The Adams Apple We All Have

A voice that never seems to stay on the same note, hair growing in places people don’t talk about, and pimples littering your face. If you’re a guy, chances are you've experienced these symptoms during puberty (or hopefully have learned about them in your health class). You probably also know that during this magical period of your life, a lump in your throat called an Adam’s apple, so named because of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, starts increasing in size. Continue reading

The Science of Goosebumps

Interestingly, the strange word goosebumps were named after the bumps left on a goose when their feathers were plucked.  The proper term is actually piloerection, pilomotor reflex, or horripilation.  The function of goosebumps used to be a survival reaction that seems to now have lost its use in present day.  According to Meriwether dictionary, goosebumps by definition are “small bumps on your skin that are caused by cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement”, but what exactly are goosebumps and why do we get them?

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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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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


Living Buildings

Living buildings..? Living buildings are not actually alive. Don’t worry. They’re not like some sort of a concrete Frankenstein. The term “Living building” actually comes from a building certification program. The Living Building program is a challenge for people and companies to create buildings that share a common set of characteristics that make them very, very eco-friendly. The main principle of the challenge is to make a building with a “Net-zero” effect on the environment. Basically, the project requires that the building not harm the surrounding environment at all and be completely self-sustainable. Let’s take a look at some of the attributes associated with a “Living Building.”

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