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Quirky Little Science Facts To Blow Your Mind!!

The world is amazing, people. The way it works, the stuff that inhabits it–it’s mind blowing. Here is a short list of awesome science facts that people should know.

Pretty things can be heavy, too. Case in point: the neutron star!

1. Researchers have confirmed that occasionally asexual reproduction has been seen in captivity among snakes, Komodo dragons and sharks.  Now they’re even scarier.

2. A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons.

3. There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times.

4. Lightning strikes produce O3, which is ozone. It strengthens the ozone layer of the atmosphere, which protects the planet from the sun’s rays. So lightning is ecofriendly.

5. Myotonia is the condition that causes fainting goats to stiffen or fall over when startled.  This condition is a combination of recessive genes.  The goat will stiffen or stiffen and fall lasting 10 to 20 seconds, at which time they are fully awake and aware of what is going on around them. Which makes them about a thousand times more entertaining now.

6. Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years, which means that they outdate both dinosaurs and sharks.

7. There are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells, so you’ve been invaded. Good luck sleeping tonight, germaphobes.

8. NASA has projected that the Andromeda galaxy and our galaxy, the Milky Way, will collide and merge together in 4 billion years. So if we survive the Mayan’s prediction (which is coming up!) then we’re still going to die in a firey blaze.

9. The current world record for the fastest solved Rubik’s Cube is 5.66 seconds which was set by Feliks Zemdegs (Australia) at the Melbourne Winter Open in 2011. Why is everyone good at this game but me?

10. The common frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), an extremely primitive species native to all oceans of the world, has the longest recorded gestation period  of any animal species, namely 3.5 years. It’s no wonder they’re so cranky and attacking people.

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Testing The Miracle Pins

Pinterest has leapt on to the social networking scene, and exploded to unpredictable popularity. Along with intricate recipes and DIYs that the average person would struggle for days to complete, Pinterest also boasts a wealth of simple solutions and quick fixes. Often, these quick fixes pertain to health and beauty, or a recipe that involves sticking two premade things together and calling it baking.

The almighty Pinterest, which has become one of the top social media websites throughout the course of 2012.

I was not convinced about the effectiveness of some of these miracle answers. So, I asked a few friends about some things they would like to see done, and put one such solution to the test. The task seemed simple enough. All I needed was a lemon and some honey, and I could instantly have my blackheads erased. According to the description of the task, one simply had to put three to four drops of honey on a halved lemon, and exfoliate the face using the fruit. After letting the mixture sit on your face for five minutes, you rinse with cold water and voila- blackheads gone.

The idea was that the honey would moisturize your face while the citric acid killed the bacteria clogging your pores and bleached the blackheads that had already formed. Going into this activity with an open mind and entertained roommates, I sincerely expected to rinse off the very fragrant goo and see a noticeable difference with my skin. So after five minutes of smelling bitter and sweet, and being the joke of my roommates, I rinsed off the concoction.

The result? Nothing. My skin just burned because of the acid and felt gross because of the honey. My blackheads were no less visible, and if anything, the honey made my pores seemed more clogged in the following days. I repeated the same process a few days later and reached the same conclusion.

Boo. Hiss.

Usually, if something seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. After my bad experience with the lemon, I’m going to be testing these with a bit more skepticism. There are thousands of “solutions” circulating that, if proved to be true, could be beneficial, especially to students when they tend to be described as “powerful and cheap.” You can either take the risk of a little bit of embarrassment and test them for yourself, or use your friends as guinea pigs. Really, it’s a win-win situation. If it works, you’ve found an awesome means of self-improvement. If it doesn’t work, well, you’ve made a memory.

Worst Christmas Presents Of 2012!!

Businesses have come up with a few interesting products over the years in order to strike it big. There are always those doozies–like blankets with sleeves–that leave consumers thinking that there is not a single person on earth who would buy that. Any yet so many of us do. Here are a couple more that fall into the What-Were-They-Thinking category.

Edible Deodorant: A Belgium-based company recently released its perfume candy line called Deo. This candy claims to take away body odor from the inside out. The website claims that “science and nature have come together to make a functional food that leaves your skin with a beautiful rose fragrance.

“Oh man, I just love putting on deodorant! Maybe I’ll try a little bite…”

Scientists, however, aren’t sure if this is a true statement. It is believed that if one eats a large amount of food with overpowering scents, such as curry or garlic, it could work its way into sweat gland and be released through the skin. The problem is no one has tested this before, because why would they?

