Posts Tagged: discovery

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

If you have insomnia, you may have more in common with Madonna, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and Kim Cattrall than you thought. In a Netherlands study, researchers asked 113,000 participants if they had trouble falling asleep every night. Those who responded “usually” were classified as having insomnia. Researchers then took insomnia DNA and found seven genes that those suffering had in… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more

Re-energizing our Mitochondria

Re-energizing our Mitochondria

The famous mitochondrion, often referred to as the power house of the cell, is responsible for converting glucose into ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). Both eukaryotic and bacterial cells use ATP as energy currency. Because it possesses its own DNA and mitochondrial proteins, it is believed that about 2 billion years ago the mitochondria was a free… Read more

The “New” Organ You’ve Always Had

The “New” Organ You’ve Always Had

Evidence exists of human anatomical studies dating as far back as Ancient Greece. Since then, academics have made incredible advances in the study of the human body. With modern technology, it seems as though all there is to understand about the gross anatomy of the human body must already be known. This is incorrect. Last November a… Read more

Fairy Circles Stumping Scientists

Fairy Circles Stumping Scientists

Fairy circles are patches of bare soil that mysteriously polka-dot grasslands. When observed from high altitudes, one can see millions of fairy circles that mark a landscape in a uniform, hexagonal pattern. They can grow to be up to 65 feet in diameter, and can persist up to 75 years. The cause behind these fairy circles… Read more

Frustration Breeds Creativity

Frustration Breeds Creativity

When many of us reach the point of frustration, we decide to quit and come back to it again the next day, only to become more frustrated. But, according to Tim Harford, studies have shown that standing up to our frustration could eventually breed an increased level of creativity in our lives. To begin proving… Read more

The Laughing Cow: Serotonin’s Impact on Milk Calcium Levels

The Laughing Cow: Serotonin’s Impact on Milk Calcium Levels

Canadian and American dairy campaigns constantly ask their television audience if they’ve “Got Milk?” and simultaneously encourage them to “Milk Every Moment.” The dairy industry has established its importance in our diets and has highlighted our necessity for calcium as we have heard so many advertisement broadcast that a product is “a great source of calcium.”… Read more

Befriending Stress

Befriending Stress

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal has always preached to her patients that stress is harmful to their body, but a recent study has made her second guess her stance on stress and how it may impact her patients.This revolutionary study investigated the impact of stress perception and how particular mental states can impact human health. The study… Read more

Shape Shifting Technology

Shape Shifting Technology

Engineers at MIT have developed an all new, enhanced form of technology that they believe will reshape the way we utilize technology in our lives. Sean Follmer (above, right), Daniel Leithinger (above, left), and Hiroshi Ishii (above, middle) are the engineers responsible for inFORM, an interface for technology that allows for physical manipulation of virtual images…. Read more