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A tattoo that starts as a personal statement can sometimes have medical consequences.

What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.

Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. By one estimate, about a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo.

A new smartphone app gives a close-up view of a patient's eye.

Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

British ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous moved his family from London to Kenya in 2013 with $150,000 of equipment, a team of 15 people and an ambitious goal: to understand the causes of blindness in rural Africa. It didn't take long before he encountered all sorts of obstacles, including unpredictable power supplies and the regular need to run a gas-fueled generator to keep the equipment going. Many of the villages he was trying to reach had no roads and no electricity.

Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's "Queer Icons" series portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors. <a href="">Jahmal Golden</a> is a poet and a student at The New School.

Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

"I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world," says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

A return to Pussy Galore's golden days: Honor Blackman, who played the character on screen in <em>Goldfinger</em>, poses with the original Bond, Sean Connery.

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

What kind of birthday gift do you get a man who's already got everything? It's a well-worn riddle — and one that gets all the more difficult if the man in question happens to have died a half-century ago.

Luckily for Ian Fleming, today's 107-year-old birthday boy and the creator of James Bond, novelist Anthony Horowitz knows just the gift: a reunion with an old friend.

Experimental medicines related to ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, are making progress in clinical tests.

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.

"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign.

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."

It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.

A man shows his pitted windshield to a police officer in Seattle in 1954

The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

The nationwide weirdness that was the Windshield-Pitting Mystery began in the spring of 1954. Looking back at the events today may give us a window — OK, a windshield — on the makeup and the mindset of mid-20th-century America.

A graphic shows NOAA's prediction of between six and 11 named storms in the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

Even though its predictions call for a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season with six to 11 named storms this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong and devastating storms remain a possibility.

From NOAA:

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

Today on Code Switch, writer and critic Roxane Gay, who's a favorite of ours, writes about the problem of all-white recommended readings lists.

UEFA President Michel Platini says his organization is backing FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opponent in Friday's presidential election. When asked if UEFA might consider leaving FIFA, Platini said, "Of course."

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

One day after a string of bribery arrests and indictments was revealed to center on FIFA, the soccer organization's president, Sepp Blatter, says he will not resign. Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Blatter stands for reelection in Switzerland Friday.