As of now, these deodorizing candies can be found in the United States only online. If it seems like too much of a hassle, perhaps we should all stick to regular deodorant.

The Baby Mop: The Baby Mop is a way to have babies help with the housework. Here’s how the product markets: it’s hard to keep the house clean, and you can’t stop babies from crawling, so kill two birds with one stone. The Baby Mop is full-length onesie with mop-like tassels on the arms and legs. As the kids crawl around on the floor, they clean it.

Oppa Mopping Style??

The price of pawning chores onto your newborn is only $40, so it isn’t surprising that the creators, BetterThanPants.com, have seen a steady sale of 60 a day. They expect to see an increase over the holidays.

Food Myths: DEBUNKED!

Food has innumerable benefits. Some contain vitamins, antioxidants. They keep your heart pumping, your eyes seeing. Some even turn you on. But not everything you hear about what groceries have to offer is true. Take these five common food myths for example:

Stop overthinking your shopping trips from here-on out! You’ve been LIED to!

1. Caffeine Cures Headaches: FALSE. Caffeine is not necessar­ily a headache cure, although it may be known to help certain people. It is a hit and miss type of drug, and because its affects cannot be pre­dicted and lack consistency, it is not a cure. Caffeine can be found in cer­tain types of relief medications, but that is to spread the medicine more quickly throughout the bloodstream. In many instances, caffeine actually makes headaches worse because it increases the speed at which blood pumps in the brain.

2. Cranberry Juice and UTIs: OVERHYPED. Cranberries contain natural preventatives to help protect against, and treat bladder infections. This enzyme called flavanol is sup­posed to work by clinging to cells in the urinary tract. Comprehensive reviews, however, indicate that cran­berry companies are overhyping the effects. In a few studies, flavanol was shown to work in only certain women. Regular women would need to drink at least two glasses of cran­berry juice a day over a long period of time to receive the same effects. Do not bother popping a cranberry pill to cut out the effort; they were found to be significantly less effec­tive than regular juice.

3. Warm Milk Treats Insomnia: SKEWED. The fact that it is milk is less important than the fact that it’s warm and filling. Many attributed milk’s drowsy effects to its con­taining tryptophan, an amino acid that makes the hormone serotonin. In milk, though, one digests many amino acids that compete, and often counteract, tryptophan. Unlike most warm products, like tea, it contains no caffeine, which helps sedate its drinker. Other than that, a warm glass of orange juice (as disgusting as that is) would have the same effect.

4. Echinacea Wards Off Colds: FALSE. To date, there is nothing known to prevent colds. Echina­cea, when taken properly over an extended period of time, has been shown to reduce the length of a cold and its severity. However, these ef­fects are similar to those of taking vitamin C at the onset of a cold, and this last one requires less effort.

5. Dark Chocolate is Good for the Heart: FALSE. Cocoa contains antioxidants that can help reduce blood pressure, and in certain tests, chocolate has been found to im­prove blood flow without raising cholesterol. But this is chocolate is different than the dark bars found on the grocery shelves. Those bars do not have high enough cocoa content to provide adequate protection from heart related problems. The type of dark chocolate recommended is not typically considered tasty; it contains 70 percent cocoa or higher.

Bad Times Befall “Good Time”

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young teamed up for their obnoxiously catchy hit “Good Time.” Like their respective previous works, “Good Time” has a way of lodging in your mind and replaying all day long. The catchy beats make the song memorable, which in turn makes the duo profitable.

Unfortunately, the memorable beat drummed up a familiar tune. Ally­son Nichole Burnett , an Alabama-based singer and songwriter, has filed a lawsuit in California’s federal court for copyright infringement. Burnett claims that “Good Time” copies a prominent section of her 2010 song “Ah, It’s a Love Song”.

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young have found themselves in a bit of hot water over the past week. Say it ain’t so!

The song is from Burnett’s al­bum The Takeover, and has been licensed for use in MTV’s The Hills and Friendzone. Burnett claims that the hook in her song is a “unique vocal motif” with a “catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in the people’s heads.” Along with the artists, Burnett is suing Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing, and Schoolboy Records.

Burnett’s major concern is that “many consumers may incorrectly assume that Burnett copied her own original motif from the infringing songwriters due to the widespread popularity and publication of ‘Good Time’.” She is also claiming emo­tional and psychological damage from fans already accusing her of such.

