Power Naps vs. Coffee

Commonly, coffee is your best friend when deadlines draw near.  When stress levels reach the extremities and work loads keep on piling up while haunting your thoughts in the back of your mind, it is inevitable to put off sleep to get the job done.  Drained, how should we gain energy back in the most efficient, less time consuming way?  Power naps are the best way to recharge in a limited amount of time while consumption of coffee will just boost you for a short-lived time.  The fatigue builds up from multiple cups of coffee leaving you mentally drained along with any strength .

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Planning Ahead: The Kardashev Scale

With great power comes a great electricity bill. Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev had figured that out back in 1964. He suggested that the energy demand of a civilization will rapidly increase as it develops due to population growth and higher energy requirements of advanced technologies. In order to measure the technology advancement of a civilization, he created a theoretical scale based on the amount of energy they are able to utilize, the Kardashev Scale. Continue reading

Do Negative-Calorie Foods Exist?

Many people want to improve their diets as a part of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. One of the more popular diet plans involves eating more “negative-calorie foods.” Several websites claim that these foods contain fewer calories than the calories necessary to digest them. If this theory was true, people could eat lots of supposed negative-calorie foods and burn calories without any extra effort. Continue reading

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We Need More Fiber In Our "Diets"

Our data diets, that is.

Optic fibre (or fiber optic, as the Americans call it) cables are becoming increasingly prevalent in the data communication society that we live in today. Optic fibre cables are unique in that they use light rays in order to transmit information, as compared to the electrical pulses in your typical wiring, like your Ethernet cables. In order to understand how optic fibres work, we must take a look at the physics behind them.  Continue reading


The Topography of Our Fingers

They follow us wherever we go and are how we leave our mark on the world, however subtly. We use them to access our iPhones and identify whodunit on the big screen. They’re the reason why so many villains on television wear gloves. Our fingerprints may be mundane nowadays, but their existence can seem strange, especially if you take an evolutionary perspective on the subject. Continue reading

Microchips: Now Equipped with a Sense of Smell

Animals have long been used by people to help us live with and detect diseases. What’s made animal companions so useful in detecting diseases are their heightened sense of smell. Cats and dogs have been trained to sniff out cancer, predict epileptic seizures, and much more, but its time for man’s best friend to step down as the era of technology comes upon us. Sensors, similar to those found within cats and dog's noses, have been finely tuned and placed in a microchip creating a device that acts as a breathalyzer for diseases. Continue reading


Who Will You Choose? Cancer Causers vs. Cancer Fighters

Cancer is a complex illness that is still being largely researched today. Though much of cancer has a cause linked to genetics, many cases of cancer are preventable through positive nutrition and lifestyle choices. Your diet is one controllable factor that can help lessen your risk of developing cancer. Today, I’ll share some foods to avoid that have been shown to increase your risk for cancer and some foods to embrace and start stocking up on that have been shown to fight off cancer. Continue reading

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The Secret Behind 3D Glasses

In recent years, 3D movies have made a huge reappearance in theaters. Almost every movie that hits the theaters comes out in 3D. So what’s the deal? How is it that a pair of glasses can make a movie seem likes it’s coming out at you? Well, the secret behind 3D glasses can be answered in one simple word: spectroscopy. Spectroscopy simply refers to the interactions of various types of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Continue reading

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Where is Everybody?

It’s a beautiful summer night. You and your friends are hanging out on the West Lawn. You talk. You laugh. Later, you all start to look at the starry night sky. How vast the sky is! You immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. This moment is quickly spoiled by the one nerdy friend we all have. He says, “Do you know that even on the clearest night, we are only able to see about 2,500 stars at most? That’s like one hundred-millionth of the stars in our galaxy.” Continue reading

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