Say you were just attacked by a T-Rex. Your body is aching and the pain you are feeling in unbearable. As you attempt to drag your body back towards society, you start to imagine how amazing you’ll feel once you get some painkillers in you. Your first thought will most likely be “Pass me the morphine!” (A very valid thought, might I add). BUT WAIT! What if you could have a painkiller six times as strong as morphine?! Believe it or not, such a thing exists and can easily be found in human saliva. Yes, I do mean the saliva in your mouth. This mysterious compound is called opiorphin.
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Do you know what GMO stands for? Most Americans don’t, and that lack of information causes a misplaced distrust for GMOs. In case you don’t know what GMOs are, they are genetically modified organisms. This means that in some lab, there were small changes made to the genetic code of an organism’s zygote or, in the case of single celled organisms, to the cell itself. This is very popular in plants, since there are large improvements that can be made to improve current crops. Although there are no unsafe methods used and the GMO crops have to go through the same FDA approval process that normal crops have to go through, 52% of Americans believe that GMOs are unsafe, and an additional 13% are unsure (ABC News).
Bacteria are looked down upon. They’re the source of infections, and even death. We wash our hands diligently and sanitize ourselves continuously with our Purell alcohol. However, did you know that there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells? In fact, we’re only about 10% human. These trillions of bacteria have recently been found to play an integral part in our day to day functioning, from synthesizing our necessary vitamins to digesting our food. They have been named the microbiome, and inhabit places from our skin to our stomach.
We all know that whole grains, pieces of fruit, and veggie sides are good for you. However, instead of focusing on the individual players in the healthy eating puzzle, scientists are now looking at how different foods function in conjunction with one another. Elaine Magee, RD, author of Food Synergy says that “We now know of a bunch of foods that when eaten as part of the same meal can produce amazing results.” Adding these groupings to your diet can help fight many diseases, bolster your immune system, aid in weight loss, and suppress crabby moods.
Every kid recalls rolling snowballs, and depending on what kind of child you were, either stacking them into a handsome snowman or flinging them at unsuspecting onlookers. Fantastically enough, nature also has its own way of rolling snowballs that can turn into snow doughnuts — a rare delectable treat from the kitchens of Mother Nature herself.
How often do you listen to music? Pretty often I’m sure! Now, imagine that you have a super rad tattoo that not only looks cool, but plays music too! I bet you’re wondering how such a thing is even possible. Well, a man called Dmitry Mozorov figured it out! Mozerov is an audiovisual artist and created a way to literally jam out to the beat of his tattoo.
For the sake of a hypothetical on a geeky science website, suppose you are entering a black hole with one end of a rope tied around you while your friend holds the other end of the rope. Assume the rope is long enough and strong enough that wouldn’t be torn apart by the black hole, can your friend pull you back from the black hole?
we employ willful ignorance, deliberately remaining blind to the issues around us. In the case of many vaccinatable deadly childhood diseases, this is simply unacceptable. 30 million children worldwide are not vaccinated and 2.5 million of them die each year. Access to immunizations is a clear issue, but many forget about the difficulties that come with tracking these periodically-administered preventives. Researchers from Michigan State University have been working hard to develop a fingerprint identification system for infants and toddlers to record booster shots. Continue reading
Well, it’s not actually called that. It’s called the nocebo effect. It is the reverse outcome of the placebo effect and it is real! When a patient believes a treatment is in any way phony or fraudulent, then the treatment can induce negative effects in the patient. Taking pills that are meant to help you raise your blood sugar levels can cause vomiting. Drinking that rancid cherry cough syrup can create headaches. But this only happens if you believe it will.
Within the complex field of optics, a new method of cloaking has emerged, requiring only common optical lenses and math skills. Scientists at the University of Rochester have excited the science community and Harry Potter fans by designing a way to conceal 3D objects from multiple views.