Burnett may not be too far off in her claims, though. The Internet is already flooded with comparisons of the songs. YouTube offers several videos with the controversial hook from both songs so listeners can make the call, but so far, the only difference is the key; Jepsen’s and Young’s song is in the key of E flat while Burnett’s is in the F key.

Preventing That Freshman 15! (Or The Sophomore 20)

No one ever said staying fit in col­lege is easy, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be hard. By remembering simple and easy tips like snacking right, tak­ing the stairs instead of the elevator, and walking all the way to the salad bar instead of opting for microwave mac-n-cheese, you can turn the Freshman 15 (or the Sophomore 20, or the Junior Jiggle, or the Senior Saddlebags) into the Freshman Fit! (or the Sophomore Sexy…you get the picture.)

Tip 1: Work Out!

Go to the gym. They typically have fun fit­ness classes including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. If the idea of Downward Dog or Shimmy­ing in public scares the sweatband right off of you, don’t fret! You can always “rent” a basketball or ten­nis rackets for a pick-up game. If you aren’t coordinated or like to fly solo on your fit journey, start off on the Stationary bike, the rowing machine, the elliptical, or even the free weights. If you want to escape the confines of a building, head to a park and walk the track. A brisk walk will get your heart rate up, and you can go off the grid for a while. Besides, if you wind up somewhere where you don’t get cell service, you can’t possibly be expected to do your homework, right? (Disclaimer: Otaku Antics hasn’t tested this theory with profes­sors—use sparingly).

Tip 2: Snack Smart!

Did you have a Coke with you at all times in high school? Did you eat a Personal Pan Pizza, Breadsticks, and a cookie for every meal? One of the main reasons college students gain so much weight their fresh­man year is because no one is monitor­ing what they eat anymore. Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but having three carb-laden meals a day helps no one. Also, M&M’s aren’t a snack. They’re candy. Stock up on fruit for snacks instead of greasy Potato Chips or calorie-heavy candy. During meals, especially at dinner, try to eat a piece of fruit or a salad before you go to the main course. You will be sure to get your healthy component in rather than reaching for the three extra cookies.

Tip 3: Sleep!

I am not naïve enough to sug­gest you get eight hours of sleep per night. If you have time to sleep that much, please give me a ring because I could use a personal assistant and you could be the perfect candidate! But I digress; try to at least set a set schedule. Studies show that sleeping in makes you more tired on the days you do get up early, so try to keep it consistent. If nothing else, you can try to carve out some time for an afternoon nap. If you haven’t experienced the joys of napping yet, you’re welcome. Trust me. You’re welcome.

Tip 4: Stress Less!

While this is much easier said than done, pay attention to your stress levels and know when to take some time off. Studying 24/7 from the first week of school to the last day of finals is going to lead to a crash-n-burn. It’s perfectly all right to spend time with your friends and go see a non-educational film. To contradict my last point, if you wake up so consis­tently your friends use you as their alarm clock, go to bed without set­ting an alarm. It’s very wacky when you wake up all on your own, but you’ll feel like you’re cheating the system. It’s pretty sublime. Or if you watch what you eat or count calories, declare a calorie-free day and just indulge. I’m almost positive that calories don’t count on your birthday, and I could probably be persuaded that they don’t count during mid­terms, finals, or directly following any major test. Research to follow.

Is That A Toe In My Tuna??

Last Thursday morning was like any other at the Bumble Bee Foods factory in Santa Fe Springs, California. That is, until a worker was found cooked to death in the industrial oven.

Victim Jose Malena seen pictured with his family members. He died an unfortunately steamy death,,,

Jose Malena, 62, worked at the factory for more than six years. According to his co-workers, Malena was a pro around the heavy machinery and was well versed in safety at the factory. Still, a fellow worker found Malena trapped inside a “steamer machine” and immediately called 911.

An official investigation has begun to determine why Malena was in the oven. So far, the findings are that Malena “was fatally injured when he was cooked in an oven.”

Clearly, there is a team of geniuses on this one.

This is rumored to be where Malena died in a Santa Fe Springs factory…

As of now, the goal of the investigation is to determine whether any safety regulations were violated, and if Bumble Bee owes any sort of compensation to the Malena family.

Bumble Bee mainly produces cans of tuna fish. Tuna production in previous years has been wracked with scandal over what is in the can. There was a discovery that several canning companies were using dolphins instead. With the discovery of Malena in the ovens, one wonders what Bumble Bee has been cramming in their cans.