Historians look at the past like a 6-year-old looks at a crusty scab -- they aren't happy until they've picked it over and there's blood everywhere. If given the technology and enough money, yes, some overly curious scientist will clone Hitler. And they'll probably clone him just to find out the answer to a stupid question, like: "Which sock did he put on first in the morning?" For instance:
6Scientists Mummify A (Modern) Human Leg
Thanks to years of pop culture indoctrination, we all know the basics of how to create a mummy: Remove the brain through the nose, wrap the body in bandages, read from the Book Of The Dead, prepare for the horde of unspeakable evil that you've released on the planet -- that sort of thing. However, we still don't know what the mummification process looks like. Or, at least, we didn't until recently.
After raiding the nearest mortuary and stealing the corporeal legs of what is now the world's most pissed-off/disgusted ghost, a team of scientists from the University Of Zurich subjected each leg to a different method of mummification. The first was soaked in natron, a type of soda ash found on several mummies, while the second was subjected to "dry heat" (essentially, the same drying process that your jerky goes through).
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She finally messed with Sasquatch one too many times.
Although the latter experiment had to be stopped after only a few days due to an "unexpected lack of mummification" (here taken to mean, "It started to rot"), the natron experiment eventually yielded what the scientists had been looking for: a completely mummified leg, as well as an unexpected opportunity to discover what it's like to never sleep again.
Along with a blow-by-blow photographic record of what the mummification process looks like, the experiment concluded that the speed at which human remains mummify depends on factors such as temperature, humidity, and acidity. They even noted that the experiment would have finished quicker if it had been done in a desert environment. However, their bosses presumably pointed out that they'd already flirted with a horror-movie-esque death by creating their own mummy, and doing so in Egypt might have tempted the gods into unleashing some righteous karmic justice.
5Scientists Study Ancient Plague (By Resurrecting It)
Whenever a movie character discovers an ancient plague, it always, always ends up killing them. Of course, that's complete fiction. You can't just dig up an ancient virus and be bleeding from your eyeballs minutes later. No, if you wanted to reanimate an ancient killer germ, you'd need to take it to a laboratory, have a group of scientists re-engineer its remains, and decode its genetic sequence. But only a crazy person would do that, right?
Well, ask the scientists who decided to reconstruct a mysterious plague that ravaged the world in the year 541 and killed as many as 50 million people (by comparison, the Black Death killed between 75 million and 200 million). As well as providing fodder for at least several Tom Clancy novels, they were interested in the exact nature of the disease, as well as any details about where it originated, presumably so part of the planet could be carpet-bombed to prevent a recurrence ... just in case.
Here we see the head scientist, preparing for another day's hard work.
After probing and removing blood samples from several teeth found in a plague mass grave, the scientists were able to recover a fragment of the virus. Using the same technology presumably used in Jurassic Park to re-create other historic killers, they were able to decipher the virus' genetic sequence and ... voila, another goddamn thing that could kill us.
According to their findings, the virus emerged somewhere in China and, just like the Black Death, was spread by rats, nature's genocidal terrorists. As for the threat posed by the plague, it turns out that we were worried for nothing, because, according to one of the scientists, the only thing preventing another outbreak is modern medicine.
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