michigan license plates were seen heading toward New York City on Tuesday as officials announced that FEMA was sending 250 emergency vehicles to the coronavirus hotspot.

Video shows the string of at least 10 ambulances driving westbound on Interstate 80 in New Jersey. 

The video was filmed around the same time that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced that FEMA was sending 250 ambulances and approximately 500 EMTs and paramedics to New York City. 

In NYC, emergency services are responding to around 6,000 calls a day, more than 50 percent above average.

Trump has said he has been speaking to Germany about buying a vaccine but some experts have said it could be years until one is developed. The Pentagon document also accurately predicts global competition for a vaccine.

Meanwhile, infection rates continue to climb. 

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday that the last five days have been the busiest stretch in the history of the city’s EMS operation. It comes as FDNY ranks are getting hit hard by the pandemic, with more than 282 personnel infected.

New York City’s ambulances are responding to about 6,000 calls a day – more than twice the usual number. Medics are seen unloading a patient at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens on Monday

The US death toll has now surpassed the number of deaths reported in China (3,309) where the outbreak first emerged back in December.

The death toll in Italy (12,428) and Spain (9,053) is still higher than the United States. 

Trump has warned Americans to brace for a ‘hell of a bad two weeks’ ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Trump called it ‘a matter of life and death’ for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines and predicted the country would soon see a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

‘I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,’ Trump said. ‘This is going to be one of the roughest two or three weeks we’ve ever had in our country… We’re going to lose thousands of people.’

The jaw-dropping projections were laid out as officials described a death toll that in a best-case scenario would likely be greater than the more than 53,000 American lives lost during World War I. The model’s high end neared the realm of possibility that Americans lost to the virus could approach the 291,000 Americans killed on the battlefield during World War II.

Dr Tony Fauci, the country’s leading virus expert, called the numbers ‘sobering’ and urged Americans to ‘step on the accelerator’ with their collective mitigation efforts.

Trump’s comments came after he announced on Sunday that he was extending to April 30 the social distancing guidelines that advise Americans to cease large gatherings, work from home, suspend onsite learning at schools and more in a nationwide effort to stem the spread of the virus.

It was an abrupt reversal for Trump who spent much of last week targeting April 12 as the day he wanted to see Americans ‘pack the pews’ for Easter Sunday services.

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Pentagon to give 100,000 BODY bags for civilian use during coronavirus crisis amid dire warning that 240,000 could die – The Sun

THE Pentagon is ordering up to 100,000 body bags for use by local authorities as the US braces for a higher coronavirus death toll in the coming weeks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 Human Remains Pouches to the Department of Defense, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is working with the current contractor on additional capacity, the official told Reuters.

Two people familiar with the request told Bloomberg News Wednesday that the Pentagon is looking into buying more body bags and will initially use part of a 50,000 stockpile it maintains.

The DLA's Troop Support unit manages the military-style pouches – which are typically shipped off to war zones – made from green nylon and measure 94 inches long and 38 inches wide.

Some state and local governments may need the pouches, but FEMA hasn't received a shipment yet, a FEMA spokesperson told the news outlet.

The spokesman added that the agency was making "prudent" plans for future needs, which included preparations for "mortuary contingencies" from US states.

FEMA's request comes a day after top doctors from the White House coronavirus task force cautioned Americans to brace for at least 100,000 due to the outbreak.

As many as 240,000 Americans are projected to die in the pandemic, even with another 30 days of consistent and stringent mitigation methods like social distancing.

The US death toll continues to climb past 4,500, with at least 205,400 cases nationwide.

President Donald Trump gave a grim prediction Tuesday after reviewing the estimates, warning Americans of a "very, very painful" two weeks ahead.

On Wednesday he warned of "horrific" days to come as reports surfaced that the nation's stockpile of medical equipment is nearly depleted.

Project Air Bridge, the joint effort between FEMA and several private companies, is working to distribute medical supplies directly to hospitals in need around the country, Trump said.

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Miley Cyrus Said She Felt Body-Shamed After Her 2013 VMAs Performance

Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke in nude latex is an iconic image in pop culture, but it also caused some pain and insecurity for the multi-faceted superstar. Miley Cyrus opened up about feeling body-shamed after her infamous 2013 VMAs performance. She made the saddening revelation during the March 17 installment of her new Instagram Live talk show Bright Minded: Live With Miley.

During an all-encompassing conversation with fellow former Disney star Demi Lovato, while they were both in self-quarantine at home, the dynamic duo spoke about body image issues and how to learn to accept your body for what it is. On Cyrus’ part, she talked about how the jokes and memes spawned by the infamous VMAs performance, specifically ones comparing her body to a turkey, affected her confidence and led her not to wear shorts and other clothes for "two or three years."

"I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this sh*t because after the VMAs and I had on my cute little nude bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey on my outfit," the singer explained. "I was just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years."

While the body shaming did help Cyrus realize that she wanted to use her platform "for a bigger purpose," it also made her feel like her badass image of confidence was a lie. "The worse thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is lying or a fraud," she said. "I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts."

