Airlats Flex some science

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Obese might face benefit cuts in the UK

It has been proposed by Westminster Council to cut benefits to obese people that refuse to exercise following a doctor’s orders. Although the initiative has not been made into law yet, I hope it...

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Seaweed is Superfood! Fiber, Protein, Vitamin Galore!

Sushi seaweed is usually nori, paper-like cuts of edible red alga, typically Porphyra yezoensis or Porphyra tenera (that’s porphyra, not porphyria you vampire hunters). A typical finished sheet of nori is 7″ × 8″ in size and...

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Cholesterol! Why you should care

Facts: One in five adults in America has cholesterol levels in the borderline high/high range (107 million above 200mg/dL). Cholesterol, as recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), should be checked once within...

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Mermaids exist! (but are very rare)

v The medical term is sirenomelia, undoubtedly sharing some linguistic root with sirens from Greek epic poems. Sirenomelia, also informally dubbed “Mermaid Syndrome,” is a rare birth defect that fuses human legs together, creating...

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Cocaine May Speed Up Aging

Recent research by scientists at Cambridge University suggests that cocaine may speed up the aging process of the brain. Abusers’ neurons age more quickly due to the loss of grey matter in the brain,...

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The World of LSD

Many recreational drugs are sold in the illegal market. LSD and cocaine are two of many hallucinogens. These drugs belong to a group of pharmacological agents that causes subjective changes in perception, thought, emotion,...

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Asian Glow, is it preventable?

Asian glow, or alcohol flush syndrome, is not the inability to metabolize alcohol. Instead, 80% of Asians have gene variants of alcohol dehydrogenase that metabolize ethanol to acetaldehyde more efficiently. In addition, around 50% of Asians...

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How to Know if the Universe is a Computer Simulation

The premise stems from philosophy; are the universe and human reality real external phenomena? Mathematician Rene Descartes hypothesized the existence of a demon that presented a complete illusion of the external world to his...

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Grapefruit & Medication – A Deadly Combination?

  The number of prescription drugs that can interact with grapefruit is increasing. Grapefruit contains furanocoumrarins which are capable of blocking CYP3A4, enzymes in the liver that normally break down medications, left in the...

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Brain Math: Monkeys Do Arithmetic Like Us

It’s increasingly harder to deny computers are more logical (at least deductively) than human brains, and math is long considered the epitome of logical reasoning. Having built computers, we understand fairly well how is it they do math....

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Anti-inflammatory Drugs – Aspirin cures cancer?

Recent research and accumulating evidence has shown that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have a shot in the battle against cancer. Recent experiments show that NSAIDs stimulate cell apoptosis and inhibit angiogenesis. In fact, further...

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What’s it take to be a master juggler?

Featured here is the Vladmir Tsarkov, the “Electric Juggler,” who despite his stage name doesn’t feature electricity in his act. His act is impressive, and when he does mistime a catch, he graciously recovers–quite...

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Laughing Gas – An Extensive Overview

Laughing gas, scientifically known as nitrous oxide (N2O), has been used as a sedation technique in many medical procedures. This colorless and odorless gas was discovered in 1772. One of the pioneers of N2O...

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Walk or run in rain? (Minute) Physics answers!

I remember at some point watching the Mythbusters episode where they “bust” that running in the rain will get you less wet than walking will. From that moment on, I’ve always patiently walked under the nearest...

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Miracle Pill: Aspirin – how does it work?

Aspirin goes by many names: Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, acetylsalicylic acid, etc. It’s acknowledged everywhere as the go-to pill for headaches and pain. Long ago, Hippocrates noted that willow bark powder can ease pain. The compound, known...