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The Silk Leaf Replicates Science

The Silk Leaf Replicates Science

As the fall season is creeping up around some parts of the world, the eyes can turn to the changing appearances of outdoor scenery, like trees, plants and leaves. Leaves bring on a colorful autumn display, and their natural design is often replicated in art, architecture and science. Julian Melchiorri, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, has invented a fully functional synthetic leaf called the Silk Leaf. Though it is a man-made version of a leaf it operates as a natural leaf, complete with the processes of a normal plant. Made from chloroplasts that come from plant cells and fibers from silk proteins,… read more

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning. The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun. Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages. The site features games, videos, tutorial apps as well as lessons and advice from guest lecturers. Users can test out different skill sets, like learning JavaScript, creating and performing commands and… read more

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Ecopsychology, which examines human interactions with the natural world, often looks at the emotional connections that exist between them. Emotions are kind of strange when you think about them. As humans, we have a range of emotions that run through us at any given point in the day – anxiety, excitement, anger, sadness and happiness. Some of our more negative emotions at times seem to wantonly circle around us as we swat at them, curse how we feel because of them and wish them away. Occasionally we may feel we are in an ever reaching grasp, just trying to get ahold… read more

Why The Bad Mood?

Why The Bad Mood?

Sometimes a bad mood can creep up and you may not even be sure why. We can become irritable for many reasons, but science and research has actually uncovered some interesting findings about our bad moods. We are all susceptible to a bad mood now and then, and notably a less than harmonious mood shouldn’t be confused with depression. Moods come and go, some lingering more than others, but depressive states can be lasting and medical advice and psychological care are recommended in order to receive the proper treatment. There are some things to try that can help ward off… read more

Sitting For Too Long Can Kill You

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It should come to the surprise of no one that an increased sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to health. What may surprise you is that sitting for too long each day can shave off hours of your expected lifespan and cause many various health complications. Check out this video on the matter of sitting for lengthy periods at a time: So what can be attributed to our sharp increase in sitting more than those in previous generations did? For starters, the shift from jobs that require manual labor to jobs in front of computer screens is partly to blame. It’s not… read more

Transforming Skin Cells Into Liver Cells

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The technology has existed for a while now to grow certain organs in a lab to be used as replacements for organs in which finding a donor may be difficult. Those organs, however, were never complete copies — they were merely close replicas. Now, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco had announced that they’ve discovered a way to create fully mature liver cells. The organs have only been tested in lab animals whose bodies have been modified to imitate liver failure, but the tests showed that the liver cells were able to thrive on their own without… read more

A Paper Strip That Detects Cancer In Urine Samples

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The field of modern medicine is a constantly evolving machine — from the “Dark Ages” of healthcare practices just a century ago (where the flu killed way more humans than it ever should have), to the pedestal we currently stand on today. We’ve finally become rationally concerned with the health status of our bodies. Sure, obesity is a major topic for many nations across the world, but despite what you hear on CNN, obesity rates are actually in decline. A new tool in the fight against misdiagnosing illnesses is the Scanadu Scout, also known as a “Real-Life Tricorder“. Developed and… read more

Five Amazing Science Videos From List 25

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Tired of scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter feeds? Have you read everything from the front page of Reddit and are waiting for new content to make its way to the top? Perhaps you’re not in the mood to play the “What Should I Watch On Netflix” game at the moment. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you’ll enjoy these short and sweet videos that’ll send some science your way from List 25. 25 Unsolved Scientific Mysteries That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head Do you ever wonder why you need sleep? Why you dream? And just what is that “Dark… read more