It was a sentiment that Lovato said she related with all too well, especially when she made her 2015 single "Confident." "My message was that I was so confident but in reality, I was working out so much and eating such a strict diet that I wasn’t confident," she told Cyrus. "Now I feel like I’m more confident than I was back then. And I might be heavier than I was, but I’m more confident now. And that’s better to me."

Lovato also expressed regret over how she wasn’t there for Cyrus when she was going through those struggles. "I’m so sad that you went through that, and I had no idea," she said. "I feel like we’ve gone through times where we’re closer and then distant and that’s fine, that’s what friends do. I just wish I could’ve been there for you."

Now, it’s clear that the two Disney Channel icons are thick as thieves once again, and our hearts truly can’t take it.

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What Happens To Your Body When You Lose That Extra Hour Of Sleep On Sunday

The only good thing about Daylight Saving Time is getting that sweet, sweet extra hour of sleep in November. In March, it’s a decidedly less sweet story. If you’re concerned that this year’s loss of an hour will throw of your sleep pattern (not just your old-school watch), you aren’t off-base. The effects of daylight saving time on your body can be mitigated with some good old-fashioned sleep hygiene.

"When we spring forward, not only are we losing an hour of sleep, but our brains’ melatonin production is also out of sync with the sunset and sunrise," says Janet Kennedy, Ph.D., founder of NYC Sleep Doctor and author of The Good Sleeper. Your brain’s relationship with melatonin is an important one when it comes to getting some solid shut eye. "At nightfall, the darkness signals our brains to release melatonin to prepare our bodies for sleep," Kennedy tells Bustle. "At sunrise, the light signals the brain to stop releasing the sleepy hormone."

Daylight Saving Time abruptly changes the amount of sunlight you get during the day, and when the sun rises and sets in relationship with your own waking and sleeping times. This sudden shift can be rough on your body. Kennedy says that springing forward can keep you up later at night and leave you feeling extra sleepy during the day.

Lest you be tempted to shrug this issue off as just another day of sleepiness, Kennedy tells Bustle points out that studies have found the time change has serious effects. "When the clocks change for Daylight Saving Time, there is a spike in drowsy-driving related car crashes. Driving drowsy can be more dangerous than drunk driving and is responsible for over 100,000 crashes a year."

It can take up to a week to get your body properly adjusted to the new time, Kennedy says, especially if you’re already prone to sleep disorders or are generally sleep-deprived. "In the week leading up Daylight Savings, try starting your bedtime routine 20 minutes earlier to help your body slowly adjust and transition after the time change," she suggests.

If you work nights, though, it might not be about shifting your sleeping hours per se. Instead, you might want to focus on shifting your eating schedule, Kennedy suggests, to help you transition your everyday activities to accommodate the changing amounts of light. "When you finally get home to sleep after a long night’s work," she says, "you’ll want to close the curtains to help your body relax and promote the production of melatonin so you can get into a deep, restful sleep."

That deep, restful sleep will probably come a lot easier if you unplug as long as possible before you let your head hit the pillow. "Smartphones emit blue light and stimulate the brain, making it difficult for your body to relax and produce melatonin," Kennedy tells Bustle. "Throughout the first week of Daylight Saving Time, put extra care into your bedtime routine: keep your lights dim, read a book, and make sure to allow some time to unwind before bed."

What about battling fatigue the morning after springing forward? "Let the light in," Kennedy suggests. "Getting direct sunlight or using a light therapy device in the morning helps to stop the production of melatonin and fight fatigue." Fatigue is especially hard to defeat during Daylight Saving Time, but by refining your sleep hygiene for the season, you can give yourself an edge over the sunlight any day.


Janet Kennedy, founder of NYC Sleep Doctor and author of The Good Sleeper

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7 things you (probably) never knew about your body, from the natural painkiller in your saliva to how many calories your brain burns

  • Bill Bryson's book "The Body: A Guide For Occupants" is a tour of the fascinating and bizarre ways the human body functions, beginning with the brain and ending with the toes.
  • From the 25 feet of hair you will grow in a lifetime to the 31,700 quarts of saliva you will secrete, the human body is extremely busy.
  • There are 37.2 trillion cells in the human body, that are constantly being created and destroyed, all performing different jobs to keep you alive.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The human body is a bizarre marvel of engineering. In Bill Bryson's newest book, "The Body: A Guide For Occupants," he explores exactly how our bodies work, from the natural painkiller our saliva produces to the way our bodies fight off cancer every day. 

People will grow 25 feet of hair in their lifetime. They'll secrete 31,700 quarts of saliva. They'll misremember even their most important events, and their bodies will fight off cancer daily.

The 37.2 trillion cells in the human body are always working overtime to keep this complex, interconnected network of systems that is the human body functioning. 

Here are some things you might not have known about what's happening inside your body right now.

All the chemicals that make up a human body can be bought for $5 — sort of.

Bryson's chemistry teacher once told him that all the chemicals that make up a human body could be bought for $5. It might've even been $2.97 in 1960s money, accounting for inflation. 

