During the Civil War, at the Battle of Shiloh, Confederate soldiers surprised Union soldiers camped near the Tennessee River.

After the battle was over, the surviving soldiers were stuck, waiting for medics to arrive, sitting in the rain, and mud for two days with untreated open wounds. In those days a small cut could get infected and kill a man.

At night the soldiers noticed that their wounds were glowing in the dark.

It was soon noticed that soldiers with glowing open wounds had a better survival rate than those who didn’t. It was thought that some form of supernatural healing was being done to them by unseen helpers, thus the name “Angel’s Glow” was coined.

This is where it gets a bit creepy slash fascinating:

The soldiers were infected with roundworms (nematodes).

These roundworms burrow into flesh and regurgitate bacteria that devours germs and harmful bacteria that otherwise would have lead to an infection in the soldiers.

This bacteria is called Photorhabdus luminescens, and it’s bioluminescent with a soft blue glow.

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  1. Science supplants belief, once again. Have you ever seen it go the other way?

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    • Jim I have seen things that definitely go the other way and given the nature of my site you can imagine I’m not easily impressed.

      I can tell you this, the only thing that matters are the people we love and the satisfaction we get from what we spend our time doing.

      I have found that everything else is a personal experience well worth having but difficult to convey.

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      • Where’s the agree button? It’s been a helluva ride. Interesting blog you’ve got here too. Thanks L7

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      • I would be curious to see an example where science supplanted religion and then religion reversed it, supplanting science.

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        • It’s an interesting thought but it begs the question: How would you define that which is outside of science?

          I’ve thought about this before and the language is challenging. Science is nothing more than observation and religion is nothing more than history.

          If I experience something outside of your observation it becomes an event lost in the past that can’t possibly be confirmed.

          With no knowledge of why it happened I can’t cause it to reoccur.

          This has led me to study philosophy, but not to learn how to prove things, rather to better understand what has been experienced for myself.

          Just a thought

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  2. Somewhat creepy, but interesting.

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