SCIENCE

According to Einstein, transdimensional portals called “wormholes“ come into being and cease to exist thousands of times per second randomly across the universe. This means that by the time you reach 35 years old, chances are at least one drop of your urine has transcended space and time to drip on another planet, perhaps even on its president or king.

Pouring small amount of liquid nitrogen into your hand won’t hurt, as long as you get a few seconds of recovery time between pours. Please don’t try this at home.

Source: GIF from Jefferson Lab “Let’s Pour Liquid Nitrogen on the Floor!”


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Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

The satin bowerbird is a bowerbird endemic to eastern Australia. Mature males have clear blue eyes and are uniformly coloured black. Immature males are coloured and marked the same as females and are often mistaken for them.Females have a distinctively green/brown or otherwise entirely brown upper body and lighter under body with a distinct reticulated or scalloped pattern, but with very striking lilac eyes. They are predominantly frugivorous as adults, though they also eat leaves and a small amount of seeds and insects. As nestlings, however, they are largely fed on beetles, grasshoppers and cicadas until they can fly. Like all bowerbirds, the satin bowerbird shows highly complex courtship behaviour. Males build specialized stick structures, called bowers, which they decorate with blue, yellow, and shiny objects if these are available, including berries, flowers, and even ballpoint pens, drinking straws and other discarded plastic items like clothes pegs. As the males mature they use more blue objects than other colours. Females visit these and choose which male they will allow to mate with them. In addition to building their bowers, males carry out intense behavioural displays called dances to woo their mates, but these can be treated as threat displays by the females. Nestbuilding and incubation are carried out by the females alone.

photo credits: wiki, wiki, wiki, Terra Firma

Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It’s the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what’s in their dinner.

There is no scientific evidence that GMOs pose a risk to health, as Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells readily acknowledges. “I don’t think this is about GMOs being harmful or not being harmful to your health,” Ells tells The Salt. “It’s a bigger picture. It’s really part of our food with integrity journey.”

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Photos: Meredith Rizzo/NPR; iStockphoto; PepsiCo; iStockphoto; iStockphoto

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My grandmother recently went through Bypass surgery. Her surgery was successful and she is currently in the recovery phase. I read more about Bypass surgery and here is what I found:

Bypass Surgery

When an artery leading from the heart becomes clogged with plaque — material composed of cholesterol and fats that form and harden inside blood vessels — the heart can’t receive all of the blood that it needs. This can cause a heart attack, and in fact, my grandmother suffered a mild heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. 

Bypass surgery involves taking a piece of a healthy blood vessel from elsewhere in the body and grafting, or attaching, it to the damaged vessel. In doing so, the blood flow is rerouted around the damaged part. (Source)

Can neuroscientists dispel the myth that children have different learning styles?

A new initiative from the team behind “I’m a scientist – get me out of here” aims to bring neuroscientists and teachers together to discuss how brain science can inform education

By Pete Etchells

Over the past few years, there seems to have been a insidious pandemic of nonsense neuroscientific claims creeping into the education system. In 2013, the Wellcome Trust commissioned a series of surveys of parents and teachers, asking about various types of educational tools or teaching methods, and the extent to which they believe they have a basis in neuroscience. Worryingly, 76% of teachers responded that they used learning styles in their teaching, and a further 19% responded that they either use, or intend to use, left brain/right brain distinctions to help inform learning methods. Both of these approaches have been thoroughly debunked, and have no place in either neuroscience or education.

In October last year, I reported on another study that showed that in the intervening time, things hadn’t really improved – 91% of UK teachers in that survey believed that there were differences in the way that students think and learn, depending on which hemisphere of the brain is ‘dominant’. And despite lots of great attempts to debunk myths about the brain, they still seem to persist and take up residence as ‘commonplace’ knowledge, being passed onto children as if they are fact.

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