Other experts disagree. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry the full cost of building a human with all the elements would be about $151,000. PBS estimated the fundamental elements of the human body would cost about $168. 

Just six elements account for 99.1% of the human body. That's carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, calcium, hydrogen and phosphorus, but we also aren't complete without tiny amounts of tin, copper, and manganese in us. 

Ironically, the cheapest chemicals available are the ones we have the most of. We're 61% oxygen and 10% hydrogen, and buying oxygen is worth $14 and hydrogen about $26, according to Bryson. Human bodies are 2.6% nitrogen, which will cost about 40 cents. But the 30 pounds of carbon you'll need would cost at least $69,000. Calcium, potassium, and phosphorus will cost another $73,000.

Obviously, no one can buy these elements and make a human body. In fact, "the only thing special about these random elements is that they make you," says Bryson.

We all completely misremember even the most vivid events.

In 2001, right after 9/11, psychologists from the University of Illinois took detailed statements from 700 people about where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the event. A year later, psychologists asked these people the same question again and found almost half of them contradicted themselves in some crucial way.

Bryson vividly remembers watching it on television with his two children, but one of his children was actually in England at the time.

Memory is more like a Wikipedia page that can be changed, says psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, as humans are very suggestible. Loftus discovered it was possible to implant false memories into people's heads with one experiment, to convince them that they were traumatically lost in a shopping mall or hugged by Bugs Bunny at Disneyland.

But sometimes, with training, the human mind can perform incredible feats. At the US annual national memory championship, one champion was able to recall 4,140 digits after looking at them for just 30 minutes.

Biologically, there is no such thing as race.

The skin, our largest organ, is composed of an inner layer called the dermis and an outer layer called the epidermis. We shed over a million flakes of skin every hour. In Bryson's book, a surgeon named Ben Ollivere peels back a one-millimeter sliver of skin from a cadaver.

"That is where all your skin color is," Ollivere told Bryson. "That's all that race is – a sliver of epidermis."

Skin color is just a body's reaction to sunlight. "Biologically, there is actually no such thing as race — nothing in terms of skin color, facial features, hair type…that is a defining quality among peoples," said anthropology professor Nina Jablonski. 

Humans have "de-pigmented" and "re-pigmented" to suit their environment during different times in human history, but there's still a lot we don't know about how our skin evolved the way it did. 

You get cancer every day, but your body fights it off.

Every day, it has been estimated, between one and five of your cells turns cancerous and your immune system captures and kills them. A couple of times a week people can get one of the most dreaded diseases in the world, but most people's bodies will save them.

Cancer cells are just like normal cells except they multiply wildly. Because these cells look so normal, the body may not detect them, and early stages of cancer can be completely painless. But when tumors get big enough to press on nerves, people begin to feel pain and head to the doctor.

"Cancer is the price we pay for evolution," researcher Olaf Heidenrich is quoted as saying. "If our cells couldn't mutate, we would never get cancer, but we also couldn't evolve." 

Cancer isn't just one disease, but over 200, all with different causes and mortality rates. And cancer risk does increase with age — someone over the age of 80 is 1,000 times more likely to get cancer than someone in their teens.

There's a natural painkiller in your saliva.

Your saliva contains a painkiller called opiorphin, distributed around the 12 salivary glands of the mouth. It's six times as potent as morphine, although we only have it in very small doses.

Because the dose of opiorphin is so diluted, scientists still aren't entirely sure why it is there. 

Saliva is mostly water, as well as a tiny-but-useful amount of enzymes that speed up chemical reactions. There's amylase, which breaks down sugars in carbohydrates while we're chewing them, and lysozyme, which attacks invading pathogens. 

Your typical, healthy adult secrets a little less than a quart-and-a-half of saliva a day, and some estimates say the average human secrets 31,700 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. 

Your eyes produce tears constantly, and there are 3 kinds of them.

Humans are the only creatures that cry from emotions. In fact, our bodies are constantly producing tears, which blur out imperfections on surface of our eyes and keep our eyes gliding smoothly. Our eyes also contain antimicrobial chemicals, which can keep pathogens at bay.

There are three kinds of tears; reflexive, basal and emotional. Basal tears are the ones your body produces constantly, reflexive tears are the tears you instinctively cry when faced with a task like onion cutting, and emotional are tears you might cry after a harrowing breakup.

Scientists still don't know why we cry, as there's no physical benefit to it.

Just thinking burns calories, but the smartest brains actually burn the least amount of calories.

The brain uses 400 calories of energy a day to run, and it burns those calories at a steady rate, unlike other organs.

University of California researchers found that the smartest brains were usually the least productive. The most efficient brains solved a problem quickly and then went into a sort of standby mode. And the brain can hold 200 exabytes of information, which Bryson writes is  roughly equal to "the entire digital content of today's world."

Though the brain is just 2% of our body weight, it consumes 20% of our energy, compared to the muscles, which use 25% of a body's energy. For newborns, the brain consumes 65% of the body's energy.

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